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  1. Hey guys, What do you all think about the new suv DFSK 580 which was brought to SL by Unit#d Mot#rs. It is priced at 6.15 mil is it worth to that amount ?
  2. Is there a good car/suv for 30 to 40 laks average 150000km? I have seen a hyundai senta f v6 2007 but I doesn't know whether that's good enough.
  3. hi, I want to know about the toyota rav 4 2007/8. what are the common issues? maintenance? also the second hand market?
  4. Hi, I'm newbie to the forum and need experts opinions on select my vehicle. I used vios 2005 and sold it for upgrade. Like to go for a SUV with max. Budget 8M. I did some homework on following SUV s, but couldn't conclude. Toyota rush Eclipse X trail Qushqui I want to know which will be most effective in maintainces, fuel economy and any cons.
  5. Dear all I'm looking for a suv for daily 200km drive, fuel economy and comfort matters. I'll be driving up and down to kandy from colombo. Any suggestions? Here are some options I've figured considering current market prices for my available budget.(5mil) Nissan X tail hybrid 2015 KIA Sorento Diesel 2011 Hyundai Santa fe 2010 SSang yong rexton 2009 Please give your suggestions.
  6. Honda vessel is a hybrid crossover utility that you can buy at a low price. But I saw that many problems comes with it on other threads but I cant take a straight decision depending on them cus there are both negative comments and positive ones at the same level in all the other posts. This much of an investment is a huge amount for me so any expert who can advise me on buying it now for 4-4.5 million and other possible alternatives with the same fuel economy? Thanks in advance!
  7. I m planing to buy SUV aaround Rs1.5m. I focused my attention on mahindra bolero and tata safari. Your valuable comments are highly appreciated . Mahindra bolero VS tata safari
  8. During the last 6-7 years, the demand(mostly imports) for the Compact Crossover SUVs have been significantly increased in SL car market. This spark was first ignited by the introduction of Honda Vezel making those crossovers popular among Sri Lankans. Most car buyers started to think that having a compact SUV is pretty beneficial when poor roads scraped the underneath of their Premios, Allions and Axios. Another factor is the low engine capacity of these crossover SUVs, which is a nice invitation to the buyers in a country where almost 95% of the petrol vehicles imported have an engine capacity below 1500cc. After sometime the turbocharging craze began with the introduction of Audi Q2, Honda Civic 10th gen and Toyota CHR. With the help of turbocharging, now the power of a 2000-2400cc engine can be extracted from a 1500cc engine. Since then SUVs like CRV started doing the trick. Now most people in SL have lost their faith on the Honda’s i-DCD hybrid system in Vezel, Fit and Grace. So the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross was born… Overview We all know that as a vehicle manufacturer, Mitsubishi haven’t been much successful during the previous two decades. Even the Lancer was killed from manufacturing. But when it comes to the Eclipse Cross, seems that Mitsubishi is giving a fierce competition towards other similar SUVs in SL market such as the CRV and Vezel(a subcompact crossover SUV). One major thing that the Eclipse Cross stands above the others are the amount of options available throughout the range. On the CRV we have to step up to the top of the range model to get all the options. But with the Eclipse Cross G and G Plus (which are mostly imported to SL) have almost similar amount of options except for the infotainment system with the touch pad in the G Plus variant. What I drove is a 1.5 Turbo/CVT G variant with full time 4WD. When we talk about the exterior design, without a doubt everyone loves the front end design. Its muscular and sharp, but without being overly flashy like the body kit loaded CHRs. When we walk towards the back, we totally forget what the front end looked like. Totally different compared to the front design and for me it looks kind of awful. It looks similar to something like a Honda Insight, but always reminds me of the Pontiac Aztek (what Walter White drives in Breaking Bad) which is regarded as one of the ugliest cars of all time. But here its better than the Pontiac Aztec, nevertheless most people wouldn’t be happy with the back end looks unlike the front end. But for me, the overall design of the CRV is a bit better and looks bigger than the Eclipse Cross. So let’s move to the interior. Interior Here in the photo, it's the G Plus version, which comes with the factory fitted infotainment system Mitsubishis are famous for having cheap and plasticky looking interiors from the past. But here they have a much better interior design. It looks better and richer than what we have seen in the Outlander, which is a bit boring and less attractive with a plain design. The silver inserting with the combination of the piano black plastic panels certainly gives a rich and upmarket feel and for me, it’s the best interior I’ve ever seen from a Mitsu. But remember that those piano black panels are easy to get scratched and attract fingerprints. Dash design of the Eclipse Cross is much sportier than what you get in the CRV, even though CRV with those teak panels looks more premium(but dull) despite the awful placement of the gear shifter. If you plan to bring down one, better to go with a fully loaded one which has done few kilometers in Japan, because adding options such as sunroof and leather seats additionally cost around 400,000 LKR. The driving position is spot on with all the controls are in easy to reach positions. The position feels sporty with the steering wheel setup and the height really gives the confidence and “king of the road” feeling. This design gives you the feeling that everything is wrapped around you. All doors have soft padded armrests and plenty of spaces to store bottles and your stuff. There is a head up display which shows the speed and the digits look a bit small for me. Seats are comfortable with good side support, but they are on a little firm side. Plenty of headroom and legroom are there for all the passengers I never found it lacking space, specially in legroom department. The standard 6 speaker audio system is great when you compare with the systems you get from Toyotas. Has thumping bass (which most owners in SL are looking for) but the vocals are a bit laid off and lacks the top sparkle in the trebles. Overall most people would be in love with the system. You can squeeze out the maximum by installing something like a Pioneer or a Kenwood aftermarket player if you have the G or a lower grade. I haven’t come across the in-built unit with the touch pad in the G Plus unit, but it might be better as Mitsus always had good audio systems (mostly in the bass department) in their vehicles from a long time. I still remember cranking up the volume as a kid in a 16 Sri Mirage till the bass hits the chest. There is a one with a Rockford Fosgate audio system but I haven’t come across that system in the JDM Mitsu site. Thus they give you the option to add premium speakers for front and rear, which might be better. There are few disappointments in the interior. One is the Speedometer and the Tachometer. They have been directly taken out from something that was made in 2007-2008. Looks dated and boring as it doesn’t match with whole interior design. For me the boring to drive Toyotas have better looking meter panels even in the 2007 era. Anyway it’s only a little thing. Another problem that I had to face while driving is the Gear position of the Auto gear shift level. The indicators in the shifter panel seems misaligned with the lever and there was few times I have mistakenly put into the N instead of D after starting the car. Maybe this is because I’ve been used to the gate-type shifters. Other than that I personally don’t like the design on the seats. Looks a bit flashy, something like an Alto. So let’s move onto the part which makes this car really stands out among others.. Driving Simple. Best of both worlds. Most compact crossover SUVs have firm suspension (Vezel owners know what I’m talking about), even though they are less enthusiastic on corners. But here it’s a totally different story. I travelled on some bad roads, climbs and on a stretch. Suspension soaks up most of the potholes and imperfections on bad road while keeping the car without swaying. Comfort wise, it’s on par with cars like Axios and better than Aquas, Fits and Graces. But when you push it to a corner it stays flat without much body roll. On cornering you feel that you have plenty of grip even though it sits high. Another thing is that the car feels rigid on corners. Trust me, you can do some really enjoyable driving from this babe! I mean it has the perfect balance between comfort and handling which is a really tricky job to achieve from an economical car like this, while being a crossover SUV. I drove the CRV and for me it feels a bit choppy on bad roads. Steering is a bit of a let down when you consider with the other characteristics, because of being light and numb. But still, it is sharp. Sometimes I felt that it is not nimble as the Vezel (maybe due to the size). Then the engine. When I drove the CRV for a short distance, I noticed that the power is a bit hesitant on the lower end. But when you put your foot down the engine comes to life. I noticed the laziness in the throttle similar to what you get in a Grace or a Vezel when travelling at low speeds. I also mentioned earlier in this forum about how all the Honda i-DCD hybrid systems feel a bit hesitant to start climbing hills, and surprisingly, even being a non hybrid and a CVT, the CRV also waited a second or two to start climbing the same hill. In the Eclipse Cross, power delivery is flawless and feels punchy throughout SL street legal speed limits. I did floor the throttle for a brief time period and ended up speeding up to 120kmph without breaking a sweat. Power is always on demand and surprisingly I did not experience any issue in the acceleration department like the CRV. So thumbs up for the engine performance. But the car that I drive had the full time all-wheel drive system so there might be some improvement in grip and acceleration levels over the 2WD version. Brakes are okay, without any significant feature to highlight. The vehicle is surprisingly quiet on roads with minimal road noise levels, so you hardly feel the actual speed. When we travel around 60kmph gives the feeling of driving at 40kmph, because of this isolation. There is a slight issue and that’s the engine noise. From the outside, the engine is significantly louder than most of the 1500cc cars like Premios and Axios. The radiator fan kicks in frequently worsening the situation. The engine can also be heard as a slight whirling when traveling with a light foot, which seems as a slight noise because only a little amount of road noise is entered into the cabin. So the engine noise is highlighted. So let’s move onto economy. Economy The fuel figures are a bit like a mixed bag. When the car was brought home from Hambantota, on 92 octane, showed a figure of 12.3 kmpl which is a bit on the lower side. After few days, averaged shrunk to 6-7 kmpl territory on 92. It had 2500km on the clock when it reached home and after the 92 ran out, 95 was pumped. Still the car has rarely left the town, but gives a figure around 8.5 kmpl, which is good for a AWD vehicle. Final Words IMO, I think Mitsu have really done something this time after being out of the track for couple of years. For me, this is the best to drive among CRV and Vezel, with a nice balance between comfort and handling. I have not yet driven the Peugeot 3008, which is considered to have a better interior and better driving experience, but most people in SL would look for a Jap made vehicle. The CRV has a much more bigger and muscular looking exterior plus 7 seats, but the Eclipse Cross is better to drive and more comfier. CRV has a kind of premium looking interior with teak panels, while the Mitsu has a modern looking sporty interior. For owners who are looking for a premium feel, I think they are better off with a CRV while the ones who are looking for a sporty yet comfortable ride might be satisfied with the Eclipse Cross. Also the options like the touch pad navigation system, Head-up displays, panoramic sun roof plus the sporty front end design would like to grab attention of most buyers. Still none of us could comment on reliability department as the vehicle is very new to SL. But I will always recommend this over something like a Premio, Vezel or a CHR for bringing down for the permit, because you get car-like comfort and “go anywhere” ability with the Eclipse Cross. Only downside is the fuel economy, but I think it’s a bit early to comment on the exact figures. Therefore it’s always safer to avoid the 4WD versions. But I personally believe that a person who can afford to bring down such vehicle can handle a bit more cost for the fuel. Thank you for reading!
  9. Hi All, I am planning to buy a MG ZS 2018. Thus, would like to know about following from any existing MG ZS owners or experts here: 1) Does anyone know what kind of clutch the MG ZS have? Wet Clutch or Dry Clutch? 2) Has anyone experienced issues with DCT gearbox in MG vehicles here in SL? If so, is it common like in Vezel/grace? 3) Is it compulsory to use 95 Octane petrol in MG ZS or is it ok continue with 92 Octane (especially in long run) ?
  10. Hi Experts, what’s the best Korean SUV based on comfert, fuel consumption, maintenance, practicality, fun to drive 1. Kia Sportage 2011 2L Diesel 2. Kia Sportage 2011 2L Petrol 3. Kia Sorento 2012 Diesel 4. Hyundai Tucson 2011 Diesel 5. Rexton 2008 Diesel You can add if I missed anything related to above categories ☺️☺️
  11. Hi Guys, I'm planing to buy a CR-V (RD5) and budget is around 3.2 M. I've gone through some of the threads but couldn't find any useful information also haven't experience on CRV. Need some advice and information from the experts here.. 1. Maintenance & Spare parts 2. Fuel efficiency ( Heard that it's around 7-10 in city ) 3. 2WD or AWD 4. Conman problem related to the RD5 Value all your ideas regarding this Thank!!!
  12. I need a 7 seater SUV for 3.5 million which has a good fuel economy. (diesel) I could only find that Hyundai Santa Fe 2007/2008 will help all my requirements but all the vehicles available have crossed 100,000kms on the clock and I heard the engine needs to be overhauled after reaching 100k and the second-hand market is horrible too. The main reason I need a 7 seater is that there are 6 people in my family and we mostly travel together. I also have thought of buying something like an x-trail or rav4 2007ish and ride with the family by turning down the back seats or I heard that a seat can be installed as a 7 seater on a Facebook post. I could only find old posts about this from 2013 on this website so please help me. Thanks in advance, Somasiri
  13. Hello everyone, I am in need of an SUV in 5 mil to 5.5 mil range and the BMW X1 diesel seems to fit the bill. But my concerns are on how reliable will it be as of 2019. Most ones are 2011-2013 range and have almost or in excess of 100k kms. Ive done my research and find out some issues 1.N47 engine timing chain issues 2.Steering box 3.ZF auto transmission and its lifetime oil change claims(This im not so sure about and many say it needs changing oil) 4. Problems with the A/C? Most of my research was bases on the internet so are there more issues native to SL ? It would also be appreciated if owners could mention about servicing costs, repair places other than the agent and general costs Thanks in advance ?
  14. Any idea of this new suv, manufactured in China for European market. Currently which is available for a price tag of Rs.4.6 -4.8 million at the local agents, M**ro Cars Ltd. This has two variants, 1.5-litre non-turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol . If anyone already using this model, please share your views with us. Thank You.
  15. Hi All, I am looking to buy either of those 2 vehicles and my budget is 9 million or just above that. Montero 2013 diesel Honda CRV 1.5 2017-2018 Please suggest which option is best considering Rider comfort, look, after sale value and maintenance. BTW : I am not planned to use these for off road purposes and therefore please do not consider that. Thanks
  16. Hello experts, I'm regular reader in autolanka forum. I wanted to purchase a vehicle within a month of time. I travel - 15kms per day usually ( not in heavy traffic I'm working from home) - Weekly trip aroumd 50kms. - 1/2 times a month long trips aroumd 200-300kms. - For the long trips high ground cleareance is essential - Most of the time 2 to 3 people will travel - Right now I'm riding a motor cycle. - My budget is around 2 - 2.5million. - Looking for something fun to drive but do atleast 15kmpl in long trips. - I dont care weather its a wagon, hatchback, sedan, suv or a van if it is in my price range. Looking forward to see your valauble feedback. Thank you.
  17. Hi All, I am planning to go either of above options and i would like to know your advise of buying those 2 options. I have no idea to use for off road purposes, but i have concern about comfort, re sale value. Cheers
  18. Hi Guys, I did a research on new Harrier XU60, prior to my upgrade. If you are a HARRIER fan, hope this will help. TOYOTA HARRIER - 3rd Generation XU60 New Harrier 3rd generation launched Japan in 2013 and face lifted model from 2017 onwards. Generic model goes as XU60, derives on Toyota's new MC platform. https://toyota.jp/harrier/ Harrier comes in 3 Versions based on Engine Hybrid system namely ; Gasoline, Turbo, Hybrid. Each version has following "Option Grades"; 1. Gasoline comes with 2.0L Petrol engine 3ZR-FAE , Frame ZSU-60W (2WD) / ZSU-65W (4WD) -> Option Grades : Grand, Elegance, Elegance GR Sport, Premium, **Progress Package 2. Turbo comes with 2.0L Turbo charged Petrol engine 8AR-FTS, Frame ASU-60W (2WD) / ASU-65W (4WD) -> Option Grades : Grand, Elegance, Elegance GR Sport, Premium, **Progress Package 3. Hybrid comes with 2.5L Hybrid Engine 2AR-FXE , Frame Code AVU-65W (4WD) -> Option Grades : Grand, Elegance, Premium, **Progress Package With face-lifted 2017 model, Grand variant was removed and the Elegance became the base variant. Turbo Charged model got introduced along with 2017 facelift. ** Progress Package is also called as Advance Premium. *** Premium & Progress Packages have two interior trim variations called ; 1) Standard 2) Metal & Leather https://toyota.jp/harrier/grade/?padid=ag341_from_harrier_navi_grade You can refer full detailed Specs from below link. 1st column is for Turbo, 2nd for Hybrid & 3rd for Gasoline variations. https://toyota.jp/pages/contents/harrier/003_p_007/pdf/spec/harrier_spec_201706.pdf Unlikely during previous Harrier models, TOYOTA has decided to launch Harrier in international markets as well. Hence now its available both in Malaysia & Singapore but with slight option grade variations. These models equipped with English Multi-Information Display which is a plus. https://toyota.com.my/vehicles/suv/harrier https://www.toyota.com.sg/showroom/new-models/harrier New XU60 Harrier is mostly in par with Lexus NX, RX from option wise though they demarcated from outer appearance ( unlikely 2nd generation XU30 Harrier vs Lexus RX ). New face-lifted models includes Toyota Safety Sense P safety features such as, Adaptive Cruise Control ( powered with mmWave Radar ), Lane Departure Assist (LDA) , Pre-crash Safety System (PSS), Automatic High Beam (AHB), Automatic Parking Break, Break Hold. https://toyota.jp/harrier/safety/?padid=ag341_from_harrier_navi_safety Also it equipped with Dual Zone Climate Controlled A/C equipped with Nano-e, Panoramic Electric Twin Sun Roof, Heated side Mirrors and back door Windscreen, Power Electric memory leather seats, Heated and Ventilated Seats, Power Back Door, Power Tilt steering, Auto dimming Rear View Mirror, Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS)/Parking Assist, Hill Start Assist, Automatic Level Sensing Cornering LED Headlights, Sequential Turn Lights, Dual (Vertical & Horizontal ) LED Day Time Running Lights, Rain Sensing Wipers, Wireless charging, Auto Retract Mirrors, 7 SRS Air Bags, 360 Bird's Eye View with Steering Guide Lines equipped with factory installed JBL Audio Package + JBL Sub Woofer, Multi function Steering, 100v/100w AC outlet, Shark Fin Antenna, Scuff & Trim Illumination etc.. Features depend on Grade variations. Also Premium and above grades comes with a Smart RF Card Key which you can carry on your wallet. However it lacks virtual cockpit, powered & ventilated rear back seats, 3rd row seats, front & rear USB ports (only Premium Advance comes with single USB port inside center console), Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) etc when compared to European counterparts. https://toyota.jp/harrier/interior/?padid=ag341_from_harrier_navi_interior Harrier comes with few styling options. https://toyota.jp/harrier/exterior/?padid=ag341_from_harrier_navi_exterior 1) Toyota Styling Package Ver 1, 2, 3. ( With old model (pre 2017) there were special style editions called Style Mauve and Style Ash ). https://toyota.jp/harrier/accessories/ Harrier Turbo variation comes with a unique 18 inch alloy wheels which gives a very premium sporty look. 2) TRD Styling Package - Areo Ver 1,2 http://trdparts.jp/english/harrier/aero2.html 3) Modellista Styling Package Ver 1, 2 https://www.modellista.co.jp/product/harrier/ Out of above Modellista styling variations are quite popular. Harrier is a quite popular mid sized SUV in Sri Lanka from its 1st generation. It competes with Lexus RX/NX, Honda CRV, Nissan X-Trail, Peugoet 3008, Audi Q6, BMW X5. Being a TOYOTA it has a very good 2nd hand resale value too. Harrier is powered with 6 Speed Electronically Controlled Tiptronic Transmission (ECT) System which gives a very efficient fuel consumption. As per manufacture specs Gasoline does 16km/l, Turbo 13km/l & Hybrid 21.4km/l under standard idle conditions. However based on my personnel experience 2.0L Harrier Gasoline version does around 9~10 km/l in Colombo city traffic and above 14km/l ++ long distance. This is with ECO Mode + Smart Engine Auto Stop modes ON. When you switch to POWER mode, you can feel real glimpse of sporty racing drive. In Sri Lanka you can get both XU60 Harriers from 2013 and 2017 models mostly Grand, Elegance, Premium & Advance Premium Option grades. But you may hardly find Harrier Turbo grade as those variants goes above government permit CIF restrictions. Sadly due to government permit / duty restrictions nowadays its not possible to import Harrier in brand new condition. Hope things will change in time to come. Being a TOYOTA, Harrier gives very good value for money with its features, performance & professional design. Below link gives good overview of 2017 face lifted new Harrier. (Official TOYOPET version ..... of course in Japanese ? ) English version of review. Your comments well appreciated. Thanks.
  19. Dear Experts, I'm a newbie to the forum abut I've been following AL forum for a very long time which helped me a lot. I'm looking to buy an SUV around 2.4 - 2.8 mil and maybe I can go up to 2.9 mil maximum. Currently using a car but doesn't really fit for a family of 5 members. So thought of going for roomy SUV, although I'm not talking about extreme off roading. Searching here and there I came up with two available options. Your expert advice about below cars is well appreciated. If there are more suggestions I'm open for them as well. Thank you. 1. Hyundai Tucson 2004 - 2006 2.0 L (Petrol Automatic) 2. Kia Sportage 2005 - 2006 2.0 L (Petrol Automatic) What I want is a less trouble vehicle that I can use for about another 3 years with regular maintenance, Not much worried about the fuel economy. Both Automatic and Manual transmission vehicles are fine for me.
  20. I'm really interested in buying a Land Cruiser 100 or 105 series. But even though these are 20 year old vehicles, they go for about 8 Mil to 15 Mil, which is totally not worth considering that many brand new cars cost go for that price. Whereas in Japan or Elsewhere you could buy one for less than 2 Mil. I know these are reliable and amazing vehicles which don't die. Just want to see what everyones opinion is. Thanks!
  21. Any Ideas for a brand new vehicle for family use between 4-5.5mil? We had a 2009 Honda Insight for several years, bought it on second market. Under this economic condition is there anyway to get a decent vehicle(an upgrade of course) without any compromises?
  22. Hi all, My first question on AL, so if theres anything wrong in the manner this was raised just let me know. I'm planning to buy my first vehicle.After some search and following up on relevant AL threads here I am. my budget is 3 - 3.5 ml and Im looking for a 7 seater. preferebly a 4x4.(I've been driving a navara 2008 which belongs to my father and love it) though not a hardcore offroad driver After a bit of a search my options were pajero palathsaba(1989) and computer body(61-xxxx) models. Eventhough palathsaba has its reputation and being my choice, due to some feminine impacts now I'm considering about computer body. I'll be travelling from colombo to matara and return every weekend, and upcountry once a month with at least 5 seats occupied. Need some advice from anyone who has experience/knowledge in there. What I should check when buying one, Is it reliable,fuel figures(ain't expecting much, just to understand what Im getting in to) spare parts availability, Planning to keep it for at least for 3 years. Anything I should know before spending hard earned money.. Please let me know if I missed any other option in that price range as well. (No sir, I cannot stretch bit more. 3.5 ml is stretched)
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