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  1. Personally I'd pick the FD3. I know hybrids are scary for some but cars like the FD3, GP1 etc have matured now. Nothing wrong with the G11 - it's a lumbering but comfy car. FD3 is more bang for the buck, much more fun to drive , looks better (entirely personal). I see @Dee Jay has chipped in with his FD3 wisdom. So you have a lot of info about the FD3. Good luck with your purchase.
  2. I was curious who was complaining about good fuel figures - well I'm not surprised. Anyways I can think of two things 1. What Gummy mentioned : Calibration issues with the meter .Try comparing the ODO with a known distance /or with google maps/ check with someone else. 2. There's actually nothing wrong : 1.8 Is the perfect size engine for the car. Enough power to pull it without getting stressed out. Despite people fearing larger engines - I have ample experience where underpowered small engines end up being gas guzzlers. My dad's B14 which we used for decades never did anything above 8KMPL having a tiny 1.3 engine and dragging a lump of a car around. The fact that I floored it more often than not did not help
  3. So, While I'm still pondering what I'm going to buy next (and since the display issue on my Note 9 is giving me headaches) I was able to temporarily switch to an almost brand new Samsung Galaxy M02S. Just summarizing my impressions for the benefit of a potential buyer. Not going to list out the specs as they're readily found on GSM Arena. I am using the 4GB Ram/64GB Storage version (the other is 3GB with 32 Gigs storage)Frugal phone. Frugal Package - has a fast charger and cables (along with the booklets and sim ejector) and nothing else..no headset - not even a cheap one. Plasticky back -has a texture and some kind of pattern: not bad. Not a fingerprint magnet, nor is it slippery. There is no protection for the screen so I got a screen protector straightaway. Cliched Camera module with 3 apparent lenses and no fingerprint sensor. There is supposed to be face unlock but can't be bothered - just swipe like we used to a few years back. Phone comes with a low spec'd chipset - but it's not too bad to be honest. (Despite some really humble results when I ran geek bench) There is so far no lag. App switching is quite smooth. I watched a review on the Poco M3 where they show considerable lag between app switching - I don't see that with the M02S. And I did play RR3 on it - no major issues there either. Android 11 with One UI - standard Samsung fare. Coming from a Note 9 the lack of AMOLED and the low PPI is pretty obvious but then again it's not an eyesore. Sunlight visibility while not stellar is again Ok - usable outdoors. The screen is large enough for videos. Speakers are nothing to write home about but again functional. Battery is 5000mAH and that with the low res screen means the phone can run for a long time without charging. Camera is 13 MP - produces pics that look like they were taken back in 2014. Survives in good light, messes up indoors. Overall after a few days it's an Ok device at the range. 'Gets the job done' is how I'd describe it. Not as fancifully spec'd as something Xiaomi or BBK would make but I haven't experienced any hiccups similar to the ones the SinoPhone users regularly complain about.
  4. Not sure if anyone in the forum has used them yet - AFAIK this is made by a Bridgestone affiliated company in Turkey.
  5. Well I did get to play around with a Redmi Note 10 s- and i have to say overall it was impressive : the build quality was great for the price ... the only initial downer was maaaybe the camera but I cannot say for sure. The Poco X3 seems quite tempting too.
  6. True - either way he'd need to do a lot of mods if he takes the wagon route. He'd probably need to sort out a lot of things with any car of that vintage actually. Those traps -at least the ones up for sale are barely roadworthy.
  7. I saw this video : The senior citizen from Kurunegala or somewhere right? He claims to restore B211's to factory spec and say that they can be used as daily runners. But since you have mods in mind getting a restored car and tearing it down would be pointless wouldn't it? Also I remember you asked something about Lancer Box prices but i can't find the exact post to quote here : anyway Lancer boxes prices are decided on the number, grade and a lot of factors. The early 1979 ish ones with 10sri/11 sri numbers with the smaller 1200 engine go for a lot cheaper. The 1.4 engine is sought after and so are the ones with 5FW gears as opposed to the ones with 4FWD. Cars with the 'red beading' and the tachometer(RPM) will cost even more. Minters will go for a tad above 1Mil. If you can find a 1.4 L car with maybe a bit of work to do that might be a good choice. When it comes to getting rid of it at some point it will be easier to part with it as there's apparently a lot of demand for the model.
  8. Yeah - for a drift car that would suffice. B211's are usually in horrid condition - it's not just the plasticky mods - most of these cars have chassis that are skewed, body's made up of 50% catalloy.. when we sold the B110 I missed it so bad that for a few weeks I hunted for a few B210/11's : barring a few minters (they were actually B210's) the B211's were in horrible state both body-wise and even mechanically. maybe OP will be better off with a Datsun wagon? less likely to be patched up and those are dirt cheap... just remembered the VB110 resto an autolankan was doing. OP can buy the car for next to nothing and spend his budget on all the mods - heck if he's really into it might even swap an RWD SR20 now that would be something! Image for inspiration 😉
  9. Upto the B11 Sunnys were RWD.This means B110, B210-211, B310 were all RWD. The first corolla that were FWD was the E80 series. The Carina AA60 was RWD tho. B211s arw nice little cars but almost impossible to find a non molested car. Most are hacked beyond recognition now by the wannabe "muscle car" folk.
  10. So you'll want an RWD car. Most cars in the sub 2 mill bracket would not be RWD. You can try to source a rare Trueno maybe. But really - it's your first car so here's a left field idea - spend a fraction of that budget and get yourself a Lancer Box - it's RWD, parts are a plenty and a simple basic car. Try out the basics first-and once you're done it won't be too difficult to dispose of it either. This is another option - and a slightly more interesting option than what I have mentioned - just that you'll need a bit more time, money and patience with this.
  11. It seems there will always be some compromise - I'm just thinking I'd be disappointed just when I was when I had to downgrade from a Note3 to a Nokia 6 a few years back. My uncle bought a Redmi Note 10S on Monday - so waiting to have a look at it. I'm also considering the numerous Samsung midrangers too : Wife uses a Samsung M32 for over an year it's an Ok phone for the price.
  12. This is the same badge that came on the U14 right? Older Bluebirds like the 910 had a rather cool logo with a blue 'bluebird' on a yellow background.
  13. Pulling up this old thread as I've been out of touch with the latest trends in mobile phones. What would be a 'graceful' downgrade to a mid-ranger from a Samsung Galaxy Note 9? Currently do not have the budget for a flagship. A mid-ranger with around 6-8 Gigs of RAM and at least 128 GB of storage. The bigger the screen the better. Has anyone been using the Xiaomi's and Pocos - which on paper seem bang for the buck. How good are they in real life?
  14. matroska

    Nissan Presea

    Well this is tricky. Ideally yes -but with age the fuel consumption can vary between two cars drastically. Ever heard of the two parrots that were born together and separated and one lived in a temple and the other with a bunch of cutthroats? (it's actually a Buddhist story-sattikumba jataka if i'm not mistaken) Same applies for the two cars - depending on how they were used/abused parts replaced fuel figures may vary a lot.
  15. matroska

    Nissan Presea

    @PreseaLoveris the resident Presea freak and has done extensive research on vehicles at this price bracket. 😁 Just off the Top of my head I'd recommend a Carina AT192... falls in your bracket. Not as hyped as it's successor but a decent car nonetheless. Generally as with anything 25-30 years old make sure to do a thorough inspection, mechanicals can be sorted -body work is painful. Overly abused interiors are a b*t*h to sort out -specially in 90s cars. Found out the hard way 😁 Look out for corrosion and also potential leaks through beadings etc . You will not find a perfect car at that price but get one that you can live with and has small things that can be fixed as you go.
  16. I'm not sure I've said this before - but time and time again I realize that when you're sad, frustrated or emotionally down someway or the other a quiet drive can always fix things for you...

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    2. iRage


      Are you okay ?

      Whatever it is I am glad a drive made it feel better (at least momentarily)

    3. matroska


      @iRageYes. I'm Ok. My mother was in hospital for over 3 weeks and eventually passed away last Monday. The correct music, and taking the longer, more scenic routes home helped ease the anxiety and after her passing it soothed the pain. 

    4. iRage


      @matroska so sorry to hear that ❤️ 

      They say death is the only certainty in life but it is something you can never get prepared for. Enjoy the long drives until the pain gets erased by joyful memories.

  17. well that's something you find out yourself - using google. Some of the lesser known/now defunct automobile classified sites are not updated and you can find the price. It took me around 2 minutes to find this - take a look at the date.
  18. wow.. another project! Great to read during these gloomy times. Being a datto man myself..(still miss the B110) I'm following this with passion. Good to see you being adventurous with the ECU is this a DIY project?
  19. IF OP can source a 4A-GE then definitely it will be quite something. Apparently this was discussed 4 years ago too -
  20. Given the difficulty finding the compatible 80's auto gear boxes - the easiest thing would be a full engine swap. But then again you run into the issue iRage mentioned. The most commonly available engines with Auto gear boxes (they're also EFI so you get a bit more reliability) are from the 90's - 4E's,5A's etc which were all from FWD cars. Fun fact though -locally there have been a few 7K (Toyota Townace) Engine swaps into old Morris Minors (which are RWD) - 7K petrol engines were usually commonly found as most people swapped them out for diesels on Townaces (Noah). This might be an option worth exploring. Re: resale well project cars with swaps etc are usually not the easiest to sell off - but if you're doing the swap decide to keep it for some time. Anyway people prefer Automatic transmission nowadays and the KE72 still being viewed as a daily runner as opposed to a classic/enthusiast car by many it might just appeal to some prospective buyers.
  21. as iRage mentions - legally this is not possible. one more detail is that if you do intend to do an engine swap (within the 500 cc limit) and actually want to register it legally and get the CR Updated through RMV - you need to take the vehicle for inspection in stock condition - which means even the wheels have to be stock. P.S : As automotive enthusiasts we understand the urge to drift and have a blast with the car - but road safety is no joke.
  22. Interesting prospect. Adding power steering is relatively easily accomplished. Gearbox swap is also possible - but I wonder if it is possible to source a KE7X auto gear box. I did a somewhat similar project with an EP71 starlet - but in my case i swapped the engine along with the gearbox (and I did do the power steering conversion too) you can read about this here.
  23. It's got the 4E on board now - I'll add another entry with the rest of the details. Thanks for brining that up - i actually forgot to mention that yes I had to replace the axles - used EP91 axles.
  24. Probably why my insurance guy had called me a couple of times I wonder how the valuation places operate now.
  25. Ok so this is not a diet post. It's been a year since the EP71 went through a major modification. I've been putting off writing this - but better late than never. So here goes! In my previous blog post I mentioned that the humble 2E engine was really nothing to write home about and I did mention how it like many old carbureted engines would develop weird symptoms of it's own. Around 3 Months into ownership I was a little tired of the ailing engine and when it failed the emission test I was looking forward to get that sorted. I had initially thought of doing a 4EFTE swap but that was really stretching my budget and to be honest I was in a bit of a hurry to get the project rolling so I decided to settle for a 4EFE. Around Christmas time (2019) I managed to source a complete 4EFE Engine (off an EP91) with an Automatic gearbox (with ECU and wire harness) combo in Kandy. But a few days of Christmas revelry ensued and when I call the seller the ECU and the wire harness has been sold. Undeterred I decided to go for the engine and gearbox combo and source the ECU separately since the engine and gearbox was priced quite fairly. A trip to Kandy on a poya day in a Mahindra Bolero and we were able to haul the 4EFE home. (This also provided me my first Bolero driving experience - it was surprisingly fun. The 2.5 L engine on that's pulls really well). The choice of gearbox was something I lost a wee bit of sleep about - but eventually decided an Auto was ok as the main aim of the car was to be a beater, a nimble city runner and a lendable car that anyone could drive and whenever I had masochistic thoughts I could always borrow my dad's Datsun B110 and feel depressed about my diminishing stick driving skills. So it was eventually a very easy decision. With the engine and gearbox secured I asked my mechanic to start work on the car - while I source the ECU. And then I had to travel overseas for work for a couple of months. During this time my friend managed to source a recon steering column and shaft from an EP91 . This was 2020 now and Covid 19 happened. I barely made it home before the borders were closed. For the next 3 months the project stalled (sadly during this time a rat had managed to chew one seatbelt while the car sat at the mechanics) Around June things were getting back to normal and the project recommenced in earnest. Eventually we managed to source an ECU and wiring harness from a guy who stocked his parts in an old shed in his parents house deep deep inside the backwaters of Minuwangoda. After rummaging through a pile of car parts in the shed at 9 PM in the pitch dark, with the thrilling possibility of being bitten by 32 different species of indigenous snakes, we finally managed to find the wiring harnesses and a few more parts we needed. There was a few more things to be sorted - such as the condenser, A/C compressor, break and accelerator pedals and also the gear cable. Being a Toyota parts were quite easily found. The gear cable though was a bit tough to find and eventually we found out that a slightly modified AE110 gear cable would do the trick. Below are a few pictures of the engine swap. Transporting the Engine in a bolero The Original engine was a 2E with around 80Hp which was reasonable for a car that weighed 720 Kg. The old 2E being taken out. Out with the old - in with the new : 4e about to go in. The retro-style gear shifter that came with the Automatic versions of the EP71 would have looked a lot cooler than the EP82/91 gear shifter unfortunately which looks slightly out of place with the boxy/spartan interior of the car. Notice anything weird in the first pic? Things got tidied up a bit before I took the car for emission tests. Another change that I was not quite able to capture was the power steering conversion - which was basically swapping in an EP91 Steering column Tune in for the next post - where I will write about the overall driving experience.
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