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  1. Crosswind

    GT Tyres

    No it was I who faced the problem. I made a formal complaint to the importer and also wrote to the manufacturer (Nexen in Korea) expressing my displeasure. The manufacturer replied with the usual non-binding apology. The importer didn't bother at all. This happened around 2015 btw. I have long since chucked those tyres and replaced them with Kumhos. Never had any problem with the Kumho tyres. BTW if you are looking for Korean-made tyres, I have had a very good experience with Hankook. A Japanese brand that you can get for a reasonable price is Sumitomo. Sumitomo is the OEM for brands like Dunlop in Japan.
  2. Crosswind

    Dfsk - Glory (Unimo Enterprises)

    I am locking this thread simply because DFSK 580 is being glorified on another thread.
  3. Crosswind

    GT Tyres

    That's what tyre manufacturers usually claim. But if you think logically, if they make a tyre (or any product) to support all conditions, they don't support any condition properly. Perhaps these tyres are made for moderate to cold climates. Sri Lanka on the other hand, is hot and humid. Judging by the appearance of the tyres, it was weather-related wear and most likely caused due to the M+S factor. In any case, if an official agent imports tyres rated for 'snow' to Sri Lanka, they need to get their head examined.
  4. Crosswind

    GT Tyres

    I had a terrible terrible experience with Nexen. Tyres started cracking (something similar to this) within less than a year. The manufacture date wasn't too long ago either, but horror of all horrors, I found that the tyres they sold me were mud and snow tyres. So I would stay away from Nexen.
  5. Crosswind

    Lost Deed

    There is a tax on deeds of gift but it is much lower than that in a deed of transfer. Also note that the tax depends on the declared value of the property.
  6. Crosswind

    Lost Deed

    Go to a lawyer and get a caveat done for the deed. Until it is removed, the property cannot be re-registered under anyone's name. You actually don't need the original deed to carry out any transaction. If the buyer agrees/understands, you can do a future transaction without the original deed. If you wish, you may lodge a complaint in the police, but there's no surefire way of getting an original deed, unless it is a 'bim saviya' deed. You can also do a gift transfer to a family member. This will allow you to get an original deed. Just do the caveat before anything else.
  7. Crosswind

    Hyundai Santafe 2012

    You guys are so wrong. Go to Ajantha Motors at CP De Silva Mawatha, Moratuwa. They have a yard full korean body parts and powertrain parts https://www.google.com/maps/@6.8063016,79.8800267,3a,75y,218.3h,77.93t
  8. This is what I notice at first glance. 1. An offence cannot be stated as X or Y - "parking without making due payments or parking in excess of the time therein permitted" cannot be an offence. If this is taken to courts, a good lawyer can challenge this. They need to tell you EXACTLY what your offence is, not X or Y. Same story with "not attempting to prevent an accident" as frequently written by cops. This has been challenged in the courts and the courts have ruled in favour of the defendant, because the cop failed to explain exactly how the defendant did not attempt to prevent an accident. 2. This is based on a CMC-issued gazette. This is not an amendment to the MTA and therefore, it is a civil matter between you and the CMC. For example, this is similar to you putting up a notice on your lawn, informing people who park on it, will be fined. So if taken to courts and if the defendant decides to battle it out, it will be tough for CMC. Interestingly, Tenaga's name is not stated anywhere in this paper. Therefore, Tenaga really has no role in this. You need not deal with Tenaga, if the matter goes to courts. Unfortunately this doesnt indicate whether the ownership details are lifted out of the revenue license or the DMT database. If its taken out of the DMT DB, then it will be interesting to find out on what authority it is done.
  9. If its gazetted then it might be included in some law or the other (similar to revenue license. However, revenue license is pretty much part of the MTA). Then obviously the vehicle owners are duty bound to pay. But I would really like to see the gazette notice. I'm sure there are ways to challenge it. Those who are slapped with a 500k fine should challenge it in my opinion. That's very interesting. I have never been fined by them because I very rarely park within CMC limits. Do you have a sample of it (you can remove personal details)
  10. No. They are not authorized to do it either. Parking enforcement is purely a matter between Colombo Municipal Council and the owner of the vehicle. Unless there is an amendment to the MTA, this cannot even happen. This is a civil matter between Colombo Municipal Council + Tenaga vs. the vehicle owner. If Tenaga is allowed to check the DMT database for ownership details, I'm pretty sure that's a violation of the laws. Unless the MTA is amended to allow this access or unless there is a court order, I highly doubt whether they are actually allowed to do that. Most likely they get the details from the revenue license pasted on the windscreen. I also highly doubt whether they will actually go to courts to make any claims, as civil claims of this nature can almost never end up in the claimant's favour. Do you know of any actual lawsuit filed by Tenaga?
  11. No I had a different problem. Monkeys in a*uto miraj poured CVT oil in to the normal auto box. The gearbox seized. Chandana at Nilwala motors sorted it out for 35k. I sold it later not due to the problem but to change cars. That's the only issue I had with the Cerato. Actually driving pleasure of the Cerato is far ahead of the Lancer. This is based on experience of driving both. Cerato was one of the best cars I used. Focus is rock solid on bends. That's what I like about it. Otherwise it's a bit of a bore.
  12. I owned a 2011 cerato and currently own a 2011 focus. You might not be able to find a properly maintained car below 3 million. You can always find them for cheap, but especially with focus, if it's not maintained properly from day 1, it will eventually be expensive. This is true for any euro. Cerato is more nippy than the focus. Both do around 8.5 to 9 in the city. It's my 8th year with the focus and I didn't face any significant repairs. Just a broken bonnet lock, broken gear shifter Bush and simple problems like that. It all depends on how the cars were maintained.
  13. I am aware of 4. 3 are with collectors. They dont plan to sell them. The blue one is hacked beyond resurrection. It keeps changing hands quite often. Would u believe that this one was in p*chi car niwasa sometime ago? Who would keep a collectable Euro in that place for sale?
  14. Crosswind

    Buying a leased car

    A finance company will not release the CR of a vehicle to anyone except the registered owner unless the other person possesses a power of attorney. So he won't be able to get the CR out even if he pays in full.
  15. Crosswind

    Proton Waja (Impian) 2007 AT 1.6 L

    Yes the CR will say Waja but the vehicle badges will say Impian. That's ok because Impian was the exact same car with a different engine and options. Its genuine dont worry.
  16. Crosswind

    Proton Waja (Impian) 2007 AT 1.6 L

    Impian was brand new imported. Wajas were imported from Singapore. Both are pretty much the same car from appearance but Impian was made for export market. Therefore, they had some additional options. Impians came with Proton's own Campro engine while almost all Wajas came with Mitsubishi 4G18 engine. Because of the fact that they were brand new imported and sold to people who could afford the hefty price tag at the time, most of them were reasonably well maintained. Let me make a wild guess. You must be talking about the 5715 car. If that's the vehicle, then it was owned and maintained by the Proton agent themselves. Before it was sold off, it was very well maintained. But I don't know how it was looked after, after it was disposed. Things like the alternator, A/C unit, some electronics and some engine components came from Mitsubishi even for this version of the car. So you won't have trouble with those spares. You may have some difficulty in sourcing body panels and interior parts. Ride experience with Protons have always been good. Impian was built at a time when Proton owned Lotus. The suspension design came from Lotus so it was a very comfortable car to be in. The flip side of course, is fuel consumption. It may do around 7 in city traffic. Campro engine is not very efficient but very good in performance.
  17. Crosswind

    Diy Scan Your Own Car

    My pastime these days, is trying various affordable car scanning tools. The keyword here is ‘affordable’ for the average car enthusiast. I’m trying these out mostly in my Ford Focus and whatever car that I can get hold of Based on my experience I thought of writing down a set of DIYs. Comments and corrections are highly appreciated (especially on how to diagnose faults using these, as I am still on a learning curve). Here’s the first one: Scanning a car using a Bluetooth scanner and an Android Device (using Scanator software) Intended Audience for this DIY: Noobs What you need: A Bluetooth-supported OBD scanner (read steps 1 to 4 on how to get one) An Android Smartphone/Tablet (I will be using my Galaxy Tab) A car that supports your device (if the YOM of your car is pre-2000, most likely you will not be able to use any of the cheap tools on ebay) Total Damage: If you already own an android device, you should be able to get the scanning equipment for Rs. 2500 – 3500 Step 1: The first step is to find out the interface type and the protocol that is supported by your car’s ECU. Uncle Google will be helpful for this. You can also check the car manuals but most of us don't possess them anyway. While there is plenty of information for European cars on Google, you may need to search a bit harder for JDM cars. I typed “Ford Focus OBD2 Protocol” on Google and this is where I landed: As you can see, the Focus runs a CAN-Bus, which is also known as ISO15765-4. Just did a search for Fiat Grande Punto and I discovered it runs the same protocol. So I typed “Toyota Axio OBD2 protocol”. Well… all I got was a lot of gibberish like this one http://www.mycarforum.com/index.php?showtopic=2640512 I am not going to waste time to read that and figure out! In short, find out the connector type and the protocol before you embark on this. The protocol may be something like: ISO15765-4 (CAN), ISO14230-4 (KWP2000), ISO9141-2, J1850 VPW, J1850 PWM etc. Step 2- Finding a suitable OBD-2 reader for your car on eBay: Go to eBay.com to find a suitable reader. I searched for a Bluetooth ELM327 OBDII reader for the Focus. If you are a brave soul, you can also try aliexpress.com And I selected something like this (not the exact same item. Just an example) Because it supports CAN-BUS TIP: Ignore the list of supported vehicles on the seller’s page. It’s just not comprehensive. Go by the protocols instead. Step 3 – The World Wide Wait: Within 2-3 weeks time, you should receive the package. Customs won’t be too bothered because it will look like a computer peripheral for them. If by a remote chance you get summoned to customs, just say its a device for computer jilmaart. Step 4 – Getting Scanator: TIP: Throw away the CD that comes with the scanner. Go to Google Play Store with your Android Device and search for Scanator You can also download other software like Torque Lite. There was also a Ford-specific software which I simply ignored, because I got a better one on my laptop. Step 5 – Let’s do it!: Connecting the device to the car: Find out where the OBD connector is. It may be in the engine bay or in the fuse box in some cars. In a few other cars (like the Grande Punto), it may be hidden by a plastic panel. As always, uncle Google will help you to find it. In case of the Focus, it’s just at 4 O’Clock from the steering wheel. Apparently this is where Toyota Corolla has it: http://codes.rennacs.com/photo-gallery/TOYOTA-EFI-21-Photos.php TIP: When you plugin the device, a red indicator should light up. If the device is faulty, you will probably not see any lights or get some nonsensical outputs. Until the device is confirmed to be working, do not leave feedback on eBay TO BE CONTINUED (I had to break the DIY to multiple posts because of image posting limitations)...
  18. Crosswind

    DFSK 580

    Just to give u guys an indication, the cheapest car in Europe is Dacia Sandero (Renault Kwid without AC and with manual shutters). That costs about $8,500. In comparison, the DFSK 580 price is equivalent to US$ 10,900. Just $1,500 over the price of the cheapest car. And we really talk about what a great quality vehicle it is!
  19. Crosswind

    DFSK 580

    I just did a little research on the prices of midsized crossovers in China itself. Perhaps this should give an indication of where our 'turning point of quality' vehicle fits in. BTW these are also China-assembled vehicles for the Chinese market. DFSK 580 Base price CNY 78,900 Honda CRV Base price CNY 199,000 (made by Dong Feng) Kia Sportage Base price CNY 144,900 Volkswagen Tiguan Base price CNY 340,000 Nissan Terra Base price CNY 169,800 (Made by Dong Feng) GAC Trumpchi GS5 Base price CNY 123,800 Zotye SR9 Base price CNY 110,000 These are vehicles that are more or less the same size as the DFSK 580 (belonging to Midsized crossover category) From this quick comparison, it seems that the DFSK 580 is a cheap product even by Chinese standards. For example, the CRV and the Terra made by the same company costs double. Going by this, I tend to believe that DFSK 580 is nothing but a cheap vehicle with some shiny bells and whistles. Quite analogous to the well-painted women who stand by the roadside during evenings
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    Errr... I beg to differ with some of the stuff. I owned a Focus since 2011. Ecosport is actually made in India so I would expect things to be a bit cheaper with Ecosport. Standard service at the agent costs 22k with fully synthetic oil. You can do it outside of the agent for less than 10k. Service interval is 6 months or 8000km so I service the car twice a year VIC oil filters fit in to Ford Focus. I'm pretty sure they have the same stuff for Ecosport Most small parts can be imported off eBay for cheaper than what you would spend for a Japanese car, even after you spend on tax. The Focus has been reliable so far. It has few minor niggles like a bonnet lock that always keeps breaking (£ 20 on ebay.co.uk), but all in all its alright I know next to nothing about Ranger though. Note that Ranger and Ecosport are two different vehicles belonging to different categories.
  21. Crosswind

    DFSK 580

    Your point is very interesting. In your opinion, DFSK 580 is the turning point in Chinese vehicle quality. And you still want us to believe that you are not guerilla marketing this vehicle. The problem with Chinese vehicles is that their automotive industry itself is a huge mess. They have over a hundred big and small vehicle manufacturers. The designs are almost always knock-offs of a vehicle from a European, Japanese or American vehicle. There is no continuity between models - for example one version of a certain model will come with an engine copied from Mitsubishi and another will come with an engine copied from Mazda! And you can even order a car from alibaba.com from a lesser-known manufacturer! All this affects the buyer. For example, everyone knows that if we say its a 1500 CC Premio, then it will have a 1NZ-FE engine in it and the same will be there in contemporary Axio, Vios (1.5), Allion, Ist etc. This makes it easier to get third party spares, repair the vehicle in third party garages etc. On the other hand nobody knows what the f*ck will be inside the next version of DFSK 580. The only thing the damn website says is (that too in Chinese), that DFSK 1.5ltr version has 1.5 turbo engine with 150hp. Take the Panda for example, one version had an engine licensed from Fiat and another version had an engine licensed from Toyota! So for those who claim that Chinese vehicles have achieved good quality standards, I'm afraid its a shallow statement based on a false analogy of Japanese and Korean auto industry, without any understanding of the following facts: China has hundreds of vehicle manufacturers who are churning out products, mostly aiming at low-end consumer (as they do with everything else). Having more than four or five players with two leaders is always disastrous to any industry, because it may eventually be a race to the bottom of the barrel China does NOT have any indigenous designs at all. Almost all Chinese vehicles are knock-offs of each other. Front of a Toyota, rear of a Nissan, interior of a Peugeot etc. China does everything right everytime the design, development and quality control is done elsewhere. They perform badly when they have to do those stuff themselves. For example, there will be a world of difference between Chinese made Nissans and Chinese made DFSKs. Product continuity is virtually non-existent. Today's DFSK 580 may have an engine copied from one manufacturer. Tomorrow it may be from some other manufacturer
  22. Crosswind

    DFSK 580

    Actually no. The first Korean vehicles to come to Sri Lanka were Hyundai Stellar and Hyundai Pony. Most Stellars that were imported in early 1980s are still in running condition. The bad reputation for Korean vehicles started in late 90s and early 2000s when hordes of Singapore-used taxis were imported to Sri Lanka. They were just 3 years old but had run well in excess of 200,000km and clocked before selling. Your statement about old Korean cars being poor in quality at the beginning is patently wrong. Chinese cars in Sri Lanka on the other hand, have been catastrophic so far. You have mixed up Dong Feng with DFSK. Dong Feng is an OEM manufacturer for Nissan and also has a stake in PSA Peugeot Citroen. DFSK was formed after Dong Feng acquired a small chinese vehicle manufacturer. DFSK is the low-cost vehicle production arm of Dong Feng. That's all. They are meant to make cheap vehicles and that's exactly what they do. And a point to note about exporting to Europe. Most Europeans and Australians buy cheap vehicles to use and dispose. So they do buy Chinese vehicles once in a while. They spend about $15,000 on a vehicle, run it to the ground and dispose for scrap. That's about 3-month's salary for someone who does a reasonable job in those countries. This is the market that Chinese automakers cater to, and they know this well. So you actually find brands like Great Wall, Foton, Chery, Geely in Australia and Europe. That's the reason why Pandas and JACs become virtually unusable after 5 years. This market does not exist in Sri Lanka. Sri Lankans expect the lifetime of a car to be around 30 years. This is where the problem is and this is why there's a lot of skepticism about Chinese vehicles.
  23. Crosswind

    Fiat Grande Punto - Correct Radiator

    Try D*MO and see. Tata Indica Vista engine was a copy of the Fiat FIRE 1.4 engine. Chances are the cooling system (ie. radiator) may be the same.
  24. Crosswind

    Purchasing a new car.

    Not really. What Mitsubishi offers is a 5 year standard warranty with some components extended to 7 or 10. Kia standard warranty is 7 years. For example, the rack ends or heater or AC wont be covered for 7 years for Mitsus.
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    Purchasing a new car.

    Some of the modern Korean cars are better in quality compared to similar Japanese cars. For example, Kia is the only manufacturer to give a 7-year warranty in Europe and Australia. Not even Toyota gives that. However, our people's mindset won't change.