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  1. I had driven the GP1 for a trip to the airport, and a full day around Kegalle town. I agree that it is a breeze to park and reverse the car due to the small size. Handling is easy. But issue about driving in the traffic might be because I’m new to the car.
  2. Forgot to mention. GP1 has the climbing issue. I once had to push a car to help on a very steep hill without even being loaded. On the same place a FIT ARIA also hesitated and had to push that also(road towards next door house). The same hill is easily climbed by a 1.2l CHR every day. But the issue is more apparent in the GP5 hybrid system. At the beginning of the hill the car stops like its been confused to choose the right gear. This issue is present in the Grace and Vezel too. I experience the same issue even in the new 1.5 Turbo CRV(even the car had no passengers and had plenty of power). But never experienced this issue in the good old ES5.
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    daihatsu Thor vs Toyota Tank/Roomy

    Getting the Tank would be much safer since it has the Toyota badge. Same car, but try to get a fully loaded variant. There is a good review done in sinhala in the youtube (a black toyota tank) and he shows off all the gimmicks you can do with it.
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    Honda Civic (ninth generation) fb1 ivtec

    Not too many people own them, but carries the same engines from the previous generation, so there won’t be any major issues since those were solid engines. Most owners from countries like Pakistan claim the 9th gen to be more comfortable than the 8th gen. On the other hand you’ll get a less sportier ride than the 8th gen. Most claim that the fuel economy is bit better than the 8th gen, but not in the Axio and Allions territory. I personally couldn’t tolerate the look of the back end, but the front is okish. Unlike the FD series FB series were not popular in SL, so you’ll be having a hard time selling the car. p.s- If you really want to go for it, I would install the boot lid and tail lights from the UAE model😃
  5. I’ll explain what are the differences you’ll notice. -GP5 is considerably faster than the GP1 and fun to drive. In terms of acceleration it is on a totally different planet when compared with Vitz and Aquas -Interior is nicely done in the GP5and has an upmarket look than the GP1, but same as the GP1 all materials are hard plastic -GP5’s Handling is a bit better than the GP1 -Some models of the GP1 came with the serious engine oil burning issue which is a real headache. But only a range of cars are affected. You can search in the forum form for their chassis number range to avoid. This was rectified in the GP5 and later GP1s -Comfort wise almost the same -GP5 has the faster wearing Dual Clutch gearbox, which tends to pack up around 80,000kms and above (due to the SL climate) -Both cars don’t have serious battery issues like the Civic Hybrid, but most of the GP1s would be in their final stages due to their age. -GP1 is a more like your usual Petrol car without any serious differences in driving experiences, and the powertrain is really smooth. But GP5 is filled with more electronics. You’ll get a Prius style gear shifter and a parking brake switch. I personally find that the powertrain of the GP5 is unrefined. Some times there is a delay to kick in the engine. But when you put your foot down it just rockets out. -I find that the driving the GP1 in the traffic is a bit hard until you get used to it, because when you leave the breaks the car feels like its in a hurry to go even without pressing the accelerator. Haven’t noticed that in the GP5. -GP5 is one of the most favourite cars that I would love to DRIVE.
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    Honda Internavi(2013) USB Connection

    Most likely not. Some of them have SD cards, which is an alternative to USB(2 slots; one for map chip and one for audio) When you select the source do you get an option to chose as USB?
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    Can 6 people ride in an allion or premio

    Plenty for the 121 and 2-3 for the Allion😅 But the reason is that the area I live is filled with those undercarriage scraping places😁
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    Car within 2.2Mn - 3.2mn

    If you buy a used car with odo over 100,000km, your luck depends on how the previous owners had taken care of. I had 121 for 7 years and I never had any trouble and no replacement or repair cost me over Rs.45,000. Only had to do the running repairs like tune ups, oil changes and suspesion components replacements. A relation of mine owned the same model which had done 300,000km and he also had no major or costly repairs. So make sure you are buying a trustworthy car in good condition. I would choose a 150,000km done car with service records over a 50,000km done car without records.
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    Can 6 people ride in an allion or premio

    You have no idea how I have changed my plans on journeys to carry less than 5 people. Even try to balance the weight by asking passengers to switch their seats. Yes, in my book, I call it abuse😅
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    Can 6 people ride in an allion or premio

    @matroska So the car is much more comfortable? Or is there a hidden story?😉 I’m a huge fan of Walter White😉
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    Can 6 people ride in an allion or premio

    I totally agree with you. Even with 4 grown ups in the car most JDMs are more likely to scrape underneath.
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    Can 6 people ride in an allion or premio

    I’m a humble guy my dear friend🤗
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    Can 6 people ride in an allion or premio

    Oh man! I can’t believe what I’m seeing!!! You can carry 5 people + 2 enemies(killed and loaded in the boot) in the Allion or Premio
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    Toyota Allion 260 Unusual Slow Down

    Check the engine mounts. Usually mounts starts failing around 100,000km. Are you sure about the mileage?
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    Kia rio 2002/2003/2004

    A neighbor of mine had one, a few years ago. The car was on K plates, like KB or something. This was about 10 years ago. He never stopped complaining about the issues. He also had to met with an accident due to a problem with the steering(steering was disconnected from the front wheels). At that time the car was on brand new condition. But he said that fuel consumption is around 15kmpl on outstation. He may have used it for about 2-3 years and by the time he sold the car, it was showing the age like its been extensively used for about 10 years(eventhough he used it rarely). But I guess this was the 2005-2006 model. So the earlier model might be different.
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    Peugeot 5008 vs Honda Crv Ex

    I have driven the CRV for a very short distance, including a hill climb on bad road with potholes. The 1.5 Turbo engine hesitated at the start of the hill climb, eventhough it has plenty of power. I was really amazed because the 1.0 Vitz climbed the same hill with 3 grown people on board without an issue. But the interior is nice with soft padding on most of the places you touch. Infotainment system is a bit of a headache to use, but has android auto and apple car play which is a huge benefit. But I think comfort and interior quality wise, Peugeot would be better.
  17. 2009 and above Mazda 3/Axela Lancer EX Civic FD1 or FD4 Those cars would give better drive than a Toyota but will be a bit harder to sell. GP5 is a nice car to drive despite its busy ride(specially if you are going from a sedan), but the DCT replacement will cost around 200k to fix.
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    Panda Cross

    I would advice you to stay away from any Micro made car. You’d be better off with an Indian Alto. There is no doubt that at the first glance Panda will look like a bargain, but almost all the people I know had many issues related to the build quality. Poor workmanship at Micro is the main issue. In that case Marutis are proven reliable with a good history with better manufacturing quality than SL assembled Micros. Like I said, panda looks better and expensive with better options for a lower price, but durability is the problem
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    Toyota Allion 260 Unusual Slow Down

    Allion is a no pickup car mate😅
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    What are the micro panda's Faults ?

    Emgrand might be so. But most Kyron owners said that one service would cost around 20,000.
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    Turbo charging a primeo

    Yes, but this controller lets you adjust the sensitivity of the throttle. Unlike the cable ones, the electronic throttle of the premio is tuned to give the fuel economy. So when you push it a little, sometimes, nothing happens. The controller has different settings for fuel economy and sudden response.
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    Turbo charging a primeo

    Turbocharging a Premio will be useless and waste of money. Also it will ruin the smoothness, fuel economy and lifetime of the engine components. Make sure to check your engine and gearbox if you notice a drop in performance. Those are never meant to be performance cars, but are adequate for daily driving with good low down torque. If you really want to do something there are few recommendations. -Install a performance chip.This would increase the performance by a small amount(less than 10hp). There are two types of chips, one can be installed permanently into the car’s computer and other can be temporarily added to the OBD II. -Install an electronic throttle controller. This would cost around 20k-30k and will increase the response of the throttle by giving you increase sensitivity to the pedal. This would not increase the horsepower but the car would be much more responsive. The response can be adjusted according to your taste. -Drive the car with a heavy foot for a few minutes. Accelerate more. This would cause the VVT-I system to squeeze out more power. So the engine would give better power.
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    What are the micro panda's Faults ?

    I have never driven but have been a passenger for a very short time. But most owners claim that Kyron is a very comfortable and nice vehicle to drive despite for really high maintenance and service costs, and frequent engine parts replacements (the engine and gearbox is from Merc of course). But interior parts are poorly assembled with creeks here and there. Close a door and you’ll notice that mellow and loose thump as another sign of cheap build. I agree with you for the fact that emgrand is a real bargain for the price. There must be some Volvo dna in the powertrain and chassis, but again SL build quality is the ultimate winner here over anything else😅
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    Axio - New shocks or 'used' shocks?

    KYB Excel-G version.“Made in Japan” was carved on each shock absorber. Bought from T**s(agent of KYB for SL).
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    What are the micro panda's Faults ?

    Oh man don’t mix up the last paragraph with a Honda Insight🤣. Those fuels figures are hard to come by, even if those Pandas were pushed off from a hill for free fall.... I hope that you are a “devoted” member from that facebook’s geely panda owners club in SL..I know that Club CCP stands for “Chaterma Chater Panda”😁. This club is like a cult of panda where bright red pandas with stickers of demons and quotes saying about speed, popping up every 20 minutes saying “my beast”. Almost all of them are believing that Panda is the best car in Sri Lanka. It’s a really nice page to spend a few minutes laughing😅