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About matroska

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    Lord of Baelsbury

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    North of the River
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    80's Hatches

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    Honda | Datsun | Toyota
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    Civic|Sunny| Starlet
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    P10A2 | A12 |2E
  • Mechanical Mods
    2E-4E Conversion on the Starlet - ongoing
  • Cosmetic Mods
    Alloys on the Datto| Lots of plans for the EP71
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    Make the EP71 a daily runner - live with a car older than me
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    Non Expert. I just love cars.

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  1. Hello and welcome to the forum. The Kelisa is quite a decent hatchback. Used to be my wifes daily driver - trouble free little car based on the Daihatsu Mira. Overall no complains at all. It's a small hatch so you have to expect it to behave like one - not super luxurious or very refined but quite decent. The car is quite nimble and handles well. The EJDE 3 Cylinder 1000 cc engine is very noisy and tends to vibrate a lot. It has around 55 BHP which is quite enough as the car is small and light. Manages hills and all without breaking sweat. The interior is quite spartan and functional, the interior build quality feels a tad bit cheap (understandable considering it's a budget hatch). Interior bits are prone to wear out a bit sooner than Japanese cars. The car is extremely simple mechanically - any decent mechanic can fix it and so simple that some minor jobs can be done DIY as well. Spares are freely available - either at the agents or at a few panchikawatta shops. Some parts are interchangeable with other Daihatsu/Toyota cars as well (For instance,break pads are the same as on the Daihatsu Hijet) The biggest issue usually is the engine mounts tend to wear out quickly - maybe due to the excessive vibration. Original Mounts are comparatively expensive so most people tend to use cheap third party mounts which just last a few months and the car starts vibrating like crazy again. That's something to look out for when inspecting. A little bit of vibration is normal but if it acts like if the car has had an epileptic fit the mounts are bust. Even this is a straightforward fix. Since the car is about 15+ years old you need to look out for other more generic issues such as corrosion, poorly done accident repairs etc. Overall the car is extremely simple and easy to maintain. What we had was one with Automatic transmission and it consistently did 10KMPL - nothing more nothing less. I'm not sure about the market price right now 2003 would probably be around 1.3/1.4 Mil? Do a price check and of course you can always bargain.
  2. Well the cars are not quite comparable one to one and also at varying price points The Camry would ideally have a little more bells and whistles, the civic will be a little bit more basic than that but still it's a nice car to drive. The G11 would be more expensive than the others wouldn't it? Again a relatively comfy car. Many G11 Bluebirds were used in tourism and would have run to the moon and back - as always with used cars do a proper check. Being a 2002 I guess it would be below 2.5 Mil? The Civic would be in the same range or a big higher - would vary with the YOM . Bluebird G11 would be closer to the 3 Mil range since it's newer.
  3. Well - you have quite a structured approach and that's good. If we take your list The Sedans are about 10+ years old now and in the case of the Lancer you might find a 2011/2012 model - overall the lancer is a good car. Avoid the Belta as it's overrated and prone to exchange hands like a 100 rupee note due to the whole good on fuel myths. When it comes to Yaris - you still might find very sparingly used car because some of them were bought on permit and are still with first owners - I personally knew a couple of such cars and were in pristine condition when they were sold off last year. Manuals are a bit cheaper and being a very uncomplicated car so it won't be a big hassle to maintain. The only thing is to find a Good honest car which is easier said than done. I have no experience on Fords or any other euros but the general consensus is they provide more bang-for-the-buck. From the hatchback list - the NEWEST you can get is a Perodua Axia and I fully agree with the views expressed by the others - We've had a Perodua Kelisa some years back and it was quite a decent car and Peroduas aren't too far behind their Japanese counterparts. You could also consider the Kia Picanto and you might get one still under agent warranty. A 2010 Vitz would be a very simple easy to maintain car but then again hard to find an unmolested version (common problem with the popular Toyotas) . 2010 ish Swift will be a fun-to-drive car. Of course it may not be the most practical in case you think of it as a family vehicle - the rear seating area is a bit cramped and boot space is minimal so if the whole purpose is to use as a family car then it might not be the best choice. The Fit (GP1 I assume for that budget ) is a decent car barring the well documented Oil burn issue: You get a lot more car for that budget it has Cruise control, a LOT of space (Once transported a couch for 90km) handling is good and with sports mode on quite a fun to drive car. Overall though - if you don't really travel long distance and you just want the car to be there in the background getting you from A-B without too much fuss AND since it's your first car the best option would still be an Axia even though it may not be the most comfy or exciting. Agent will always have spares and there's Perodua spares aplenty in Panchikawatta too. A car made specifically for the market with agent involvement as opposed to a Grey Import is usually a good starting point for a new car user. If you head over to the Honda Civic 2018 (1.0L Turbo Grey Import) thread you can see that we've been debating the exact oil to use at services for the past 2 years now ....
  4. Hey man - no worries I mean when I saw your Original post and the whole 'Applicants should have 25+ years experience in.....' vibe I just could not resist It's cool that you've cleared out your stance. My man @Hyaenidae - that is impressive sh*t. Yeah well - the thing is the members in this forum are a lot of like minded people which is the nicest thing here. There are many of us who are not at all professionally into Automobile engineering etc but are just purely guys who have the seemingly unfathomable obsession with cars - the type of people who remember their co-workers by what they drive than their name or what they do, people who can identify an obscure Japanese car by looking at its light, people who know what type of car would suit a different purpose ...people like me who dreamt of being a mechanic as a kid but drifted far far away and ended up writing code (ok...now I mostly write excel formulas and make Presentations). I know some people in this forum in person and they're some of the nicest people around. Some of them provided sound mechanical advice and guess what I even got some really good opinions from the people in the forum when I wanted to fix a glass roof for my courtyard. There's no discrimination, no kunuharupa, and this forum is a pleasant place as opposed to other more popular forums and facebook automotive groups - which honestly make me cringe a bit when I interact with bus mudalalis who've bought Civics, kasippu mudalalis with Allions etc) In short it's a forum of like-minded Automobile Enthusiasts. Yeah - I guess this is where IT guys with a passion for cars end up - and as opposed to other professions we spend a hell lot of time with internet access so that adds up.
  5. Yes Indeed. Your turn Irage.
  6. nope here's the next one
  7. Wow @iRage thanks for that bunch of interesting facts. Remember the Hardtop Bluebird you posted last week? While reading about that I stumbled upon the whole pillarless jdm hardtop story and read about the various models and came across the ED too hence the fast reply This is such a beautiful car BTW
  8. is this what they call the Carina ED? It's a JDM only variant right?
  9. That indicator-on-top is very Tata-esque ... can't place the exact model though.
  10. Are Yaar it doesn't get more Hindustani than that the design and the name ... I can almost feel the smell the cheap plasticy interior emits in the hot sun.
  11. yeah it looks nice doesn't it -with that tiny port-hole window - this is the 2 door variant of the G10 called the runabout haven't seen one for real in SL but saw an advert for one. There's something quaintly charming about old Daihatsu hatches. I'm not sure what this is but it definitely looks Indian there's a whole 'Yaaar' vibe to it
  12. It's a G10 - actually the 2 door 'runabout' with the circular windows your turn Kavvz
  13. isn't the shop a 'Third Party' - hence it would be covered?
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