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    406
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    1.8L TwinCam 16v (EW7)

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  1. Correct. It's underpowered, and burns a bit more fuel. But due to the unstressed nature, it has less wear and tear, and lasts longer than the other Peugeot petrol engines. Strong and simple unit.
  2. At the end of 1999, Peugeot and Citroen started using a protocol named COM2000 on their cars, which is actually a VAN protocol, a precursor to CAN. VAN stands for Vehicle Area Network, not advanced as CAN. Unlike VAN, CAN is not a vehicle specific protocol, it's almost used everywhere where different electronics must communicate each other. (taken from quora) MUX - is basically short for multiplexer. It's regarding the wiring. There are 2 types, Semi-MUX and Full-MUX. Full mux was standard after 2002 I believe. Its a 20+ year old European car. So there will be work. But it's not as bad as you think. In fact if you buy the right car, it could be as easy to maintain as a jap car of that age too. Take a look at ebay, ikm4n and a few Peugeot vendors around panchikawatte and you'll see parts prices are very reasonable for OEM compared to Jap oems too. But ofc, buy a bad car, and the bills will rack up. Peugeots OEM parts brands are Valeo, Magnetti Marelli, Bosch & Mann. All Premium European parts manufacturers.
  3. 2021: everything has gone to shit and so have most of the Peugeots. Great cars, way ahead of their time. Rear wheel steering, rain sensing wipers, stability control, velvet seat belt covers and glove box.. And the executive version had variable steering, electric, heated seats and cruise control too. Just like what @peugeot407 said Find a good one, normal jap service centers can't scan or work on these cars. They can only wash them or inflate the tyres. If you are from WP, lots of pug specialists and parts suppliers are there. Life's easy. The budget range you mentioned will get you an L6A engined car. Very strong engine, there's a guy in negombo I think who was featured in a magazine once for running 500,000km on the original engine. But their fuel economy is low compared to the 6FZ 1.8 and LFY 1.8 and parts availability are a bit less. All the decent ones are above 1.9 - 2 mil now. The perfect 406 is: 1999-2001, Non-com 2000/semi mux, 2L HDi 90 diesel with 5spd manual, in rare sherwood green with sunroof and beige leather interior. But those are very rare now and a bit pricey too if someone does sell. Go for a 2L petrol one if possible, it doesn't necessarily have to be a fully loaded executive. You can find GTX and GLX trims too. They have better economy is uphill places too due to the unstressed engine. Do PM if you need any help regarding the matter! Also people will recommend you that MN Automobile in malabe is good. He is skilled, but he is a crook so beware, He will steal/swap parts.
  4. Yes, you should stand out from the crowd. I'd say if you are confident, get into the Nissan hobby. Even I'd like me a nice SU14. Saw a beautiful dark green few months ago, never saw another one with that color. Pulsar are good too and Primeras with SR20s have some demand as well.
  5. Isn't this how the majority of sales owners start out in life? Buying a 90s car, making it shine, and selling (albeit.. With some shady tape repairs and meter rolling). Its a good idea. Make sure you buy for the right price, manage repair costs reasonably, not cutting corners in vital areas (things like fibering an AC vent properly instead of buying a set is fine). Know your cars, models and their common issues and the target market. Better if you could even profess in one specific make/model and be a pro at it. There are such people who deal parts and cars for one specific generation of the model even (for example, E36 Gen of the BMW 3 series) Best way for you to be profitable, is to know your mechanics well and have a good rapport. The repair/paint costs will bite away at your potential profits. That's why most sales have their own workshops. Also yes. There are always people who will pay the premium as long as they aren't sales buyyo or toyyos (the type to criticize the minor scratch under the bumper and color choice of a 40 year old car and its affect on resale so that they can post an ad on the quicksite instantly with a 25% profit margin). It won't take so long for an enthusiast of a specific model to look around at a few beat up specimen and think "ayyo, isn't there any hope of finding a good example?" (being there, done that). When I was looking out for cars and motorbikes of that vintage, I always come across douchebags who cant send proper pictures, don't answer calls, don't know jack about the car, can't send a video of its condition, talk with bulto in their mouth, legit boomers. This sucks when you like the vehicle and have no choice but to make a several 100km journey to inspect it.. Only to find out it has no battery, or that it's a completely difference vehicle from the picture, or that the engine is so undercompressed it can't move the vehicle. Your target market should be enthusiasts and you should make efforts for an effortless transaction to happen. After all, no sales, no profits.
  6. One top gel mount, 3 rubber mounts (2 top, 1 bottom near axle) . Didn't need to replace assembly as Peugeot retailers sell the rubber bush alone for purchase. But for the top mount only I did buy with assembly as per my trusted mechanics advice. Around 16k for 3 mounts, euro brands. If I went with agents, must be near 35k with the transmission mount included. The sucky part was the bottom mount which almost never wears out unless the top mounts were severely damaged. Took 1 whole day to replace, driveshaft out job. BTW, why camry mounts so expensive? Like damn. 100k is unreasonable! Are they all gel mounts or something?
  7. Ambo, I drove 220km in 2 days to with that noise. But didn't really feel the inertia until it was too late. Cringey and scary. Immediately got it sorted but the damage to the other mounts was already done.
  8. Ah yes probably that. Had that last year, scariest sound ever, becomes worse gradually.
  9. Most probably the control arm bush or CV joint.
  10. Some solid advice from the people above really. Best off keeping your money safe for now. I'll just add my two cents though and this reciprocated with what @iRagesaid near the end. Small houses do get rented quick, especially in peaceful areas. Just like how there are tons of outstation people trying to migrate to Colombo, there are also people trying to get away from crowded towns. So far this month alone, we've had nearly 3 families asking to rent out our 2nd floor and one guy wanted the 3rd floor for business purposes, to open up a small scale garments factory of sorts. Even one of our neighbour's rented out their small home to another party and moved to their ancestral home. So you can see a pattern here. Especially near big schools, there are tons of rooms being rented out to school kids who come from far away places to such schools. Also regarding the purchase of land, which we do as a side hustle, I'll add another word of advice. Don't put all the eggs in one basket. Buy small pieces of land in different places especially places that are in demand or soon will be. Ever since the Easter bombing incident and now corona, people are extra careful with their money. Not many have the power to purchase big land anymore, unless it's dirt cheap, in a high demand city or a farming piece. People are either renovating, moving to apartments, migrating or just buying a house to avoid the hassles of dealing with the baas fellows. I'm having a hard time trying to push off a 20 perches and 27 perches spot near mawanella town. I've divided them into smaller pieces and hope it will get sold within this year. Meanwhile one of our smaller pieces, 4 perches, 1.5km away from the town has been having way too many inquiries recently. Also, when it comes to really really small pieces of land in places where the demograph is of a lower income bracket, make sure not to keep insane profit margins as that would be immoral and preying towards such unfortunate families who really need a place to settle in that specific area as soon as possible. Good luck.
  11. Hi, Took a stroll through panchikawatte and the usual spots? If your dashboard just has cracks on it, you can fiber it from within and paint/re-up holster it. Saves you the cost of a new dash.
  12. Haha Same! About Micro though.. I was told the guy who founded micro used to work in CarMart. Yeah my bad, the 60s. And yeah, not a big fan.
  13. They are trying to be an upmarket brand now. Hence the logo. Its one of their old logos reinvented. It appeared on the 70s Peugeots (404 especially). And then this version first appeared on the E-legend concept back in 2016. Personally, I like the old roaring lions better.
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