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  1. Well well well, we closed one chapter and now we hopped onto the next! What you see below is the final purchase I made since no one had the decency to sell me a good X110 Mark 2 (My birdie is raised at y'all forever) so I decided (with a chuttak lot coercion from my parents) "Hey!, I need a car fast" so I thought what was really worth it and bought this car. So what is this car really? You're looking at a 2.4 Liter XV30 Camry in Black Onyx. Imported in 2004 by the MD of a "Strawberry Company in Sri Lanka" (You know what it is) and owned by him ever since I laid my grubby hands on it.
    7 points
  2. For starters...I do not see what a first class country is. No country is first class...they all have their own issues. It is a very colonial way of looking at the world and down right discriminitory and ultra nationalistic (you know..the Tr**p supporter type..not the good kind). In one's heart and mind the first and foremost best country should be your motherland. As such..respect the other person's mother land as well.As for kids going abroad and resettling...the world is a different place from what it was 4 decades ago. I remember my grand father being pissed off at my father and aunt for le
    4 points
  3. 6 inches and 6 centimeters is a bad thing to conflate Especially in bed
    3 points
  4. No it was a Toyota and a number of nosey neighbors (a retired music teacher I think, her jobless daughter and the wife of some guy in civil service) that made up my parents complex alarm system ⏰
    3 points
  5. Is it just me or am I missing something here? 😬 What was the β€œactual” issue with the mileage here? Ok it was tampered, could be 280k, 380k, or whatever. But the only β€˜real’ problem with the car was black smoke out the exhaust and burning some oil? I mean, the chassis wasn’t falling apart (accident repair, etc.. ) and there were no major rust issues, it was in quite good condition right? Just hypnotically, if it was me and if I liked the car much, I would wind it up to 320k and drive it like a champ!
    3 points
  6. Like Davy said, it's nothing. It's a matter of short trips vs long trips. 200k worth of long trips won't hurt the engine. Just do a thorough inspect before purchase. Be happy of the mileage though. It's more satisfying to buy such a car with 200k mileage and service history instead of a meter rolled car with just 100k mileage.
    2 points
  7. Huh? Ya mates are either jelous or have no idea about the car.. Take any decent women for a "ride" in it and they"ll eventually complement, guranteed..! 😁😁 That back seat is a "couch" compared to ya mates little "bench" in the back of his Yaris or Swift or whatever .. πŸ˜‰
    2 points
  8. 200k km is nothing for a petrol engine. Just make sure the mileage is genuine (it it weren't, I doubt it would be listed as 200k km, so it likely is genuine). Check emissions test certificates to be sure. If the car has a verified maintenance history and is in good condition, then there's nothing to worry about. Just do your usual checks before buying. Good luck!
    2 points
  9. Well...irrespecive of the feelings I expressed to you towards this particular model....Congratulations ! It is good family hauler..plus it gives us one more thing to tease you about So...start saving up some money and we shall start bombarding you with options. But to be honest...even a decent set of wheels would make it look better. Almost all export model Toyotas have the meter up to 240kmph. The Japanese ones go only up till 180 becuase of a "gentlemen's agreement" the manufacturers made with the Japanese govt a few decades ago to cap HP and speed in the interest of roadsa
    2 points
  10. Several reasons: 1. The L200, even when new was slightly cheaper than the Hilux or when it was the sameprice as the Hilux it had much better equipment. There is nothing wrong with the L200...it is jsut the way it is..Mitsubishis have always been cheaper than Toyotas and Nissans. 2. The Sri Lankan mentality. Any piece of crud with a Toyota badge on it will fetch ridiculous prices. Where the Hiux is concerned... 3. The Hilux has proven itself to be an near indestructible workhorse over several decades that people are willing to tolerate the high prices at a global scale. Again..no
    2 points
  11. I think your argument still holds valid @Kavvz. That project shared by @kmeeg is on a league of it's own and not applicable for OP's requirement. We're talking about getting a little more ground clearance for convenience and to preventing the suspension from bottoming out and damaging the undercarriage. That guy has cut out his fenders to get the bigger wheels to fit in there which I doubt is something OP would be willing to do . I think OP has severely over-estimated the height increase required. 6 inches is quite drastic if you ask me. A couple of inches of ground clearance goes a long
    2 points
  12. Something interesting I stumbled upon today. Mitsubishi Evo 9s (at least in the Australian market) came with a factory option to GPS track the car. It's called "Diamond Trac". The SIM card slot is on the right, under the Mitsubishi Motors lettering and emblem. The device is located on the A pillar on the driver's side. "Diamond Trac’ has been implemented to further deter thieves. Diamond Trac uses satellite positioning (GPS) and mobile phone technology (GSM) to track your vehicle. If your Evo is stolen, Diamond Trac can liaise with the Police to track your
    2 points
  13. Sigh! Posting your number here will not provide you the information ...as mentioned above by Kusumsiri and Twin Turbo use the website - press the proceed button then login with your google account - enter your NIC and mobile Number ( if you can't remember or can't be bothered it does NOT validate so any series of numbers works) enter your car number. You get the following details The android app is another option - less hassle as you don't need to submit your information each time - but it's been down for a few weeks now. Website still works.
    2 points
  14. Well...as you can see...there are lifted Fits....but then again, this is not a simple suspension upgrade to get a bit more gournd clearence. This is a HUGE conversion project tha will require a lot of fabrication to fit the required components and a lot of tuning to cope with the changes to the drive train that will have to be made during the lift As I said...2-3 cm is doable with minimal intrusion (2-3cm transtales to 1 - 1.25 inches)..beyond that..it just becomes a whole different beast. Same goes with lowering....1-2 cm lowering easy....2-3cm..do-able but get messy...
    2 points
  15. ..and a video. There are more videos to get ideas;
    2 points
  16. So how is everyone holding up during the pandemic ? Has anyone's job being effected ? I am sure we are all taking an equal beating emotionally...restricted outtings, etc... Yesterday marked the 1 year mark since our family got tied down with COVID-19 related restrictions. Yes...one year ago they started closing down schools in Vietnam (just before the lunar new year holidays with an uncerain start date). So one year of not being able to go to work (home based working sucks for my job)...now nearly 1.5 years since I was able to go back to SL (our firt trip in 2020 was supposed to be in Apr
    1 point
  17. PreseaLover, I reply after almost 18 days, this was due to some of my personal lea-gel matters propped up due to closer of businesses during the lock-down days. In the past Lessees of my buildings were requesting unreasonable reductions for the days closed. I had agreed and signed MOU till end of last year. As most business men do ill lea-gel account keeping for income tax purposes, which I cannot do all agreements are signed and copies have given to the government IT department for their references for my tax liabilities. At present income tax department function on a low key.
    1 point
  18. I don't believe he intended to nor did disrespect anyone who lived abroad. He just expressed what he felt was best for his family. I am sure having a child move away to a far away place despite the safe nest one has built as a father is hard. But I hoped he would find some comfort in seeing that it is not all bad and she actually does have easier access to resources she wouldn't if she and her family work for it. The thing is..the whole first class, third class view is not relevant in the world anymore. It is something that was used during times of slavery and colonialism. It did not work
    1 point
  19. Exactly, and whats wrong with middle aged company secretaries? 😏
    1 point
  20. I really agree with Magnum. Y33 was the most comfortable car I have ever used. It does not matter how long the journey when you are in it. But to mention ground clearance is quite low so that you hardly can go out of tarmac. The following was taken near Kotmale Area about 7 years back. Isn't she a beauty?
    1 point
  21. for a car like this..the cycle is going to be.. online purchase -> pay day -> garage -> pay credit card -> repeat
    1 point
  22. Australia is also the only market that got a fun variant of the car with a 1MZ-Fe V6 (210 ? hp) with a 6MT I beleive....sadly none made it officially to anywhere else (other markets got the 1MZ-FE but not the manual tansmission). Australia, Middle East and the US were the larger markets for this...Thailand, Vietnam and the Phillipines also had a decent number as business limos and taxis. The fun after market parts are also more widely available in Australia and the US. Also, if I am not mistaken, Australia made most of these Camries for the non-US market. Production bases in Thailand/Viet
    1 point
  23. Nice buy, well its a boat compared to Mark 2's. A friend had one (still has I think) and he used to do this thing called 140 before brakes on green path. It had no issues getting to that speed but when it came to braking you could feel the soft suspension. Car looks to be in very good condition. Congrats on the purchase.
    1 point
  24. Wow Congrats mate! Thats a keeper! Looks to be in good nick! These are pretty robust vehicles Toyota has ever made. As @iRage mentioned if you maintain it properly you do not have to worry. As for the features, use https://partsouq.com and enter your VIN, it shows the options it has and the intended market etc. andnplus other things like parts etc.
    1 point
  25. "Voila" its a Camry then. I know for a fact that this model in particular is very popular in land down under. Hope our friends in Aussi will agree these are very popular and hacked as Uber cars. No idea how much you paid for it, but if you managed to bag it under 3.5mn I would say that's more car per buck compared to other options you have around that price range. Cheers.
    1 point
  26. Only hitch is....the guy wants to fit 4 adults and 2 large dogs.At the same time !!! Also....a friend of mine was looking for a Carina GT for a few months....finally gave up as most of the once that are trading hands (in public) have gone through the hands of multipleboy ricers and have been completely ruined. Which is fine as one can always do a restoration...but the asking prices were way too steep (and this was before the hike)
    1 point
  27. Looks really good and looks like some one looked after the car really good. We do have 2 of them at the moment, V40 and V50 Hybrid. They are very comfortable to drive long distance. 2AZ-FE is one of the best engine watch out for the timing chain rattle and water pump slow leaks if no issues with those two you will be all good with the engine. Good luck with the car. regards, JC.
    1 point
  28. Looks good mate! Enjoy her. Get a strut bar and coils for better handling. Was this the one that was on the quick site?I remember looking at this few days back(I stalk the car market). Starlet to camry. Thats a big leap bro. I’m jealous πŸ˜›
    1 point
  29. 1. The idle screw on the throttle body is not meant to be adjusted. It's preset to match the engine and ECU combination the throttle body is fitted to. Most local mechanics who want a "quick fix" try to solve issues by messing with the idle screw, but it throws the ECU off completely which is why you are currently experiencing issues. There is usually a mark (like a torque seal mark that comes on nuts and bolts from the factory) on the idle screw to indicate the factory position. But it won't be easy to determine how many turns the screw was moved. So your best bet is to take the car to
    1 point
  30. It has been a while since I updated this thread, but I didn't have that much to say about the car - until now. COVID surely slowed things down. The car has only been driven around 5000km since the purchase in June 2019, but some noteworthy events prompted me to make this post. About a month ago, a good friend of mine borrowed the car to run some errands. He had just moved to a new home, and wanted to pick up some stuff. Given that the Mazda has good boot space once the seats are folded down, it can comfortably move quite large items - even small furniture. So I lent him the car. He picke
    1 point
  31. All the peoples here are arguing like.... 😁😁 I`m sure the OP got his 6 inches confused with 6 centimetres... πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ Perhaps didn`t even think it thought before posting... πŸ˜†
    1 point
  32. Would have done the same πŸ˜€ Also the known devil might be better than an unknown angel sometimes. If there is one reason to stick with the devil no matter what, you will.
    1 point
  33. hahhahaha you definitely did put some lighter fluid lol, "Even the new car you buy....there is no guarantee that it is pure as you think it is....the mileage might be verifiable through eco tests, etc...but how do you know things were legit when the car was imported ? Forged import documents, auction sheets & recon/export verification stickers; cut and bud vehicles came in to th country way back in the 80s. So verifiable eco test reports and service records does not mean the car is as pure as you beleive it should be " ^I will take you up on this challenge iRage, I have a good f
    1 point
  34. Dont know if this is EU related or Asian, but I like this as a concept. Bare bones SUV, hope it has the off road capabilities of the old Lada Niva (Lada and Dacia are together on this) https://www.topgear.com/car-news/concept/welcome-dacia-bigster-concept https://www.whatcar.com/news/new-dacia-bigster-large-suv-–-what-we-know-so-far/n22547
    1 point
  35. Hi ! Well if it was just a simple engine swap....there is some light at the end of the tunnel. (See below). To be honet I cannot figure out what you are trying to do. Are you trying to put the Ace2 engine in to the B211 or the B211 engine in to the Ace2 ? If the car you are planning to build is your own thing (no prior brand or model but made out of parts from multiple cars, , parts fabricated and built from scratch, etc..)......then the situation is bad. You will need to do compliance certiication tests. Sadly, in Sri Lanka all these tests are required, there is no proper frame
    1 point
  36. See that is the thing...there was really nothing wrong with the car itself...you had issue with the guy who sold it to you under deception. You could have swapped an engine out (just for piece of mind) and then gone on using the car...its just that given the time and place, you were not in a state to do it. But then, the reason partly coud have been the fact that deep inside you were not fully committed to the Starlet ? If you were...like @MrCat said..you would just fix it up and use it. The things you said about yourself and when looking for cars for your friends...you always showed slight hi
    1 point
  37. For sharing stories, thoughts and general ramblings and rants of our lives and life's experiences...
    1 point
  38. My parents had something like that on their car too when I was a teenager: Our neighbors called them if they so much as heard the car being started up...Once I moved the car out so I could fix my bike inside the garage (out of the sun) and less than five minutes later, our house phone starts ringing because the Geo-lock had been set off!!
    1 point
  39. Me and a buddy trying to build a Mitsubishi Outlander lifted and some mods. Won't be that cheap. It got relatively low profile tires 215/55r17..☹ Don't want to go out of topic but very excited on that. My buddy is not fully into it. Need to convince him more.
    1 point
  40. Nope he's a buying and selling fellow, I bought the car pre-price hike, so he asked if I would like to sell it back to him
    1 point
  41. What else to expect from a Joint fb holder.iyaa
    1 point
  42. Wow, learnt somethings today! Then coming to the conclusion, basically there's a stress. Just like how driving fast does stress the components. Better to just stress it when it really matters I guess. The stress on the mounts is worth noting. Like MrCat had now said, manuals tend to put more stress on such components compared to autos. Thanks everybody for the insights!
    1 point
  43. It was a figuare of speech, but sure: Noted! πŸ˜„ Also crazy how fast they are... (That's what she said? πŸ˜†) Manual transmissions are king! And the joy a perfectly executed downshift brings can't be described...
    1 point
  44. Can't shed much light on this topic. But this at least deserves a 😯 🧐 Just kidding old chap! All of us dream of flicking through the gearbox and rev matching downshifts like Dorikin everytime we take the car out...In my case, the only time I was able to rev match was when I had a DSG !!
    1 point
  45. F30 is better overall. Looks better and drives better. Also the diesel BMW will be more powerful ,economical and longer lasting. Buy one that’s not super basic. It'll do 8-10 kmpl city. 14ish outstation. Not if you floor it though.
    1 point
  46. This vehicle is one of the best vehicles China has designed ever.Looks Volkswagen Tiguan from the front ,Honda CRV from the side and Kia Sorento from the back. It is a seven seater SUV which is quite specious inside with a feeling of full blown SUV when driving.It is rarely seen in the roads yet , however its road presence is elegant .Its 200mm road clearance is very safe for Sri Lankan roads . It has a 1500 cc turbocharged engine with a Punch Powertrain Continuously Variable Transmission which is made in Belgium . This engine / transmission combination is very economical comparing what sam
    1 point
  47. Guys Interesting thing happened. Warning massage vanished and pre collision warning system and auto high beam system work fine. I drove nearly 100km and yet to see the error. Toyota lanka Tech guy said no sensor related to the system located in the bumper and few catogories of toyota have such a sensor and axio system totally depends on windshield camera and laser. I also couldnt find the circuit system of this device on internet. Anyway i have cleared the bumper and toyota logo as instructed in simillar cases but didnt solve the problem before. Anyway day before yesterday again c
    0 points
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