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    Nissan leaf Battery

    You can use the battery until the last four capacity bars (Including two red bars). So I suggest not to replace the battery now. At the moment there are only used batteries available (with state of health 75-80%) and will cost around 400,000/-. There are plans to bring down brand new batteries from the original manufacturer in japan and the nagotiations are still in progress by some people who are actively involved in the EV community in SL. So if you wait a little longer you can get the benefit from it. As for your question the 30 Kw battery is not compatible with 2013 models due to it's physical properties.
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    Are You an Obedient for Road Rules?

    YES. And I support the revised fines. Having said that we must also refresh our knowlwdge on road rules as well. I'm driving for almost 17 years now and recenty I was booked for crossing the white line partially and I still don't know the exact rule regarding crossing only two wheels on single line. Perhaps if someone can suggest me from where to get the SL highway code book.
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    Nissan Leaf

    Is it worth to buy a leaf? well it depends on how you are going to use it. for little over 3M it is worth. There is close to 30 fast chargers spread across the country if you are planing longer trips.And it's a low maintenance car. No oil changes or filter changes or services. Just occasional check up is sufficient. The biggest disadvantage is the degradation of the battery due to our hot climate. Currently there are few individuals who are doing tests in SL and the data which they have gathered so far shows that the problem is far more serious than initially thought. Since Leaf battery does not use a cooling system unlike the Tesla or Prius the heat dissipation is very poor causing the battery to remain at a higher temperature for longer time. The heat is a battery killer. So simply said if the battery life time of a leaf in a mild climate is 8 years in SL it will be 5 years. And if you are regularly parking the car in the sun think twice before buying one.
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    Car Scents

    Aren't all these scents bad for your health in the long term.? I mean you inhale these chemicals every day for few hours and who knows what will be the affects after many years of exposure. http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/household-safety/tips/air-freshener-dangers.htm
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    Nissan Leaf

    There's a mobile app called ChargeNet. According to that there are charging sockets available spread throughout the country. Even far way places like Kataragama. But the problem is the longer charging time. Unless you plug in overnight. https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=chargenet%20sri%20lankan So far there aren't any induction charging available in SL.
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    Nissan Leaf

    When you charge to 100% what is the estimated range in your car?. Since mine has a 80kw motor compared with the 70Kw in the Jap version I assume the range is somewhat lower. When parked side by side there's no visible difference in size and couldn't find any reviews comparing the Uk and Japanese versions so I'm not sure if one of them is heavier than the other. So far there are only two fast charging stations in Colombo and Galle afaik. The infrastructure was nicely coming up for Ev's until the recent tax hikes which might affect their growth.
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    Nissan Leaf

    Being a new Leaf owner for the last month I like to share my experience. Mine is a 2015 Leaf Acenta (Uk version) The electricity bill just came in for the last month. The additional units consumed is 160 and the car has done approximately 800km in the first month. (did all the charging at home) So the additional bill was around 6600/-.so running cost is roughly 8 rupees per Km which is not bad considering the electricity tariffs but bit less economical than a hybrid. The biggest drawback is the range. When fully charged to 100% ( did only once just to confirm) it shows the estimated range as 160Km. (didn't reset the trip history so it calculated according to the present driving conditions). Was planing to make a trip to Kandy but still in doubt. (Anyways need to have a backup plan just in case the battery runs out) although there are about two charging stations (Sockets) available on the way somewhere near to Kegalle. But just to get a 15% charge you need to keep it plugged in for one hour. But driving in the city is an absolute joy. If you turn off Eco mode the pulling power is immense which makes driving in stop and go traffic fun. But the heat during daytime takes a toll on the battery. The car is well equipped with all the regular bells and whistles. One reason to go for the UK version is that you can use all of the features since the displays is in English. Which is one excuse for the vendor to have a premium price. Only the navigation is useless since maps for this region is not installed.
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    Nissan Leaf

    Nice write up Tiv. The information here is quite usefull . Whats your YOM? I remember someone saying there is a significant difference in the range of 2012 and later versions.... Say 2012 models does only 100km in one full charge and later versions 180km or something. and thats one reason the 2012 models are going cheap. Please do keep posting and share your experience.
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    Fiat Punto 2007/2008

    If you are planning to buy it my advice is to keep aside around 100k for any repairs. I spent almost 300k during the first year of ownership because I want everything to be in perfect condition. Although I could have run it without spending that much. But thats me. Get the important issues sorted out first and then use the car for some time and then you can get other things fixed later. The previous owner of my car had ruined it because it was his first car and he just bought it just because it was cheaper in the market and finally he could not afford the repairs and so he made some short cuts and ruined a nice car.
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    Fiat Punto 2007/2008

    Check with the records from where it has been maintained. There are not too many places. Mine was also around the same milage when I bought it. Although it was a 2007 yom first registration was in 2009. And all puntos were imported brand new.
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    Fiat Punto 2007/2008

    When you say it's not functioning properly is it because it is not compatible with some phones or working with reduced functionality or not working at all? Still I think mine is not working due to some communication problem between the unit and the ECU. It's hard to believe that the electronics inside has fried given the age and usage of the car. A decent electronic guy or even a IT guy might be able to troubleshoot it but the problem is in these days nobody wants to go through all the trouble. Anyways I have not given up on this. Only a matter of finding the right guy for the job.
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    Fiat Punto 2007/2008

    Guys, can anyone recommend me a place where I can get the Blue & me device in my Punto checked or replace. Recently I got all four speakers replaced from Advance but they are clueless about this device. Also appreciate If anyone can PM me Noel's number . I'm in the process of restoring back my GP to it's original glory!. It has just come out from few major repairs.Only the Blue & me system is pending.
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    Nissan Tida Or Toyota Belta

    I have owned a TIIda Latio in the past. Had to spend quite a lot on the suspension parts. The lower arms, steering york, shocks, cross member etc... The engine itself is mostly trouble free and does good on fuel as well. The interior is one of the best I have owned. Good soundproof, nice and cosy and roomy interior. I can't comment on the Belta since I haven't owned or driven one but my heart say's go for the Belta.
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    Neustone For Kitchen Countertop

    Actually we didn't consider Quartz but we did compare granite and another product like neustone but can't really remember the name. I think Centerpoint was marketing this other product. Finally we decided to go with Neustone due to it's durability compared to granite. If you look at the picture you can see the groove that I was talking about. https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/TAcprHN_Zrt8Xxk5yn4_gIfaf_5svyQlcHpLgeQjfw=w276-h207-p-no Btw that s a nice kitchen you got there. Is the high gloss material from the place at pannipitiya?
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    Neustone For Kitchen Countertop

    Well there aren't any noticeable scratches or stains so far but it also depends on how you takes care of it. Occasionally we keep some hot pots just out from the hob on it but it can withstand some amount of abuse. For cleaning we use an ordinary tile cleaner. The only disadvantage is that the groove between the joint is visible as for a " L " shaped pantry you need at least two sheets.
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