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  1. Toyota dealership wrong oil

    That's up for debate. Some people prefer to change at 1,000 km and some don't. When I bought my PJS 5 years ago, the OM recommended an oil change at 1,000 km. My new Civic does not, but I still did.
  2. Toyota dealership wrong oil

    You're free to use whatever oil you prefer, but Toyota Thailand (or other brands) do not carry mineral oil. They only carry semi-synthetic, fully synthetic or 100% synthetic oil as it's what modern engines need. No need to change the oil. Use the semi-synthetic.
  3. Mazda 2 vs Mazda 3

    I suppose that your sons maintain their car properly and let all the maintenance done by the dealer. In that case they will not have many issues regarding the DPF as the dealer checks for excessive dirt. It seems that many issues happened with the DPF in the CX5 especially due to poor maintenance or not maintaining the car regularly. I guess people thought that regular maintenance meant changing the oil filter and engine oil, but failed to understand that the DPF needs to be cleaned/replaced also. Did Mazda fail to mention this in their maintenance booklet or was it the customer's fault for thinking they didn't need to go to a Mazda dealer for the maintenance...I am not sure...
  4. Mazda 2 vs Mazda 3

    Mazda 2, Mazda CX5 -> It's so bad that they are involved in a lawsuit regarding both car's DPFs breaking down and completely wrecking the engines. Not sure about the EV...
  5. Mazda 2 vs Mazda 3

    absolutely, but it's something many dealers fail to tell their customers.
  6. Red plate question

    You are free to register the car by yourself. There are many guys on this forum who have done so and received their plates within a couple of hours.
  7. Mazda 2 vs Mazda 3

    The black grill costs 3,900 THB from Honda. The Carbon Fiber Front Lip costs 8,900 THB from NK Garage The Side Skirts (not yet installed in this picture as I was getting the car lowered) cost 15,000 THB from NK Garage.
  8. Mazda 2 vs Mazda 3

    That's how the car looks at the moment.
  9. Mazda 2 vs Mazda 3

    I am very happy with the 1.8, but I did have to make certain adjustments so it would be up to my liking. At the top of my head I made the following adjustments: 1. Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires 225/35/R18 on new rims 2. Tein S-Tech lowering springs 3. Replaced all internal lights with LEDs 4. Replaced all external lights with LEDs except for brake lights etc which are already LED 5. Changed headlights to Xenon 6. Ultra Racing Strut Bar + Honda Civic Type R OEM sway bar 7. Carbon fiber front lip + Carbon fiber side skirts 8. Change Horn to Accord horn 9. K&N Air Filter 10. IPF LED foglights 11. All seals from the Turbo RS model. For some reason the RS model has more door seals etc. You can buy them for honda for less than 300 baht 12. Exedy Oil Filter and running 5W30 Moty Oil instead of OEM 0W20. I think that's most of the things which I changed...still contemplating on upgrading the brakes, but for now I am quite happy with it. The handling of the car has improved a lot after changing the tires, and adding a strut bar and stiffer sway bar.
  10. New Honda Civic 5 door hatchback

    The Type R is for sale in Malaysia for 320,000 ringgit or around 2,6 million THB officially by Honda. I can see Honda Thailand doing the exact same thing in the near future. Similar to Ford Thailand, preparing to sell the Mustang Ecoboost 2.3 in Thailand from the end of this year.
  11. I don't think it's refundable, but it only costs around 1,200 THB. Get the insurance and you'll probably get your Schengen visa without much issues.
  12. Car service in Thailand

    There are companies in Thailand which do a servicing every 15,000 km (Ford, maybe Chevrolet)....
  13. Car service in Thailand

    How much would you be paying in the UK for a 20,000 KM service at a Honda Dealership? Prices in Belgium and Holland are: - 99 euro + tax for changing the oil and checking the fluids. - 199 euro + tax for changing the oil and checking brakes, steering column, rubbers, test drive and Honda's HDS system check (doesn't include changing anything, just checking). - 329 euro + tax for the above + changing engine air filter and AC filter. Changing fluids are all charged separately. I think finally the total cost in Thailand will be a lot cheaper than over in Europe.
  14. Audi lineup in Thailand

    I get that adaptive cruise control is really handy on an autobahn or motorway where people drive a bit more logically...I haven't seen the use for it yet in Thailand...
  15. Factory bumpers vs. aftermarket

    IF you really want to follow the law it's illegal to modify your car in Thailand unless you put any modifications in your car registration booklet (except for exhaust systems these are illegal). In the real world, the police cares much more about your tax sticker than anything else.