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  1. Actually the ground clearance is almost equal to my Leaf which is 160mm although in the reviews the ground clearance of the X2 is mentioned as 180mm. I think X1 is a bit higher than that. The X2 overall hight is lower than X1. It looks and handles more like a car than a SUV or a crossover. But the suspension is slightly on the stiffer side and steering is heavier than a hybrid or a EV. Regarding the maps Shimotors offered to update SL maps for 55k. But still I'm thinking whether to install screen mirroring for just 15k and use google maps from mobile phone. The maps if installed will be offline maps so it wont be updated so spending 55k may not be worth. And no. I think I just managed to get the car days before the prices got inflated. The sale offered a good price for the exchange of my Vezel (6 Mil) and the X2 was bought for 11.5 M which in present situation is a good price in my opinion. Also I heard the agent does not bring down the X2. Is that correct? My one doesnt have sunroof. I think it is a unwanted luxury in SL. But I'm a bit dissapointed of not having adaptive cruise control which I enjoyed in the Vezel. Buying a vehicle which is already imported does not give you much of a choise when it comes to options. The seats are actually Suede (raw leather) which feels more comfy and pampered compared with ordinary leather seats. Did a couple of trips to Kandy and back. The accelaration and handling is the best I have experianced so far.
  2. Some photos of my new ride.
  3. So after searching for some time I have finally bought the X2. The vehicle is a 2018 Msport Japan import which I bought unregistered. Since the vehicle has been in the yard/ sale for nealy a year the service reminder for oil change and inspection has popped up on the display. I have not yet decided where I would take my new ride for the services so this is where I would like to get the opinion of BMW experts in the forum for advise. Personally I prefer Milroy since he has a good repo in this forum. Also Since the car is almost brand new should I register it with Prestige for the services and is it worth it? Another option is Bavarian Motors. Anyone have experience with them? Also I need advise about upgrading the Navigation with SL maps. I saw couple of places for BMW coding advertised on FB. Any one have experiance with them?
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    Peugeot 5008 Service

    Reviving an old thread to get some feedback from 5008/3008 users. It has been couple of years since the new gen 5008/3008 was introduced.So how are these vehicles holding up in SL conditions. Any maintenance issues? Also how is the agent's support, Last time I checked Carmart had a bad reputation. May be things have changed by now ?. How is the availability and cost of spares? I'm searching for a 3008/5008 (not decided exactly which one) and I need your valuable inputs. Thanks.
  5. All the X3s advertised are more than five years old. I'm looking for something newish. Say 2017-2018 models. Also have to mention that I have owned only japs upto now except for a Fiat which I owned for a brief period which I hated. Hence the reason for looking at relatively newer Euros. Also there are hardly any GLC200 on sale and it's price is a bit more than my budget.
  6. Exactly my thoughts. But I personnaly prefer the X2 for it's stylish design and it looks much sportier. The X1 looks too long for a car and I hate the appearance. Anyways that's my personnal opinion. So the GLA is definitely a no go.
  7. Hi everyone, I am plannning to upgrade my current ride. I have short listed following three makes out of which the X2 is my first preference. I appreciate if any BMW X2 users can comment on their first hand experience on the vehicle. Any maintenance issues, ride quality etc. BMW X2 M sport 2017/2018 - Prefered BMW 225XE PHEV - This is my 2nd preferance .Although the price is only marginally high compared to the X2 I'm not concerned about the fuel economy since the vehicle will not be used as the primary ride. Mercedes Benz GLA 180/200 (Only couple of registered vehicles are advertised at the moment)
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  11. 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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