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matroska last won the day on January 20

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    North of the River
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    Toyota's Honda's & Nissans from the 80's and 90's

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    Honda| Toyota|Toyota
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    Civic| Starlet |Camry
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    P10A2 | 2E->4E|2C-T
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    2E-4E Conversion Done!
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    Lots of plans for the Starlet
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    A Barge
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    Non Expert. I just love cars.

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  1. If you don't mind me asking what's the purpose? A-B transport like pick up the kids from school/grocery runs? Daily driver to work? Weekend long hauler?
  2. Oppo vivo and OnePlus are all subsidiaries of BBK - and oppo and vivo both have TRCSL approval here
  3. That's news -is there a reason for that? is One Plus not officially 'registered' by a dealer here?
  4. Since this thread got bumped up realized I hadn't updated on my end either - so as I said i temporarily switched to the Galaxy M02s - but it was really hard to get used to it after living with a Note 9. I managed to live with it for about a month. Then one of the retail sites (the one that starts with d) had some sale and I ended up buying something from BBK :an Oppo F19. It cost less than 45K with all offers combined. Overall It's a decent phone for the budget. It's by no means anything to write home about in 2021 but it has specs on par with a 2018 flagship that was the note 9. In a nutshell the Oppo had 6 gigs of RAM, 128 Gigs of storage, a snapdragon 662 - and this combination works out OK - performance is smooth. Color OS unlike MIUI is less bloated :look and feel is almost stock. Average Games run without a lag. The Camera is Okay - though the rear cam pics tend to look a bit unnatural occasionally. The screen is Amoled at 410 ppi - so the display is easy on the eye and sunlight visibility is pretty good. Always on display is supported since it's amoled. Small things that make the smartphone experience better like USB OTG is there, the phone is a bit compact, very light and best of all the battery lasts for ages. I do miss the S-pen and all the bells and whistles that came with the note 9 but at 45 K I'm certainly not complaining.
  5. If you're looking for a long-term car the duplicate book should not be a big issue (resale is not a huge concern for you in that case) - as long as it's with the registered owner. I would avoid a duplicate book car with open papers. Resale is generally low so you can bargain a bit. The old L series diesel engines have stood the tests of time - conversions if properly done are not troublesome. The only worry would be the potential gear-box issues : fixing an old auto box can have its fair share of headaches. I believe you're looking at cars in the range of 2M? try to beat it down to around 1.8 then you have a certain buffer to sort out issues.
  6. Hi - there is a considerable price difference between the petrol and diesel versions. There are different price brackets for the models and the numbers. The most desired and expensive ones are the Diesels with Light vehicle numbers. 51/52 etc. Then again there are also petrols that were swapped with Toyota 1C engines instead of the 4D55 these tend to be underpowered. Petrol's registered as light vehicles (20-) are not as expensive and are widely available. Vans registered as 'motor lorry' (35,38 Petrol and numbers starting with 40) require a heavy vehicle license to drive. Petrol vs Diesel - the van itself is quite light (weighs a little more than the lancer box) so the 1.4 Petrol won't be too underpowered. However petrol's are carbureted and due to the makabasses fiddling around with the carbs many petrol vans have ruined carbs. The diesel will not have that issue. Diesels below 1M are usually crappy. So if you have a healthy budget go for a diesel. (avoid ones with 1C swaps) But a well maintained petrol isn't a bad choice either. These vans are dead simple to repair, parts are available and cheap. A good petrol (20-) can be bought for just a tad below 1M. Watch out for body condition and corrosions specially the railings (peeli ) if they're corroded it's a nightmare to sort. Floorboard corrosions etc can be sorted out. Its difficult to find a van with original seats but if you do that's going to hold some retro-value as well.
  7. This is an unfortunate situation right now - due to the current crisis people are simply holding on to their vehicles. Because for most there is no chance of upgrading. The only cars people get rid of are mostly really horrible cars that have been changing hands for a while. You will though find minters being sold due to migration etc. But mostly regular/day-to-day cars nowadays simply keep changing hands among buyyas (buy and sell folks) and the odd classic gets exchanged among enthusiasts. Not the best time to be buying a new car.
  8. AFAIK and as Hyaenidae correctly mentioned these are confiscated items. People try to sneak in cars using various methods. For instance you cannot import a car that is older than 3 years to the country - so what people do is try to import one classified as spare parts, or produce false documents to indicate the car is from a different YOM, or incorrectly categorize vehicles to avoid taxes etc. Once these items are detected by customs they confiscate them until their investigations are complete and then auction to the highest bidder. Upon obtaining (and as they mention in their website) "*Successful Bidder must provide Gross weight for vehicle and comply with RMV requirements prior Registration" - so basically you need to provide the proper documentation from customs and weigh, and register the car as you would do with a new car. If you're curious you can head onto the customs website where they have their latest auction details. for instance take a look at this - there were apparently a couple of hummers (minus engines) and a jag up for grabs last week https://www.customs.gov.lk/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Vehicle-Item-Report.CDU-TS-2022-02.pdf
  9. This is probably a harbor auction as mazdaspeed mentioned. There are even older cars with new CB* Plates - for instance there was an EP91 running CBL or CBK plates if i remember correctly. @mazdaspeed I guess the high prices are due to the sri Lankan mentality of 'new number is better' 'less mileage is better' this is deeply rooted. Picture two identical Aquas : One has KW plates the other has CAA plates : The CAA one fetches a lot more. In the past a pristine b/new imported 302- car fetched less than a crapped out specimen of the same car with GA plates even if you consider old cars like 1970's datsuns and corolla Ke20/30's people pay more for a car with 10,11,12 SRI plates from 1976 than maybe a 6 Sri Brand new imported car from the same year.
  10. No experience but Carchecks are pretty much ok. (at least in my experience)
  11. Back after a while - what's up folks? Things seem awfully quiet here. 

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    2. sathyajithj99


      Nobody seems to be buying vehicles . So questions regarding vehicle suggestions are low.

    3. alpha17


      Hello @matroska! Hope you remember me😌

    4. matroska


      @Ruslan it's badly in need of a paint job and there's a bit of corrosion to be sorted out - which reminds me i need to write the rest of the blog :D @sathyajithj99 sadly yes it seems cars are just getting exchanged between buy-and-sell people and due to the cost of parts and labor no new projects either. @alpha17 in fact I do good sir...good to see at least some of the members are visiting the forum time to time. During the lockdown we had some interesting banter but I guess times are tough and people have a lot of problems. 😕 

  12. btw usually gearbox-ecu-engine comes as a set might be less hassle to just get the entire set together. But as Irage said the old gearbox ecu combo might be compatible as well.
  13. ooh oooh this is exciting. There's actually a healthy number of SR20's around at parts shops and the like.
  14. Volvo's are not nightmares - there is a decent support system around now. There was a thread on AL I think by Sampath G. where a forgotten Volvo was restored a couple of years back. There is at least one joint in SL that specializes in Volvos. There is a family I know who use exclusively Volvo S40/s and S60's and they are located deep in the Northwest and not even Colombo (mentioned because people tend to think if you're living out of Colombo you should run for life when you see a Euro) so yeah maintaining a Volvo is not THAT hard. BUT since it's a first car we're talking about let's go with something a little more mainstream and simple - maybe move to a Volvo or a euro after that.
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