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  1. Some general advise....when the indicator/warning lights start blinking abnormally or throws out a warning light....go get a diagnostic scan done. This should be the first thing you do rather than try to speculate what it can be. If it came out momentarily, then you might want to wait to see it becomes frequent..but if it keeps coming up then..go get a scan done. If hte light turns red (as opposed to green) there might be something wrong with the system...so there would be a error code recorded. Go get it checked out. Once that is determined I am sure we can all talk discuss any problems you may have with rectifying the matter.
  2. I am pretty sure Oppo is he parent company and OnePlus is a subsidiary. In which case it does make sense that although Oppo (products) are licensed to be sold in SL OnePlus isn't as it technically is a different company. Licensing regulations such that even if the same product with a different badge on it would also require a different license (granted if the original product is already licensed the paper work and testing required for licensing maybe less).
  3. Hmm...intersting I haven't heard much good things about A*W's tech inspections. However there are other options. You could first take it to Car Checks and get a inspection done and see if they find any structural issues (albeit this should have been done BEFORE you bought the car). They do a multi point inspection whilst their mechanical inspection is not extremely indepth their structural check is probably one of the best. They would do a ECU scan as well and if any errorss with the idle stop system props up it shold show it. Depending on the report you can choose to further look in to mechanical issues they have identified. Typically I would tell people to change the timing belt no matter what the mileage is in a car you buy in SL (registered or unregistered). This includes changing things like the tensioner. Also, you may want to look in to replacing things like the crank oil seal whilst you have the thng removed. Then look in to the brake components...if the pads are anything less than 50% or the disks show any signs of chafing..then polish out the disks and change the pads. This whole notion of engine tune up is a complete con in SL and the baases till push things that were relevant for carburated engines for EFI engines and change 100x more. Anyway...along with the timing belt and brakes...you would want to: - Do a diagnosic scan (if not done during the car inspection) and get those things resolved. - Change the air filter (if it is dark brown and is beyond the point of cleaning) - Check the spark plugs and change if needed. I believe they come with iridium plugs and those are good for a very high mileage. It will be up t you to decide if you still want to change it. - Check the suspension components. If any bushes are cracked and dried out..then it would be best to replace them. Same applies to engine and transmission mounts - Check the status of the battery and the alternator. - 2017 tires...usually the life span of tires are 5 to 6 years. SInce your tires are 50-60% worn out anyway...you should plan to change your times in the near future. - Check the body work for signs of filler/putty. If there are any areas where there is too much filler/putty this can lead to corrosion issues in the near future. Cars have accidents. Fixing cars are perfectly fine as long as a fixable accident has been fixed properly. So do not disspair just because you see some possible accident damage. But your concern is justified as well as sadly in SL; cars that should have been scrapped after an accident gets repaired very poorly.
  4. Welcome to the forum. As you can see I made some changes to the thread topic To answer your question...yes..you can convert it...you will need to change the electronics (including adding a few sensors) and the control panel. I beleive the easiest would be to get the entire system from a G grade car and fix it on to your's. No idea how much it would cost but probably a lot.
  5. Not necessarily...it can go either way...a proper conversion (one where they acually strip the car down to the bone..do the reenforcements, etc..) takes a lot of labor which costs a lot. Then there is the cost of the donor car....these special cars have gone significantly up in price...then there is also the parts you will have to replace (i.e. those that cannot be used from the donor or what you want to upgrade). Also, now days anytype of conversion (Tourer Vs, Glanzas, Evo, WRXs, etc...) are going to be far more costlier than before. On one hand it is because the ruppe has crashed but also because these cars have significantly gone up in price due to the high demand from countries like the US. Right now even a crappy, "well used" Chaser Tourer V goes for nearly ~20,000USD (a prestine one or one in original form nearly 30-35K...automatics will be a bit cheaper) a crashed one about 15K....back in the day a Tourer V could be picked up for about half that price and converted car could be picked up for anything from 4-5mil LKR.
  6. Only suggestion is take it to a reputable service centre and get a diagnostic read-out done....
  7. It is wihin the manufacturer's tolerances. This is so that they do not have to raise service issues because a worn out engine is burning oil. Yes...an engine can burn up to that much oil abut that doesn't mean it should unless it has one of the issues I mentioned before.... go get it checked out....
  8. Nissan unveiled the Fairlady Z Proto Spec limited edition model. Only 240 units will be made at a price of 6.9mil yen (~61,000USD). The orange one with the custom body kit does look nice...
  9. We also see the official reveal of the Civic Type R production prototype we have been seeing for a few months...
  10. Ralliart was revived in SEA a few years ago with the statement that is merely cosmetic and modest mechanical upgrade parts...well Rallart is back in Japan....have they changed their stance and moved in to tuning and building actual performance models ? We yet have to see... Well..here is the Vision Ralliart concept...(yes the Vision was the concept base for the new Outlander)
  11. In other news....Toyota unveiled the much anticipated GR GT3 concept. Many people were speculating that it might be the one of those things Toyota is working with Mazda because the earlier silouhette teaser images made the car look like the Mazda Vision concept. Is it ? This is supposed to be the base for their GT3 racer. Toyota's claim is that like the GR Yaris, this will be a car desgined for sports that will be adopted for street use. They are also showcasing the Toyota bZ4X GR Sport Concept
  12. Toyota offerings at the Tokyo Auto Salon (no..I did not make it out there because of the pandemic situation here...so all pics are from friends and internet) GRMN Yaris After much hype...it is a bit of a let down for existing owners of the car. The GRMN is offered in 3 variants; Standard, Circuit Pack and Rally Spec GRMN Yaris. There is no power upgrade over the GR Yaris (JPN spec) except for a bit of torque increase. So where does the extra performance come from ? Well..they have reduced the weight of the car by turning it in to a 2-seater. Plus additional carbon body panels. But the biggest contributor would be the short-ration gearbox. interestingly fact most of the upgrades to the GRMN have been available as upgrades to the GR Yaris but made standard for the GRMN variant. The prices range from 7mil to 8.2 mil yen, which is 4-5mil over the rally spec GR Yaris RC grade and about 2-3 mil over the high spec GR Yaris RZ High Performance edition. the centiment amongst many is that this caters more to the performance enthusiasts who are seeking nothing but JDM exclusivity. Exclusivity ? Well only 500 will be made for the Japanese market and 50 of them will come in the exclusive grey color. The car will be sold by lottery. The grey car is the Circuit Package and the red one the Rally Spec. I do like the different cluster. The normal one doesn't have that red line and the circular black recess lines that it encapsulates or that carbon weave pattern.
  13. Then last year, end of November; Suzuki out of the blue released the next gen Alto. The sporty variants are not in the line up right now but might be introduced later on. Delivery started around mid December and by ealy January it already gota recall for airbags or seatbelts or something. But since then it seems to be doing okay. Nothing new...Hybrid claims something like 27kmpl and the ene-charge something like 25kmpl...then there is TECT and Heartect...prety much their weight reducing structural rigidity enhancing method. Suzuki claims that these methods plus improvements in the suspension, etc..has made the car significantly more comfortable than the previous one. For now all the variants seem to be CVT.
  14. The new Noah and Voxy....and their GR and Modellista kits. Maybe I am old but I do like the Noah's looks better. Seems to have gotten pricey...gasoline variants seem to hover around 2.9mil yen withthe Hybrids going up to 3.9ish (so nearly 4mil on road price).
  15. sadly yes...early Korean cars had bad plastics so you will rarely find an old one without any cracks and still with its original dashboard. But then again not all Japanese cars had perfect plasics either.
  16. To add a bit to this: The cars can be detained or confiscated for not meeting ANY of the regulatory requirements. These include anything from age to engine capacity restrictions as allowed by permit (don't forget some permits allow you to bring older cars have valuations, engine capacities, etc...) Then if the auction detects that there is something wrong like chassis numbers not matching or documents not in order or the car not actually being dismantled, etc...then it gets detained. Sometimes cars get confiscated because people are just simply stupid...I have seen several instances where people when moving back to SL just simply put their car in a container with the rest of their belongings and shipped it over...the result being the car getting detained. Yes..the customs carries out an investigation.If there is no criminality or something seriously wrong with it..the importer is usually given the opportunity to clear the item after paying fines and such. In most cases what happens is that these people do not have the funds to pay the fines and charges or is cheaper for them to just not pay it and let it go (e.g. that Corolla in Japan would have cost about 1000USD...so losing that much is cheaper than paying 30-40K USD in fines and taxes. Sometimes the exporter in Japan does not een get paid (which is also a reason why Japanese owned car exporters do not sell to Sri Lanka).
  17. I don't know about Sri Lanka, but you can find it on amazon japan and most parts shops in Japan. You could get one online and have it mailed (its quite light) and is nothing but some cables and plastic clips
  18. The symptoms and even the lights you describe, to me atleast, are indicative of an engine or a hybrid system problem. In almost all hybrid cars (even new petrol cars) things like ESP, TRC, etc..gets turned off or goes in to limp mode when there is a hybrid system (or linked engine) issue. Typically a transmission problem does not make the engine miss or in most cases make it stall out and if the car was in P then I cannot think of how the transmission could even prevent the engine from cranking up (not that it could happen in an automatic...but for some reason the transmission and the engine were bound up then cranking the engine might not be possible..but then you couldn't have rolled the car on to the side anyway..and insuch a case the car would jerk forward when trying to start As for the XTrail gearbox problem; the check engine and master light can come on..but the symptoms are a little bit different. Usually what happens is that the engine will rev and the transmission will hesitate to make the car move (like a clutch slipping) or you will just feel the engine power surge but car doesn't move for a while or feels like it is stuck on to a brick wall. Now can this happen because of the transmission, yes..there always is a chance. As for your transmission swap earlier, I would say give them the beenfit of the doubt and get a proper diagnosis before jumping to conclusions. Now, if this boils down to the gearbox going bad, you cannot necessarily blame Ster**ing either. Most of these warranty replacements are done using used parts from Japan, so who knows, maybe the used gearbox they put just went bad itself (and no there is no way for anyone apart from the person taking out the part from the actual donor car to know how much the gearbox has been used for, even then there is no way for anyone to know what the condition of the gearbox was anyway).
  19. The GR Yaris has it too (yes..even sportscars have it now). Some techs and sales people over here have gossiped ith eabout Toyota putting it on to cut down enough emissions to meet existing standards. Whether it actually saves fuel and if it prematurely wears out the engine is dependant on useage patterns. Short, repetitive stop and goes like in heavy traffic is might not be the best for the engine (conventional wisdom dicates it); then with a turbo charged engine after the turbo charger has been building up boost after a relatively long drive and suddenly goes in to stops and starts is also an issue...then right now it is winter so stopping and starting a cold engine is also a problem. So..after talking with cars guys I have decided to keep my idle stop off (or I make sure I leave the car in gear with the clutch stepped in so the idle stop does not kick in) for most drives..but do turn it on when the enine is heated up and traffic is moderate and runs between stops are obviously moderate (in Japan the color lights are welll timed so you really do not have to stop every 300m from light to light). Yes, you cannot turn it off permenantly. However,you need to buy a little bypass switch/dongle to swap the default to off. The thing plugs in to the wire clip and then the switch plugs in to the dongle.
  20. 1. There was a time when leasing companies did not offer leases to cars with duplicate books. I don't know if that is still the case. Better check all that out. 2. You will have to go to the RMV and find out for certain about the duplicate registration certificate. The free app does not show much except for the very very basic info. 3. Sadly, cars being sold on open papers is quite common in SL. So although the registration docs will say that it has had only a very few number of oners and the last time it changed hands was many moons ago, the car in reality would have passed through many owners. They just did not update the registration papers because the Sri Lankan car market is such that the more owners are listed in the book, the lesser the car is worth.
  21. Sorry to hear about your car hunting woes. Sadly, this is the case with most cars in SL...they are POORLY MAINTAINED ! A majority of owners only care about keeping the car looking shiny externally and then just do the cheapest and most laziest of work on the mechanicals. Partly it is that they don't care, partly the fact that they are too cheap and go for cheapest parts and cheap labor and partly because they cannot afford to take care of it as they arespending more on what they can afford on car payments. Sadly, these days most of the honest owners with properly maintained cars are simply not willing to sell their cars because of the market condition. It also seems like most of the peope selling their cars are selling because they can't afford it anymore or have a bright idea of making it shiny and making a quick buck (they bought it for 2mil now they can sell it for 3mil and not realise that 3mil now is worth less tan 2mil back then...that is our level of education sadly) Duplicate books....I don't think a vehicle would lose 50% of its value just because it is a duplicate book. That is just ridiculous. People look down on cars with duplicate books because duplicate books can be forged and stolen cars, etc...can be sold under duplicate books. However, this is a thing of the past when books were actual hand written booklets. This was a time when cars sold with a duplicate book had the ran the risk of some guy with an original book coming up and claiming that the car is his/her and he never sold it. During these times the RMV had no way to actually track the registration booklet status as they were actual booklets linked to mountains of files which they had to go through if a book was "lost" and files needed to be updated for issuance of a replacement; and subsequently needed verification, etc....this almost never happened because of the level of effort required by them and well..we know how our civil servants work. However, with newer cars and the registration certificates being computerized, duplicate registration certificate issuances are recorded and tracked much better. So, if you do your due diligence and check up with the RMV for duplicate certificates and it is properly recorded in their system, then you should be okay (which is probably why the value is not low as 50% anymore ?). So, if it was me...if the car is good (for its age) and the duplicate registration is legit; I might consider buying it. However, I am currently at a state where I would not buy a car from a Sri Lankan because for the last decade or so 99% of Sri Lankans become the world's most lowest of lowest individuals when it comes to selling cars...you simply cannot trust them when it comes to cars...you cannot trust them to even actually sell you the car after taking your deposit , etc..until you drive away with it and put it under your name. Heck..you cannot even trust the fact that the car you end up taking posession of is the actual car you looked at and paid a deposit on...okay..I will stop now 😕
  22. The premium price is only in Sri Lanka....the car more or less lost sales about 7 years ago and most of those units that were sold in Japan were for export.
  23. The Vitz is a for Japan only model so you are not going to find a "Vitz" english manual. For general operation of the car you can download the manual of a Toyota Yaris of the same year from Toyota UK site as the Yaris for export markets was the same as the Vitz for Japan. Since the options/accessories were different for the two markets there might be some differences in the operations and features described in the manual. As for the audio system, Vitzes come with different audio system. The car comes with no audio system from the factory and the buyer in Japan tells the Toyota dealer which audio system he/she wants installed when he/she picks up the car at the Toyota dealer in Japan (i.e. the Toyota sales shop). So, for the user manual of the audio system; you need to be specific about which audio system your car has (this is one of those things that differ between the Japanese market variant and UK market one...the Euro market cars came with a inbuilt audio system from factory for most trim levels). If you have the Japanese manuals, my advice is that you use the Google Translate App on your phone. You just have to point the camera on to the Japanese pages and you can read it on the go. You might want to check some Pakistani user groups as well. Some of these groups have translated user manuals for cars like the Mark X. So you might find a Vitz one too.
  24. I doubt you will feel much of a change under normal driving....at most you will feel a bit of a change in the ride (loer profile means lesser absorbtion of bumps by the tires) and a slightly wierd sensation/difference in the steering
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