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  1. The Don

    Side Mirror Theft Toyota Premio,Ward Place

    My take is there is no point being too precious about the car. As long as insurance takes care of damage/ theft, you should just consider enjoying it. After a while you will realise the time effort spent to protecting it outweighs the benefit you get from it. We have resorted to self insuring our daily runner (3rd party) because once we counted the hassle and the deductions of having a comprehensive policy due to the car being a bit old, and the frequency of claims, made more sense just to pay for the damn repairs than pay for comprehensive insurance year after year. The car lives a hard life and accumulates bumps and scratches regularly and can't afford much downtime. So it only really stops for regular maintenance and repairs The rest is considered war paint.
  2. The same engine is used in multiple vehicles, and tweaked for the characteristics required for that vehicle. For example the 1.0 turbo engine used in the Swift RS is also used in the Vitara. But the way the engine is managed is not the same. Suzuki would tweak the engine to deliver more torque at lower rpms compromising fuel efficiency a little as the Vitara is a heavier car. I don't think the ECU programming for a vehicle is based on country of manufacture, more on the vehicle and application. However in larger markets there will be market specific customisation And as the programming is static, each of those ECUs will have a different part number (hence when replacing you can't just base it on the engine). Also you can't really say one is more superior than the other It's set up for the specific requirements of the vehicle and market.
  3. @iRage I think another reason some of the options are not available even for selection is the origin of manufacture. As some models imported new to SL now come from Indonesia/Thailand whatever developed for those markets is essentially what we get as well. On the options I can see the benefit of adaptive cruise control and cruise control on motorways. I'm yet to use a car with adaptive cruise control but I use cruise control quite a lot, even in SL. The adaptive will deal with the issue of encountering traffic on the way. I'm not a big fan of emergency brake, because sometimes the best cause of action to avoid an action is not to brake or brake lightly. Also the system completely ignores the situation behind you which you are taught when learning to consider (at least in the UK) before slamming on the brakes unless an extreme emergency. Finally as you point out a massive pain for the car to keep breaking when it thinks when three wheelers, motorcyclists etc are filtering quite close to you not to mention pedestrians. On the issue of the permit, I think the OP should consider the following. #1 Buy new if at all cost effective but try to stick to models which are not too different from the JDM. That will ensure a good supply of spares and body parts and keep long term ownership costs down. The CRV is a good option in this sense. #2 Consider the agent. I've dealt with Toyota Lanka and Stafford and both seem to be decent. Note Stafford does slap an agent commission on top the purchase price and there is a long wait, and personally on Honda's I do not consider warranties that important (to be honest this will hold true on most Japanese vehicles, except hybrids where the battery warranties can prove useful). Warranties are essential if buying a European vehicle. So on japs carefully consider third party importers as well. #3 Make optimum use of the permit. Buy something of which the duty figure is close to the permit exemption. #4 If possible avoid made for the Asian market vehicles. It's not because these vehicles are bad, it's just we do not yet have as big a supply of spares from these markets, plus they are a bit like us so don't really throw away vehicles, so have to rely on the agents for new. This is somewhat true of Korean vehicles as well though things have improved a little. The other reason is some of these made for asia models are made for a lower budget, so won't have the same interior build quality of their international cousins. Often mechanical s are derived from other models so rarely an issue.
  4. The Don

    Side Mirror Theft Toyota Premio,Ward Place

    Kanishka, you are facing the sad reality of parking in public places in Colombo. There are thieves everywhere. All the suggestions above are good. They are: 1. Fitting a security system which activates on motion detection and 2 way alerts (you will get an alert on your remote when something happens) 2. Covering the car with a car cover after parking 3. Parking close to a home or office with CCTV 4. You can try to cables etc, but while as they will make it difficult to get the mirror off the car, they would probably damage it trying and that would mean replacement anyway. But anything that makes yours less easy to steal would hopefully encourage the thieves to go elsewhere 5. Use a dash cam with motion detection which will record anything that happens around the car even when parked. The slight problem here is when parked near a busy road you will run out of space quickly And finally consider public transport options / taxis when working in offices which do not provide secure parking for their staff.
  5. The Don

    Toyota Tyre Repair Kit

    The repair liquids are all the same and pumps from different brands are very similar as well. The only difference I have noted is in how the pump connects to the repair liquid bottle. The replacement repair kit bottles have come down quite a lot from what they were. You can buy a generic one and keep and they work the same. The tyre place will just scrape the foam off and repair the puncture properly afterwards, though it is a bit of a mess. Good to keep a spare if there is space but most cars with repair kits no longer has a spare wheel bay to keep them.
  6. The Don

    Some Concerns?

    If you are new to cars, I think its best to stay away from the GP5/ Vezel just for the moment. They are not bad cars, but dual clutch transmissions need to be driven in a particular way to reduce wear and tear on the gearbox and both have had various software issues that have mostly been fixed via recalls. The dual clutch units are bit on the expensive side for replacement though as a technology they are superior to fluid torque converter traditional automatic transmissions. Both the Swift RS with the 1.0 turbo and the Vitz 1.0 are excellent cars. Out of these I would pick the Swift for better interior, more power and more add on's on the top end versions (the so called safety). The Vitz feels a little less premium compared and we are considering buying one for ourselves (having done a bit of research at this price point). The GP3 is also a pretty good car. My wife owns one and it has been trouble free apart from regular maintenance and a new 12V battery. Do note the Hybrid batteries will need replacement soon as these are all now beyond the 5 year mark. They aren't as expensive as the Toyota ones because they don't have as much capacity and the system isn't as reliant on them as the Toyota Aquas/Prisus/Axios are. Just my 2 cents.
  7. The Don

    BMW 520d

    I think there is a market for these car's so you won't be stuck with it forever. The key thing is to get it inspected by Prestige or a reliable inspection company to get an idea of faults you need to rectify. Known issues include premature engine wear due to low quality diesel used (these engines need low sulphur diesel, which is marketed as Euro 4 diesel), suspension and steering problems due to being used in rough roads. Also check if the cars have run flats and how much of the tyre is left as run flats are fairly expensive to buy in SL. Some cars didn't come with run flats but the repair kit and tyre inflater.
  8. The Don

    1968 Datsun 510 Sedan (Project Datto)

    In time friends when there is something to talk about. Since this post was written @Komisiripala has become a father and a home owner, so priorities have changed. But would definitely like to share the ups and downs of our own journeys in car restoration so our mistakes and successes will serve as learning for others at some point.
  9. The Don

    1968 Datsun 510 Sedan (Project Datto)

    Waking this topic up had sent a few people on old nostalgia trips. One dropped me a line
  10. The Don

    1968 Datsun 510 Sedan (Project Datto)

    You are waking up a dormant topic I don't believe the OP is on the forum anymore.
  11. The Don

    Peugeot 3008

    Let me say this categorically. Nobody can possibly offer a manufacturer warranty other than an authorised dealer. They keep a hefty premium for this which is reflected in the price. You can get one faster if you look at stock brought down from the UK. Please note if you want to buy new from the UK the wait time will be the same. The ones immediately available are pre registered stock or approved used vehicles held by the agents.
  12. The Don

    ## Post Whoring - Part 3 ##

    It is indeed rather sad that proper medical professionals are not present immediately to attend to the injured. No one knows how much this lack of attention and training affected his chances of recovery...
  13. The Don

    ## Post Whoring - Part 3 ##

    In the US front number plates are not always required in some states.
  14. The Don

    Rexton 2017 or X-trai 2017

    Not sure if there is a straight forward answer to this. First and foremost the Rexton is a class ahead of the X Trail which is a smaller car. Second the XTrain in question is Japanese while the Rexton is probably Korean assembled in Sri Lanka One is hybrid the other is Diesel One will be brand new, the other one second hand I think you will get the gist of where I'm going here. Most of the above will be personal preference. The Rexton and Kyron are used by a number of tour companies and the drivers tell me they do not do anything other than regular maintenance until the cars get to about 120K Kms and are then sold off. I'm sure the Xtrail will at least as reliable. The is brand prestige but personally I'm not sure if driving a Ssang Yong makes you any more hip than driving a Nissan and vice versa. Sorry I can't be more helpful.
  15. Sri Lankan law dictates that one will lose their Sri Lankan Citizenship while applying for the Citizenship of another country unless you apply for retention beforehand, in which case you will obtain dual nationality. But this is not possible if the country you are applying for nationality does not recognise dual nationality and demands you show allegiance to that country alone. Germany is the EU country that comes to mind with this regards, though it does recognise Dual Nationality as long as the other nationality is of a EU nation. The only option in this respect is for that person to gain Nationality of the first EU country first, then move to another EU country which recognises Dual Nationality and then gain Nationality of that country after the qualifying period and then apply for Dual Nationality in Sri Lanka. If you need to retain Sri Lankan nationality you will have to maintain your permanent residence status and not apply for Nationality of that particular country. It is possible for you to gain a residence via to live in Sri Lanka as an Ex Sri Lankan even if you lose Sri Lankan nationality but this residence visa does not entitle you to work in Sri Lanka as far as I know. It also forbids your ownership of certain types of property etc, but I am no expert.