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  1. Update on 4 years of Hiace ownership coming soon... :D 

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    2. Magnum

      Magnum

      An engine and gearbox plus some seats as well?

    3. iRage

      iRage

      seats ? you mean benches :D

    4. Magnum

      Magnum

      Pretty sure they are seats

  2. Is there any difference between 2014 and 2015 Vezel? Some people claim that the 2015 model Vezel gearbox are more robust than 2014

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    2. alpha17

      alpha17

      Yes mate.Even in the Civics and Fits the steering wheel has the particular issue.

      Oh sorry mate,I have been mistaken about the gearbox type.Then the gearbox might be a bit durable,but can’t exactly tell.

      But do you feel that the complexity of the powertrain while you drive?I mean the the motor to engine transition is not smooth like the toyotas.When we drive slowly and suddenly at the need of extra power the throttle response is a bit hideous.It feels like the car cannot understand what to do next😅

    3. Magnum

      Magnum

      @alpha17 I thought that delay in response was common to all hybrids, true it is kind of annoying. It feels like the vehicle is in a complete confused state. 

    4. alpha17

      alpha17

      But I have to mention that the best hybrid I’ve ever driven was the Insight ZE5,the 2015 one with the 1500cc engine.The model is a bit rare since most of the insights are ZE2s with the 1300cc.It also got paddle shifters and man I love that ride.The IMA system feels just like a normal gasoline car but more livelier.But I think that the IMA system is far ahead in reliability and simplicity when comparing with the i-DCD system.

  3. Thoughts on the third gen CRV? if im not wrong the JDM version was only available with a 2.4L engine. Are the 2.0L models agent imports?

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    2. iRage

      iRage

      Dad had a RE4 (third gen AWD) which he sold off for when mom's RAV4 in Japan was brought down. He regrets selling it off :)

      The RE4 was very comfortable and the interior was very plush compared to the RAV4 and XTrail. Felt a bit heavy on the hand (RAV4 feels lighter and nimbler). The only thing I did not like about it was the gearbox with its fancy slope control dual shift thing-a-magic; took a bit of getting used to on how to work with the gearbox.

      Fuel economy wise it was pretty much towards the upper end of the spectrum in relation to the RAV4...more closer to 8ish (roughly dad's monthly running includes about 75% city driving towards the tail end of rush hour traffic and 25% driving outstation to Sigiriya). He also had a RD4 before the RE and the RD got about 6-7 (just as the RAV4), but the RE was a lot top heavier than both the RE and the RAV4 (also for some reason the rubber door handles just broke off over time like a dog had chewed it).

      Yes..the JDM variant came only with the K24A 2.4L engine. The K24A engine was first tried out on the2nd generation facelifted CRV (RD7/6) with some minor updates and putting out a bit more power (150 or something vs 170?)

      The 2.0L variants are export variants. I believe most were sold brand new by the agents. Most of the 2.0L variants from the agents seem to be FWD variants. Whilst the 2.0L AWD was also sold by them it seems like they also offered the 2.4L AWD (after some time ?). I have seen some imports from UK and Australia as well.

    3. Magnum

      Magnum

      @iRage 8ish is a decent figure for city running, is there a significant difference between the K24A and K24Z? Based on the fuel figures you have mentioned, there seems to have been an improvement. 
      Also I noticed that only the JDM models seem to be available with Alcantra seats while the export variants were offered with leather seats.

    4. iRage

      iRage

      Oh, the 8ish is what he averaged in a month/cycle which included 75% city driving. And his city driving was not in the thick of rush hour traffic. But both he and I do tend to get heavy footed. 

      No idea about the changes. 

      Yes, even to this date most JDM cars have alcantra whilst the export variants have actual leather because Japanese people do not get the whole leather thing

  4. Isnt Sikkens paint better than Debeer paint? Most workshops in SL seem to be promoting Debeer

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    2. TheFlyingFox

      TheFlyingFox

      No, you can use a different lacquer. I have used Sikkens paint and Debeer lacquer. 

    3. Magnum

      Magnum

      @TheFlyingFox Did it come out fine? I have heard that sometimes the paint could start getting bubbles and ripples all over.

    4. TheFlyingFox

      TheFlyingFox

      It came out just fine if the painter is a “wada karu “. Using a good quality lacquer on a middle grade paint can actually make it look much better. 

  5. Anyone else is in love with the new Jimny?

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    2. TheFlyingFox

      TheFlyingFox

      @Magnum Great news! I should dig into this further since there is a 660CC 

    3. tiv

      tiv

      Spoke to a large car sale in kandy recently, they said no one has plans to bring it down large scale as even the older models that came in are stagnating in sales, they called it a market nightmare lol,

      the more reason to buy one as it will be scarcer!

    4. TheFlyingFox

      TheFlyingFox

      @tiv Yeah true, just like the Copens and S660s. Of course the Jimny is a bit better 

  6. Anyone else gets questioned why you buy keep buying car parts? non car people simply dont get it :unsure:

    1. PreseaLover

      PreseaLover

      yeah.. like hell yeah.. my office friends thinks im sick cuz i have restore the car after paying for a market price.. they dont get it.. they dont get the thrill in it man.. these days im also buying a lot of parts and i get to hear the same thing :D 

  7. Has anyone taken out a factory fitted tweeter? Do they come with a cross over?

    1. alpha17

      alpha17

      Nope mate.They contain only capacitors to block out low frequencies.Even the budget tweeters(around 2k-3k) has the same method.If you plan to add new ones,make sure to get your hands on a reputed brand like,Pioneer,Kenwood,Jbl,Alpine etc etc... which comes with a proper filter.

    2. Magnum

      Magnum

      Yep high end tweeters come with a separate cross-over, I got a set of Carrozzeria tweeters 

  8. Vezel starts getting gearbox issues due to the DCT system going bonkers when you continuously creep in traffic with your foot on the brake pedals yeah? What if you switch it into sport mode and lock the transmission in 1st gear when you are driving in heavy traffic?

    1. alpha17

      alpha17

      Yup.That’s the only way.I have seen most people have recomended this.One of my friend owns one and he replaced the clutches at 100k kms for 2 lakhs.Also change the clutch oil at every service.I also thoroughly searched for this issue,since I was going to buy an Axio Luxel from one of my father’s friends,and he planned to go for a Vezel.So I have to made up my mind for a Premio or Allion since almost all had told him about this replacement😐

    2. Magnum

      Magnum

      well that fixes it then

  9. How do some members in the forum figure whether vehicle requires 92 or 95 octane based on the compression ratio?

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    2. iRage

      iRage

      Actually Premium/HighOku ranges from 95 till 98 (ish). Depending on the fuel manufacturer. Nowadays the common premium is 98 except for a few budget brands which are 95ish. Then some manufacturers do the whole "special additive" marketing which in some cases would increase the octane value as well (as some were octane boosters).100 is still reserved as Ultra Premium (which previously/used to range from 98 upwards) and actually not that widely available even with the larger brands. But the notion is that things are going to stagnate at these octane levels for now as most manufacturers are on a frenzy to put on hydrogen stations because of the deadline.

      So depending on the car (its period to be more specific) even 95 as "premium" would suffice.

    3. Magnum

      Magnum

      @tiv what sort of compression ratio is considered as high compression ratio?

    4. tiv
  10. Used our car for couple of days, now I totally understand why people use those heat shield tints on car windscreens. There's much more heat and light entering into cars than it does in vans :unsure:

  11. I recently came across an electrician meddling with a vehicle's side mirrors

    When the mirrors were retracted, it failed to stop at the normal position, instead the left side mirror kept moving towards the front of the vehicle. 

    The electrician mentioned that the mirrors have 'gone out of timing'

    Apparently this happens if the mirrors get knocked or bumped into. He folded/unfolded the mirror which had the problem using his hands couple of times and the issue was sorted out  

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    2. Magnum

      Magnum

      @iRage what's RFP?

      In this case the electronic system had got confused or something as it was going forward smoothly without a fuss but when you operate the mirror with your hands you can hear the locking mechanism working

       

    3. iRage

      iRage

      Sorry..FRP....not the same composition as the bonnets and hood scoops and stuff but not the plain on plastic either.

      But....in most cars, especially the older ones. with auto retract.you can hear the wheels go click click click when you open and close with your hand can't you ?

    4. Magnum

      Magnum

      @iRage Yes you can, but what I meant was that this specific mirror I have mentioned in the status had got knocked somehow and when unfolded with the switch it behaved as if there wasn't any lock. When retracted it went all the way front smoothly but when the mirror was folded with hands the lock made a clicking noise at the normal stopping position.
      The electrician explained that circuit had got confused where the normal stopping position hence it had unfolded all the way towards the front.

      Considering his explanation, I assume when a mirror normally unfolds, the locks are unlocked until the mirror is unfolded to the correct position where it stops and the locking mechanism locks it there in place. 

  12. I don't I'll be going back to Mag City again for service. ..

  13. Came across a Daihatsu Copen, got into it and checked it out. I absolutely love it!

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    2. Magnum

      Magnum

      Yep its pretty dope! You sit very low in it and the passenger side door is only an arms length away, although I didnt drive it, I could tell it would be fun to drive.

      The one I checked out had a price of around 4 million which is a fair bit of investment when there are other alternatives which offer more.

      Practicality wise, the boot isn't that small, I was told that we could use the space where the roof goes into if we leave the roof closed, but everything will have to go in the boot as you don't have much space upfront if you got a passenger.

      I didnt check it out with the idea of buying it, rather I just came across it but yes it's very tempting

    3. tiv

      tiv

      4 mil is too much unless it's a 2017 unit as they are rarely sold, car sale fellas are desperate to get rid of em despite their Lamborghini like appraisals lol. There are cars unreg even at 3.5 and used ones may go as low as 3 mil. But even at 4 mil it's like a miniature SLK!

    4. Magnum

      Magnum

      I think this was a fairly new one and 4mil is quite a lot of money when you know it's going to drop in value quickly after you register it

  14. Guys my wipers create a mist like layer every time they wipe. They are original Toyota wipers which I got from Japan about a year and half ago. The blades dont seem like they are worn out.

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    2. matroska

      matroska

      @terrabytetango got this from Laugfs in 2017.

    3. iRage

      iRage

      What on earth are original wiper blades from Japan ? Japan Toyota does not sell wiper blades..they have an OEM brand and they put a Toyota sticker on it...so most of the time you get better after market ones than what you get at the Toyota dealer.

      Could be that the wipers got some kind of stuff on it ? Like an oily cleaner or something you might have wiped it with ? Also sometimes the wiper rubber has some protective fluid on it which needs sometime to wear off.

      How clean is your windshield ? Some glass cleaners the service stations use leave a sucky residue.

      Could be some kind of water repellent that you put on the windshield as well. When you spray water on the windshield does the water bead like a waxed car body ?

    4. Magnum

      Magnum

      @iRage bought it from Toyota dealer.

      I added some windscreen washer fluid and gave the wipers a good clean up. I think the issue is sorted now. Havent yet had an opportunity to drive it in heavy rain.

  15. So I see Defenders advertised as 2012, 2014, 2015 and so on but they carry old registration numbers such as 32- or 65-.

    How is that possible? 

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    2. matroska

      matroska

      Defenders,minis and other old school SUVs are insanely overpriced and really they're abused to bits but fetch stupid prices due to the show-off factor.

    3. tiv

      tiv

      Unless done up well, nightmares on wheels in terms of reliability. 

    4. Magnum

      Magnum

      Funny thing about those dodgy Classic Minis is that most them are with complete mishmash of parts from different generations.

  16. Took the Suzuki Every to a drive down to matale, it's properly economical. Did 12.1km/l ?

  17. Experienced the perks of having Conti tyres during emergency braking ?

    1. sathyajithj99

      sathyajithj99

      Why? What happened??

    2. Magnum

      Magnum

      a Viva Elite and a Premio decided to stop for fuel all of a sudden along a bend

  18. Why do some people overstate the fuel economy figures when advertising a car?

    Some figures are so off to the extent you start doubting whether it would be a safe purchase.

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    2. sathyajithj99

      sathyajithj99

      When I took my CHR to the hospital for the first time, almost all the doctors were asking "malli, oke thel keeyak karanawada?"

      Nobody bothered to ask "how is the handling? how is the power, comfort? What are the new features?"

      Typical Sri Lankan mentality. It's almost like the number of kilometers per litre a vehicle does decides its market value.

    3. Magnum

      Magnum

      @sathyajithj99 There was a poll on FB regarding the most important feature when purchasing a vehicle, the highest vote was for fuel economy

    4. iRage

      iRage

      I wrote this on one of the threads as well..fuel economy is so high in importance in SL because 90% of the people buy cars that they cannot afford. So when they spend a lot of their income on paying the lease..they hardly have any money left for living life. Even if the companies give a vehicle allowance the fact still applies. So they want to spend as little as possible on fuel and maintenance

      Then the another dimension is that we Sri Lankans LOVE a bargain. At a bargain we would even buy a heap of dog $h**. So exaggerated fuel figures are away of showing off what a bargain you are getting. In the same line....we measure human by the what we have rather than who we are. As such we always yearn to have the shinier, larger, newer car than what you always have. When you can't afford to get that....then exaggerated fuel figures become the justification for them to why they are using the car they already have.

  19. Drove a Suzuki Every after long time, 
    Holy molly! It's a blast to drive it around around city limits! :D 

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    2. tiv

      tiv

      Let's call it a little keep on the side !

    3. terrabytetango

      terrabytetango

      They're not CVT yet, that's probably why you found it fun.

    4. Magnum

      Magnum

      @terrabytetango It has tiptronic and the gearbox is very responsive to accelerator inputs

  20. Not sure if I should stick to original Toyota oil filter or go for VIC oil filter. 

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    2. Uditha88

      Uditha88

      both same as after market toyota filter not jap. still vic is japan.

    3. iRage

      iRage

      Well...if you were in Japan...there is no such thing called a Toyota oil filter....they put OEM ones :D The box will have a Toyota part sticker on it :) I believe a genuine VIC filter would be as good as the "Genuine Toyota" oil filters in SL, which 99% of the time come from Thailand, Indonesia, etc..anyway....There have been cases where people had cut off the VIC filters and they have ended up being far better than the "Genuine Toyota Filter"...

      Just don't go for the fake Chinese crap that has boxes and logos that look exactly like the actual VIC...or fake VICs.

    4. Magnum

      Magnum

      I came across that comparison between VIC and Toyota filter( thanks to Hyaenidae).

      I used VIC last time, I'm gonna stick with VIC.

  21. Carrozzeria Tweeters + Crossovers. Amazing treble!

    https://ibb.co/iVrQE8

    20180611_072201.jpg

  22. I love the influx of kei vehicles!

     

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    2. Magnum

      Magnum

      @tiv Ah yep the Every Wagons make me drool :D 

      I also love the Spacia Custom and N-Box Custom, they seem to be loaded with goodies

    3. tiv

      tiv

      I myself am having a ball in the hustler 

      So easy to park , manoeuvre and I was shocked to see it easily take on the hills on the climb from dambulla to kandy.

    4. Magnum

      Magnum

      Yep kei vehicles dont seem to be having an issue with pulling, I guess they got some wicked gearbox

  23. Could you tell me right quick what would be a better motor for my Hiace, a Gallo 12 or a Gallo 24? 

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    2. tiv

      tiv

      Btw I saw this epic looking KDH, custom body kit, lowered / stanced really well, Pearl white with everything else smoked,

      on 19" or more rims, in KANDY! :DMade my day

    3. Magnum

      Magnum

      @tiv I think the van you are referring to is owned by one of my friend :D

    4. tiv

      tiv

      Give him a thumbs up for me

      It is very rare to see tastefully modified vehicles in the road now. Esp in Kandy 

      Adds variety than the Subaru or civic you see on the roads daily 

      Either it's stock or raped

  24. Assume there's two imaginary engines.

    One is a 2.0L engine producing 150bhp at 5500rpm and 200nm of torque at 4500rpm.

    The other engine is a 2.5L producing 150bhp at 3500rpm and 200nm of torque at 2500rpm

    Given the fact everything else is identical which engine would perform better in a race track scenario?

    I understand the 2.0L would perform better in day to day driving on normal roads.

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    2. MV-5

      MV-5

      if 2.5L engine produce  150 bhp  at 3500 RPM , so the torque at 3500 RPM is 305 Nm , 

      torque at 2500 = 200 Nm

      torque at 3500 = 305 Nm 

      So its max power is still somewhere beyond thew 4500 RPM , so 2.5L engine max power is far better than 2.0 L engine.

       

    3. MrCat

      MrCat

      That`s actually wrong.   200nm of torque at 2500rpm is the Maximum torque produced by the engine.  Torque against engine speed curve is never linear.  

    4. MV-5

      MV-5

      it is nearly impossible to teach "vector space" to a second grade school student.

  25. Thinking of getting a subwoofer down from Japan via the Ceylon shipping lines. Bad idea?

    1. tiv
    2. Magnum

      Magnum

      Yeah it's better to buy it in SL or bring it down alone with spare parts in a container

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