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  1. Thanks TT There's no sound of the belt slipping and it seems tight enough to the hand. And the terminals are tight enough no visible oxide too.
  2. The battery light is coming on in a very dim way it's actually difficult to see in the daytime. Before starting it has the normal brightness so nothing wrong with the bulb. The brightness reduces when accelerating The brightness reduces when the ac headlights and other Electrical equipment are turned on. The brightness reduces while accelerating and at around 2000 rpm beguin to flicker and at 2500 disappear completely but comes back when the rpm is reducing. Recently the battery light was fully on and the problem was detected as the alternator so tryed to buy a new one but company told it would take 2weeks plus to bring it down so the Coil was wound at a local electrician. When we were on that we also put a new alternator belt not a company as it was not available at the time. Then a month later this happened. The car was driven 200+km with this dim light issue but still no sign of the battery not charging even the magic eye in the battery is green Need some expert advice
  3. A reason why people go through sales or brokers to sell their cars is that they don't like to face the buyer. The main reason is that something is wrong with the car. It's met with an accident or is pending a major repair. In that instance using a middle man makes the seller kind of immune as most of the praising will be done by the middle man so that the seller can say I didn't say that. And that's the reason they go for cheaper prices. Because face it they are lemons. Only a broker will advise it's better to buy through a broker. The only vehicle we sold through a car sale (was one we got from one) was because it had met with an accident overheated and the engine was gasping for it's last breath. We sold it to a broker for cheap cause we didn't want to get involved in a crappy deal. He had cheated another buyer and got top doller for it
  4. My Kenwood player has a reset button which is actually disguised as a red arrow shaped light
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    In the short term they will be good but with time when the rack up the miles they would wear out very fast. Unlike the old school big engine vehicles which could run on and on for ever.
  6. With that budget you are looking at a 2000ish 4m40 diesel manual or a 2006ish petrol v6. Well the fuel cost of the v6 will be much higher but it's a newer vehicle the 4m40 is a lot cheaper to run. We've not used gdi ones because we always try to use brand new company imported climatized ones.
  7. Being using montis for some time now From the 4d56 4m40 4m41 and the v6 From the engines this model comes with the running cost is lowest in the 4m40 as it's shared with other vehicles so engine servicing is cheap The fuel consumption is also low But the diesels are much expensive than the petrols so if your going for a petrol go for a v6. Anyway try to find one that was brand new imported rather than reconditioned and avoid the gdi As mentioned previously try to find a genuine one with less owners and a millages that could be justified Most of them have run to the moon and back but there are rare examples that were kept as weekend runners and long trip vehicles with other vehicles which were run only a little amount.
  8. Go for a Hyundai Santafe diesel Spares are cheap with original filters around rs 2000 each and it does in excess of 10kmpl in trafic and much more in the long run never let us down for 10 years. Most have run a lot and hacked to bits and most have altered millages so it's difficult to find a proper one. But if you find one it'll be worth the search
  9. We've been using Monteros for some time now and it seems that there's no major risks in using one A2007 one means your going for a v76 with a 4m40 engine which is much more cheaper to maintain than the 4m41 that came in the v98 center sparewheel (except for a very few v96 that came with the 4m40) As the engine is shared with some utility vehicles spares (sakura, js) can be found outside for cheaper than nissan march spares. But I use company spares. Only issues is the engine noice is a little bit high. That's what you get for using a diesel Compared to the older prado I think it's a better choice. I personally don't like the defender.
  10. There is going to be a fuel station strike from today onwards What's the situation I needed to pump some diesel and have up the idea after seeing a que atleast 1km long. When is it going to end Any news will be helpful Thanks
  11. All this time this topic was going on about xtrail rav4 and crv Yes they are not economical and from my experience about the petrol xtrail it would do around 5-6kmpl in colombo. But the list starts with the Rexton Santafe sorento These are diesels and do lot better on fuel The Rexton has more repairs than the latter 2. From personal experience the Santafe diesel would do in excess of 10kmpl in colombo and around 15kmpl out station and it's cheap to maintain filters cost around rs.2000 each which is very reasonable for a diesel. So the Santafe and sorento are good choices to consider in this price range
  12. You are using a yr2000 16yr old car with 92 000km Unless you used it from zero millage or you can truly trust the previous owners I think it's better to co sider the 120 000km oil I bet it's done way more than 120 000km
  13. Everyone wish they had a big black. ............Corolla
  14. You'll not get prius economy from a premio/allion It'll do just above the figure of a xtrail. Don't listen to crappy sellers tell you. This is personal experience from a premio. If you like your xtrail and want economy and have 8mill at your disposal go for a diesel xtrail will be more economical than a premio And also you could go for Other diesel suvs with good economy and ground clearance like the santafe sorrento or monterosport
  15. Your calling yourself a gonna (cow) and I second it Because your going to spend around 8mill on a 1.5L car.
  16. Add mitsubishi galant to your list
  17. When considering montero sport You may be able to squeeze in a 2008 diesel for that price rather than a 2006 petrol. It's a reliable and economical vehicle which could run over 200 000km without major repairs. We had one sometime ago and never gave us trouble in the 5 yrs we used it and it was real easy to maintain. Diesel monteros do a lot better on fuel than petrol ones. It's not that uncomfortable as people predict. You can add the facelifted cm santafe 2010ish to the list
  18. The Belta is a class below the mazda so this is practically a downgrade. Your car is in corolla teritory So if your going to upgrade go for a mazda 3 or if you need a toyota go for a 141
  19. I'm a suv person so I'll go for a 2008 tucson Or if it should be a car the Lancer ex If you specialy need a toyota you can get a 2008 141 which is the newer model of the 121 for 3.5
  20. What are your requirements Overpriced Hacked to death Not worth the money you waste. Then the best option is the corolla. But if you don't hate your self that much and want a good decent car for 3.5 million there are lot of choices like 2008 lancer ex 2009 mazda 3 2010 nissan sunny 2008 tida 2010+hyundai elentra or kia cerato ford focus (ask the expert) even the 2008 corolla 141. Or suvs like 2008 hyundai tucson or kia sportage. These are much newer much less hacked and trouble free vehicles. So chose wisely Ps from your 2 the Allion is better and if you come across one with less than 150 000km it's probably wrong
  21. Totally agree it's the Toyota users who do all the fidling and distort the millage etc. It's because the most common reason to buy one is being concerned about resale. So all buying and selling broker gurus go for Toyota.
  22. With newer versions (2013-2014)it'll give problems a little later 3-4 years later By that time the market for them will reduce from the 8.5million mark they are today to the 5.6 million mark of the 2010 model And the sellers who fed yout with that information today will say "mahattaya me engine walath leda" on that day.
  23. The best thing to learn here is to have a trusty mechanic. Do some research abour the issue before starting. And avoid fancy joints who print bills that's an excuse to charging for every small thing. After all if you ask a known mechanic he does it by himself but in most of those places behind those service advisors and all there are inexperienced or trainee mechanics. When they are experienced they simply open a new place. I had to paint a small dent in a fender such a place they charged labour for removing fender painting it and refitting it separately in adition to the painting cost. Not only in motoring in other issues also I avoid places with fancy bills and go for experienced individuals
  24. If your changing from a rav4 to a compact car you would have to travel cramped inside less room It'll be difficult for you to take more than 3 more passengers and you'll not have the same acceleration in long distance travel. And the paper thin metal in today's econoboxes are not that safe as the strong bodies of suvs Calculate the savings from the swap and compare if it's worth it. Also keep in mind that the car being small or less engine power doesn't directly relate to high economy for example the nissan march. And when small engines need to go fast and goes with few passengers the economy reduces And don't belive the 20s of kmpl the sales guys tell you. If you really won't fuel economy I think it's better to change from the petrol rav4 to a kyron or actyon with the budget of around 3milion you can get a diesel one which is more economical than the petrol suv thus not compromisING on the comfort safety and performance
  25. Ane please Did the axio get rearended by a rocket or else was the premera driven by an infant. I haven't driven a premera GT (sr20de) but I've driven a xtrail GT (sr20det) and my God it's fast And while you're begging for 10-20 horses the sr20det has 280 of them and if I recall the sr20de has 220 and TWO 1nz-fes have 218 which means it has only 109. It's fuel gauge is also as active as the speedometer the full to empty time is also pretty quick.
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