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    KIA SORENTO 2010-12

    I wouldn't say it's entirely normal. I checked with a friend who has a 2014 2000cc diesel and while he usually runs 50km one way at around 12-13kmpl, he also says the city runs net an average of 10kmpl. Maybe you drive with a heavy foot (like me) or an extremely short distance in stationery traffic?
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    Strangely enough, I've had a sidewall failure issue on Dunlops recently too and these were Grandtreks made in Japan. I migrated from Kumho's with which I've never had an issue. I used to run Maxxis exclusively on cars for a good 6 years and they were really good apart from a bit of a noise. I would take Maxxis or Kumho's over Dunlop Thailand.
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    Mazda Specialists In Sri Lanka

    When you say cooler - do you mean the AC evaporator unit behind the dash? If so, I have a 2004 Axela that has more or less the same issue and I have been holding off doing it because that car rarely gets driven these days and frankly I didn't have time to even take it to the garage myself. 25k from Mazna on a genuine evaporator sounds about right, my wife's been offered a Thai duplicate brand new for 17k at a well known AC shop near Jubilee Post, Nugegoda. It's really a PITA to access the evaporator and the dash removal replacement process takes about 10 man hours. So I would expect anyone to charge about 15k for this, including smaller parts. 30-35k would be a good price for the whole thing IMO. The Jubilee Post place I mentioned has apparently done the job on a couple of Mazda's (which doesn't make them experts of course) but since this dash removal procedure is also there in Honda's etc too - I don't think i this should matter too much if they are professional otherwise. It would be good to be there in person at least for the assembly process though. The price upcharge from Mazna is on par with their usual pricing, and might be good to pay for the peace of mind if your car is new and is in immaculate condition. Sorry I don't have any more input from other parties you mentioned, but if I get to do this job soon - will keep updated here. Do let us know if you have any updates too.
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    KIA sportage Transmission oil change

    KIA SL has recommended ATF oil changes at a wide range from 40k to 75k in the past for Sportage, to people I know. Makes me think they are pulling these numbers from air.
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    Formula 1 - 2018

    Alonso retires from F1 ? Having started watching F1 in 2004 and continuing to watch mostly for him, I find it inconsolable, even though it's been a struggle for the last 10!
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    Remove spray paint on car

    It's a melamine sponge right? Better not use it on paint as it's almost like very fine sandpaper - unless you're prepared to polish and seal later.
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    Good dash cam for the Car

    I've tried a few dashcams in mine and family vehicles. My personal favorite is the xiaomi yi dashcam which records in FHD with absolutely great clarity both day and night. Has been on my daily driver which is parked outside during daytime for 3 years now - no issues at all. Snagged in for $40 from amazon during a black friday sale. The only negative about this is that it's not stealth (i.e. you wont be able to hide it easily) The one that came a distant second in the ones I've tried was pruveeo f5, which is again on a daily driver. Anyway, having a dashcam would be super useful now and more so in the future
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    Express-Way Updates

    Slightly OT but still .. they've cleared the above ground area from Colpetty station to behind St. Thomas Prep. I guess the plan is to go underground from somewhere around there. They have to go over or under the railway track at this point anyway.
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    Express-Way Updates

    That'll be an interesting junction near port city entrance (near Kingsbury). What with the Marine drive tunnel coming up from under the Galle Face as well.
  10. Got it. I've seen quite a large number of bikes on the road with (sub-legal) handmade or printed plates. Probably due to this issue. OP may try his luck but a cop can always crack down on it, when they feel like enforcing the law
  11. Legally, no - you cannot ride/drive anything without proper plates. But how long does it take to get the plates? When I brought a brand new vehicle, I got my vehicle with plates within 5-6 hours of finalizing the documents.
  12. I've never seen a deduction on a paint job from (from a couple of different insurers, on my 2004 Mazda). They may negotiate with the garage on the per panel cost and that's it. Parts are a different story for the older vehicles, never paint.
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    KIA SORENTO 2010-12

    Spare part availability is ok, but not great (relative to some Japanese makes), but it's improving. Of course KIA Lanka will have most, if not all the spares you require for these models - but at a premium. Ajantha, Aruna motors in Panchikawatte, Korean auto mart in darley road, korean auto land in malabe, and a few other places in the suburbs stock many of the common parts and you can always get stuff off ebay from a great bunch of Korean OEM shops. In my first hand experience, 2012 petrol does 6kmpl in city and the 2012 diesel does 10kmpl. Despite the diesel having more torque, I have had no problem extracting power out of the petrol on normal road conditions. Acceleration and driving at speed (with just the driver in) is much better in the petrol IMO. Off-road on hilly terrain, there is a bit of an advantage to the diesel but these are not off-road vehicles in general.
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    ## Post Whoring - Part 3 ##

    KIA came joint 1st in the UK rankings for 2017 (along with Volvo). Even in Sri Lanka, KIA 2012+ models can be taken as fairly solid with very low maintenance costs. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/cars/gallery/the-20-best-car-brands-listed/kia0/
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    Formula 1 - 2017

    Ha ha, both Kimi and Fernando had good starts and got screwed. Fernando was P3 for a split second before his race was effectively ended for him
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    Engine Stop in the Traffic

    I had the same problem in my axela 2004 (auto), usually happened mid-turn in traffic as tbt noted above. But it was very occasional (maybe 3 times over 6 months) and it actually went away after a while - I attributed this to an EGR valve/sensor clean up I did, but not sure.
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    Autolanka Funniest Moments

    Edit: wrong thread! oops
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    KIA sportage Transmission oil change

    There is a slight (!) difference; 60k miles is 96k kilometers. And then, KIA Motors SL has been quoting random values between 40k km to 75k km for the severe ATF change interval, so I can see how this is all confusing. There was a thread that discussed a similar question on Kia and although the question of when to change is fundamentally different to your question of why is this costing this much, it also makes for interesting reading. In conclusion, you will decide what is good for your vehicle and whether the ATF change is timely and worth it. A typical ATF change in SL costs anywhere between 10k to 30k depending on the model and the oil used so indeed it's a question what KIA is proposing to change for 80k. Even in the US, with the inflated labor rates the ATF change for Sorento was quoted to me at $220.
  19. This sounds weird. For them to be confident about a fuel issue, they should have already done the tests and know for sure. So, right now it just seems to be a hypothesis. Otherwise, we would surely hear from other diesel owners in this forum. If you search Kia specific forums, you will find that fuel pump related problems are not that uncommon with Sorento XM. Some have been resolved by merely servicing or replacing the filter, some with the pump, some with the jet pump. I feel it's typical of the agent to suggest the most overarching and expensive repair/replacement, while there might be scope for other solutions. I personally would look for a second opinion if faced with such cost. Also, what led to this diagnosis and what were the symptoms? Also if it comes to a high pressure pump replacement, the part should cost considerably less elsewhere or directly imported.
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    3M Scratch Remover

    Most of the paint pens are crap. If you're not careful with the amount of paint dispensed, you will end up with more visible paint marks compared to the scratch. If those are clear coat scratches (i.e. disappears when wet) and if you're in to DYI, just find some 3000 and 5000 grit good quality sandpaper, wet grind the scratch down (higher grit paper first) and then polish it off. Sounds scary and the interim result - after the sandpapering - is enough to give you a heart attack, but the ultimate result is better than any other process. Only works for clear coat scratches though. I've done it for a newer vehicle which happened to go through some scrubs at yala with long but not deep clear coat scratches and worked a charm. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nYF46P7B2c
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    Formula 1 - 2017

    Does anyone here think that Honda has had their chances with McLaren and should admit failure and withdraw from F1? Or should they be given more chances (effectively another year or more) to deliver what they were supposed to? Alonso has dropped a not so subtle outburst after Baharain last night, a one which is presumably targeted at (middle eastern) investors at McLaren to make a call. The options with McLaren is to persist with Honda and risk losing one or both drivers or to make a deal with Mercedes on an engine right now. No matter how much McLaren tries to sweeten the deal with Alonso (Indy 500) and Vandoorne, things will come to a head sooner rather than later.
  22. OP asked a simple question. If you don't have anything worthwhile to contribute like Crosswind did (even with an opposing viewpoint), best to keep your trap shut without demonstrating your ignorance to the forum.
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    Two Types of Tyres for Car

    In my experience regular Nexens (HT series etc) are on par with regular Maxxis (MAP series); higher road noise, lesser comfort but quite ok grip etc. But RU series Nexens are different at least in terms of noise (much less) grip (much more). Not sure if your tyre sizes come in the RU or other performance variants.
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    The Grand Tour

    Well, an interesting ep 1 - neither here nor there IMHO. I'd wait for a couple more episodes to claim one way or the other. So almost all the elements are copied/modified from the TG format but I'm sort of dissapointed with the new track - uninspiring apart from your name here. If you have Amazon prime (even the trial), you can watch it as it's released.
  25. As per the budget speech, the emission test cost would be replaced by this carbon tax. I.e. you get the emission test done for free, pay for the test + the carbon tax to the local authority when you get the revenue license. Govt pays the emission testers. No idea about the % of this tax and it only applies to carbon fuel driven vehicles (those that require the current emission test).