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  1. iRage

    Bump of rear wheels

    Your alto....is it a van variant ? If you and your friend's Alto has the chassis code HA36V, then you have the van variant which is the variant made for business use (i.e. carrying cargo). The passenger variant would be HA36S. Both the variants have variants of the a Torsion Beam suspension system (Suzuki says the 4WD has a ITL ?). The difference is the HA36S has softer suspension and the van has harder suspension. So that could be the main cause for the hard feeling. But it being bumpy...well..like the others have suggested maybe too much air pressure or some alignment/balancing problem ? or worst yet...it has had an accident and poorly fixed (that is the extreme case). But yes...don't be surprised if more than one car has been subjected to the above....a lot of people get their cars maintained through ********* or use it harshly (slammimng over curbs, pot holes, etcc messing up the telemetry of the wheels...and quite a lot of people over inflate their tires (on the advice of service station boys) so that they save fuel...
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    Budget 2019

    A few points: 1. Nope....the HSD was completely revamped for the TNGA platform...does it have know-how from the original HSD integrated in to it...yes. But that is like saying a modern internal combustion engine is the same as a century old technology. 2. This is luxury tax..not to be confused with eco tax. The excise taxes, etc...are there for providing benefits for eco friendly cars. If the objective was to lessen the foreign exchange being seeped out in buying cars...then incentivisizing the purchase of a high value vehicle does not work does it ? 3. The Japanese have been R&Ding the downsized engines for a sometime and now they are being rolled out...so yes...the Corolla and even the mini cross overs come with a 1.2L engine.
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    Budget 2019

    Still makes no sense....so a base Hybrid Camry will be slammed with luxury tax whilst a Turbo charged diesel Hybrid E-Class will not ? (the CIF value will exceed the tax threshold but still it says 0% luxury tax).
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    Japanese Car News

    The Fairlady is 50 years old Nissan has launched a limited commemorative model.... The most obvious distinction is the 240Z BRE color scheme (which one the SCCA in the 70s). It can also be had in grey with a similar color layout
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    Japanese Car News

    Nissan Versa (Latio/Tiida/Narrow body Sunny) Half a world away Nissan unveiled the new Nissan Versa in the US....and that too is pretty cute. Nice to see Nissan's sedan in the small sedan segment actually looking nice...lets be honest the current Tiida/Sunny sedan looks like a wizard.
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    Japanese Car News

    The all new Nissan Sylphy (wide body Sunny)....it is gorgeous ! So far the only engine announced is a HR16DE engine mated to a funky CVT...I am sure there are additional power trains that will be offered. The dash looks very Toyota-ish though...
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    Japanese Car News

    China is probably leading the world in EV adoption and the major cities does seem to have infrastructure and services to support it (last year Nissan was testing and launching out a battery swap service for its EV cars...when your battery runs low...drive up to a battery station and swap your batteries with charged ones and drive off...apparently some Chinese manufacturers were already doing it before Nissan, so Nissan redesigned its battery compartment for the Chinese EVs...) At the Shanghai Motorshow TOyota unveiled an EV CHR and Honda unveiled the X-NV (based on the Vezel)..again..so far...China only models...
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    Japanese Car News

    The world finally got to see the actual Lexus LM (following Lexus' naming convention LM should be Luxury MPV) at the Shanghai Motorshow yesterday. Is the Lexus LM minivan really needed when the Alphard/Vellfire are already pretty luxurious ? I suppose its more about wanting to sell the Alphard/Vellfire globally...it does seem to have some extra luxo finishings though...
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    How To Buy A Car?

    Sorry if I missed it..but may I ask where you are located at ?
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    Importing classic and used cars to Sri Lanka

    By taxes i meant import duty (which is a composition of different taxes), Makes no difference if you register it or not...you still have to pay them at the time of import when clearing the vehicle. In fact if you do not register it..you will get fined someday when you do register it and get the revenue license for it. Also, not registering it is too much of a risk due o theft, etc.. without registering the car you won't be able to insure it or anything of the sort.
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    Mazda demio 2018

    I believe the most common variant of the Mazda 2 is the sedan. The engine on the Demio depends on the exact model year you are looking at. The earlier variants (until about 2017 ?) came with a 1.3L (SkyActive?) engine and a 1.5L SkyActive engine for a sporty grade.After 2017 or so the entire petrol range got the 1.5L SkyActive engine. The 1.3 had about 88 hp and the 1.5 has about 105 hp. The Vitz 1.0L has about 65hp. The Mazda 2 sedan on the other hand has the SkyActiv 1.5L throughout (at least those that came to SL ?) . The car sales people will put down the Mazda 2 claiming that it is made in Thailand and it is not good, etc...which is BS. Mazda is probably the only manufacturer where the Japanese built one has absolutely no difference from the Thai built one. In fact there was a period when the Demio hatch was sourced from Thailand to meet sales volumes.
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    Suzuki Stingray Door Kick Protection

    Are you sure you posted your reply in the right place ? The OP is asking about a certain type of door protector for a Wagon R Stingray. Nothing to do with prices of cars or Chinese cars at all. For the record..the Suzuki Alto is NOT Chinese. Its assembled in Japan...some smaller parts come from India...I am sure there are small components that would come from China as well. There are good Chinese cars...unfortunately they are as expensive as the low end Japanese and Korean cars (not surprising since most of these good Chinese cars are actually Japanese/Korean/European cars made in partnership with China) The Maruti Suzuki Alto is manufactured in India (and Pakistan ?)
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    Mazda demio 2018

    The Demio is a much nicer car to drive and is more modern. The Vitz..well it is as reliable as the Demio..but not as fun or refined as the Demio. The Demio feels more refined and somewhat better equipped. The Vitz is a 8 year old platform that has been tried and tested and tickles the Sri Lankans in all the right places because of the Toyota badge.
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    Importing classic and used cars to Sri Lanka

    ALready happened decades ago....so no one can bring one anyway.... You don't need a cabinet paper....if it actually is a classic car (or a car that has been with the family abroad for like forever and has sentimental value) you can bring it down. However, with the cost involved you would not want to bring down the latter. You need to go to Import Control and the Ministry of Finance and ask for special approval. They will issue you a special import permit depending on your case. However, it is the taxation that screws you up. They will tax the car based on market value (for example in case of a rare classic) or tax it based on the value of a brand new vehicle of the specific model, depending on which is higher. For example a 20 year old Corolla that costs 2000USD in Japan will be valued at the price of a brand new Corolla which would be about 17,000USD).
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    Recirculating condemned cars

    It should...but with all these book sales and swaps...there is always a chance that they swapped the book...
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    Warranty And Free Service

    Well...the Japanese tend to have a long long long R&D cycle....for example, Toyota was working on their downsized turbo charged engines since like the mid late 90s but put them in to production cars only since less than half a decade ago. Yes..the Japanese had turbo charged engines in the 70s and 80s but that was mainly to get more power out of large engines. So the Japanese tend to play more of a catch up game. Japanese cars sold in Europe and the US actually had more safety features and tech (Cruise control, etc..) than the same car's Japanese variants (although the same tech in Japan were only available in higher segment models). Technologies like VSC, auto braking, etc.. were getting put in to cars in Japan on a rapid basis over the last few years because of Japanese legislature, whilst. All cars being sold after February 2019 are required to have Stability Control, Traction control, etc....by February 2020 (or 2021) all cars sold in Japan are required to have some sort of auto braking assist and an auto emergency service calling feature. These technologies in Japan are being rolled out in recognition of the aging population.... As for cars running to the ground...well the world's focus has changed. Yes the Japanese built ars that would run for 30-40 years (although the Japanese themselves did not want them...which is sort of bad because its almost like dumping their crap on the rest of the world). It is that we Sri Lankans are stuck in the mid 80s. The world requires vehicles that have more recyclable parts that either biodegrade faster or can be reused. So the manufacturers do just that....they want the scrapped cars to make new cars and they want what ever is left to be disposed of. The argument of saying a car being used for 50-60 years is more eco friendly does not work...if that was the case then we Sri Lankans should have far less car imports and the world should see far less vehicle production.
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    The wagon R is a kei car and is in a different category. So you need to decide if a kei car will meet your needs. Kei cars are small cars with small engines designed for city use. It will be somewhat strained if you push it at full load. As for the Vitz and Aqua...well...how much do you intend to drive ? If you do not drive that much (i.e. a weekend car), then you will not want a Hybrid. Secondly, how long do you intend to keep the car for ? In the long run a conventional petrol engines car will have lesser maintenance points than a Hybrid (Hybrid might need battery swaps, etc...). So if you want to keep it for a long time..consider a petrol car. The Aqua s actually a fun little car (granted steering feel is not very exciting, but the frame is quite chuckable....and if you do some simple suspension upgrades it completely turns personality). The Vitz....well....its just a basic hatchback that is a 8 year old design....whetehr you prefer an Aqua or a Vitz, only you can decide...test drive a few and see what you like to live with. Finding either car registered or unregistered is going to be hard...plenty of cars around but most of them have been touched up for a quick sale.
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    Recirculating condemned cars

    Should a condemned car be put back on the road ? In Sri Lanka...NO...if a vehicle is condemned then it is because it has had significant damage and not viable to be fixed. In some countries, like in the US...maybe...because some times insurance companies condemn vehicles that have not had any structural damage (but condemned because the parts and labor charge is greater than the market value of the car itself; for example...an old car....fixing it might cost 2000USD in parts and labor whilst the value of the car is only about 1500-2000USD itself). In Sri Lanka that hardly will ever be the case considering the cost of cars...so if it is condemned it is because it has had some serious damage. Unfortunately, in SL, the legal framework does not protect anyone who gets swindled by such vehicles...you can try to lodge a complaint with bodies like the consumer affairs department (?); but I seriously doubt anything would happen....and if something was to happen it is going to take a long long time.
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    Warranty And Free Service

    Not entirely true now (so your research needs to be expanded)...for the better part of the last decade; cars manufactured in Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, etc...by Japanese manufacturers have improved drastically. So where build quality is concerned it is as good as being manufactured in Japan. The difference mostly comes from differences in models (where they would manufacturer low cost models or models for harsh environments) with less refined (and/or more rugged) materials to finish off (like the type of plastics and cloth used for the interior). I mentioned this in a previous post you made as well. The issue is the manufacture gives the warranty only within the market he car was sold/intended for. So if you buy a car designed for Europe or Japan and import it to Sri Lanka the warranty does not apply. It is not a matter of how many users it has. The only way you can get the warranty for these cars is to go to the local agent and pay a hefty amount of money to get the warranty services. So that means they get the cars from Toyota U-Car lots...(which are mainly trade ins and then any issues fixed up before being sold). The warranty these cars come with in Japan is the standard warranty all used car dealers have to give...when bringing here...Toyota probably can expand this "Toyota Japan" warranty as they are the official agents.
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    Reliable JDM auction places?

    Toyota Lanka did this in the early 90s. However they stopped after a few years because it was not economically viable for them. This was a time where 3rd party car importers were popping out like mushrooms. A*W did the same thing... At the time the used cars were sourced from Toyota U-Car lots, i.e. official Toyota used car stock. In Japan the manufacturers' used car stocks are are sort of the primary source for used cars at auction. These are cars that are traded in by owners (which is the most typical way Japanese people discard their cars) or cars from the manufacturers' rental/lease stocks. When a manufacturer gets these used cars they decide to either sell it on thier used car stock or send to auction. If the vehicle doesn't get sold on their used car lot then it goes to auction These stocks carry a 1 year warranty with the Japanese manufacturer (in Japan it was legally required for used car dealers to provide a minimum 6 month bumper to bumper no questions asked warranty on all used cars sold and registered. There were plans to extend that to 1 year). If you buy a used car that is put up for sale within Japan at a car sale (such as the manufacturer's used car lot); the benefit is that you know the car is 100% road worthy and that whatever mechanical defects have been fixed to meet roadworthyness. So in essence they are not messed around with.
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    Car inner door step protection

    Yes that is costly....in Japan you can buy some diy protectors....maybe Darley road has the same ? I have never used them....kids are well trained not to scratch their footwear on it :D.
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    Toyota aqua 2014/15 or Honda Fit GP5

    Hi... A few notes 1. Please do not spam the forum. If you go paste the same message on every single thread and reply to every single post that has anything to do with the car you are looking at..you are going to get lesser serious responses. 2. It is sad that you think the 130 series Vitz is worst than the 90 series Vitz just because it doesn't have things like cup holders....The P130 has a stiffer suspension which makes the ride and handling a tad better than the 90 series Vitz (in fact the 130 series'standard suspension has a lot that was borrowed from the RS variant of the 90 series Vitz). The 130 series has stiffer seats (in fact most new cars do) and the various grades were spec'd more simpler than the the 90 series so that it fits a wider budget range for people. The biggest positive about the new Vitz is that it has far more safer than the 90 series Vitz....so stating the old Vitz is better than the new Vitz because it has lesser cup holders is..well....you figure out what you can call that However, the 130 series Vitz is nearly 9 years old..compared to newer model hatchbacks in its category....it has lesser sound insulation and lesser technologies... You stating that the new 1000cc Vitz is slower and less powerful does not have much bearing...both the previous model and the current model share the same 1KR engine. the newer model has some additional tuning done up for it to be more efficient with heat dissipation and more eco-friendly. The old 1KR has about 68hp and the new one has about 66 hp...however the older one was about 990kg and the current one is about 970ish...so the power to weight ration pretty much matches up. I have driven the 1000cc, 1300cc and 1500cc Vitz...they all have been reasonably peppy...granted the 1000cc yells a lot. 3. What do you mean by Yaris ? Yaris is the same as the Vitz. Yaris is the export model name of the Vitz. the only time it is not the same car is in regards to the South East Asian Yaris which can be a sedan or, as it currently is, a completely different mid size hatch version of the Yaris sedan.
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    Driving only on weekends

    But you will be buying a Mazda for a significantly lower price than an equally spec'd Toyota...so it balances out.
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    Suzuki Wagon R

    DIfferent manufacturers put it in different ways...Toyota for example puts it in a graph. Here is the picture of the Wagon R manual...there is a host of oils they recommend. In their case they leave the actual selection up to the service adviser I suppose... The Turbo has the heaviest oil....again these are just recommendations. As the car gets older and more mileage racks up they would advise heavier oil depending on the circumstances...
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    Suzuki Wagon R

    I still have not seen a manual that gives a specific (and only) viscosity to be used in an engine. Isn't it always a range of viscosity chartered against (ambient) temperature ?