Buying a mini in 2020 Vs other options
AutoLanka Cars For Sale
Post Your Ad Free [Click Here]
Recent Status Updates
I occasionally browse social media of AL members (that I can find of course) Mostly the member active from 2006 ish to around 2014.· 1 reply
I am proud to say almost all of them are much wealthier now than when they joined many years ago.
Most of them drive some real cool machines.Some are even on the “car spotters” pages (which seems to be the achievement target for young guys)
I’m very sure the passion and excitement plus the wealth of knowledge gained from Autolanka helped them to have the awesome taste in cars they do. In a sea of new money people and their flashy show off cars. The Autolanka crowd still stands taller.
Not many young people know about AL, even the old members seem to have forgotten/passed that era. But the cars they drive and the class they show is unmatched in the car scene.
Thank you @MADZ for starting AL and even more so for maintaining it all these years. I saw that you are in Sri Lanka no more, understandably. But I’m glad you still make the effort to keep it going.
The country keeps going backwards. But at least the Autolanka members are doing well and keeping that AL spirit.
After owning the Camry for 2 years I just realized I have never been driven in the backseat. The only other person who has driven the car other than myself as well is my Mechanic· 3 replies
Going to get an Audi 80 Convertible. Going to pull that sri lankan baiya out and ask the owners "dan athey 750$ thiyenawa mokada kiyanne 750$ karamuda, dan arang yanawa" for a 5000$ car.· 1 reply
5 mil. Hatchback. Fun. Manual is preferred. Not too low. Something newer. Fuel is not considered. Resale can kiss sirs arse. Open to euros not just jdm. Choose your weapon.· 13 replies
By Thinupa Wijetunga
Back on the forum after many years (posted a question when looking for a car for my sister ages ago - can't remember my account). I've gone through the existing stuff re my question but most are a little old and bit vague.
I'll try to summarize:
I'm currently car less having sold the parents family sedan a year back as we do not travel a lot.But with covid I'm really not to keen on public transport OR taxis. Given the current insane prices the idea is to spend as less as possible initially on a car. My budget is less than 1.5 Mil LKR. I'm looking at a car with some character (no Maruti please) I don't drive to work daily or anything mostly weekend medium-short trips.
I've noticed Minis for sale right in my budget and the prospects are tempting. BUT some background check I noticed the following:
Seems almost all Minis are listed as Year 1960s but seem to be newer with AC and EFI. How are the legal aspects of this? Am I asking for trouble buying one?
Are spares and components super rare? Any places bring them down etc. I'm from around CMB. So as long as there are joints in the Western province I'm ok
There seem to be EFI and Carb engines both...any specific infos about these?
How practical is the car for average usage in 2020? (think getting parts from abroad etc)
Good places that handle repairs etc
Not looking for mega resale but not willing to sell at 50% off.
Other options I considered are the ones mentioned by you guysin some similar threads Mazdas Station Wagons Peugeot etc but these cars are like my backup plans.
Please suggest your opinions am I Asking for trouble or what other options do I have?Edited by Jigawatts
Link to comment
Share on other sites
9 answers to this question
Join the conversation
You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.