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  1. Finalized the colours.. ❤️ 

    1. AVANTE

      AVANTE

      And what would those be? 

    2. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      two shades of red 

    3. AVANTE

      AVANTE

      Me gusta

  2. Well well well.... went to visit my beloved on going project after couple of months and its coming together pretty soon. base coat is on and they are doing final touches after that many layers of paint will go in. I've chosen a nice 2 tone colour and i'm pretty sure she will look amazing after the paint job. can't wait till its done.

    I may need some interior bits and pieces to make it perfect and up to my standard .. any leads are highly appreciated..

     

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    2. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @AVANTEHere is a sneak peak of the car from my last visit, couldn't go last weekend hopefully coming weekend to verify and finalize the colour.
      image.thumb.png.a309c50cb6f539e33cb27baad49121a6.png
      This is before, final base coat..

    3. AVANTE

      AVANTE

      It's an E250D right? 5 cyl turbo? Those AMG wheels cost a fortune. You could go for a similar looking cast rim from a different brand rather than a diamond cut or forged one. Remember, wheels are important and can completely change the car's character and handling. Also, there are a set of black w126 seats for sale in 1km4n. Would that need retrofitting? 

      Also keep a lookout on fb, it's a really weird place. You never know what amazing stuff comes up for sale once in a while there. 

    4. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @AVANTE yes its a 250D 5 cylinder non turbo version. yah true that those wheels cost a fortune. That's why i put em on my bucket-list :D I also saw those bluish interior (i guess those should be direct fit to mine). But im specifically looking at black leather or fabric interior parts (cz my seats are good just some door parts and some dash board bits and pieces are required. I will keep an eye on FB as well as other sources. Do let me know if you come across anything please. Thanks in advance.

  3. Strange behavior in my AC speed control. Last saturday when i was driving (AC speed was set to 2) suddenly air flow stopped. I tried switching off and on still no luck. But in 1-2 i hear the compressor running but no air flow. Air flows only when I use 3-4 speed. Any idea whats causing this?

    1. tiv

      tiv

      Probably the rheostat / switch if it's a manual ac unit, if it's a climate control then it can be a fault all the way upto the ecu

    2. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      So the best person to check this is by a AC shop or an electrical person?

    3. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      ok rectified the issue. It was the AC speed control unit which sits next to the ac blower fan. One of it's coil was damaged that's what causing 1 & 2 to stop working. Went to the AC shop and they removed the damaged coil and re-welded. Now working as a charm 😍 

  4. Is it true that engine sound may reduce or increase based on the engine oil brand used? For an example assume oil used is 15W-40 and brands are Mobile and Castrol.. This is just for my curiosity..

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    2. iRage

      iRage

      About somethings that the other have said...yes..I suppose sometimes additives can help muffle out some knocks and vibrations. As for the viscosity of oil...in SL we have a higher ambient temperature so our engines run hotter than normal, especially considering the traffic we have to sit through.  The issue with a light oil like the 20 is that although it helps with engine efficiency in terms of lowering component friction in the car it is not that good in thermal absorption...thus in extreme heat as the engine runs for long periods of time or in high heat..the oil thins out and then you start hearing valve knocks and clinks....when you put a thicker oil the thermal absorption is a bit better and the oi does not "thin" out as much....in fact if you are a heavy footed driver and you push the engine to the max..even the 30 will start making noise and you would want to put 40...I know a few 4age owners in SL who use 40 because they like to red line their engines a lot :D

    3. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      assuming the velocity is same, only difference it could have is based on the addictive's used by each brand. Is Castrol mineral better than mobile? how about helix do they also have mineral?

    4. iRage

      iRage

      I have no idea....are the addictive types printed in the packaging ? (highly unlikely when you think about it and jsut refer to it as secret technology) I suppose different manufacturers use different percentages of zinc, detergents, etc which can help (or harm) the engine in different ways....

  5. What component decides how long the AC should run? Assuming its a manual car AC system

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    2. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @MrCat how to determine whether its over filled or not? however, now the AC cool is great (just like brandnew).

    3. MrCat

      MrCat

      An A/C technician should be able to find if the high pressure switch is triggering. There is also a known pressure/gas volume which should be set based on car model and refrigerant type. Search here for example:   https://www.hella.com/techworld/au/Technical/Car-air-conditioning/Car-refrigerant-oil-filling-quantities-2114/# 

    4. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @MrCat thanks for sharing this. I need to get this checked as there seems so be no leak so far and car gets cool as expected after refilling. 

  6. Looks like the Merc is getting there slowly. Work is dragging a bit than I anticipated. Engine and all interior parts are out for a fresh paint job. Attending to rust spots before the full paint job. I might need to find a plastic cluster cover because the existing one has a small crack.

     

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    2. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      exactly. My father-in-law always says that mercs which were built after 90's are crap. because that's where all the electronics came into action, things got complicated and expensive to repair and a nightmare for the owners. and unlike the w123, this is suitable for every generation as by doing a simple alloywheel swap it could give a look of a teenager car to a old person car. its that easy.

    3. AVANTE

      AVANTE

      Electronics are vital for modern cars but merc just does it wrong..Carthrottle did a video on an early 2000's S-class they got for £1000 & while it's a dream, the mechanic himself deemed it's "uneconomical to repair"..who wants a merc than you can't keep for a long time? W115 & W123s broke records for crying out loud.

      Same has happened to Alfa romeo, Peugeot, BMW which were 90's legends and sadly now the time for modern Hondas is up & is time to join that list.

    4. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      true that.. now adays all car manufacturers focus is not on vehicle selling market but the parts market. So i believe mercs stood in that line before the others may be.🤞

  7. I'm searching for Honda City 2001 windscreen cowl clips. Does anybody knows where I can source it locally?

    Given below is for your reference.
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    2. Dee Jay

      Dee Jay

      Try checking Link Enterprises in Jubilee post if you are around Nugegoda area. They have many of the clips you need at a very cheap price. Be sure to take a specimen with you

    3. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      some are cracked due to heat.. so wanted to replace them to look like new.. do you think darley road shops may have em?

    4. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @Dee Jay thanks. Nugegoda is closer to me.

  8. Guess what... My father-in-law is secretly restoring a W124 :girl_in_love: :D yesterday he took me to show that it got a good 5 cylinder engine and has not been used much so as per him engine is in good condition.. Only some of the body parts needs bit of attention and its been taken care by the tinker after everything is done, going to do a full paint job after rust proofing..  

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    2. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @□AVANTE□ yeah same here. i think there is a different version which comes with turbo. But the one which we are restoring and the one my father-in-law owns both are 5 cylinders but non-turbo variants 

    3. alds

      alds

      The best looking merc IMO. There's one for sale on my way to work begging for a good restoration but this is one of those "aasai bayai" cases for me. :D

       

    4. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @alds do you have any pics ? if the motor and interior is in good shape then the rest is pretty straight forward. I've found couple of shops who has full car for parts too if needed :D

       

  9. Gonna check on a Merc this weekend (if time permits). Let's see whether it will turn me ON 😂😋:car-smiley-001:

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    2. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @tiv same old W124 :D 

    3. tiv

      tiv

      All the best! 

    4. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      if not, this time i'm gonna restore one :D $matters though 

  10. What should be the charging voltage range without load and with load??

    1. tiv

      tiv

      Range total 13.8 to 14.2 max 

      14.2 under no load with a large alternator for a dual battery setup or dual ac setup, above mostly in diesels 

      14 to 14.1 in a relatively small car alternator, non hybrids 

      13.8 with factory load, mostly in all setups 

      13.4 with large non factory sound system with normal load

      13.2 and below alternator most likely faulty or loose belt 

       

      But mind u newer cars have alternator clutches that disengage and engage alternator with load and battery status so this is not fully reliable, also ISG units in Suzukis do the opposite and go to 11.9 in load as it propels the engine and goes to 13.8 to 14.2 whilst idling. Hybrids and electric cars run at a much lower voltage and narrow range and rarely touches 13v 12.5 to 12.8 mostly  

    2. Hyaenidae

      Hyaenidae

      I'll check tomorrow

      If I remember correctly it was about 14.4ish w/o load

    3. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      well mine was reading around 13.7 ish (if im not mistaken) with load (lights and AC) my garage said charging system is fine. But one battery shop said battery is good but charging system is performing low under load. So looking at ur answers, my charging system seems to be working fine.

      Battery is a exide and 2.8 years OLD now

  11. Getting a suspension noise when I go through pot holes. Any idea why? All four shocks were replaced 6 months ago and still the noise is same (just the shocks were replaced + rear linkages) but noise is still there

    Vehicle : Honda City (SX8) 2001

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    2. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @Dee Jay true that FDs are way more comfy than other civics i must say. Having a better suspension should ideally help steering. How come its tighter than its used to be ?

    3. Dee Jay

      Dee Jay

      Yes @PerfMad suspension helps steering and stability of the vehicle! 

      But, I have heard the same from others who have had their steering racks repaired. Maybe once they refurbish all the bushings and electric motors of the rack, it cannot be restored to factory spec. The garage that did the repair said it is normal for it to be tighter and that it will get normal once it gets used. However, even after a year the steering is not as it was prior to the repair and still tight. This stiffness can be felt straight away when I drive another car!

      When it comes to steering rack maybe replacing with a recon or brand new one might be the best thing. However, suspension noise wise repairing works. Don't know for how long though..

    4. alpha17

      alpha17

      @PerfMad As I’ve heard, the refurbishment of the steering rack is not a solution. I also had my rack repaired by a well known place, which they did the bushing and necessary adjustments to the rack but the same steering rack sound was heard after 3-4 months. Most people said that repairing is not the solution but replacement is. Sold the car as it was.

  12. Guys where can I purchase a clear coat spray can for a headlight restoration job?

    How much will it cost?

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    2. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      Thanks Davy for the clarification. What should be the sand paper (grit) i must use to remove "orange peel" incase i get it?

    3. Davy

      Davy

      1200 grit wet sandpaper. Then use a good cut and polish on top of that. 

    4. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      Thanks Davy

       

  13. MERC MERC go away, come again in another day when I have plenty of cash in hand to maintain 2 vehicles :D 

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    2. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @Hyaenidae how the hell did you come up with that story :D I don't have any elder brothers FYI #rofl 

    3. Hyaenidae

      Hyaenidae

      Quote

      I was in a hurry to buy a merc sometime back and then gave up the idea since i couldn't buy a good vehicle for my budget

      That's nowhere as exciting as my story 😎

    4. PerfMad
  14. Guys, I'm hoping to install a Short shifter to my Honda City. I was doing some searching on internet and found out couple of brands where price varies. I would like to know the following;
    1) Any DRAWBACKS of installing one?
    2) What is the best or reliable brand?
    3) Will there be any issues with shifting gears? Because I once drove one of my friends ek3 with a short shifter and it was bit difficult to put it to Reverse gear
    4) Any other advantage other than the short throw?

    Note that, I'm planning to use my existing original shifter knob (since my mechanic told me, shifter knob weight plays a role in shifting)

    Hoping to hear from you experts !!!

  15. OMG !! that feeling you get when you hit 5000+ rpm range + vtec kicking in, it was a so fun and i had it without any hesitation.. I think i should keep doing this more often so that i will fall in love with this again and again..

    RIP EK3 :D  you almost had me... but i guess i've got some more juice than yours or atleast better shifting  :D 

  16. Can't make my mind, getting rid of owning a MERC .. Errrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    I need one so badly

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    2. Hyaenidae

      Hyaenidae

      @PerfMad Your Honda is singing!

      Light of his life, fire of his loins
      Keep me forever, tell me you want me
      Light of your life, fire of your loins
      Tell me you want me, gimme them coins


      And I'm off to the races, cases
      Of Bacardi chasers
      Chasing me all over town
      'Cause he knows I'm wasted, facing
      Time again at Riker's
      Island and I won't get out


      Because I'm crazy, baby
      I need you to come here and save me
      I'm your little scarlet starlet
      Singing in the garden
      Kiss me on my open mouth


      Now I'm off to the races, laces
      Leather on my waist is
      Tight and I am falling down
      I can see your faces, shameless
      Cipriani's basement
      Love you, but I'm going down


      God I'm so crazy, baby
      I'm sorry that I'm misbehaving
      I'm your little harlot starlet
      Queen of Coney Island
      Raising hell all over town
      Sorry 'bout it

       

    3. PreseaLover

      PreseaLover

      @Hyaenidae adooooooo im a huge lana del rey fan :D once i paid 10k to just buy a lana del rey tshirt :D 

    4. Hyaenidae
  17. Thought of giving up the idea of selling my daily.. 

    1. rassa

      rassa

      Tired of finding a good piece? 😄

    2. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      yeah men none of them are even closer to the condition of mine.... so decided to use mine for another year or two and seek for something else (if i get a good offer for mine then this might go side ways :D

    3. rassa

      rassa

      Known devil is better than unknown angel 😋

  18. Feels like giving up the MERC idea, because all the vehicles i went to see are not in great shape either body/interior or engine.. I think i started loving my daily more than i love mercs now.. Only 2 more benz to check then um officially gonna let this go for sometime. hmmmm :(  

  19. If my car doesn't go upto my expected price, i have plans on turbo charging it? But this is gonna be my daily.
    Is this a good move? what the safest boost i should go for ?
    How much will it cost and what are the things/parts involved in installing?

    Note: Car is a Honda City 2001 vtec Manual transmission

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    2. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      Yah i have upto 8000, red line starts from 7 :D but never tried going above 5500 👀

    3. Hyaenidae

      Hyaenidae

      My redline starts from 6500... hit that 7k sometime, don't you want to feel her running on her limit :D

    4. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      I treat her like i treat a new born baby :D unless someone pisses me off on the road. But true that once in a while should do it (carbon tikawath kadenna ) haha 

  20. How to check if luxury tax is fully paid or not (assuming current owner doesn't have paid documents) ?

    1. Ruslan

      Ruslan

      You can check this with DMT i guess. and you cannot Transfer the Vehicle unless of course you provided the Tax paid receipts.

    2. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      Thanks for the heads up mate :)

       

  21. Guys just need you inputs on this. 

    Let's say a car has been used by the current owner without transferring it under his name (still on open papers) for more than 1 year. How do we know/is there any way to know whether previous owner have already submitted his copy to RMV?

    Note that car is not within the limits of colombo city limits 

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    2. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      Yah . Now that's the plan. I just wanted to check the next step just incase he doesn't have it :D Will see how it goes..

      After checking almost 5-10 cars i gave up the idea of selling my precious and keeping it for another 2 years atleast and then found this 😑 

      Anyways, thanks for your input. WIll have a chat with the owner and see

    3. varotone

      varotone

      Although the previous owner (seller) is legally required to submit a copy of the transfer form to DMV, it's rarely done. Most sellers sign the form and give it to the buyer who will or will not register the transfer of ownership. Just see if all the pages of the transfer form are signed and intact. If one copy - copy to be sent to DMV by the seller, is missing, it's reasonable to assume it was submitted.

      (I may have misunderstood the question. It looks like such a simple question)

    4. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @varotone you are correct. I will get in touch with him and see.

  22. How much do you think a Mercedes W124 worth today for below versions;
    - 1997 Petrol E200 manual
    - 1985-1995 E200 original pertrol & diesel converted manual
    - 1985-1995 E200 diesel manual(4cylinder)
    - 1985-1995 E250 diesel manual(5cylinder)
    specify anyother variants if you are aware.. Thanks !!

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    2. fiat fan

      fiat fan

      Wife to friend- Ape ekkena benz ekak neh padinne 😅🙏🏼 

      that friend says that to her husband.

       

      husband- apo parana ekak ne, ingriis no wath na. Owa anika leda godawal, thel karanneth na marketuth na. Ekata mage waGON r eka, fixed deposit ekak damma wage!

    3. matroska

      matroska

      @fiat fan - someone actually made a fixed-deposit reference when talking about the perks of an allion I kid you not.    @Perfmad - it's a Petrol. HE's had it for a couple of weeks now and usually drives on the weekends and not in colombo. He said it does about 10-11 KMPL but i think it's too soon to draw a  conclusion. There was also a small niggle i came across when driving his car was a slightly delayed response when accelerating. 

    4. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      thanks for you insights.. in that case most probably i can assume I'll be getting somewhere around 7-8 in city limits 😑

      Planning to check one on this weekend. Will see how it goes :D 

  23. Is there any difficulty in selling used cars currently? most of the cars advertised seems to be still vacant.. Any possible reason(s)??

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    2. Crosswind

      Crosswind

      Some idiots are advertising 19-yr old FB15s for over 2 mill. Even if it was in showroom condition, do u think its worth? 

    3. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      what most people think is older cars are reliable and hardy compared to newer papadams. so most of em are willing to pay somewhere around that price.. 

    4. asrock

      asrock

      Hardy and papdum: I guess they've never heard or never understand crumple zones etc and passenger safety.

  24. Finally decided to Sell my Honda City 2001 Vtec LEV manual transmission car.. Let me know if anyone is interested

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    2. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      Plan is to move on to a Merc :D we also have another 2004 fitaria 7 speed one at home and a 2001 city which is my daily.. 

      Axio is a good car but i heard its not that good on fuel in city limits and has a dashboard issue due to heat.. hope you are aware of those mate.. (just a headsup when ur purchasing check those well)

       

    3. rassa

      rassa

      Wow good luck with your purchase 😎

      Yah i know those issues, but heard the dash board issue were there with 2007 versions. We initially planned for 2008/9. However I shall be more careful when inspecting a car. Thank you buddy

    4. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      yeah good luck with your purchase machan !! hope u find a good condition car 

  25. Decided to go for a DIESEL W124. What are the best variants which will cost me less maintenance cost, more comfortable ride, most importantly best fuel consumption ? Would appreciate if you'll can mention YOM and Specific models + engine capacities..
     

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