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    retirement permit

    Not if it is a diesel PHEV. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/mercedes/e-class/106616/new-mercedes-e-300-de-2019-review
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    retirement permit

  3. https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/mercedes-benz/e-class/first-drives/mercedes-benz-e-class-e300de-2019-uk-review 2 L diesel hybrid tax covered by permit 0 luxury tax. Can be had for CIF price
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    Budget 2019

    Rolls Royce and Bentley are luxury brands. Mercs and BMWs may be pricier than Pugs and VWs (and definitely Toyotas and Hondas) but one is not paying for luxury but rather the premium for R&D for safety and innovation. If one looks at 8 y old vehicles on the roads of Colombo the Bimmers and Mercs remain pristine whilst the majority of the KK + series Japs that were imported when duties were slashed in 2011 look wasted and are probably nobody's babies finding their way quietly to the suburbs and peripheries. BTW I've had the benefit of both worlds.
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    Budget 2019

    Neither. Yours truly enjoys playing the devil's advocate.
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    Budget 2019

    Agreed. The BMW I8 with a 1.5 L engine ( though it has an unrealistically inflated manufacturer price) defies Toyota logic and proves that hybrid powertains could be mated to a small turbocharged engines with excellent power and fuel efficiency (the 225e is a comparatively cheaper example). It is interesting to note that the 2019 Toyota Supra is a BMW Z4 in a different costume.
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    Budget 2019

    Point taken. However if one wants price conscious motoring solutions - 50 cc mopeds, tuks and uber are a few options that come to mind 😁 Acually if you think about it the japs don't want to jump 2 steps ahead and give us hybrids with turbocharged engines. They are keeping it for later. Just like the iphone 6s was rolled out. We are getting ripped off.on.a staggered basis. The never-ending upgrade and planned obsolescence cycle. If an ICE Honda Civic could be turbocharged why not a Prius or an Axio Hybrid ???
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    Budget 2019

    My point here being Japs have not mated Turbos with Hybrid or PHEV tech in any significant scale yet and are lagging behind their {luxury} European counterparts who are doing it in a large scale to achieve tax breaks and fuel efficiency goals with far better safety tech. Though the manufacturer price of these high end vehicles might be almost twice the price of a similar Jap vehicle the tax/duty benefits and the final cost makes these modern euros more appealing ( CIF value expressed as a fraction of the total cost to acquire). One can only presume that plenty of C & E 300de Mercs will be finding their way here at least on retirement permits. Most of the budget ICE vehicles and sub 800 cc hybrids that the ever evolving duty cum luxury taxes are progressively promoting to be imported are death traps considering the developing road network and expressways. Kei cars designed for town use in Japan are plying highways with varying road conditions and major expressways whereby being utilised beyond their intended purpose and safety limits.
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    Budget 2019

    Actually a E300 de (and C300 de) is more eco friendly as it is a PHEV and can do daily city commutes on EV mode and long distance trips on diesel which gives better fuel economy than a petrol non PHEV hybrid vehicle. The Camry Hybrid which has a 2.5 litre petrol engine cannot be considered equally versatile. The Camry hybrid is based on 2 decade old hybrid synergy drive tech. If the Japs can combine turbo and PHEV tech like euro cars one could have Camrys and Accords running on 1.5-1.8 L engines and Axios and Prii running on 1 - 1.2 l. *The BMW 740e and Range Rover PHEV have 2 L engines.
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    Budget 2019

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    AQUA ABS Model Replacement

    The Aqua forum on the book of faces has plenty of data on this matter
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    Toyota corolla 121engine oil burning

    Total mileage ?
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    What is this?

    Converter kit for remote opening and closing / central locking without remote for old cars or cars with basic safety lock configuration 😁
  14. @1000 km per month you have to factor in the additional capital spent plus expenses for maintenance and failures unique to hybrids of the vintage you mention - ABS pump, hybrid battery, inverter pump etc. The 2008 2nd generation Prius is a solid vehicle and a pleasure to drive compared to the aqua with the notable exception of oil consumption after 150000km and the repairs mentioned. If the purpose of buying is just to save money from fuel expenses - 1000 km a month does not justify the cause. The Vitz drives better than the Aqua. One could say that the Aqua feels like a Bajaj at times but it's frugal on fuel. I own a 2008 2nd Gen Prius on which I used to put 3000 Km monthly and a 2014 Aqua for my wife's town use amongst others and I'm sharing 1st hand experience here. Im still on my original hybrid battery on both vehicles 224000 on the Prius and 34000 on the Aqua
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    Driving License Fading

    Does the new license have a validity period ?