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Kal-El last won the day on August 18 2016

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About Kal-El

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    Movies, Paleontology, Euro Cars, Sci Fi, Horror Novels, Wildlife Photography, Music

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  1. Yes you may consider this as a wanted ad as well
  2. Hi About 02 years ago, I've uploaded a topic almost about finding a BMW E38 7 Series, which could be said as my ultimate driving machine dream Currently, I am driving my S-Type Jag and Now I wanted to buy a BMW E38 car. Here are my wishlist a). If possible to find, I prefer a stretched look of an iL (long wheel base) car like 740iL. From my knowledge very few are on Sri Lankan roads. b) Prefer LCI (facelifted car) from year 1998 - 2001 c) Prefer Green color exterior with beige interior, I don't know if any of such is available that fits above preferences in Sri Lanka I've seen all cars (2-3) advertised now and during last year or so, but none of those are in awe inspiring condition and needs considerable attention and big $$$ to get things to work again. So please don't suggest cars currently advertised on classified sites. I am aware that, it would quite difficult to find a car that fits above description and I've already contacted several BMW service people (Prestige, Mr Milroy and -2-3 others) to find an owner who has an E38 that I may could persuade in selling. Even if you could point me in the direction of any other E38 (1995-2001, short or long wheelbase, 728i, 730i or 740i, 740il), I highly appreciate it. Please send me PM if you have contact info. Thanks again Kal-el
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    Fiat Grande Punto or Peugeot 308

    Apart from the Grande Punto, I've seen a Fiat Bravo of Year 2011. How this Bravo compares to the Grande Punto? Can you point me in the direction of finding a well maintained example (prefer the dark green color - shown in the attachment) and I've seen these are ranging from 1.7 to 2.5 million. What would be the great price for a properly maintained example Also highly appreciate your feedback.
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    Fiat Grande Punto or Peugeot 308

    Lack of dealership is not a huge concern for me as I do not intent to give away all the hard earned cash to dealers for a car that is a decade old. Also, Peugeot has CARMART.
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    Fiat Grande Punto or Peugeot 308

    Nothing in particular is wrong with my Jag. But recently my monthly running mileage has increased significantly and fuel cost (with recent fuel price increase) has starting to creep deeper to my pocket. Also I am hoping to buy a Jaguar XJ (2005-2009) in 02-03 years and decided to buy something less imposing and more practical for the next 02-03 years. I've seen only few examples of Peugeot 308 in Sri Lanka and the details availability is also scarce. Do you have any first hand experience with the 308 or its smaller sibling, 207/
  6. First sorry for the delay in reply as I've been away from this forum for nearly a year. Also thank you very much for the very comprehensive answer and suggestion and I highly appreciate that. Yes, E34 is the more practice choice and at one point, I really wanted to buy one. But now E38 is what I am lusting for. Please PM me the contact number of the Broker. Thanks
  7. Hi I am currently using a Jaguar S Type for almost 03 years and recently decided to buy a more practical European hatchback or family car under 03 million rupees. So far, my top picks are, 1. Peugeot 308 (year 2008-2011) - price around 2.7 to 3.2 million - Hatchback 2. Fiat Grande Punto (year 2006-2008 - price around 1.8-2.4 million 3. Peugeot 307 Facelift - year 2007 - price 2.0 -2.3 milion What would be the better choice of above in terms of reliability, parts availability, maintenance costs, driving pleasure and comfort, etc. Or is there any other European hatchback or family cars that are better than either of above for prices not exceeding 3.0 - 3.5 million Highly appreciate your valuable guidance.
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    Audi Vs BMW

    BMW F10 5 Series + Rear wheel drive = good for bit more sportier and fun driving, + Brand = good driving dynamics, although may not be the "ultimate driving machine" anymore + Very attractive and muscular looking design + Has bit more specialists and parts will be slightly easier to find than Audi - Very common (specially F10 520D) in roads and thus exclusivity and prestige is somewhat affected. For 9 million - 2012 520D with low miles. Pick for enthusiasts - 530D or 528i with M Sport package Best colors IMHO - Black, havana brown, alpine white AUDI A6 C7 + Front wheel drive or AWD (Quattro) - good traction + Brand = Young generation's favorite out of German's + Very attractive and decent looking design - It is a premium grade Volkswagen after-all - Parts and maintenance cost may be slightly higher, specially after warranty period. For 9 million - 2013 A6 Best colors IMHO - Red, White, Metallic gray Alternatives - Jaguar XF (2011-2013), Mercedez E Class (2010-2011) Just my 0.02 cents
  9. If you can live with somewhat boxy body style, wagonr (j style) is a safe and adequately comfortable car with excellent kmpl figures north of 18. If you are a more environmental friendly type of person, 2013 nissan leaf azeo is very good value at 3 million and the comfort levels are closer to more high end Japanese cars like premio, axio, allion. Also I think, kia picanto and perodua axia are also popular models just under 3 Mil mark, but I do not have any personal experience to recommend those. Try to stay away from indian entry level hatchbacks as those are not very safe cars to begin with. BTW amend the post headline if you want more members to help you as it is unlikely that you would get much responses with a 30 million budget
  10. Are you looking for a car around 3 million or 30 million ? If it is not a typo and it is 30 million, my question is why you need our help as if you can spend 30 million on a car, factors like low maintenance cost does not apply that much ? For 30 million, you can get yourself a nice BMW 7 series, Audi A8, fully loaded Merc E class, entry S class Merc, Maserati Quattroporte, BMW X5, Merc GLE SUV, Porsche Panamera, Jaguar XJ, Jaguar F Type, Toyota Land Cruiser, Land Rover and the list goes on. If it is 3 million, slightly used Suzuki Stingray would be a good choice. Just my 0.02 cents
  11. Hi, This has reference to one of my earlier posts, in which i sought advise from upgrading from my Jaguar S type to a model within BMW E38, E39, E60, Jaguar XJ X350, etc. With valuable guidance from AL members and through my own evaluation, I have decided to go for a BMW E38 (or X308 XJ LWB Jaguar as X350 is currently out of my budget), preferably a facelifted 1998 - 2001, 740iL long wheel base car. From my limited knowledge, I think there are very few long wheel base E38's in the country, hence finding one has become somewhat of a challenge, hence I seek the help from fellow AL members. During last 12 months, there were 02 LWB cars advertised on quick sites and here on AL. I wonder who own these now and also interested to know more details of these elusive cars. Thanking you Kal-El
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    BMW E60 530i

    E60 is somewhat controversial BMW mainly due to radical design departure and even there was a bmw enthusiast petition to fire chief designer Chris Bangle at that time. The consensus is that LCI cars (post 2007) are much better in terms of reliability and the quality of materials used. If I am correct there is not much E60's in the island and to find a good sample one for a reasonable price will be bit challenging. I have seen some E60 of 2003 advertised as much 6.0 million. You can get a 2011 F10 523i for around 7.7 mil and F10 is a much better car IMHO.
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    Leather seat restoration

    I think Nawala Cushion Works is one of the better places out there. But I think they are bit pricey.
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    Buy first car

    First you need to get your priorities right. Is it reliability? comfort? relative luxury? fuel economy? performance? maintenance cost? feel good factor? safety? that you are looking for. I'm afraid there is no car in the market sub 2 mil price range that can achieve all the above and thus compromises has to be made. It seems like you are looking for a trouble free car with affordable spares and easy maintenance that takes you from point A to point B. My personal advice is to avoid indian mini hatchbacks as those are notorious for safety aspects, even though they are somewhat reliable, cheap to maintain. I also think cars like FB-15, AE-110, 121 as massively overrated cars and it is very difficult to find a clean un-hacked sample for a reasonable price. I have never owned nor driven viva elite, but the consensus among motoring community is that, elite is a good small hatch and Japanese technology and parts included certainly raise its value to some extent. If you don't mind euro car, Peugeot 406 is good reliable car that is relatively easier to maintain (in comparison to German, Italian and English cars) here in SL and will provide much better safety, comfort and driving thrill than most cars in its price range. Also a good one can be had for less than 1.8 mil and if you go for a diesel, it is very economical too. Also, I think our fellow member @AJ84 has something to say about a 406. Is it a coincidence that I am recommending a 406. I think Not.