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  1. Hello guys, I'm planing on buying my first car; a 2009 (December) Mazda Demio. I have some questions in my mind. If you have enough time; please be kind enough to answer them. I already searched many previous threads, but couldn't find the exact answers I'm looking for. They may seem like stupid questions; please don't get all mad at me; (I've seen that attitude in previous threads) I'm a total stranger to these vehicle related stuff! Your kind assistance is highly appreciated. 1) I'm having a hard time deciding on whether to buy a car from a local car sale (Got a good deal for 2.9 Mil from a reputed vehicle trading company) or directly import one under my name. What do you guys think? What will be the cheapest option? (I won't be needing any assistance from a finance company) And if your answer is to go for importing under my name; i.I read I can only import vehicles which are only two years old; what do they mean by two years old? Do they mean since the year of made (YOM) or the year of registration of the car? ii.What will be the duty (Some rough figure will be okay) I will have to bear? iii.I have contacts in both Japan and UK; (Not in for business, they are there for education). Will they be able to send me a car? Which will be the cheapest; UK or Japan? iv.Please suggest (PM me) any reputed/trustworthy vehicle importers you know. 2) If you had to choose between Mazda Demio and Toyota Vitz; what would you choose? and why? (Your personal opinion) 3) Please comment on second hand market of this car. 4) Please comment on fuel economy of this car. (Compared to vitz?) 5) Are there any known issues of this car? 6) Will I be able to find spare parts of this car easily? Who is the agent for Mazda cars in Sri Lanka? 7) Any general info you think I should know? Thank you very much!!!!!! (For at least reading the whole thing) Regards! Have a good day!
  2. Hi all, I'm thinking of buying and mazda demio 2008 model that came with the cvt transmission with 130k done in odo meter, is there anything to be worried about going for this variant? Is there any particular issues related to the cvt transmission of mazdas that I should be concerned about? Thanks in advance.
  3. my mazda familia will not move in the mornings until the temperature increase.Further HOLD signe flashes until the car start moving.ATF is okay.What is the reason for this problem.How can I over come this problem.
  4. Hello all, With all the suggestions I have moved myself with a Mazda 6. But currently I have some doubts over the maintenance as I am very new to the wheel. So please bear with my I am very basic. I do have a few questions which I would love to get answered. The person which I bought this from told me that it is not ideal to wash them with soap or any shampoo, but only with water. is that true? If not what are the ideal alternatives which I can use and where can find them in SL? I would like to do polishing myself, is there any suggested recommendations for the materials to use? What are the ones to do polishing on chassis Paint What are the ones to work on the Tyres Any Recommendations to polish the interior (Dashboard, Gear panel lines, etc)? I do have beige interior, what is the recommended way of cleaning them up and polishing them up? With Castrol oil, is it worthy to have services done once every10000Kms or should I stick to the same routing of 5000Kms? Is it recommended to use the pressure gun (At an angle) while washing the car? At least should I bought some Microfibril clothes as suggestions from one of the previous threads (Yeah I did some homework too, haha). Is there a frequency which these should be changed? There are a few minor scratches, any way which I can overcome these? Saw some glass cleaning tablets for the vipers which I ordered for cleaning, is it safe to use them with water? Any other car caring tips which you would like to guide me (Any mechanical guidelines, etc) Thanks for being an awesome forum, really do appreciate any kind help
  5. My engine oil was 0w20 which come for 10,000 km and fully synthetic. With travel restrictions usage of car is reduced. This has lead oil change happens once per year. Is this ok? If I need to move to 5,000km mileage oil then what's the most suitable option? Is it recommended? Mazda agent in Sri Lanka, C#lonial M#tors use 5w30 oil for Mazda Axela Hybrid. They do not have 0w20 which usually comes for 10,000 km mileage.
  6. Hello all, after the struggle to find a car over 1 year, finally I bought a car which with the help of suggestions of you and some of my Mazda owner colleagues. Didn't like to show off the things, but the big guy @iRage asked me to do so, such that I can share my experience with you all. I had a few choices, where I began with AE/CE 110, then since I joined the forum, I was driven towards Primera (SR20) and Mark 2. Was looking for some over the time, but due to same day price increments , being too old, and due to the fact that the government won't remove the import ban anytime soon and even if that happens they would have to increase the taxes by a considerable amount I tried moving a step ahead with the budget. So after a few months of search, I found a car which matched my favour (But did cost me some). The ride is smooth and the feel is good. So all the doubts before buying this one got flown away by the moment I went on to touch the steering wheel. It had ridden 120K by the time I bought this. All the services done through Colonial and was in mint condition except for a few minor side scratches. Fuel economy is good on highways, did around 17kmpl within the highway in the 2 trips I went. On City not so sure, the roads are pretty empty on where I live 😅 So, to make things simple I bought a Mazda 6 2.0L 2014, skyactive (An old dashboard version), beige interior, Black and still enjoying every moment of it except for the fact that it is isolation now and can't get into the wheels due to that. Looked for a new dashboard version earlier and it did cost around 8M. So it stopped me over this while moving. But so far no regrets and do love the ride. I am a newbie to the ride but, Let me know if you are intending to buy one and need any insights on the car, would be glad to help on. But considering the options that I had earlier to select from (Axio, Allion, grace, bla bla bla). This is way better in look, muscular Much space inside Much better handling Fuel consumption is relatively good for a 2c. (Axio does around 24kmpl, but this is way better on feel) Non-Hybrid (So less maintenance costs compared to M3 ) Though I am a newbie there might be some wash marks still on the car, looking to order some grit guards and begin on with the 2 basket method. Btw thanks all within the form for the wonderful help through the journey. I might move to another in 1-2 years of time (Though I am not sure I will scale up or scale down). But for the moment, I am very much perfect with this, and enjoying the every mile of the ride.
  7. Hi I have a Mazda Demio 2009. I want to change the Gear Box Oil. When called Colonial they said that they use Oil named "M Five" for 12K and "FZ" for 17k. When I called a local garage guy he said he is using Valvoline and it will cost 7k with labor. Please comment the suitability of the oil. Both places said that they manually clean the sump and clean solenoids as well. Would like to hear your expert view.
  8. Hi friends, I am planning on buying my first car. This has become a huge challenge to me , my budget is around 4.0 Mn to 4.5 Mn, I was searching in lot of places, seems all car's prices have gone sky high. I have been planning on this since quite a time. BTW i was looking for a Toyota, Honda or Mazda so my concern is look, reliability, fuel economy and maintenance and lastly the re selling price. The vehicle's manufactured year should be at least > 2010. In fact I was interested of, Toyota aqua , Mazda Alexa and Honda insight, So you guys please suggest me a good vehicle, what ever vehicle Other than listed here, I highly value any idea which comes to me , cuz am a complete new to the subject.
  9. Hey all, I am looking on to buy a Mazda 3 or a Mazda 6 Skyactive car which is above 2014. Looked in the classified sites and most of them appears to be overpriced despite them being Low market ones (Compared to Toyota) in SL. Do you people have any idea about how much these would be worthy of buying? Are these vehicles recommended for the respective prices. If not what are the alternatives that I have. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Prime
  10. Hi, I have recently bough Mazda Familia RS Special Edition vehicle. I have done a full service and hoping to do ATF oil change as well. Please help me to select between the below three types to use for the Tiptronic Transmission. If possible kindly explain the difference as well. 1) 800 × 800 2) 640 × 700 3) 222 × 400
  11. Greetings all, I am interested in buying a vehicle (A used one) and it appears there is some issues in pricing of them due to the current situation in the country. Also I do not thing it would get reduced anytime sooner even the imports are allowed from the government in the future, as there is always the possibility to add more tax in order to balance the exchange flow. Therefore I am interested on knowing what the best available vehicles within the following price ranges (I am not a long distance driver, and would mostly be used for domestic usage, and some fortnight/monthly travels of around 150-200 Km). Cars in between 1.5M to 2.0M - Currently I am thinking of AE 110, but it is hard to find a good one within the range Cars in between 2.0M - 3.0M - Was looking for a Toyota 121, But it is in the latter parts of 2M and even in early 3Ms, so considering age don't think it's worth the money Cars in between 3.0M - 3.5M - Toyota 141, Allion 240 , but fuel consumption and parts is an issue in the early one. Allion 240 early versions are yet available I am looking for a Sedan type vehicle and my first vehicle (Probably I might go for a SUV later next year) , Please let me know your opinions on these. Prime
  12. I've sort of been off the grid for a few weeks because of so many personal matters including moving house and what not. Finally found the time to post this. Meet the newest addition to our family. A 2003 Mazda 323 Astina SP20 BJ-II J48. Wait what?? Let me break down each part of that... It's a 2003 Mazda 323 (JDM version is known as "Familia"). I guess that's pretty clear. "Astina" is the name used for the hatch. The sedan is called the "Protege" (Remember the Mazdaspeed Protege anyone? ?) SP20 is the top of the range model with a 2.0L FS engine (131 horses), sports suspension, different body styling, white gauge cluster, automatic AC etc. BJ is the series. BJ-II (BJ2) is the facelift version. J48 is the very last revision of the BJ series. I was on the lookout for a car to be used as a point A to B car and to be driven on a daily basis to the train station etc. I didn't want it to be boring, hence the SP20. I wanted it to be a small hatch so that my wife can easily drive it (she finds the RalliArt a bit too intimidating due to the power). It was between The 323 and Lancer CS VR-X. Gave up on the Lancer after seeing the options on the Mazda and how popular and rare the SP20 is (sounds like blasphemy I know). After about a month of hunting down one, finally found this beautiful example in Titanium Grey, just 139,000km (remember, we are talking about Australia here and that is a really low mileage). The icing on the cake is that I even got it with 1 year dealer warranty (car had been a trade-in). Of course there's signs of age - a few scratches here and there, wheel paint flaking off, front rotors need to be replaced etc. But it certainly is a zippy little car that's fun to drive. Nardi Torino steering! White gauge cluster The different front end with large fog lights. The FS engine. Note the factory fitted strut bar. I've not seen bonnet and headlight protectors in Sri Lanka, but the car has them installed from the dealership. So the headlights are like brand new -no yellowing. A couple of the SP20 stickers are faded. I've ordered a new set already.
  13. Hi, Once i used premio 2015 and it was a great car at all!, letter i sell it because lack of newer tech and safety options...Then i brought a Honda vezel 2018 rs and its been about 4 month! it is also a good vehicle and i literally felt little luxury than using a basic premio😅 but now..well i met with an accident and got serious damages to bonnet, front shell ,front buffer, fenders and had to replace them! So i sold it because its kinder bothering and reminding me about the accident and the damage that had happened to my vehicle! well now im finding a good vehicle to buy below about 8.7 millions and i found Premio 2016 and mazda 6 gt 2500cc 2016...wich will be better for me?I Also consider about repairs common issues and maintaining costs too.. premio is good but im scared that i will got that boring feeling when using it because Lack of newer techs that i used to use in my vezel like adaptive cruise control mazda 6 is also a very good looking car and i also love the interior too!..it is very eye catching sedan but i never used a mazda vehicle before!..so im kinda scared about repairs and service costs..i herd the fuel consumption of the mazda 6 is about 8km/l. I can handle around 8km/l or above but not more below from it Which will be better for me? If neither premio nor mazda , suggest me a good car to buy around 8.7 millions
  14. Need a good place for get mazda bj5p spare parts. around colombo, embilipitiya or rathnapura
  15. Hi guys, These days i'm looking for a small car (my first) fit to my budget (less than 1.4 MN) Can you advice me on Nissan March K 11 (1998/Manual) and Mazda Demio (1999/Manual) models regarding following fields: 1. Value for Money 2. Spare parts and repair facilities 3.Fuel consumption Thank You Thilina Herath
  16. While my car's fuel efficiency is down. Resonantly. And when stopped, the fuel smells coming. I'll do the engine tune-up and do the followings can any one can suggest good place to check all theses issues (I'm @ negambo area) . Need to check (have any injector leak, and fuel pressure of the fuel pump ) my car model Mazda bj5p YOM 2003 . changed air filter . changer oil and filter and oill. changed spark plugs.
  17. Hello fellow ALs, This is the first time I'm posting on the forum after using this as an unregistered visitor for quiet some times. I have this average looking question, which I came up with different answers each time I ran it through my mind. Therefore your expertise is strongly required & I seek your valuable advices. I have bit of knowledge on vehicles as my famly owns few from time to time and now its time to grab one for myself. My budget is ranging from LKR 2 million to 4 million. This is the tricky part. I have first hand experience on used car repairs and sometimes I feel like I should go either with brand new one from agents or unregistered reconditioned one (With validated pre-shipment inspection sheets). Then as I found out my available options are Kia Picanto (Unfortunately they still sell 2018 model), Perodua Axia and other 600CC-650CC kei cars. I cannot justify myself buying a kei car at current price tags. And rear of the Axia is a big NO for my desires which left me with Picanto. It is a good option since it is brand new and comes with agent warranty but being the 2018 model keeps me doubting myself. I really likes the new Suzuki Xbee but unfortunately it is out of my budget. And I don't like to sit behind the steering wheel of a Vitz either. Then I looked at used car market. Only thing keep me away from these are repairs. I love Mazdas and I always wanted to grab an Axela/3 or a Demio. Since manufacturing year is newer and since it is a beauty I looked at Demios and I could find 2008-2009 ones for about 2.6million (In average as a guide) These are normally clocked around 100,000 kms and I'm afraid of repairs which might occur in those if I buy these. Except that I really like the Demio (BTW I ready through all 8 pages of "The Demio thread") Ford fiesta was another car I really love (Not the indian version) and I was thinking about importing one with 1L eco boost engine (Assuming custom duty is around 2million) but unfortunately I couldn't find any stock which was matching with custom requirements (Not older than 3 years old & RHD). ( I know my researching skills are not great, therefore kindly point me at right direction if importing used RHD Ford Fiesta (1L) is still a viable option.) So above description sums it up upto some extent as how my mind works nowadays. Love the demio but afraid of serious repairs ?, Loves Picanto but buying 2018 model in 2020 is unjustifiable ?, Xbee is lovely but out of budget, FIesta 1L is superb but where to get one ? Dear fellow experienced members, I'm expecting your valuable opinion/comment regarding this matter ?
  18. Hello guys, I’m looking forward to upgrade from my Honda Civic EK3, My budget is 23lks-30lks. My mind fluctuate among Honda Insight 2007-2010 , Mazda Axela 2007-2009 or any other thrilling, fun to ride budget car ( u know what I’m thinking, like EK3) How about the battery and dual clutch issue of Insight and durability? How about Heating issue and Fuel Consumption of Mazda Axela? Or any other Suggestions? Thanking u guys a lot and really appreciate if u could give me an better suggestion on this..
  19. Hi, Can I know about the error code p1515 for mazda 3. How serious is it. What need to be done for repair and where I can do it. My car model is Mazda 3 2007 Thank you
  20. Hello everyone .. These days im looking to buy a car around 3mil . i already have experience with toyota ,honda sedans And i dnt want those. As i went through ads i noticed that the maxda axela 2007 coming around my budget .idnt care abt the fuel consumption or the market value . My only concerns are, 1.Im from kurunegala and im not sure any mazda agents /qualified service centres/spare parts in this area. If any of u(mzda owners) from my place pls do tell. 2.As im buying more than 10yr old and 120k <milage car wt to expect from axela. I read many old post here, u guys doing wonderful job. Tnx .
  21. Hi Guyz How to find the type of spark plug that fits the car ? and Oll Brand ? ( Currently Using SAE40 Lanka Super plus Car mazda BJP (YOM2003 ).
  22. Hi everybody, I'm trying to buy my first vehicle and my budget is about 13 - 15 lak. I'm looking for a sedan and I see honda city, lancer ck1, mazda 323 and nisan pulsar in this range. Specially pulsar auto gear vehicles are there. Mostly I'm driving in up country area. So what do you guys think would be best for me on your opinion considering the maintenance cost, comfortability, space and fuel consumption wise. Please give me your suggestions since I'm a newbie for these things. Thanks.
  23. Is MAZDA3 2015 having known common issues ?
  24. Can anybody let me know a place where to buy mazda demio door visors.
  25. Hi Guys , anyone have experience with colonial motors .i need to do engine replacement but they dont have used engines and parts for my car, but they said they can provide engine change for me if i can bring engine, i wanted to know how their quality of work.
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