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  2. Atif 0 Posted Thursday at 05:53 PM · Report Hi wildcat. How good Is the 4.0 Prado as an offroad 4x4? Like this Quote Edit Options Rahimdad 95 Posted yesterday at 09:18 AM · Report Hi @Atif I know I am not wild cat, but still let me answer your query. Let me start by saying that the Toyota Prado 4.0 is a very capable off-roader, however things to be considered is the level of trips that you want to make. if it is just occasional off-roading in easy to medium areas the Prado is very capable without any modifications. However, if you feel that you want to go for more advanced of extreme drives in more challenging areas, the Prado 4.0 is still very capable but needs a little lift, slightly bigger tires and a skid plate to protect the bumpers as those bumpers are really easy to loose. i would also recommend to either know where your airbags fuses are to remove during the drives, or fit a switch which would deactivate the airbags as certain manoeuvres can trigger the airbag to go off. Both the SWB and LWB are capable vehicles, but you get better arrival and departure angles on the SWB. Hope this helps. Like this Quote Edit Options Atif 0 Posted yesterday at 10:23 AM · Report Thanks Rahimdad, I did install a skid plate in the front but so far haven't been for any extreme dunning. I have to change my tyres soon so can I install slightly larger ones without lifting it? I suppose the fuel consumption on roads will increase wit this change of tyres? I also did not realize that the airbags can be an issue. Like this Quote Edit Options Rahimdad 95 Posted yesterday at 11:09 AM · Report @Atif As explained earlier it all depend son the level of drive you are interested in, I would suggest a metal plate, bolt on application for the rear bumper also, as it is hollow and like Pajero can be bent by dragging sand in the back. Normally if you increase the tire size it causes rubbing issues as the factory fitted tires are the biggest size you can get without rubbing issues, always better to get a 2 inch lift, than you can enjoy bigger tires. Second thing about the increase in fuel consumption is only if you get heavier tires, if you are just changing the tires to a slightly bigger size the change in fuel consumption should be a minimum. Regarding airbags, the real danger is if you have side airbags which are programmed in such a way that if you are doing a 45 degree side slopping and if you perform a criss cross, that is slide to the other side of the dune doing a 45 degree slop in the opposite direction, than the car computer tells it there is a tilt of 90 degree which means the car has rolled over to its side, this deploys the airbags. If you have not done extreme off-roading than you have not been through this manoeuvre. However if your interest grows it is at least better to locate where the air bag fuse is and remove it for the advance drive. For ridge cutting or criss crossing see below video at 50 seconds onward to understand better. Like this Quote Edit Options
  3. Apologies for delay due to some technical back-end glitches. 5 new car brand forum have been added: Dodge, GMC, Jaguar, Mini and Renault. Also added other car brands forum for 25 car brands but without their car models atm. @Barry we also added forum for non car related stuff and regional talk:
  4. Everyone please mind your language and refrain from direct attacks here in a public forum. Respect everyone advise/experience, and feel free to challenge or debate but professionally. Members ignoring the professional courtesy will have their future comments under moderation, which sometime may take few days to clear before showing up here.
  5. Many thanks @jhytinen for continue posting your long term Jeep update to help others. Keep it up.
  6. Yes guys, we had some issue with the server security working overtime and blocking the legit Dubai IP addresses. Problem sorted and we have trained the server to behave properly and respect all Dubai IP's. Whenever you have any urgent issue, using the contact us form at bottom of every page is the fastest way to alert us.
  7. Thanks for the suggestion, as we are always looking for such feedback from the car enthusiast's. Be rest assure that we will add Renault brand forum in next few days.
  8. Congratulations to all below members for getting a chance to encash the listed "Red Likes". An individual PM will be sent shortly for transferring the money.
  9. @Barry we fully understand the emotional value and sentiment involve, but we simply cannot make the donations to any charitable institution on behalf of Carnity members as everyone has a different sentiment and religious value for their choice of charity. It's best when they do it by themselves. For Carnity Red Like, the money will definitely come to you through bank transfer / pay pal / cash in coming week as we finalize and reconcile all the eligible members payment. So please send us your preferred mode of payment details by PM.
  10. Just made the Carnity Whatsapp Group, that can be used for coordinating drives and trips. Please list your mobile here or PM for adding into that group. Thanks @Irfan Samana for the suggestion.
  11. All the entries should be placed here and open to all to get inspired: There is no end date yet, but surely this will close as soon as we have few creative entries within a week time.
  12. Dubai Police App For Traffic Accident Reporting Now get Instant Dubai Traffic Accident Report In 2 minutes on SMS Estimated read time: 5 minutes Dubai Police always surprises with the smartest ideas in the market but this one proves to be very intelligent and helpful for Dubai motorists. Dubai Police App (Android and IOS) features "Report Traffic Accident" tab in favorite section. Once you initiate the traffic accident reporting and follow super simple instruction on the screen, you will get an instant traffic accident report in less than 2 minutes. However you will still get your RTA Fines and Dubai Police Traffic Fines if it's applicable in your accident scenario. What a great way to save everyone's time and reduce the traffic congestion by clearing the accidental cars back on the road in no time. Download and open the app - "Dubai Police" Play Store link for Android Itunes link for IOS Apple In Favorite section - Slide to find "Report Traffic Accident" Icon Click on the icon and initiate report an accident anywhere within Dubai App will automatically pickup your location and also show you the nearest police station If any involved party is not agreeing to their fault - call the police If any party sustain any injury minor / major - call the police If there are no injuries and any one party admits their fault then you can report it through Dubai Police App In next step take the picture of your car damage and other car damage within the app Enter your and other car details, driver details, mobile number, email address and submit You will receive an instant SMS with a link to download your Green / Red accident report paper. Read here for more details on Dubai Police Fines for over-speeding and avoid expensive fines in Dubai.
  13. 10 Factors Affecting Used Cars Depreciation FAIR WAY TO DEPRECIATE USED CARS Estimated read time: 10 minutes Apart from the "Age" and "Mileage" there are several other important and notable factors that impact any used car depreciation value. Car's age and mileage only contribute to the 40% of the depreciation value and remaining 60% usually left open without a fair consideration. While buying or selling any used car one should fairly consider all the below 10 points with listed percentage value to evaluate the car at right pricing. As car depreciation is the main cost factor after the fuel cost, which the car owners need to understand in greater detail to better plan and execute the used car buying and selling intelligently. While buying or selling any used car, the market condition will play important role, so if buyer and seller is reasonably educated on the fair price then car dealing is much easier and effective for both the parties. Below 10 factors has been assigned as per their contributing values in the total used car depreciation cost. You should add / remove their percentage values as per the conditions met to adjust the final depreciation value. Percentage values has been assigned to make it clear to novice user that how much up/down depreciation cost should go in certain criteria. Example: A car with high mileage can still fetch more value than the low mileage car if all other 9 factors goes in it's favor and all other 9 factors goes against the low mileage car. MODEL YEAR (AGE) - 20%: Car age is indeed the first most important factor for identifying the car depreciation value. Older the car more depreciation will be mounted. Cars usually depreciate more in the first year of ownership and then from second and third year onward it picks a flat depreciation rate from 10% - 15% a year. Usually higher in German, US and UK cars than in Japanese and Korean brands. Click here to understand more on the age depreciation in detail. MILEAGE - 20%: As car are meant to be driven, so with higher mileage you effectively wear out everything in the car from Engine to Gearbox and HVAC to all electronics etc. Average per year mileage should be in range of 18,000 Kms - 24,000 Kms and anything more than this range will reflect in the higher depreciation value resulting in lower resale price. CAR CONDITION - 10%: Exterior and Interior general condition plays very important role in deciding the car resale value. Scratched exterior, dented bumpers, torn seats, broken/missing interior parts like knobs and dial will contribute to lower resale value and vice versa. Secondly, if the car has been involved in an accident and repainted substantially also contribute majorly towards the lower resale value. DEALER WARRANTY - 10%: Needless to say, if any used car comes with dealer warranty then next owner can drive more peacefully and be rest assure that car is in good health and also be backed with dealer warranty in case of something major component fails. Btw, it's a new trend from certain car dealers to not to transfer the existing warranty, so one should better check with the dealer before assuming. SERVICE HISTORY - 10%: This one is the most ignored key factor while buying or selling used cars. A proper dealer service history or servicing records from a competent workshop adds a huge boost to the used car sale price, as it shows that previous owner has done all the required vehicle maintenance as per periodic schedule so that new owner will not pay for the defer maintenance. RELIABILITY - 10%: Car reliability depends on analyzing the problems experienced by the owner in critical areas like: features and controls, engine and transmission, HVAC, electronics etc. The higher the reliability of certain car models offers the higher the resale value. As no one want's to buy the car that break apart after few years and it often goes for sale at dirt cheap prices. MODEL SHAPE - 5%: Almost all car model shape keeps getting changed every 3-5 years unless it's LR defender, lol. While buying and selling used car, the model shape that is same or closest to the existing year model shape will fetch the better resale value as compare to few versions older shape. Yes, this imply to the face-lifted car models even, but does not apply to the reshaped modelling done by the previous owners. FUEL ECONOMY - 5%: Used car with highest fuel economy will get the better resale value in the same niche. As it's one of the most important cost factor that reflect on monthly cost, many new car buyers simply rule out the gas guzzlers which make their demand less and cause for lesser resale value (marginally). Learn more on how to save fuel cost by hypermile. MODEL SIZE - 5%: Although not so important in many car dealing, but regular size is the king for the best resale value in similar niche. Extra small (compact) or extra-large cars will fetch a tad lower resale value unless you are in market for 2 door Nissan Patrol or 2 door Land Cruiser that still hold insane resale value. OWNERSHIP - 5%: Lesser the number of previous owners are better for resale value as that will comfort the new owners marginally to factor previous owner behavior variations with the car ownership in the past. Multiple previous owners can also cause the deal to decline if the buyer is very sensitive on this issue, let alone the lower resale value.
  14. 30 Fuel Saving Tips For Saving Over 30 Percent On Fuel Cost Hypermile: Extreme Energy Efficient Driving Estimated read time: 10 minutes Hypermiling is an art of saving fuel by understanding and reducing the driving habits or ways that sips extra fuel on every mile (km) you drive. Without knowing the below little secrets we conveniently blame the vehicle or car manufacturer to design such fuel thirsty cars. Of course we agree some cars are more fuel sipping than others that have been engineered with fuel efficiency in mind, but still you can control the fuel efficiency over 30 percent by simply following the below fuel saving tips. For result-oriented fuel-saving one need to understand the basic science behind the fuel consumption in simple language. When your body work out hard or run a long stretch, you eat more food. Similarly car fuel consumption depends on these basic science that how hard you drive and how much load you carry from place A to place B. Secondly how you can reduce the drag against the incoming air as a basic law of physics. Running on treadmill is easy, than walking with the 2 pounds little weight straps tied on your ankle which increases your drag weight and makes it harder for your body. Engine and Drive-train 1. Avoid Idling: One of the biggest factor affecting the fuel mileage is to let the car engine run idle for long time in parking, while loading/unloading, while pulling over for phone call or GPS routing etc. You should even switch off the car engine on longer traffic signal that last more than 30 seconds. Roughly every 1 minute spent on idling consume fuel for 2 km's drive (this may vary dramatically based on the size of the engine and use of A/C). During idling the combustion of the air/fuel mixture is not completed efficiently, meaning that some fuel gets deposited on the cylinder walls. This removes the protective lubricating film, which in turn causes increased mechanical wear, and oil dilution over long periods. 2. Check tire pressure weekly: Second most important factor for saving fuel is to drive with fully inflated tires. Even if your car has TPMS (Tire pressure monitoring system) still keep a close check of all tires pressure all the time. TPMS will raise alarm when tire is generally lower by 5-7 psi and this variance is enough to cause additional drag for your car to consume extra fuel. Lower the tire pressure = higher fuel consumption. 3. Use higher gear: As much as possible, use the highest gear available in your car. If your car has an option of OD (Over Drive), leave it engaged all the time as this will switch to next higher gear as soon as possible. If your car gear transmission comes with economy mode, leave it on ECO mode always as it will shift gear faster for achieving better fuel mileage. In manual transmissions match the gear selection to the road and engine speed. Using too higher gears can actually use more fuel because a bigger throttle opening is required to overcome the effects of gear ratios that do not match the car’s speed. 4. Regular car service: Periodic servicing as mentioned in car owners manual must be done to change the engine oil, engine oil filter, clean or replace the engine air filter. These three things regular maintenance is very important for optimizing the fuel efficiency and also to keep your car engine running happy and healthy for long time. 5. AC on circulation and Eco mode: Set your car air conditioner to recirculate cabin air as it will use less power keep the cool air cold, than cooling the outside hot air to cool in open vent setting. Also use AC in eco mode that frequently switches off the compressor and work more with re-circulation of cold air, which reduces significant load on engine fuel economy. Driver (Real nut behind the wheels) 6. Drive at ease: Driving at easy behavior to accelerate gradually and braking slowly will amazingly increase the fuel efficiency, than sharp speeding and braking while driving in rush. 7. Plan your brakes: Anticipate the traffic or turn ahead of you to avoid hard braking. Always keep an eye on brake light of 3-4 vehicles ahead of you and leave the acceleration as soon they brake. This will give you enough time to slowly approach the braking vehicle and slow down your car with little or no brake. This conserve lot of fuel and also saves the brake pads and brake rotors/disc. Always keep a long enough following distance to the vehicle directly in front of you to avoid having to adapt your own speed to the traffic flow all the time. Maintain a following distance of at least four to five seconds to avoid continually having to brake and accelerate. 8. Plan your stops: While approaching red signal, leave the acceleration from a distance and hold brake gently as if to approach the signal when it’s green. Idea is to use the car momentum as much as possible and not to start the car from stand still point (if possible). By sticking to the speed limits, you can catch all the lights on green if you catch the first one on green. Majority of the traffic lights are synchronized to the speed limits, so by driving smart, you can avoid having to stop at all traffic lights. 9. Rev less: Try to drive around 2000 rpm or less by driving in higher gear or by softer acceleration in automatic cars. Higher the engine rev’s it takes lot more fuel and covers less distance. Leave high revs for the fastest car in the world and not for daily drive. Drive a manual car in its most effective rev range. Smaller engines need to be run at about 3000 to 3200 RPM to work comfortably, so use proper gear selection and matching engine speeds to use the least amount of fuel. Making a small engine labor at lower revs requires bigger throttle openings, which uses more fuel to maintain power and speed. 10. Shift to Neutral when stopped: Make a habit of shifting gear in Neutral as soon as you stop in traffic or elsewhere where your car is not moving. Keeping car engaged in D (Drive) waste lot more fuel when engine is pushing car forward and brake is holding it back. Vehicle Dynamics 11. Tire size and weight: Always get the OEM tire size of recommended tire brand. Increasing the tire size or the weight can cause dramatic change in fuel consumption. Lighter the tires, better the fuel efficiency and vice-versa. While it is true that correct tire pressures can improve fuel consumption by up to 3%, although much of this saving can be offset by using non-standard tires. Fitting wider and bigger tires can actually use more fuel than standard equipment due to the increased rolling resistance of wider tires. Always keep tires as close to the original size/width as possible to get the biggest savings. 12. Switch off DRL: Turn off the DRL (Daytime Running Lights) if it’s not needed in bright and shiny day, this also adds bit of extra overhead for fuel consumption. 13. Close Windows and Sunroof: While driving at higher speed, it’s better to drive with all windows and sunroof closed to reduce the aerodynamic drag. 14. Clear your trunk (boot): Remove all unwanted stuff from the trunk and backseat, as every single object weight “really” adds up to increased fuel consumption. 15. Remove unused roof rack: Just like above, if you aren’t using those roof rack frequently then better get rid of and save few liters on every fill-up. Roof rack adds weight and also affect the aerodynamics of the vehicle. Make better Choices 16. Drive on tarmac than off-road: Prefer to drive on tarmac than on loose gravel or sandy patch that has less traction and result in consuming more engine power at higher fuel consumption. 17. Cruise control or steady throttle: Idea is to drive a vehicle at any constant speed to increase the fuel efficiency. Cruise control is good for straight roads, but bad for incline and declining roads. It is best to develop a throttle control to keep it at set constant position at all the time for best gains. 18. Choose less crowded fuel station: Plan your fuel fill-ups in time especially in evening or night and avoid busy fuel station that will keep your car running idle for minutes and spoil the fuel economy. 19. Don’t warm up the car: It’s a thing of past now, as all modern cars doesn’t require warming up the engine for 5-10 minutes. While you start, drive gently (no hard acceleration) is more than enough to warm the engine oil and protect your car engine. 20. Use soft music while driving: The choice of soft music will make you more attentive and considerate on the road with all of the above fuel saving tips. Fast or upbeat number will aggravate you more to forget all and drive fast as possible and race to finish line. Plan and Monitor 21. Track your fuel consumption: For improving the fuel mileage, one needs to track it on every fill-up and then compare with previous mileage to improve further. Fuelly is one good site and app that offers tracking fuel fill-ups very efficiently and do the cross comparison with previous tank reading to encourage driver. 22. Display fuel consumption in cluster: If your car comes with fuel consumption display then drive it with that all the time to keep a constant eye on your driving behavior and constantly challenge and remind yourself to improve it. 23. Take the empty roads: Prefer to choose empty road while routing than the traffic filled road, as car consumes a lot of extra fuel in stop and go traffic. Example: 5 kms stretch in 20 mins will sip more fuel than 10 km stretch in 20 mins. You can plan the shortest and fastest route by using the GPS navigation by using the traffic layer. Dubai residents can use amazing RTA Smart Drive app to drive efficiently. 24. Drive around economy zone: Every car speedometer has two little green point around 40-60 and 80-100 range indicating the best fuel economy zone. Try to drive within or around that economy zone as much as possible. 25. Start early to avoid rush: Start 5-10 minutes early to avoid rush hours or rushing at high speed or get stuck in stop-and-go traffic which is worst for fuel mileage. External Factors 26. No to drive-ins: Start saying no to drive-in restaurants and café that get you stuck in the queue for several minutes and spoil the fuel economy. It’s better to step out and stretch little while waiting for your order. 27. Pick the clean lane: While driving in a clean lane you can control your gradual speeding and plan your brakes than in busy lane that forces you to brake and speed-up all the time. 28. Honk if needed: If you suspect the car in next lane gliding towards your lane without an indicator, just honk a little to get to his attention and avoid any hard braking or sudden manoeuver. 29. Adhere to the speed limit: If you adhere to the assigned road speed limit then you are among majority of the car driver on the road and you don’t have to slow down or pace up suddenly. These sudden increase or decrease in speed takes the toll on the fuel mileage. This way you can also avoid Dubai Police Fines for over-speeding and also avoid other RTA Fines and Traffic Fines in the UAE. 30. Park in shade: As this will heat up your car less and which will use lesser air conditioning to cool car cabin and result in less fuel consumption and more comfortable drive.