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  1. matroska

    [Civic 2018] The Drive...

    It's been a while since the last entry where I rambled on about the minor details but now for the all important part how does this actually drive. I've done over 5000 Km's now and I guess spend enough time with the car to give my honest feedback on how it handles etc. I'm not going to dwell on the statistics and figures since that is readily available on the internet - but for formalities sake the Civic comes with the P10A2 engine - Honda's 3 cylinder turbo charged engine which has somewhere between 125-130 BHP. So the overall driving experience ? Well it's adequate and after the break-in period it seems the car is actually quite eager than it was initially. There is a bit of turbo lag and coupled with the torque at low revs you feel a bit like driving a diesel ....no complaints though. A question I usually get from some people is whether this model comes with the much maligned DCT - well surprise surprise it does not. Honda have mated the P10A2 with a CVT. Of course there is always the manual and that is actually supposed to be great as per reviews from the UK - but considering I use this car to drive daily to and from work in the colombo traffic I had to be a masochist to opt for a manual (which I'm not - and god bless future me when I try to sell a manual in Sri Lanka ) . Those who have driven the GP5's and Graces know that the Dual clutch set up is actually a blast to drive - which is not the case with the CVT. My previous car also had a CVT gear box and frankly I'm not a fan of them at all. But then given how DCT's fared locally I guess having a rubbery CVT over a DCT setup is not a huge deal. All grades of the FK6 comes with paddle-shifters - now I know it's a bit funny to see paddle shifters and CVT in the same sentence but what the setup actually does is have more of a simulated shifting mechanism going when you use them. When you're in normal 'Drive' mode you can use the shifters to change gears but the car is too eager to override you and kind of spoils the fun. However if you change your gear to 'S' then the HUD will display an 'M' indicating that the car is ready to receive manual input and a blinking indicator also indicates when the time is right to shift up. Of course if you don't shift at the right moment the car will give you some time and after a while will override you. S mode, and the 7-Speed CVT with the shifters is a little fun time to time but I think it's there more as a gimmick to be perfectly honest. I will upload a video on this later on and update the entry. There is an ECO mode which can be enabled/disabled by a switch on the gear shifter console. Turning off the Eco mode will give you a more fun driving experience as the car is much more peppier. For more fun on an open road shift to S and use the shifters. I use the E03 expressway daily and that's where this car really feels home at. I mentioned the low end torque - around 2250 RPM there is a sweet spot and you can feel that pull. Due to it's dynamics the car feels very well planted and very stable at high speeds. You just feel the car hugging the road and hurtling forward - which is a really nice feeling. The handling is quite good -the steering is a little lifeless but adequately sharp and the ride is very controlled. I drive an SR which does not have the adaptive damper system found on the EX. The ride is generally smooth even with some potholes - though I cannot give any feedback about the rear since I've never actually traveled in the back seat. Road noise is something I've always associated with Honda's and once again this is no exception though the road noise insulation is comparatively better than that of smaller cars like the Fit. But it does a good job of cutting out the racket from that noisy 3 pot engine - which believe me is quite loud and rough when you actually open the hood and take a look. But inside the car it's generally quiet. To sum it up ... Cars with downsized engines for the sake of reducing emissions and improving gas-mileage are not meant to be fast performance cars in the first place. But Honda have tried to give the driver a bit of feel-good factor with the fake air vents and the paddle shifters and the overall 'sporty' feel. I wish it didn't have the CVT gear box and the steering was a little less lighter. But the noisy little 3 pot engine pulls really well given it's size and the weight of the car. The 1L Turbo Civic is no Type R but for a bird with clipped wings it flies pretty well. And now for the FAQ Section ---------------------------------------------------- [1] "Nice car bro how does it do on fuel ? " : I drive in generally bad traffic I wouldn't claim it to be the worst since I don't travel to areas like Rajagiriya/Dehiwala etc. And the car returns around 7-8 KMPL. On general I get about 10 KMPL in a 50-50 City/Suburban drive. On the Expressway I get around 6L/100Km which means about 16.6 KMPL. On the average long distance drive on non expressways depending on the time of the day the car will do between 12-16 KMPL. [2] "The car is a bit low isn't it? " : One fear I had earlier about the car before purchase is it's low ground clearance - somehow I have found it to be ok so far. I recently traveled on one of the most horrible roads I have seen in the western province - it was a tiny impossibly narrow dirt road with immense pot holes and pieces of rock jutting out leading to an almost forgotten home for the senior citizens where we had to give dinner. It was a hellish drive in pitch darkness but somehow i got through without a single scrape. For a better understanding I will try to upload some daytime pics of the said road. [3] "Aren't the back seats a bit cramped?" Leg-space wise no. There's quite a lot of leg space . The thing is due to the curved shape of the roof some may feel that head-space is a bit lacking. The only person to complain so far was my 6'3" /125Kg cousin. So unless you're some behemoth you are OK. Having said that I must say the Civic is a little too driver oriented with a lot of care given to the driver and lesser focus to the passengers: for instance the seat height adjustment is not available for the front passenger. It's a little darker in the back too.
  2. matroska

    [Civic 2018] The Drive...

    Thanks man! This is true - I'm able to go to most places - recently went to this remote place 'Hakwatuna-Oya' and was wise enough to leave the civic behind and travel in a Chevy Cruze - however has to be said any regular sedan would also have struggled and it's only because the Cruze has above average ground clearance that it managed to go unscathed.
  3. matroska

    Project Moggie - Disassemble Body Parts

    Wow this is brilliant - so much old world charm. Good luck with the project @kusumsiri - the car already looks nice so after you've finished we will probably see an absolute minter ­čÖé. Back in 2007 when i had just finished my AL's my dad and i bought a Morris Traveller to restore sadly neither of us had the time to spend on it so we sold it off - that car was in horrid shape compared to this ( It even had it's own in-house eco system of insects - ants spiders etc) it traveled more miles by being pushed than by it's own engine ­čśŤ that picture of the engine brought back some memories
  4. matroska

    Which Automatic car? Please Help

    Discussed in great detail over the last year or so so many times I just can't type the same thing anymore for example there are just so many .... please do a thorough search there's enough content there for you.
  5. matroska

    WHICH octane for VITZ?

    ended up buying it? Congrats!
  6. matroska

    Order Brand New Car

    you seem to have trouble finding things don't you?
  7. matroska

    Driving only on weekends

    Ground clearance on the 260's are quite good two of my cousins have a premio and an allion and once on a trip those two kept up effortlessly with an SUV on bad roads.
  8. matroska

    Toyota aqua 2014/15 or Honda Fit GP5

    obviously the guy want's to have a little drink inside the car - priorities....!
  9. matroska

    Reasonable Mech Needed For Old Classics

    where exactly are you based ? I'm from around the same area i could ask my dad who will know a few mechanics who work on older cars - the guy who works on our 72 Datsun is fairly competent too but I'm not sure if morris is up his alley PM me I'll try to get you some info. is this A****M**** near K-Zone?
  10. matroska

    Closest Mountain View kinda Cheap bunglow hotel

    I'm going away for a few days for the awurudu weekend - you can stay at my house - there will be no humans and due to the power cuts there are no lights either.
  11. matroska

    Toyota Vitz 2016

    The tax alone for an unregistered 1300 would be over 3.5 M which means the whole car will cost close to 5M when imported. At that price no one would buy a vitz.
  12. matroska

    ## Post Whoring - Part 3 ##

    thanks for that recommendation - should try that out
  13. matroska

    Driving only on weekends

    Well... the Korean second hand market is not quite dead but I know what you mean BUT nowadays second hand cars are not as popular as they were a few years back regardless of brand. anyways Mazda 3 is an excellent car and it's good to see it as your first choice. It's not THAT rare if you think about it - mostly they are not for sale a lot since it seems people who buy them tend to keep them for long. There are no well documented problems such as AC compressor issues on Allion/Premio, DCT issues on Vezel/Fit's etc. Go stand on a roadside and observe how Sri Lankan motorists drive - then you will realize their mental capabilities: do you expect mentally handicapped people to identify a good car when they see one ­čśä ­čśä ?
  14. matroska

    ## Post Whoring - Part 3 ##

    NFS Underground 1 pioneered the whole street racing thing and NFS UG2 was the height of perfection. Absolutely love it to this day. Pity things became mundane afterwards . I recently played NFS Payback and it was just 'meh'
  15. matroska

    WHICH octane for VITZ?

    92 should be fine. Also, this subject was discussed earlier.
  16. Even a most mundane task like cleaning pedestal fans can remind you the difference between Japanese and Chinese/Malaysian build quality 

  17. matroska

    Nissan March k11 2001

    Try this https://www.dropbox.com/sh/lsp2a1h129ymgfu/MjwC-XTIAE
  18. matroska

    To buy my 1st car

    For one - you can anyway trust a new car for daily use for a few years easily. Modern koreans are on par with Japs without a doubt. It's only in remote villages and forums like e***iri where over hyped buying and selling mudalalis spread fear about Korean vehicles and recommend 30 year old jdm shit buckets.
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    To buy my 1st car

    No one can comment on the 'good reselling value' so why not go for the other factors? resale is a bit of a lottery anyway. Picanto is a more well rounded car with good build quality specially than the Wigo and the celerio. If you like the Picanto just go for it. If you're really worried about resale then the lesser you spend the lesser you stand to lose in which case I'd assume the Japanese Alto to be the cheapest of the lot - and It isn't too bad a car either.
  20. matroska

    To buy my 1st car

    Is this due to the gear-box issue in X-Trails?
  21. matroska

    Mazda 6 (2016~2018) vs Premio (2018~2019)

    You're talking about fairly new cars - maintained well both cars will be trouble free. Its after the cars have done some running and spent a few years in SLs hard conditions that"issues" come up. Timely maintenance is key. I had a 2012 Honda Fit which i did nothing but regular maintenance and I didn't have to do anything at all other than change wiper blades and do 2 wheel alignments. I don't think either of these cars will give you trouble in the near future.
  22. matroska

    Driving only on weekends

    This is a reasonable budget for a nice car - If you're not driving day-to-day then you really should not get a hybrid. You've already mentioned your concern with the Premio - i.e : Tampering, fake mileage, open books etc are common among popular cars like this. For 5.5 you could also consider a Korean SUV like a Sorento for instance . Specially if you drive on bad roads and want some ground clearance (mind you no proper off roading them Korean SUV's are just big comfy station wagons) If you can stretch your budget a little bit more and able to negotiate a good price you can go for a slightly used 2017-2018 Civic too.. like this one you will have to pump 95 but since you don't drive daily that should be fine. Nice car to drive .
  23. matroska

    Quick Trivia 3

    This thread has been dormant for too long....so here's one to get this started again...
  24. This is the toughest part - these cars are very popular and as a result became a tradeable commodity. Most of them are severly abused.
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    Engine Stalling While Slowing Down

    Same model? Could be different reasons depending on what your vehicle is.