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  1. alpha17

    Honda Insight 2019 vs Toyota Premio 2019

    There were 3 grades for 1.8L version of the Allion; A18,A18 G package,A18 S package.1.5L; A15, A15 G package. Easiest way to identify them is the meter cluster. G package has the optitron meter cluster(illumination dashboard what they call here😅) and the base version has the ordinary meter cluster(just like the Axio 141 X grade’s meter but with tachometer and multi information display at the middle).According to the catalogue the A18 has the 9 leds. I have driven the A15 G pack but haven’t inspected the 3rd break lamp. Mine has 9 leds being a 1.5L, but from 2013.
  2. alpha17

    Honda Insight 2019 vs Toyota Premio 2019

    From what I’ve seen, the vents for rear are available in the highest grade of the 1.5L Premio/Allion 2013 and above models for sure. Premio’s F-EX package(what they call g superior in SL) and Allion G Plus(It’s properly called atleast😅) are equipped. I checked two 2010-2012 F-L package cars(which is a grade below F-EX) and they didn’t have those. But both of them were rebadged as G Superior. Maybe the real F-EX packages might have those vents. I think your Allion is a middle tier edition(I can’t remember the names of the grades of 2007-2009 Allions). Best thing is to check whether your 3rd brake light(mounted on the rear parcel shelf) has 9 led lamps.Top tier versions had 9 leds instead of four.Also the leather stitched steering wheel is another fact for the top spec version. If yours not a one, the we can guess that the top version might have the option.Anyway it’s not much of a great deal, but does make it nicer for the rear passengers.
  3. alpha17

    Honda Insight 2019 vs Toyota Premio 2019

    @sathyajithj99 Premio has heated side mirrors and AFAIK seat heaters, side mirror puddle lamps, auto dimming rearview mirrors can be added as accessories. But I agree the fact that CHR has more bells and whistles than Premio. But when you compare among those 2 cars, the the Premio might be the best option if you prefer a comfortable, reliable(if maintained well) and easy selling car. On the other hand with Insight you’ll get more options, a sportier ride(might not be as comfortable as the Premio) and for surely more heads will turn as you pass by. Remember that Insight is still a new car and so you’ll have to take a little bit of risk when you take that decision. Both Civic and the Insight were built on the same platform and some components might be same underneath, but powertrains are totally different. From what I’ve seen and heard, the interior of the new hondas start to show more signs of usage around 60,000-70,000 kms(specially the steering wheel).If you really want to go for a Honda, you can get a Civic sedan with the 1.0T engine which might be safe. As for the Premio,( I’m currently owning a 2013 Allion) it’s a good family mover. I’m usually averaging around 14kmpl per one tank of fuel with one long distance trip. Comfort wise I think it will be better than the Insight. Also note that there are AC vents underneath the front seats for the legs of the rear passenger but most people doesn’t know about that.But remember that it is not a sporty ride with good handling and acceleration.Since it’s much heavier and when cruising down the road you’ll feel the weight, a bit like a more expensive car. As you are moving from an Avanza, both cars will be miles ahead from that.
  4. alpha17

    Driving only on weekends

    Even with the bodykit she scrapes the ground very rarely compared to my previous 121🙂
  5. alpha17

    Driving only on weekends

    Check the 2013 Allion. It’s the same car with less chrome insertings for about 1-2 lakhs lower. I personally find (maybe because I own one) the front end and rear end of the Premio to be more plasticy looking. Make sure to find a one with all the records and details regardless of the mileage done. The car will return you about 12-13kmpl around Kegalle and 17+ kmpl on long distances if you drive it on light foot, maintaining a speed around 70-80kmph. I personally prefer a much more comfier, spacious ride (as I’m 6ft) with good ground clearance at the expense of handling, so went for a one.
  6. alpha17

    Importing Spares from Ebay

    Guys, Went to collect the package today to Kandy Post office. Got without any taxation as contacted a known person. Product is faultless and in good condition. Briefly tested at my car audio guy and so far producing really deep, nice sound for the size(Tested in a room, not in the spare well). Going to install it by day after tomorrow. Fits in the spare tire, but requires a new screw to hold it. I'll give a review after fixing it☺️
  7. Has anyone used Rakuten Global to bring down parts to SL?How is it?

    1. Magnum


      From what I'm aware of Japanese online sellers generally use an expensive shipping agent hence your shipping cost would be high and they wouldn't undervalue the product like Chinese sellers, so if there is a customs tax involved, it would be high as well.

    2. alpha17


      @Magnum I have to bring down door mirror puddle lamps and they cost about 11000yen. So I’ll try another way

    3. Magnum


      There must be a shipping cost calculator. I once ordered a paint touch pen from Japan through eBay and I remember the seller used an expensive and fast courier. 

  8. alpha17

    Toyota aqua 2014/15 or Honda Fit GP5

    Yaris is better than the others since it’s a sedan. A bit more comfortable. 1.3 would be sufficient for daily driving. Maintenance wise would be equal to a Vitz, but the vibration is not there as I remember. Better to go for a Belta G with push start and climate control, as they would be slightly more comfier than the Yaris. Performance would be okish with a 1.3l engine for daily driving. Don’t expect it to be as fast a an Aqua(which is not fast at all)
  9. alpha17

    Tips of Maintaining a Black Car

    Oh mate!!! I know that feeling. When I had the previous car with champagne gold colour I can run for weeks and weeks without needing to wash. But now😐 After washing only one trip to town is required😅
  10. Used Mazda 6 2016-2018 without even thinking.Premio is just an ordinary car made for A to B transportation as mentioned by iRage.But I consider Mazda 6 as an all-in-one package. Looks,Comfort,Options Handling etc... I have no idea about the fuel economy, but the 2.0L motor seems to be pretty efficient compared to it’s size. Also go for the one which is equipped with a Bose sound system
  11. I resetted the ecu and then drove the car for around 20mins smashing the throttle. Since then the car felt noticably faster than other 121s. It’s not a fast car and not intended to become one.Quite nippy.A sudden kick down can jump the rpm to 5000 after that trick.For me the car felt more nippy than the es5 1.5l, mazda axela from the same era. Also of you drive a bit enthusiastically with a heavy foot the VVT-I system automatically sets itself to give more performance. Just a 1500cc car.
  12. I have owned one for 7 years. Sold it on January. Check the Blogs section as I have done a complete ownership review which would give you a basic idea about the car. But finding a good example is really hard. cheers!
  13. alpha17

    First Car - Cefiro 230/ 250 or ...

    Among the vehicles you’ve mentioned most of them are famous for NOT being economical and hard to sell. Since it’s your first vehicle, better to go for a reliable vehicle like Corolla 141. I know about the old a33 Cefiro and the newer version might be better.There are only a few number of them around here, so I’ve never met an owner so far. Mark X would be a nice car to drive with loads of options and uncommon looks but with low fuel economy. If fuel is not a concern for you, go for a Mark X eyes closed. There will be some repairs (considering the age) and most of them would be running repairs. Also the finding the parts will be a bit of an issue. G11 is also a comfy ride but being large saloon with a 1.5L fuel economy is not so good. Since it’s your first car, go for a famous and reliable model with service records. Also make sure to take someone who has a good knowledge about vehicles in order to check whether the car had been met with an accident or to check the mechanical condition. Don’t be hesitant to pay a bit more if the car is in perfect condition with records and trust. My advice is better to go with a car like Corolla 141 or Premio 240(Most of them are used like hell,so less number of good examples are available). Fd1 and Fd4 are also good cars with good reliability. Best thing is to go and check those cars. Make sure to do a test run. Also refer to the thread in the General Automotive section “How to buy a used car in Sri Lanka”. Good Luck!
  14. It’s the push start+smart key
  15. alpha17

    1st car - Arround 2million

    Both of them would do around 10-12kmpl in city driving and 16-18kmpl for long trips.Note that some owners have claimed about the steering rack noise(which is a common thing for most of the toyota’s due to SL roads).You’ll be able to squeeze out more kms if you are extremely lightfooted and drive like a granny Anyway when considering the fuel economy...just don’t think about it mate..they are cars with good fuel economies. So you’ll never get the low figures of a Cefiro or high figures of Hybrid. At the end of a long journey 1-2kmpl difference would likely to save you around 100 rupees.