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    Anything that has 4 wheels that goes 'vroom' when running.

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    Starlet EP91
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    Nothing
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    It has me in it ;)
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    Restore the car to factory glory!

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  1. Hypothetically you had around 500k - 700k lying in the bank, what car would you buy and why?

    Other than the obvious Lancer Box Models and B211s

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    2. matroska

      matroska

      I've seen this video - he seems to be doing a decent resto.

      What I don't like about this Video (just the video) is how they market it using KMPL and as a replacement for a tuk -and not as a classic. This is the problem with  old car scene in SL  and the whole mess. People tend to think of a classic as a replacement for their Scooter, Bike or Tuk : not considering that they require a lot of TLC and is costly... they get the under the tree mechanic in the village to mess up the carb to get more KMPL and then with the messed carb, you have to do a bahirawa pooja each morning to get the damn thing to start. 

      Regarding land - well it might be a good idea to get it in an accessible place not too far off. My late uncle bought a significantly large plot  of land in the Badulla District  - somewhere around Hali-Ela area if I'm not mistaken. It was rather in accessible and after the excitement died down he kind of forgot all about it - many years later there was a massive landslide in the area and the land was not able to be located. The authorities requested him to visit Badulla to discuss the matter/ identify the land or something but as he was terminally ill  he never went and I think that was the end of that plot of land. 

    3. iRage

      iRage

      Yes...these things are rare....like unicorn rare...so anything of this vintage that is in any state that is road legal fetch massive prices. Then there is the maintenance cost....maintaining anything out of warranty in Japan is expensive but these older cars (even cars like E100 Corollas) get really pricey as there aren't parts easily available and not everyone (including the agents) are willing to work on them...so even with the agent one has to wait till a mechanic is assigned to your local dealer or take it to a specialist shop.

      So one's pockets need to be deeper and deeper as these cars get older...helps if one is able to do some basic one themselves.

    4. MaleCortana

      MaleCortana

      Hmmm interesting;

      I agree with Matrsoksa, I didnt pay much attention to the KMPL (The 2.4 Camry stands as a testament to that hehe), and yeah I dont think it is a good alternative to a tuk and scooter as well because of the TLC needed, I was just ogling at that pristine dash and the vinyl doorcards hehe.

      Hmmm yeah land also  I need to think about that.

      iRage I assumed B211s might be easy to maintain here for the sheer number of cars here, interesting..

       

  2. A couple of months ago I bought a 2004 Camry from them which their MD used. The car is a 2.4 Liter so you had to pay a luxury tax to the Sri Lankan RMV

    When I bought it, the Procurement Officer Mr Mahesh was not able to produce the receipts to the luxury taxes but said they had paid everything. Upon transferring the car, I was in a rude awakening because the RMV informed that a tax in the year 2005 was not paid and I had to pay 30k extra as taxes so that I can transfer the car to my name. This puts me into a desperate position. I had already paid for the car, so I decided to pay the tax else they would not transfer the car. Jagro insisted that they had paid it and it was the RMV’s fault (which I believed) and they said they’ll find the receipt so I can get my money back from the RMV. This was February. Today they tell me “we can’t produce the receipts, but we also can’t give you your money back”

    A couple of months ago I bought a 2004 Camry from them which their MD used. The car is a 2.4 Liter so you had to pay a luxury tax to the Sri Lankan RMV

    When I bought it, the Procurement Officer Mr Mahesh was not able to produce the receipts to the luxury taxes but said they had paid everything. Upon transferring the car, I was in a rude awakening because the RMV informed that a tax in the year 2005 was not paid and I had to pay 30k extra as taxes so that I can transfer the car to my name. This puts me into a desperate position. I had already paid for the car, so I decided to pay the tax else they would not transfer the car. J*gr0 insisted that they had paid it and it was the RMV’s fault (which I believed) and they said they’ll find the receipt so I can get my money back from the RMV. This was February. Today they tell me “we can’t produce the receipts, but we also can’t give you your money back”

    So basically I lost 30k because of this very shitty company. I have nothing to say wrong against their strawberries which are quite nice. Their corporate office though? Yeah not so much. Be vary when dealing with J*gr0 and their affiliated S1mpl3e Strawberries by J*gr0. 30k isn’t much to a big company like J*gr0 but it will be something I will be losing sleep over.

  3. Why don't we actually import some of these cars? Would appease to nature + our Chinese Overlords will be happy
  4. Very pretty ❤️ Can't wait for the local politicos and their kids to roll around in these acting like they own the bloody road! #TaxMoneizAtWerk
  5. Pump at night for more petrol for your hard earned monies I say!
  6. Oh damn, these issues looks like it came out of a TinTin novel rip. Varatone and the Phantom Heating Issue. Anyway I hope you get it fixed. But if the car works sometimes but other times doesn't there has to be another variable you're not noticing. Wb the radio or anything? Lights? These cars are fairly simple but isolating certain elements should be able to easily deduce something
  7. I just went to your restoration thread and I've seen him fix the exact same car once when I was there lol. This is the car with four drum breaks on all four corners yeah? He did a break fluid change on one when I was there, so he has experience in dealing with cars like this.
  8. Hmmmm, so you car stalls when it is heated up and won't start for a while until the engine clearly cools down? This happened to my Starlet, my earth wire (Not sure what but it was connected from my battery to the transmission or somewhere) from the battery was heavily damaged by a previous maka baas and I had to replace it and never happened again. Yours might be a different issue. Don't fork out for car carrier services to just drive a car on the road but try to fix it. Why don't you show your car to my mechanic? Hapuarachchi Motor Garage down Nawala road (Check on Google Maps for accurate location). He's dirt cheap (I don't even know how he's still in business, he fixed my Camry Gear Selector Cable for a grand total of 600 rupees) and he actually is amazing at diagnosing stuff the minute he takes a seat inside the car. Cons: He's always f**king busy because its a single man operation and he always has like 30-40 cars waiting to be fixed. Just describe the problem and see what he tells you, even though he's busy you can get a diagnose from him within 10mins
  9. Ohh that is interesting, yeah that makes sense since I have seen Altis don the '6 Speed' sticker as well
  10. There are three gel mounts and two normal mounts Altogether 5 mounts. The Toyota Genuine Mounts cost 100k, Taiwan Tenacity one's cost 40k for all of them as well 😕 The mounts are also massive
  11. I believe the Corolla 141 also came as Jap and Malay/Indonesian called the Corolla Altis
  12. Yeah I think you can never get away with replacing one mount, genuine mounts cost close to 100k for the lot 😕
  13. Yep yep, but what gets scarier is the shift in inertia you feel
  14. Engine mounts my dude, even I head the knocking noise of metal under acceleration and braking, thats your entire engine moving about and hitting the metal part of the mount because the bushing has gone.
  15. There's a Volvo S40 1999 in mint condition for sale on ###### atm with a claimed mileage of 50,000 kms.

    It was owned by my friend since brand new until two years ago. Car had multiple engine rebuilds and did close to 600k kms until they gave away the car for free to their mechanic a while ago (mainly because it kept on having issues even after rebuilds). 

    I asked my friend about this and its still the same blue car with the sunroof but he says the interior and the body panels have completely changed (trim claddings) so its possibly a different Volvo with the same book or a complete restoration someone did. But beware regardless.

    1. Hashif Riyas

      Hashif Riyas

      Saw that car on ik... Is your friend so generous to give a car to a mechanic for free ? When giving away it was probably worth a considerable sum... 😐

    2. MaleCortana

      MaleCortana

      It was in a very shitty condition, (as a car with close to 600kms would be), after a couple of engine rebuilds the car was always living at the mechanics anyway because everytime they fixed something, another thing broke, making the car an expensive paperweight. It was too much of a hassle for them so I guess they gave it away to their mechanic?

    3. MaleCortana

      MaleCortana

      Got an update from my friend, same chassis, everything else from interior to body panels replaced. Engine and transmission was replaced from a car with 50k kms. So should be a good buy. They went and checked it out at the car sale lol

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