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    Viva Elite EZi
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    1000cc econobox
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    Buying cars I like and learning some mechanic work !

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  1. ghostwriter

    How is 2016 vitz F Safety 1000cc Car.??

    I think it's value for money but as many of the others mentioned, it's a little less-refined and performance isn't gonna give any pleasure for the driver. But I hope the reliability, simple components, and simple design will make up for it. I had to choose between a 2013 Aqua which is owned by one of my friends and a Vitz 2016 (non-safety as I do not prefer to have that stupid sensor braking the car) and I went with the Vitz due to reasons, 1. I only run about 1000km a month so the hybrid aqua isn't going to give me a considerable fuel saving. 2. on top of it the Vitz will not require any hybrid system maintenance and will not need to replace HV battery (which I might probably have to do if I bought the 2013 Aqua). 3. I run around Colombo and 80% of the time only I am in the car so that power is adequate. 4. I prefer the exterior look of the 2016 Vitz than the Aqua and 2017 Vitz facelift (beauty is subjective of course). The disadvantages I had known before buying the Vitz are that I knew it is going to vibrate at idle due to the 3 cylinder engine and the interior bits have the cheapest type of components including the seats, meter panel (which resembles a Bajaj motor bike's meter panel), etc. I haven't had any problems so far and believe its worth the money I paid for it considering the other options available in the price range. I don't have a problem with the engine noise as I drive like a grandma most of the time I only wish that they had put some better mounts around the engine and stop the car vibrating like a.....uh... a vibrator ! 👺👺 seriously though, even those kei cars like Stingray have better idling states. Second-hand market, nobody can predict how much a car will worth in several years but Toyotas rarely depreciate in the SL car market so I would say you're safe there.
  2. ghostwriter

    Axia AC clicking sound

    I think it is normal as I can remember in my Viva Elite, there was a clicking sound when the clutch engages and disengages for the AC. However it had no relation to braking or acceleration, the AC was working (engage and disengage with a click sound) on its own regardless of moving or standstill. You should be able to confirm it with the agents at Unimo. just show it to them on your way and they wouldn't charge anything to check it. their customer service is usually good.
  3. ghostwriter

    Do dreams come true? = YES (Bought a lancer ex)

    that's a beauty. congrats mate. ex is definitely a one in my car bucket list. 😆
  4. ghostwriter

    Nissan Presea

    looks like a job well done 😎 waiting for the detailed restoration blog soon
  5. ghostwriter

    Gear box mount and rocker cover replacement

    in the elite, the plastic rocker cover has the 3 oil seals that cover the top of the spark plug tube embedded in to it in a way that the seals cannot be taken out and replaced. the outer gasket can be replaced but not the tube seals. if the tube seals are bad, the agent recommends replacing the rocker cover itself.
  6. ghostwriter

    Gear box mount and rocker cover replacement

    I have replaced valve cover. it costed me about 22k to several months back. However, I went for a tune-up (clean up?) recently and when the mechanic inspected the spark plugs, it was discovered that oil has somehow got into the spark plug tubes. My guess is that either the earlier mechanic didn't fit the new valve cover properly or did not remove the residue oil before fitting the new cover or the new valve cover itself is faulty. Anyhow it was fixed back again with some sealant put in and I am expecting that it will solve the leaking problem. (Hopefully). If it starts leaking again to the plug tube, my next option would be to take the original valve cover that I replaced and re-install the oil seals into it. You have to take that to a lathe shop where they will cut off the existing oil seal from the valve cover and put in new seals. The quality of the work will depend on the skill of the person who will be handling the job. I just stated some of the options you have and it has been a pain the neck for me as it didn't get rectified even though I spent a considerable amount of money on that issue alone. According to what Unimo said it's a common issue in Viva Elites, specially the auto gear ones. The part costs 40K Rs. at Unimo and they claim that its the original 'Daihatsu' spare part. 😋 Hope this helps. I have no idea about the gearbox mounts though. How did you come to know that the mounts are bad? I feel quite a vibration when stopped in traffic (when the gear is in D and brakes fully pressed).
  7. ghostwriter

    Music To Drive By

    wow he's definitely gifted
  8. ghostwriter

    Music To Drive By

  9. ghostwriter

    Car Windows Tint

    I had mine half tinted in-front and full tinted in the back and rear windscreen. I was copped near panchikawatte and he took my license and asked me to remove to the tint in the front shutters and show it to the Colombo police station to get my license back. No charges if shown within 14 days. So I had to spent about two hours removing the tint and removing the glue from the shutters using WD40. It was terrible so my advice is don't take the chances. I still keep the rear shutters and rear windscreen fully tinted (for *sun-block*, obviously). It's all your luck machan, I have seen cars fully tinted all over and cops don't seem to care at times.
  10. ghostwriter

    Need a good Car around 2 million

    yeah totally, I'm still in my mid 20's working on increasing and stabilizing my income so Viva Elite seemed an economical option considering my affordability to pump fuel and do maintenance/ repairs. Hell, it's not as safe as a Volvo but hey, beggars can't be choosers!
  11. ghostwriter

    Need a good Car around 2 million

    Viva Elite (2010-2013) - (if you're thel higanna, like me 😆😆)
  12. ghostwriter

    ABS of Viva Elite

    Hi, I have previously owned a Viva Elite manual version which doesn't have ABS and now I use a Viva Elite Premium which has both ABS and Airbags and those features were the very reason for me to change from Viva elite Standard to Viva elite Premium. I had done my Google researches regarding the actual usefulness ABS and Airbags and I think it is in the best interest of us to focus on safety. Regarding the cost of ABS maintenance, I have not come across any problems with my one so far. However, the previous owner has replaced one of the ABS assembly parts and I saw a repair bill which has cost him less than 10,000 for the part from J*natha motors, Panchikawatta. Like everyone has mentioned, if you can afford the version with ABS don't think about repair costs it's like buying a car without airbags because you won't have to replace the dashboard if the airbags deploy in an accident. Airbags and ABS save lives those are not fancy features added for luxury. Further, I think there is a law coming up which will ban importing vehicles which are not equipped with ABS and Dual Air Bags so if you buy a car without those features it might even affect the resale value. My suggestion for you if you're buying a Viva Elite is, go for the Premium Version which has both Airbags and ABS. Why would we need to comprise safety for an imaginary-repair-cost right? ?
  13. ghostwriter

    Allion 2002 model vs Tiida 2008

    You can't just demand answers from others buddy. Most of the car models in SL roads have been already discussed here in this forum. I have bought several cars in the past years and I had never needed to start new topics demanding others to express their experience because they were ALREADY there in the past threads. Do a simple Google search with the car model and 'autolanka' at the end. Plus, if you read the forum regularly, you can see that iRage is a person who brings in lot of information in topics such as the Japanese cars news etc. So if you disrespect the Top Contributors here, even the people who have experience with the car models will not be willing to express their views thinking you're a selfish person.
  14. anyone know the process which we as the seller should do when the buyer is taking the vehicle through a leasing/ finance? I tried searching forum but no proper info to be found. ☹️

    1. Crosswind


      1. Agree on a price with the buyer and get an advance and a letter written in the buyer's handwriting on the terms and conditions

      2. Do a valuation. Ask the buyer to pay for it and hand the valuation over to the buyer. Get a duplicate key done, if you don't have one. 

      3. Buyer will ask for a copy of the CR and a copy of the NIC. You can either give it to him or ask the finance company to contact you and give the copies to the finance company directly

      4. Wait

      5. Wait more if the facility is taken from a bank or People's Leasing

      6. If the finance company is LOLC, wait even more

      7. If the finance company is LOLC, tear your hair off around about now

      8. Suddenly you will get something called a Delivery order. At this point, go to the finance company with your car and its papers, get the balance money from the buyer, get the delivery order from the finance company, hand over the original CR, original revenue license, original VIC (if applicable), original luxury tax reciepts (if applicable), sign the transfer papers provided by the leasing company AND THE CAR. If you don't have a duplicate key yet, just take any key in your house.

      The moment you sign the transfer papers and get the delivery order, your dealing with the buyer is over. The car belongs to the buyer and the leasing company is duty bound to hand you the balance money. The Delivery Order is only issued after the buyer obtains full insurance and if the buyer crashes the car, the finance company is still legally bound to pay you.

      However, if you sign the transfer papers but don't hand over the car and if you crash the car, the insurance company can refuse to settle and the leasing company will refuse to pay.

      9. You will get the balance as a cheque from the leasing company on the next working day or two days later, if its LOLC.

    2. ghostwriter


      wow thanks alot crosswind for taking so much of your time. I have a good idea about the process now. The buyer gave me an advance but didn't ask me to do a valuation. I will wait and see then. At least now I know what happens. Thanks alot again for you valuable time. He said it was CDB Finance he's arranging it with. 

    3. vitz


      Appreciate Crosswind. This was really helpful. Thanks for spending your time to share your experiences.

  15. ghostwriter

    Service Except Pres**

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