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  1. Watched the recent carwow video where they redline and run 3 cars without oil.

    The Ford Mondeo lasts 20 seconds before engine seizure 

    The Peugeot 206 lasts 47 seconds

    The Honda city lasts a mind blowing 6 minutes and 22 seconds 

    We all know Japanese cars are reliable and can take a beating/abuse better than the Europeans which adhere to strict maintenance and tolerances. I'd expect it to last twice as longer than a European under abuse. But, lasting 8 times longer than a similar European.. Eight. Peugeot was in the steel game since 1810 (210 years ago) way before Soichiro Honda's grandad himself was born. It's feasible that Honda can surpass Peugeot using good old Japanese techniques and assembly line system.

    But 8 times more? How? Do they use vibranium sleeves, diamond piston rings and carbon fibre pistons?   

    Could it be a possibility that the Honda engine's internals were worn out so bad that it was leaking compression and the metals weren't touching each other very closely? 

    Or is the video staged? 

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    2. speed8

      speed8

      I agree that testing random junkyard cars isn't the best way to go about it. But if they took a couple of good road-worthy, who would want to watch them die an agonizing death like that? 😭

    3. AVANTE

      AVANTE

      @varotone maybe the oil pressure switch went bust a long time back. Also I read somewhere that Honda sets up their engine to simulate a 30 degree incline with 5 passengers and let's them run for a month and has never had an engine fail. Now I don't know if this is true or not, but still it begs the question, are these jap engines really more solid than euros? Euro car service intervals are longer than japs although they can't take abuse like the japs. 

      @speed8 probably anyone who has a fetish to watch good things fall to their doom. Not me lol

    4. fiat fan

      fiat fan

      Vtec kicked in yooo

  2. What are the legal obstacles one has to pass through in order to do a motorcycle engine swap in a car? (for example, a 1000cc CBR engine into a 1275cc mini?) has anyone attempted such a project in lanka before? I know the drawbacks and the engineering involved but no idea of the legality. 

    Edit: seems there is an R1 engined Mini here now. But that's meant for racing only. 

  3. Is it still legal to drive a LHD car in srilanka? Even if it's already registered? 

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    2. kusumsiri

      kusumsiri

      "wait... Wait..ado Hari Hari danda! danda! Taggala danda ballo"

      Hoow hoow, epa epa. Epa H#tto. Dodong

    3. varotone

      varotone

      SyUE95H.jpg

      Or use one of these periscope mirror setup😉

    4. AVANTE

      AVANTE

      #FeelingLikeCaptainHaddock

  4. I like your rank title. A play on the lyrics of the only rap song I like listening to anymore!😂

  5. In a time of strict emissions regulations, decline in enthusiasm, autonomous & EV startups, and boring toys, guess who's back😎

     

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    2. AVANTE

      AVANTE

      Yes I read about the 6 too. Mazda isn't giving up anytime soon no matter what's going on. 

    3. iRage

      iRage

      Well...Toyota is working iwth Mazda on a RWD sedan. Yes...the rumor is that it is going to be the basis for a Mark X replacement and an equivalent Mazda marquee. Current size wise one can think it is the 6..but then considering the investment made in the 6's skyactiv platform...will they ditch all that and go with a RWD for the 6 now ? If they don't ditch it they might go with a badge like  Sentia (which was RWD) or Millenia (replacement for the Sentia but FWD) whic sort of have a sporty outlook. Originally the Capella/Atenza/626/6 was positioned to compete with the likes of the Corona/Carina and the Sentia/Millenia, Persona etc...with the likes of the Mark II/Cressida and the Luce/929 with the Crown.

    4. AVANTE

      AVANTE

      Would love to see something like the underrated Eunos Cosmo come back. Nostalgia is good for business, this is especially true in the car market. 

      Not like our bayyas care though. 

  6. R. I. P

    Sir Stirling Moss

    (1929-2020)

  7. About to remove the throttle body and I'm curious as to what this exactly is? A box seperately located right under the throttle body and has a connection to the air box. Im guessing it's a PCV or EGR system? 

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    2. AVANTE

      AVANTE

      Hrmphh..meddling in my affairs eh, am putting down a bounty of a bucket of 0w20 and 100ml of 95 petrol for anyone who brings your head. 

      Until then, prepare yourself for the upcoming elections... Mr. EGBS

      *Spicy Bollywood Masala exit song plays in the background*

    3. AVANTE

      AVANTE

      Anyways found a workshop manual for the thing and it's the PCV control solenoid valve.

    4. fiat fan

      fiat fan

      😅 staying at home getting to u bro? Btw gimme a buzz when yo free. I haven't had a good car chat in a while.

  8. Came across a 2008 Mazda Axela that the owner claims 'is used as a 2nd car for driving pleasure'... Come on now, are they really THAT good? I get they are fun and sharp to drive but how good is it really, that one justifies it as a 2nd car? It's an automatic too. How much sharper or better are they to drive compared to a Lancer, Civic or Swift of the same year? Or is it just hype? 

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    2. sathyajithj99

      sathyajithj99

      I think you should marry your gf soon. She seems to have a good taste in cars as well as in colours.

    3. iRage

      iRage

      So...got a 2017 Mazda 3 2.0L over here as a rental car in Vietnam. We have 3 days left here and I had to give up the Fortuner a few days ago.

      As before the 3 just begs to be rev'd...at low revs it feels slow and lethargic and just has this stiffyness in the pedal that makes you want to just stomp on it...when the revs reach like 2500-3000 it just zooms. The ride, even though the car is hacked is still nice and firm yet soft and still has that active feel to it.

      What I do not like:

      Steering is too light.

      Seats..the fake leather is just yucky

      The tiptronic gear box in manual shift mode is annoying...its bad enough that it is lethargic to shift up..it is 1000x more annoying shifting down when it jsut decides to jerk (not predicatable at all). So yeah....keep it out of manual shifting and sports mode :D

    4. tiv

      tiv

      I'm not sure about the mazda but in the current financial drout people may word out far more optimism to shed a car.

  9. Had nothing to do so I watched Jackie Chan's thunderbolt (1995)..man that's a terrific nostalgic trip for any Mitsubishi fan I'd say. 

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    2. AVANTE

      AVANTE

      Do you use any special products for engine bay cleaning irage? 

    3. iRage

      iRage

      I used to use an engine wipe...but that was just a pain...recently I just use a damp cloth and a brush....sometimes soap around some gunky areas to get it lose.

    4. RWD

      RWD

      Yep findings things to do is becoming a problem! Last weekend spent giving it a good wax. This weekend its time to work on the interior. Cleaning up the engine bay is a good suggestion. Will work on that for weekend 3!

  10. Went to town at about 9am to get a quart of Mobil 10W-40 and to my surprise, the oil shop is the only place where I didn't run into a long queue or crowd.. It's deserted actually. 

    1. Uditha88

      Uditha88

      waiting the same here 2morrow ....

    2. AVANTE

      AVANTE

      Curfew is driving everyone nuts eh? 

    3. RWD

      RWD

      yeah but what was with the queues for fuel? Its not like people could go anywhere!

  11. Please help, I'm in process of taking apart my bike and there's this evil screw stopping me from seperating the radiator and the water pump. What do I do? I tried WD40 with a flat and different types of screwdrivers yet I only ended up ruining the head in one of them. 

     

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    2. AVANTE

      AVANTE

      There's a radiator block, I need to give it to the mech to get it cleaned before I lose a gasket. The rivets join the radiator to the water pump and that's an even bigger pain to take out so I'm not gonna mess with that. 

       

    3. tiv

      tiv

      Pretty much then drill it out, low rpm, new bit with care 

    4. AVANTE

      AVANTE

      Thank you and bless my dear people.. What better way to outlast the outbreak and boredom other than some self taught DIY. 

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  12. You have to admit, the phrase 'mint condition' is so misused now, that if your car is actually a mint condition one, consider it a brand new showroom car (leave the showroom seat coverings on for more street cred). Mint condition is now relegated to every karatha in town. 

    1. Hyaenidae

      Hyaenidae

      Sri Lankan car sale pitches are lit af

      "Supiriyak Soyannekuta" is the latest one it seems - makes me cringe for whatever reason

    2. AVANTE

      AVANTE

      Yeah bro, they are cringey in every language you say those lies in. 

      Especially when mated with the big hand gestures and expressions some of them do. 

      My friends has kept his EP82 in a sales and that sale fellow has advertised it as mint condition, accident free along with the usual reduced odometer mileage. Like bro, that car has a deep 1 foot scratch on the door and a big dent in the rear quarter after being hit by a bus. Of course, the sales guy says it's in supiri Japan vahanaya condition. Me knows what that car has gone through in the past lol, I can't even stand that guy anymore. 

  13. So it's in the news that the confirmed patient from Angoda had been in Kandy a few days ago. Hope my fellow members from the hill country and everywhere else are safe and have taken necessary precautions. 

  14. A*W has advertised the new Swift Sport 1.4T at a permit price of 5.5 mil. Good grace, I can't stop laughing. Never have I thought the day would come when a Suzuki will demand the same as an Audi. 

    1. tiv

      tiv

      Someone's totally lost it there, 

       

  15. There's a 1984, (32-) G wagon going for 40mn. I had to ask the owner if he had put the 0 there by mistake. Mad lol. 

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    2. tiv

      tiv

      Personal sightings 1.4mil km hilux, Not sure on the engine(s)

      Caravan VX 90s

      1.7mil km  first owner 

      5 engines, multiple turbos, same gearbox manual.

      owner died while washing the van. A tour guide.

      Now sadly sold off, probably passing off as a 200k km caravan.

      0.7mil Caravan high roof, second overhaul, same engine manual still with first owner, old school service owner.

    3. AVANTE

      AVANTE

      Owner died while washing the van? I don't think there is a more legendary way to go as far as lankan methods go. Also, why 5 engines? No overhauls? Still, I'm seriously impressed tiv and feel sad for the person too.

      What abour you? Highest mileage so far? 

       

    4. alds

      alds

      Well, about the G wagon, It's quite rare and one of a kind vehicle. So high prices are expected but 40 mill is the money for importing one from UK or SA.

      Still it's pretty rare, there might be more Ferraris in the country than G-wagons. So a collector would consider this even at 10's of millions. 

      I happen to know a Hiace LH172 with 1.4mill km on the clock, first owner and original gearbox. Engine overhauled once  few years back (well after 1mill mark). Used for hires all around the country. The owner (a family friend) once discarded a relatively new tire used as a spare wheel due to dry rotten rubber, never has had to use it. That's reliability for you.

  16. With RX8s depreciating and some nearing high mileage, hasn't anyone done an engine swap project so far? 

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    2. tiv

      tiv

      Its worse in the rx8 as they run a rich mixture first few minutes into the idle, due to emissions issues, got worse with generations.

      My uncles had a Savannah and a Fd late 80s and 90s, he used to tell when they flooded they pulled the fuel pump relay and turned it over for few min, then plugged it in and she started up. 

      Later ones needs a lot of jargon to start up again, pulling out plugs, crank angle sensor blah, I remember some older members mentioning the whole rain dance

      never bothered to remember the procedure entirely 

      To add, the insane revving takes an early toll on the engine ancillaries, and they are quite thirsty as well. 

    3. speed8

      speed8

      Even with all the problems mentioned out there, I still lust after rotaries. Maybe it's the sound or the fact that RX7s and RX8s look so good despite the age?

       

       

    4. AVANTE

      AVANTE

      @speed8 all that trouble isn't worth it for the sound, although it's a next level audio treat, like an F1 car. Also, if you love the looks like me and alot of people, engine swapped Rex is the way to go. They have a nice interior and handle well too. 

  17. Let's hear some stories. Has anyone had their car breakdown in the worst possible way or moment? On the way to hospital, Middle of a jungle, In a junction, etc. 

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    2. alds

      alds

      @AVANTE I'm not judging man 😁 , Homo originally meant "human". Then some of the homos decided to explore where no homo has gone before, The rest is history 🤣🤣.

      @Hyaenidae I do like a good bonfire in the evening :)

    3. ajm

      ajm

      I was on a road trip with some uni friends on a picturesque  coastal road in Shikoku island Japan, when suddenly the Fan-belt on the BMW E36 broke.The next garage was about 50km away, which was reached with the car on a Tow truck with 4 travellers inside. That delayed the return trip by half a day.  That night was a heavy Typhoon with highest rainfall for Shikoku in 50years, and road to Honshu (Main island) was closed. We had to take refuge during  the night in a local police station, who took very good care of us!

    4. AVANTE

      AVANTE

      That was interesting and made me happy while reading it lol! Wouldn't say the same if that happened here though. 

  18. Car has 2 worn out engine mounts. I'm gonna DIY the thing as the only trustworthy garage I know is very busy this week & we need to use the car alot too. People who have done it before, any specific precautions to take? (Aside from being patient & jacking up the oil pan with a wooden board?)

    1. Hyaenidae

      Hyaenidae

      Find and read the workshop manual, it might have some model-specific precautions. The wooden board precaution is mentioned in my workshop manual too!

      http://mmc-manuals.ru/manuals/lancer_x/online/Service_Manual/2015/32/html/M132100110340500ENG.HTM

    2. fiat fan

      fiat fan

      Make sure you dont want jayarathne uncles no

  19. What's with the influx of spammers here? Some random username, random question or statement about an aspect of life no one here asks for, and disappears. 

  20. Just a rant: Seeing videos online of people in other countries trashing, hooning & intentionally damaging old VWs, BMWs, 350Zs, Accords, muscle cars, etc.. hurts cuz those same cars here cost millions & are rare :(

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    2. MrCat

      MrCat

      350z`s and Accords can be arse raped as they wish. 😆

      But old BMW`s and Muscle cars??  :O  That`s evil felony!!  

    3. AVANTE

      AVANTE

      I put up this rant after seeing a dinged up E36 doing a drift right into a curb and blowing its tyre.

    4. AVANTE

      AVANTE

      @anochiani no, go away

  21. Was driving through Kurunegala today with the fam and noticed a classy blue MG ZS EV (look at that name lol) for the dank price of 6.9 million. Nissan Leaf & i3 territory..what do you guys think? Truly is a beautiful SUV from the front & inside.

     

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    2. AVANTE

      AVANTE

      Imagine being able to convert a classic car into a clean, fast accelerating machine with the same tough & old feeling and the same non-power steering setup, coupled with a clutchless manual tranny. You'd only miss the sound and feel, but in return you get a lesser headache-inducing, clean & reliable transportation which oozes of pure nostalgia.

    3. alds

      alds

      Better yet, get the torque vs rpm curves from old engines and use them a presets for the motor controller. Depending on the level of nostalgia you are on, load up the motor preset and enjoy the ride. 

    4. AVANTE

      AVANTE

      If sound is lacking, you can add the speakers like the one on the i8 and you are pretty much set!

  22. Suffered a gasket failure even thought vehicle's temperature didn't go pass the mid point...reason? A faulty radiator cap which I didn't know was faulty 😧

    A friendly reminder to my fellow motorists: Check your cap, or you engine head could possibly fap.

  23. So I was at a friend's home and his dad (about 60 years old) came over and was talking about the Lancer he bought brand new in 1980 (11-6005) and had used it on an all-ceylon tour, trips, occassions, wedding car, what not and still talks about it like a missing family member.

    The stare and smile he & his wife gave me when I ran a quick license plate check and told him the car was lastly in the hands of LOLC and could *possibly* be running, was priceless! He has now made it his mission to find that car and bring it back home if it's still out there. Little things like this make life wonderful!

    Lancers & Lankans go together like paan & parippu it seems. Never got a proper chance to drive my dad's 2008 GLX. Oh well, someday.

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    2. alpha17

      alpha17

      In UAE, Lancer (here Lancer EX) can be seen as we see those Premio and Allion on SL roads. They had a strong fan base thorough out the world, but mitsu didn’t update the models. They continued the Pajero and Lancer for about 10-12 years without any major changes, and killed them.

      Toyota also does a similar thing, but they do some minor changes to keep the models fresh. Premio/Allion, Land Cruiser 200 runs on a 13 year old platform. But they do some minor changes without doing any major changes to the chassis, body and interior.

      Can’t believe killing the Lancer off the line..It had a really cool Rockford Fosgate audio system, which punched way above their class like Mazda 3 had a Bose one. And I think that Mitsu could have continued the same Lancer EX for another few years with minor changes..Too sad..

    3. Hyaenidae

      Hyaenidae

      As long as Mitsu doesn't replace the Lancer moniker with a SUV like they did for the Eclipse there is still hope that the sedan would make a comeback 😇

    4. AVANTE

      AVANTE

      Where I come from (Kuwait),the Lancers were used as fleet cars & taxis due to their affordable price tag, simplicity & practicality along with the Corolla & Yaris. The Pajero, PajeroSport & Galant V6 had good demand while the the 4G Eclipse were picked up by a few lady drivers due to the curvy shape (only a few cars were speced with the 6G75 3800cc V6) A handful of hardcore tuners bought the evo and they maintain good value while the rest of the cars are up for cheap grabs (you can get a 2010 solar yellow eclipse with 100k mileage for 550k odd rupees) 

      My dad drove his GLX for three years as a company car, pumping super petrol since it was paid for by his company lol. Would cruise at 140kmh and yet it was stable and comfy, AC was very chill and the most memorable part as a kid. It had a beige interior & those 6-spoke silver alloys. My dad taught me to drive, took me to my first car show, my first school day, taught me how cars work & about other car models..all in that GLX. I'm an evo fan thanks to that car. It basically made me the car guy I am today.

      Also, sorry to burst your bubble @Hyaenidae but manufacturers are killing off sedans for a good reason so no lancer sedan, even the evo XI is rumoured to be a hatchback based on the Renault megane. The crossover makes more sense..just like the auto transmission, fake air vents, electronic hand brakes & 4 door coupes make 'more sense'.

  24. Anyone else know about the green Challenger Hellcat that had toppled a Canter lorry in Kaduwela? R.I.P

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    2. fiat fan

      fiat fan

      If you youtube "bus sri lanka" beats any movie! 

    3. AVANTE

      AVANTE

      Bro, how are you not dying of cringe? Teach me!

      Loving the comments: "budusaranai"

      "beautiful buses"

      "big bus & small bus"

      "ela bus boys " 

      "Privet bus"

      Also don't miss out on the blockbuster: "dangerous bus race: CTB vs private bus"

      People are actually gathering around and filming the crap😂

    4. alds

      alds

      Maybe the younger generations are going a bit overboard with this fanboying thing over here? The stuff we see on SM are getting worse day by day. Even the local schools are queuing behind these "well modifayed" buses for annual trips.

      Even the village elderly club annual Anuradhapura pilgrimage gets one of these rajina or a patikki with led lghting system.

  25. The 'Nissan Leaf Srilankan owners club' is the most depressing FB page ever. Lots of good & reasonable people, all waiting for the messiah to descend from the heavens with a set of affordable & brand new batteries. Some even selling their cars by openly saying it can only do 50km on a full charge :(

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    2. alds

      alds

      Srilankan Engine swap  favorite toyota 2C comes to mind. Thay haul around antique Cortinas and 504s so why not a leaf 😂

      I think the EPS runs off the 12V battery, so there wouldn't be much of an issue. Leaf drivers never used AC so no one will miss that.

      Meanwhile, I've seen a mitsubishi minicab MiEV converted to an ICE driving around. It even had the little letter E under the dash in the license plate. Again that must have all the mounting points needed since a similar gasoline variant was available.

    3. AVANTE

      AVANTE

      @alds tiv mentioned his Leaf's AC was always running sooo.... there's still hope 😅

    4. iRage

      iRage

      uhh..I think it would be easier to take a Leaf body and just bolt it on to a Sunny or something. The neural fabrication would be 1000x easier than the who reengineering of all the systems

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