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Everything posted by Gummybr

  1. True enough, a lot of daily wage earners are having a hard time trying to purchase essentials and here the CBSL is looking at car imports and on how to limit the damage that financial institutes will have on the long run. It was the Finance Minister who instructed the banks to give leases without looking at the crib and to not cease vehicles, initially when banks were reluctant to give leases based on the moratoriums that they had (of course they made money out of it through the interest). In keeping with the topic you will see a lot of underhand work happening if they are to go ahead with it and they might bring it to a stop within a month or two as the case of all the decisions taken lately. Then brand new importers will have a lot of issues as they need atleast 3months to produce a vehicle and import it, unless its sourced from the stocks. When the cars are produced the rules change and those orders will have to rot in origin country until we open up again. Its high time the Finance Ministry or whoever is doing the planning sort of give a road map with time frames so that people can adjust rather than announce things on a adhoc basis.
  2. When you think that these jokers stop joking around this happens. https://www.dailymirror.lk/business-news/CB-to-propose-resumption-of-car-imports-paid-via-foreign-currency/273-222729 Its just a way of telling people to bring in their foreign currency. IMO there will be a lot of background work to be done. This statement has been going around for sometime and this has slowed down the used car market a bit as well. Thing is he never says when it will be implemented, just goes to say that he is suggesting to the government (and who exactly is he? the Central Bank Governor and not the Minister, and no vehicles doesn't fall under the central bank purview). This will just invite the crooks and underhand people to bring in vehicles and not the people who need them. I saw a video of VIASL talking about getting two years credit from Japan if they are given a chance to import. Being in the industry with manufacturer agents it has been very disheartening to see what is happening around, we still dont know what to do, we dont know what to tell the principals and dont know if they will revoke the authorization given by them to be their agent. A lot of agents had to dishonour the L/C's last year. Most have gone into the buying and selling business to stay afloat but these kind of stories create chaos in the market. There has been a talk about the prices of these models, hence the reason the Wagon R's which were quoted at 7.0mil have dropped to 4.5 - 5.0mil range now. The vehicle valuers had started giving lower values in line with the Punchi Car Nivasa guys video and there was a talk of the CB changing the LTV on vehicles. Do you think people in Sri Lanka will stick to the price controls? They couldn't even stick to the price controls on essentials such as sugar, rice, coconut etc...
  3. Chinese copy of a Smart Fortwo trying to be a Aston Martin Cygnet. Either he gave it to a tuk sticker guy to put the sticker or thats his name.
  4. Actually what I meant was that the Odometer must be having a calibration issue (car shows a higher mileage than what it actually is) could happen due to wheel sizes being changed or with wear and tear. My old Samurai had the same kind of issue it used to show 28kms on my way to work whereas it should have been around 23kms and even the speedo used to show a higher speed than the actual, I never got around to fixing it (supposedly a DIY thing where you take off the speedo and adjust).
  5. Yes you should its a ticking bomb........💣 Maybe check your odometer for discrepancies, it could be reading a higher mileage than actual. If everything is fine why worry, I have got 9.5kmpl in the city from a 2.0l??
  6. Technically you could but the car will start giving error messages from the Wheel Speed Sensor. Its a rear wheel drive car so why not put the bigger tyre at the back? Front might have clearance issues if you exceed the wheel height when you turn in (remember mm's matter)
  7. Well its a nice car, since you have had experience with an Audi you may not feel its very expensive to maintain like others may say. Common issues - I would say you got pay a bit of attention to the interior as the plastic surfaces may become sticky and you will see a lot of small small parts missing and specially the power shutter and power mirror switches would be faded. There was an issue with the ABS system which was common to the W211. Check on Supercharger. Be ready do some seat covers. Spares - D*MO will have most parts as Mercedes still manufacture parts, if you want OEM you maybe able to get from the other specialist MB shops around Colombo. Check Up - I would recommend D*MO to do a thorough check up and you can also get an estimate for the work that needs to be done which would be beneficial. Other places will also be able to give a report but you wont be able to get an estimate. Its a nice car, but I would prefer the E200 over the E240, drove one to Jaffna and back, must say its very comfortable and was a good drive. Fuel economy I got round 10kmpl on that trip and it was a 240 if I remember correct. Some came loaded (Panoramic sunroof with solar panels to keep the interior cool, both side memory, Rear Seat Entertainment, Push Button Start on the gear lever, CD Changer etc). These were much quieter than the later generation cars with the Turbo engines when in idle. Cons - Dont expect it to be sporty. It has that majestic Pappa look so depends on how you look at it. Hope this helps.
  8. When you talk of a CEO of a car company (internationally) you think of old guys / gals who are close to their retirement age. Unless of course its Mr. Musk. The CEO of Bugatti (yes the supercar) is a 33 year old guy with a mixed background and a BMW being the cause of him getting into EV's. https://robbreport.com/motors/cars/rimac-and-bugatti-ceo-next-plans-1234636964/ Mate Rimac who produced the Rimac Nevera the fastest accelerating production car in the world is the new CEO of Bugatti and owns 55% of it (balance owned by Porsche). Basically VW has given him the shares without a cent in the transaction and he is supposed to bring in EV tech to Bugatti in the coming years.
  9. Sorry buddy I just saw this. Well to drive it was nice and quiet and you could just bring the car to a halt by taking your foot off the accelerator. Kind of more powerful and agile than the Leaf I would say. Also much better response than a small car. They still manage to retain more mileage from the batteries since you can replace them easily using brand new batteries.
  10. Adaptive front lights should work based on the load of the car just like a gyro sensor sought of thing (IMO), I am pretty sure you can adjust the range and spread manually by turning a screw in the headlights like in the good old days. European vehicles came with auto range and spread adjustability based on camera's (I think radar cams if no mistaken was used on the MB Multibeam headlights and they could not be adjusted manually by a layman).
  11. Looks better than the previous gen type R for sure. But that spoiler looks like an afterthought, unless its an active spoiler. Oh and I forgot they want to beat the previous topspeed of the TypeR of 180mph.
  12. This is an issue with the Insurance companies, they are trying to increase the premium even on vehicles that the insurance was done recently. My suggestion is to get an independent value from a vehicle valuer and give that to the insurance and also ask them in case the value comes down if they will reduce the premium from your next insurance.
  13. Toyota Tundra Commercial with all the rough tough Toyota's of yesteryear.
  14. This was an awesome race last week and I was on the edge of the seat watching this, and must say that you dont see this in F1. Exciting stuff, was always wondering why Pecco never had the pace on race day when he has been so fast during practice and qualifying. Watch from 11minutes afterwards. 8 time world champ goes against the rookie, 7 overtakes but still the rookie persists.
  15. Well the dealers could start jacking up the prices in the coming days. I was considering the Poco F3 which is slightly more expensive. The Samsung phones seem alright but for me I dont like the look of those camera placement it looks very cheap. According to GSM Arena the best flagship killer is the Poco F3, still going through the specs on that and biggest issue on those is the software and if you are looking for a cam the wide angle camera.
  16. Ok this I needed to share here. When you dont know what you have and when you think so highly about your ride. @iRage you got something on this? Know of a GTR that has this kind of a display key?
  17. https://www.motorauthority.com/news/1133564_porsche-breaks-ground-on-its-synthetic-fuel-plant Porsche comes up with a Synthetic fuel plant, but they say that it will be more expensive than normal fuel. Not a tech person or someone savvy with science but it seems cool maybe we can ask them to put it up here in Sri Lanka
  18. There is quite a big slope coming down from Pelmadulla side upto the bridge, so yes it could be a brake fault.
  19. I thought you were flying off to the states and not buying a car here. Bluebird ARX or Hardtop as they call it is a nice car, loved that design. As to the beige interior I have seen a few and a friend of mine had one when we were in school but not sure if it was a diesel. Congrats on the purchase!
  20. Damn, so even Lexus is feeling it, wonder how many of those Chinese and Indian vehicles available in Australia will have to go out of the market. Am sure the GTR and the Lexus models are much safer than those
  21. @matroska machang when you go through the specs you will see that most Xiaomi and Poco phones have the LCD screen over the AMOLED displays and the Poco has the plastic back. My issue was I was comparing them against my current phone and I was thinking that they offer the kind of same options. I looked at the Redme Note 10 Pro (awesome camera, but reviews say that although you have a 108mp camera it doesnt work as well as a 64mp camera) and the Poco X3 Pro (again the specs are good but reviews are mixed). Being an Oneplus fan I looked at the Nord but again the reviews are not good and the chipset and the camera aint that good compared to my old phone. Other option would be the Oppo due to its relationship with OnePlus, but still confused.
  22. Good question, am also in the market for a phone, have had the OnePlus 5T for three years now and now have a crack on the screen after so much of rough use and a few niggles (2 actually). Been researching but cant seem to find a worthy replacement yet. The reviews I get on the MI's and Poco is mixed. So yes someone with some knowledge please share your ideas. A mid range for me as well, I prefer a good cam and as long as the phone is not bulky with protruding camera's (classy and stealthy would be my pick)
  23. https://japanesenostalgiccar.com/nissan-gtr-r35-t-spec-millennium-jade-midnight-purple/#more-86857 Pictures and more details
  24. Ok I was just having a look, seems like they have three versions, one which is more GT then a Sports version Track Edition and the Performance NISMO. Other than that they dont have a translation running so dont have much details. Found the English version, so only 100 will be built and offered through a lottery for two weeks. Few colours from the heritage models are bought back.
  25. @iRage anything on this? Is this an all new or just a facelift?
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