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  1. Saw an AE85 for sale in a quick site. Any initial D/Itsuki wannabes (Note: Not Takumi) with a million to spare, now is the chance!

  2. Read a very recent news article about a Mercedes G-wagen that went up in flames in the parking lot of a mall in UAE, killing 2 toddlers in the process.

    As horrifying as it sounds, I'm curious to know whats up with these modern euro luxo barges going up in flames every now in a while. Inside Edition did a video a long time ago, on several BMWs going up in flames while being parked.

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    2. □AVANTE□

      □AVANTE□

      If so, how could such events keep occuring more than twice? Shouldn't they try to match their japanese rivals atleast in this critical section? Are they this hell bent on making profits? 

    3. vag2

      vag2

      Good question...actually the market of these  capacitors used on the power lines is almost exclusively held by Japanese suppliers like Murata, TDK. Maybe Japanese car makers do not use them because they know better about the weaknesses of their own suppliers..

    4. □AVANTE□

      □AVANTE□

      Stupid & sad really for what the world has come to

  3. Friend's 2018 Suzuki Stingray has a problem with those strip lights in the instrument cluster, which are supposed to illuminate blue and green depending on powertrain status. His lights are now stuck in blue no matter where or how he drives. He doesnt use the S button either. Anyone know a good place near Kandy to diagnose such niggles apart from A*W?

    1. Ranjitha

      Ranjitha

      I had seen this question pop up A several times on the wagon R owners club Facebook page , do a post search there ,, or ask your friend to post a question there I'm 100% sure he'll find a good answer,,

    2. □AVANTE□

      □AVANTE□

      Seems to be a common issue then? I'll let him know, thanks!

  4. Stopped by Link Lanka in Kandy & there was a beige E320 W140, a red Jag XJ6 & an under-restoration MG roadster. Owner claims the Benz & Jag used to belong to the late P.M.Chandrika & President J.R. Jayawardane respectively, and are both for sale! :0

    Anyone going to Kandy can hardly miss it. On the right side, located in a left-hand bend near Peradeniya. Just awesome..

  5. 2 guys asked if we were selling the car and the offers sound handsome too. Wish the RMV was faster in delivering the car's book before any real depreciation occurs lol (it's been nearly 1 and half months)

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    2. alpha17

      alpha17

      Are both of them quoting the same price and from your area? Because earlier when I advertised my 121 about 3 people came from your area saying various reasons but all were offering the same price. One is saying that he sold his Axio blah blah blah so he needs a good car for his family immediately. But that bugger didn’t want to see the records or even the book. It was clear that all of them were sent by somebody to grab it by discouraging me by quoting low price.

      Anyway if the price is right don’t mind about selling it!

       

    3. □AVANTE□

      □AVANTE□

      This is an important topic to talk about: people these days (the majority in my perspective) don't give much value for service records & your enthusiasm/knowledge of the car. The offers had a 25,000/- difference but what you mention has happened before for our Stingray 3 years ago. Our area is notorious for that too!

      There is this broker network (basically an underworld mafia except they deal with vehicles, not hitmen) they know alot about a car, tell them the color/area/number plate and they will go 'aaaaah that car? It had this problem, and that problem'..scary but true: when I came here from abroad, I was not the most social, so I didnt know many people. So imagine my shock when people come asking "hey did you sell your vezel? You had a stingray before this nah?"

      They even talk like pedos sometimes : "hey machan, this fellow? He is a good lad. He even has a vezel now, a genuine example" (note that this is the first time I have ever seen them)

      Good thing you understood the situation when it came to your car. If it's an enthusiast car like an Alfa, BMW, Mark II, Mercedes, etc.. your service records will be worth it. Meanwhile when it comes to a toyota, honda, or any typical jap, they just go 'supiri car eka, enjine 100%, tiyer 100%, gud condisan' and it gets sold ; which disrespects anyone who tries to keep documentation/records of his/her car.

      Believe it or not, none of our previous cars had their service records checked during inspection.

    4. alpha17

      alpha17

      I never knew it was going this much! Now I get it!!!

  6. Seeing how vezels can be had for 3.6mil and xtrails for under 5 mil. I think it's safe to say modern cars are now glorified electronic appliances

     

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    2. alpha17

      alpha17

      Anyway, there are some car electronics which are really useful when you get used to them. Some of them are not that useful, in-fact, they just ruin the experience.

      I find the Smart Key system in the Toyota(there are slight differences from other manufacturers) very useful. I don’t need to pull out the key at all. Then the adjustable lumbar support. It seems like just another marketing gimmick, but it really help me in long journeys, as it rectifies the back pain occurred during long journeys. The park sensors, adaptive high beam, adaptive cruise control(if highway travel is frequent) are useful in day to day driving, specially in long journeys. Another thing is the reverse tilting side mirrors.

    3. tiv

      tiv

      +reverse cameras for larger vehicles like pickups and SUVs

    4. iRage

      iRage

      Toyota smart keys....oh boy...they got good only after huge huge huge pain the ass type failures....again..look through one of my old post where I talked about how my kid got locked in thanks to the Toyota smart key. When it first started coming out (12-15 years ago) it was a stupid key. But yes...now they have improved a lot

  7. Are there any sports cars/supercar owners in autolanka or are they not exclusive enough to join the AL club?:jumping-smiley-001:

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    2. Davy

      Davy

      @AVANTE, I'm not sure of the MotorMag part but yes that's him. 

    3. alpha17

      alpha17

      Yes, I remember there was a few owners in here, and just like they said, most of them are silent. I agree with you AVANTE. Now most people are going for sports cars or super cars just to show off, but not to enjoy. It seems that the window we had to enjoy driving has certainly narrowed during the past few years. Now the roads are flooding with tuk-tuks, WagonRs, Altos and of course Scooters driven by ladies(Those ladies always twist the accelerator to the max when something happens and ends up climbing lamp posts and trees with the scooty) which reduces those moments to enjoy driving. I mean with this amount of vehicles, there is no point of owning a supercar without a place to floor the throttle...It’s pathetic

    4. □AVANTE□

      □AVANTE□

      @alpha17 Not just supercars..buying anything with 2 doors seems like a bad idea these days. Seeing all the S660, copens & RX8s up for sale for months with no caring owners to take them home. Even in my life, everyone around me talks about anything & everything thats not a car, which makes me a weirdo.

      And like you said..the road is flooded with 2-wheeled/4-wheeled 'appliances' that depreciate like heck..so no one appreciates a good car anymore.

  8. Saw a 2001 Volvo S60 for sale. Owner says '450,000/- worth of repairs done on gearbox, wiring, suspension, etc... and that due to an ABS modulator issue & money urgency, he has reduced around 400,000/- more from the original price...Ouch, poor wallet.

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    2. □AVANTE□

      □AVANTE□

      @alpha17

       'good condition' 

      'Immediate sale!'

      I don't understand what you're talking about. Yeah it doesnt have a signal light & cracked seats with a cheap crap steering cover. My plan to use it like a japanese vehicle has backfired...but hey, it is in good condition & for immediate sale!! Good no? What more do you want in life?!?!?!😲

       

      BTW if you love euros...may I suggest a W124 E-class? Bulletproof cars, fun to travel in (Even the backseats were an awesome experience!). Also, respect is a standard option of the car. The last generation of good-to-own mercs before they became electronic headaches whose repair bills shadowed the true value of the car.

    3. alpha17

      alpha17

      W124 is one of the most over-engineered cars in history. But my all-time favourite id the W140 S class in a black paint without any modifications, which has that unbeatable “mafia boss” look😁

      Most probably that euro would be a W211 (which are not as reliable as the pre 1995 models) or W212 (reliable, but have to pay around 10million for the face-lifted version, which has the best look for a Merc ever!). The f10 520d is also a car that catches my eye, but famous for the timing chain issue, So If I have around 8million, my choice would be a W212 pre-facelift + Chevy Cruze or a Swift (Jeep model😅) for round the town driving.

      For that Volvo, listed for 975,000, I think the whole body has to be replaced😬

    4. □AVANTE□

      □AVANTE□

      W212? Reliable? Really?

      It does look cool, agreed. But I can never stop myself from looking at a W205 C-class, it's so beautiful.

      BTW, if you are going for the swift:

      Aim for the zuki if you want a slightly better resale and easier to find body parts. Chevy is like 200k cheaper I think in the 2nd hand market. Also make sure you check the suspension & steering setup as those are 'relatively' the most prone to failure. I say relatively because it's a reliable gadget after all.

  9. Out of curiousity (& boredom of waiting for a guy to turn up): What is the most boring car you guys have ever driven or being in? For me it's the 2008 Toyota Yaris/Belta. So boring that me sleeping in the front seat everytime is guaranteed feature of the car!

    Driving wise- the wagonR is just a practical, 4 wheeled loaf of bread.

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    2. iRage

      iRage

      Well...different manufacturers have different ideologies that they build in to their cars. Honda and Mazda have always been in to the spirited driving experience. Toyota's idealogoy has been to be conservative and trustworthy A to B transport. In Japan people do not buy a Toyota to be flamboyant or anything (except for the flagship models). Even the Century....it is quite understated in everything. The disconnected, light steering where you have no idea where the wheels are pointing, the quiet numbness inside the cabin has always been there....even with the Mark X....the steering was light (relatively)....even with the Carina and the old Corollas and the AE85...steering is light (by default). It is just that in the past these cars had a certain thing about them that we forgave the light steering and the dead-ness. However, what is interesting about Toyotas is that you change one small thing the car changes completely.  For example....take the Aqua....really nimble and chuckable frame but delayed and disconnected steering....put a few extra welds and a few strut braces the car changes. My BZ Touring....when I put the thin wheels it feels light and imprecise...but when it goes back to the Toms wheels the steering gets a nice weight to it. Same with the AE85. This is the same reason why in the past Toyota was able to make a fun variant of standard cars like the Corolla and the Carina...

    3. □AVANTE□

      □AVANTE□

      @alpha17 the beetle feels a bit more planted (less body roll) than the jeep. Both are similarly fun to drive and a manual is just the cherry on top of the cake! The clutch on the indian variant is a bit weak tbh (feels like stomping on a beetle when I use the clutch😂 but that doesnt bother me) 

      Honestly tho, I'd prefer a nice teak interior with a neat layout from time to time (toyota)..but can never think of sacrificing the fun aspect.

      The vezel steering was decently precise but numb of course, but that sound when you put it in sport mode! I was feeling a bit rebellious with a bit of eurobeat playing in my head as I rowed through the paddle shifts..only to see that I finally reached 100kmh 😕 same would go for the grace & Fit but I'd believe the fit will have relatively less body roll. Would be nice to test drive the new Civic!

      @iRage after your reply, I'm going to pay some attention to the Aqua and see if it's worthy to drive because I do love the looks of the G-touring & Urban variants! Is the G-touring just a different dress or is it a slightly different Aqua to drive?

    4. iRage

      iRage

      Like I said...you drive the Aqua the body feels nice and nimble like you want to just chuck it in to the corners. At low speeds the steering is fine and precise although numb and then at speed you feel that the steering is a bit too lagging.

      The the various G and S tourings and packages are simply the standard grade with dressup kits and accessories...not much of a different. The X Urban is also the same but with a slightly different suspension setup for the height.

      If you want to feel some real feel..you need to look at the G's or the GR Sport. Those come with extra welds, upper and lower strut bars, stiffer suspension and wheels with a wider foot print. Makes a HUGE difference. As an option TRD offered special steering bushes, etc..

      I don't think there are many GR Sport Aquas in SL. Saw one that had the badges being done up by a certain doc but not sure if that is a legit one or not. There are a few G's around though.

      If not...get a standard G or what ever grade and mod it.....strut bars, suspension kit and steering bushes, etc...

  10. So why are K12 Nissan March models & 2005-2010 swifts known as 'beetle' models? They don't even hint a bit at the VW classic or the modern beetle & it's not that they look like the insect. So where did this name stick to these cars in this island?

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    2. □AVANTE□

      □AVANTE□

      Thanks you guys! Now I can finally sleep in peace :)

    3. iRage

      iRage

      If this kept you up at night....you need to see a therapist....

    4. □AVANTE□

      □AVANTE□

      @iRage Therapy session is now over :)

  11. Out of curiosity: if a car gets its engine upstroked from 1500cc to 2000cc (evo & wrx) & the book isn't updated, will it be a big problem? Is there a way the law can get to such cases?

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    3. alpha17

      alpha17

      From what I've heard RMV only allows you to increase the engine by 200cc (correct me if I'm wrong).

    4. □AVANTE□

      □AVANTE□

      @alpha17 you mean by 200cc for no tax? Cuz almost every Evo & subie has their engine increased by around 400-500cc :0

  12. Now Kevin Hart is seriously injured after his Plymouth Barracuda veered off the road & plunged down Mulholland highway...bad days for celebrity motor enthusiasts these few days

  13. For those who haven't heard: Jessi Combs (The fastest woman on 4 wheels) had died day before yesterday while trying to set a land-speed record on a jet powered car. RIP :(

    1. Davy

      Davy

      Yep, saw it on the news yesterday. Sad scene. 😥

  14. Can anyone tell me where to find the engine number/code on a '98 Daihatsu Hijet lorry (He said it's an ST100 but isnt that the Carry's code)? My friend needs to know as soon as possible!

    1. DJR
    2. □AVANTE□

      □AVANTE□

      Thanks alot bro! It seems to be under the seat! I'll ask hin to check in a while.

  15. Do we have any Suzuki/Maruti Kizashi cars in Srilanka? They seem like pretty decent cars.

  16. Hey guys! Bought a mint condition 2008 indian swift beetle from a friend! Very BIG Thanks to all the AL members for helping me avoid crapboxes along the way!!!

    1. Hyaenidae

      Hyaenidae

      Pictures, pictures... open a dedicated thread for the car

      Eg:

      autolanka.com/forums/topic/18754-my-new-ride-mistubishi-lancer-cs1-glx-at-yom-2007/

    2. matroska

      matroska

      Congrats on the new ride! We'd love to see pics and a little write up 

    3. □AVANTE□

      □AVANTE□

      Vehicle is in for a service, will write up once my exams are done with! :D

  17. A friend bought an EP82 recently and he says while changing his speedo cable, the mechanic ended up accidentally hiking the odometer from 85k to 225k kms...is that even a possibility? Also his silencer smoke and engine doesnt look like 225k kms..

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    2. kusumsiri

      kusumsiri

      (1) Odo 85k is not a realistic number for a EP82

      (2) No need to touch the inside (wheels/numbers) of the meter to change the cable.

      So I too think he is lying.

    3. □AVANTE□

      □AVANTE□

      It seems he is delusional then😂 

    4. Magnum

      Magnum

      I have heard stories like these. Its not true

  18. Just saw a '82 Nissan President V8 for sale in some ad. Claims to be previosuly owned by a DPL. Damn, what a car!  Surprised to know this hunk of luxury exists here in Sri Lanka!

  19. This is 2 months old but for those of you who don't know: The story of the legendary Toyota Mark X (Successor of the Mark II) is coming to an end this December 2019. Since 1968 to 2019, more than half a century spent on providing joy to many luxury lovers, collectors, drifters & enthusiasts. Toyota will sign this book with a Final edition Mark X 250S, available in RWD & AWD with a 2.5L V6. In some iterations this car was basically a 4-door supra. 

  20. What do you guys think about the new Vega EV?

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    2. □AVANTE□

      □AVANTE□

      So right! And the resulting conversion kits is the best part! Those are expensive abroad so trying one with Sri-lanka's cheap labour and potential talent can really be a game-changer! Hybrids & EVs will be the norm in the next decade or so and I'm betting it on these guys & other interesting start-ups to make them easier to own.

    3. iRage

      iRage

      I do not believe in cheap labor...there should be no cheap labor. There should be fair and competitive labor rates that have a better value proposition than our competitors. As long as we keep our labor rates down we are forever going to have issues of brain drain and industries are going to suffer (especially knowledge based high tech jobs). 

      In fact Sri Lanka needs to get out of the whole cheap mentality.

      a. Because of cheap commodities everyone from the local bucket manufacturer to farmers are suffering (its a lot cheaper to import crap from China than to produce a decent local product).

      b. because of cheap parts we have to pay an arm and a leg for genuine parts from the agents (the local markets are filled with cheap parts which a majority go for...thus the agents have to charge a premium on the parts to stay a float because they cannot make ends meet by selling parts at reasonable rates. This applies to other sectors...

      c. Because of our cheap labor rates we always think SL products are sub-standard but our population is twisted enough to think any cheap **** is decent if it is imported.

    4. □AVANTE□

      □AVANTE□

      In reality, with the advancement of the IT sector & other modern industries, I think 'this cheap labour' mentality might come to an end and it will happen soon. A few decades back, according to the elders, Sri Lankan economy was great and now things are super expensive while the wages are low and in light of the current situation, majority of the businesses are having a rough time. Such a beautiful island, truly hope we can save it someday.

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