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tiv last won the day on September 1

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About tiv

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    Drunk Ol' Mechanophiliac

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  • Interests
    Off roading, photography. anything to do with automobiles..

My Vehicle Details

  • Vehicle Make
    Mitsubishi/ Suzuki/Toyota
  • Vehicle Model
    Montero/MSport /Hustler/Vitz
  • Engine Type
    3.2 DiD / 2.5 DiD / K06A-T / 1KR
  • Mechanical Mods
    Poor Potential
  • Cosmetic Mods
    Too old for that
  • Future Plans
    Nah, getting old settled down. Downsizing
  • General Comments
    Spending money on 2 suvs thereby forced to drive a vitz I hate

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  1. Is there any leasing company or bank one would recommend for a purchase of a new vehicle? Least troublesome and lowest interest rate? 

    Bit confused after talking to various people 

  2. tiv

    Toyota vitz 2018 - rear Speakers silent

    Wiring loom is there.
  3. tiv


    Not cheap to maintain mate, expect 50k per standard lube service with / without running parts, parts about 40% more to jap parts these are large cars so fuel economy isn’t your friend either, I have a friend who works for the agent, in Sri Lanka everything is costly, he said it’s like maintaining a newer merc, in terms of costs, but definitely reliable. vague answer I know for a vague question, also if you are referring to 2019 models, lovely cars though
  4. The way you’ve worded the question makes me feel that someone might make you end up with a lemon as long as it’s cheap, I suggest you talk to a person who knows the car scene in person before deciding, just because a car is cheap to run doesn’t mean it’s good, and will not save you financially,
  5. tiv

    Vehicle Is Blocked No Gear changing

    Release the handbrake, rock the vehicle a bit, the P or N will appear, probably the parking pin is not engaged as you pulled the handbrake too soon.
  6. tiv

    Toyota Land Cruiser Prado LJ 78

    So 2L turbo engine, nothing major to worry.
  7. tiv

    Toyota Land Cruiser Prado LJ 78

    1. For an LJ78, check engine light is like having a Bluetooth headset on a dinosaur, so don’t worry, is it a 1kz? 2. Turbo timer not mandatory, but not a bad practice either, meaning some manufacturers recommend allowing 10 to 30 seconds for the manifold and the turbo to cool after HIGH REV motorway driving, which is again rare here unless it’s a non stock turbo, Toyota afaik has no issues with turbo timers. 3. I’m not sure exactly how the 4wd patten for yours is, 2H - for tarmac, least traction, can go to top speed, 2WD 4H- for traction mild/moderate , mud rocks etc, not for pavement driving, unless wet road or loss of traction, if it’s not an awd based system ( LJ70S DIDNT HAVE), driving in tar roads even when wet in 4H can damage transmission during turns, low speed only 4L- engaging the 2nd gear set / transfer case for extreme traction, mud bogging, rock crawling, certain supervised towing, at very low speeds, exclusively off road or relevant scenarios you may have a diff lock as we’ll center or rear which engages in 4L by a switch, for heavy mud or cross axle events. Try to source a Japanese owners manual relevant to the gearbox you have, or perhaps you can share more details of your car. Basically do everything in 2H, when off-road use 4H, use 4L when things are really bad. 4wd gears may get stuck showing lights on after disengaging levels, drive a few meters backwards to unwind the transmission.
  8. Don’t they have an additional injector to spray a mist to the valve? and isn’t this due to the egr? both my Mitsubishi’s have egrs and I’ve cleaned them every 20k, this is for diesel though, the carbon buildup was horrendous!
  9. tiv

    DFSK 580

    Everyone should see the prado one, hilarious And defender As for Value for money, my opinion is subjective Say a prado 2015? You buy it for 16mil, run the nuts off, sell it for maybe 15mil in 5 years So much car, poor value for money as it's like a 5mil car in japan, we pay the taxes we run it, but we make it back when selling allowing a certain upgrade or to consider it an investment, at the going rate the above idea is short lived though Say you buy a vitz, good value for money in a sri lankan context, 1 mil car in japan, and probably can sell like a few 100k less and make it back, Assume the car op is into here, you buy it for what 6mil? Or whatever quoted Obviously you get into a commitment of keeping it for like ? 4 to 5 years or longer, assume you do 50km a day, 20 to 30k km a year, by 3 years you ll be off warranty and enjoying the perks of chinese car ownership The car being cheap doesnt mean parts are cheap, parts being brand new too, And being limited to the agents, parts take time to be found and imported as the vehicle ages and agents finish selling their quotas So then the value for money is debatable isn't it? If there are owners here of the above car, we dont have any intention to undermine you or your purchase, im sure you've got into an investment as the above after much consideration and reviewing the pros and cons of a Chinese vehicle, its just a friendly discussion, for noobs to read in the future.
  10. Why is the new Vitara so unpopular? I mean it’s not that bad looking!

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    2. tiv


      Ground clearance is more or less the same, maybe the design, the box shape allows a lot of room inside, and feels quite solidly built too, 

      the 1000cc has amazing pickup, I’m sure no top end but feels nippy for its size, 6 speed paddle shift gearbox, went through the 1st 3 gears it, felt nice

      its very low on equipment being 1000cc trim, that’s a let down when you compare with a Vezel and a chr gt, chr st and this are pretty much the same in equipment, uk spec imports are the common ones here and interiors feel nice.

      i test drove one today 

    3. matroska


      I for one like how it looks - saw one at an office car park today - proper looks... ground clearance is okayish for a pseudo-suv (opposed to an 'Suv' suv) honestly surprised why the sx4 neither this really caught on. 

    4. tiv


      So I told a colleague about the car, he went and advanced on  the same car I  test drove, No bargaining, permit craze has made everyone a car junkie

  11. tiv

    Hilux Vigo Modification

    Congrats btw you made the safest choice
  12. tiv

    Hilux Vigo Modification

    Is it a single cab or double cab or smart cab? Ranjith Motors Kurunegala famous for cabin conversions, I've seen them myself, but will charge u a premium, value may may not be hurt depending on the degree you are attempting.
  13. What I meant by average wheels was the design / style which not the quality Thus I have clarified in the below comment to OP
  14. Don’t go by the centre cap, they can be changed, go by the emblem on the rear, Usually it’s written in the non logo font or sometimes the logo, assume Honda u ll see the emblem casted in, for Suzuki it’s just the letters in a normal font casted in, oz has their name all over casted In, enkei has there logo with or without letters, BBS just the logo, so on, Mitsubishi wheels are mostly by enkei so u ll see their logo as well. There are other good brands that are non famous as well, so if you see something take pics once you find a set, try to do an internet search, you ll see the wheel mostly on sites like yahoo japan or crooober, and can get more info on it, the seller here will have no clue mostly, 14 and 15 start at like 15000 LKR for 4.5 to 5.5jj and can go to like 40000 for nice sets,
  15. Quality is in par with oem manufacturer regulations, average in style or design, These are the best to go for, as they would be the real brand, anything sold here as brand new with a famous name is most likely a replica or if 100% authentic with a famous style brand new, expect a price above 80k starting brand new for 14" and above