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Car Comparison / Re: honda city or toyota vios?
« on: June 27, 2012, 11:34:22 am »
Honda City hands down. Better looking, better performance, adequate fuel efficiency, better service, friendlier people, and a lot more. The only up side with the Toyota Vios is the fuel efficiency and the affordability.

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Car Comparison / Re: Best consumer Choice car ?
« on: June 27, 2012, 11:31:22 am »
You just answered your own question, but I would take out the Mazda 3 and replace it with a Honda Jazz

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Car Comparison / Re: Ranger or Hilux?
« on: June 27, 2012, 12:20:42 am »
ranger

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Car Comparison / Re: Fortuner replacement
« on: June 26, 2012, 10:23:38 pm »
Now that you've mentioned rarity and flood, I'm leaning towards the Optima and the Ranger now. I live in Marikina so flood is a common worry. I just saw the Ranger in person and it is really big. Sure it's not as big as an F150 Raptor SVT but it still is sizable. I was looking at the flatbed and was thinking - "I wonder if I could mod the flatbed so it could carry the MX5 if the house gets flooded"  ;D Then for the Optima, it really is rare. Frankly, I have never seen one on the road. I've seen more exotics than an Optima  :o That would be cool :)) Too bad they don't sell the hybrid here. I quiet luxurious mid-size sedan would be a nice contrast to the hardcore natures of the Ranger and the MX5.  :D

I'll check the Optima in person once I set an appointment and will report back here what I find (dealer says we have to go to their Pasay plant if I want to check it out).

Marikina? Yeah the Ford Ranger is the one that suits your survival needs and especially for the MX-5, if the flatbed you plan to modify will work out ;D Just as Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond from Top Gear always say, "Ambitious, but rubbish." hahaha.. ;D

I've only seen one optima here in the Philippines and it's owned by a Persian guy and thought it would be much cooler to see more of those here in our roads. It really looks sporty even without any modifications. It will be a huge competition between the Mitsubishi Lancer EX variants.

At first I thought that the Optima are just for special orders because I didn't see one on the Kia website or at any Kia dealers nearby. Now that you mentioned that Pasay has one, then I might as well check it out for myself.

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Car Comparison / Re: Help me choose the best family car please. TY!
« on: June 25, 2012, 09:12:59 pm »
I would go for the Santa Fe. I just got mine not too long ago and I'm loving it and I use it everyday. Power wise, it is quite powerful with 194hp (according to the brochure) and quite fuel efficient as well. A full tank of gas will survive me for nearly 3 weeks. The dash indicates that a full tank will give me a range of 700km before it empties. I use around 25-30 of those kilometers a day and if you do the math that will last me around 20 days and that is with a light foot going on an average of 60km.

For the interior room, it is quite roomy inside. The 3rd row suits kids, but adults who are 5'3" or less will be fine with it. I love how the engine roars as well coz it reminds me of the engine of a Dodge Charger I rented in the US. But of course the Charger roars louder.

Anyways, I'm being biased coz Im loving the Santa Fe. Can't really focus on your other options, but I can give you the benefits of the Santa Fe.  ;D ;D

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Car Comparison / Re: Fortuner replacement
« on: June 25, 2012, 09:02:01 pm »

Got the car back already. I t runs great! At least I can now say lesson learned. I guess I have to make sure the mechanics clean the EGR from now on then. Maybe I should transfer my Fortuner service to where I have my MX5 serviced.  ;D

What 2 would you guys get between my choices for the new cars and why? These will be secondary cars already as many people in my family need secondary cars for coding days. What do you think suits the garage right now?  (refer to my signature  :D )

That's great news! At least now the EGR can run smoothly for a couple of years now.

My 2 choices would probably be the Kia Optima because it just looks really cool, sporty, a looker, and quite rare in our roads (for now). My second choice would probably be the Mazda CX-5 or the Ford Ranger. Quite practical nowadays because of the rain and floods in certain parts of Manila, but I would go more on the CX-5. Though the Ford Ranger has plenty of benefits and positives, being a pick-up doesn't really makes sense unless you haul a lot of stuff nearly everyday. I really like the Ford Ranger though, but being someone who likes to be with friends and family, the CX-5 does the work bringing them along.

What suits the garage? I can't say the MX-5 coz I love that car and that has been my favorite car ever since being a car enthusiast. It's a goal of mine to own one. If I had an MX-5, I would drive it everyday unless I need a car with more seats. So I would go for the Fortuner since it is prone to illnesses now. Like you said, it will be a secondary car or back up car for coding days only and I would do the same.   
 

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Asian Originals / Re: 2012 cars which is much better?
« on: June 25, 2012, 12:09:25 pm »
i really like the sporty look of the mitsubishi EX im getting the manual..you think the engine of the 1.6 ex is under power for its size?Tnx for the reply sir

I'm not entirely sure. I'm judging by the looks of it so I may be wrong or I may be right. It's like watching a skinny guy carry a backpack heavier than his body. Though he can carry it, he may have a hard time doing so. My Honda City 1.5 liter has more than enough for the size of its body. The 1.3 is under power. If you were to put the 1.5 liter engine on the Civic, however, then it will really be under power. That's why the Civic has a 1.8 liter engine as a base. It makes a lot of difference. The Civic is the same class as the Lancer and that's the reason why I think it's under power with a 1.6 and the Lancer I think is heavier than the Civic.     

Kung kaya naman sa budget, then I'd go for the 2 liter instead because of the engine and other add-ons.         

Anyways, the Lancer EX is a really good car choice in terms of the looks. It may be outdated, but it can still catch stares of pedestrians. Consider also other factors not just looks though like maintenance, fuel consumption, and resale. With the Lancer EX, it's above average so you can't go wrong with it.


kaya naman ng budget yung 2.0..when the 1.6 liters come out test drive ko muna para malaman ko yung hatak..then ill try the 2.0 to spot the diff.

Cool! A few more wait till July for the 1.6 to be released. Enjoy test driving it. You'll have a blast!

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Asian Originals / Re: 2012 cars which is much better?
« on: June 25, 2012, 01:15:33 am »
i really like the sporty look of the mitsubishi EX im getting the manual..you think the engine of the 1.6 ex is under power for its size?Tnx for the reply sir

I'm not entirely sure. I'm judging by the looks of it so I may be wrong or I may be right. It's like watching a skinny guy carry a backpack heavier than his body. Though he can carry it, he may have a hard time doing so. My Honda City 1.5 liter has more than enough for the size of its body. The 1.3 is under power. If you were to put the 1.5 liter engine on the Civic, however, then it will really be under power. That's why the Civic has a 1.8 liter engine as a base. It makes a lot of difference. The Civic is the same class as the Lancer and that's the reason why I think it's under power with a 1.6 and the Lancer I think is heavier than the Civic.     

Kung kaya naman sa budget, then I'd go for the 2 liter instead because of the engine and other add-ons.         

Anyways, the Lancer EX is a really good car choice in terms of the looks. It may be outdated, but it can still catch stares of pedestrians. Consider also other factors not just looks though like maintenance, fuel consumption, and resale. With the Lancer EX, it's above average so you can't go wrong with it.

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Car Comparison / Re: Fortuner replacement
« on: June 25, 2012, 12:49:24 am »
Glad to help! Anyways, since you use one of the best quality of fuel Philippines has (Shell) and you drive normally with the Fortuner, then I would say it's the casas fault. Generally I think they don't do a thorough job maintaining the cars we paid them for. They probably didn't clean the EGR when they were suppose to on your regular scheduled check-up. Since it's a Toyota, you will expect a lot of cars being maintained in a single day and if I were them, I would be frustrated and be exhausted at the end of the day or even during their work hours so I'd get lazy checking everything on the checklist. That's just me being really negative.

Sometimes a mechanic friend outside the casa can be handy so he can double check the EGR for proper maintenance. It's a major crush on the wallet when that breaks down costing thousands. 

Anyways, good choices for a brand new car! Hopefully everything works out for you  :D

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Asian Originals / Re: 2012 cars which is much better?
« on: June 24, 2012, 09:17:29 pm »
The Mitsubishi Lancer 1.6 EX is ok especially the price being affordable for a good looking car like that, but for me I think it's a bit outdated being nearly 4 years old. I'm not sure but I think it's a bit under power for a car that size and an engine made smaller and the fact that it only has a 4-speed if you're getting the automatic variant. If you want a Lancer EX, then go for the 2.0 liter variant instead.

Other cars that I can't wait to come out this year is the new Ford Focus. I saw one in the US and it is quite brilliant being so modern with the looks and the gadgets it carries. A really cool car to wait for. If you can't wait, the Honda Civic is new and something worth considering. The Kia Rio, though not so new, is also quite an interesting car. The 5-door is a looker if you ask me and is quite sporty.

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Asian Originals / Re: 2012 cars which is much better?
« on: June 24, 2012, 09:00:03 pm »
What are your needs in a car?

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Car Comparison / Re: Fortuner replacement
« on: June 24, 2012, 03:38:03 pm »
The cause of failure for the EGR may be from poor quality diesel that you put in the car. Not all diesel brands are clean especially here in the Philippines. The EGR valve gets stuck due to dirt in the fuel.

Another cause may be from unnecessary idling or even revving of the car, either from a stand still or when driving aggressively.

EGRs are a very common problem in cars today especially in certain brands. Toyota I think is one of those brands for they have a different kind of EGR valve. But in general, EGR valves need only cleaning at certain points and not replacement at often times. It is unusual for the EGR to be replaced every 2 years unless the EGR is of poor quality or may be you're doing something wrong with the car.

Have you gotten a second opinion about the diagnostics of your Fortuner? Sometimes they get it wrong and just say it's broken to charge you extra.

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European Elegance / Re: 2009/10 BMW Z4
« on: June 23, 2012, 04:02:32 am »
If it's a convertible I'm after, I'd rather get a Mazda MX-5. It's much more affordable, reliable, fun to drive in, and you get nearly the same convertible experience as the Z4.

If the BMW Z4 were given to me, I'd love it and love the car. If I were to buy it, I'd rather go for the next best thing and still have enough for another car.

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European Elegance / Re: C,3 or A4?
« on: June 23, 2012, 03:57:27 am »
Oh I heard that Mercs have a lot of problems electrically speaking. Like there are electronic controls in Mercs that one day work, the next day fails on you. Is this true? I heard this through Jeremy Clarkson who, as I recall, reviewed a Mercedes SLK.

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I am a current 2010 Honda City 1.5 A/T owner and I have to tell you that I am very satisfied with everything it has to offer, both what the car can give and what Honda can give as well. The performance is excellent, the looks, the parts, the maintenance, the fuel consumption of around 11km/l on city driving, and almost everything. The only thing I don't like is how the front bumper scrapes on steep areas like basement garage, or going down a rail. The under chasis also scrapes on high humps, but you would expect that on a small car like this.

The Kia Rio is actually a pretty nice car. The only difference is the maintenance and reliability because of the lack of availability for the parts - and that is a huge difference. So, the Honda is the highly recommended car here. If you could save up more for the 1.5 A/T then go for it because truth be told, the 1.3 is under power and you're engine will have a very hard time pulling you and you're passengers along. May explain the reason why the fuel consumption goes down for the 1.3.   

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