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  1. I live about 15 minutes from the foot of the hill. This is one of my late night drive destination. One update though: The restaurant/cafeteria complex at the top is shut since February. There is one Lavazza cafe at one of the stops a couple corners from the Mercure, on the way down from the top. The Karak was good, last night.
  2. https://www.aceuae.com/en/ace-uae/266696 Camco Xtreme Blue Windshield Washer – 3.78 liters This is just 9 dhs for an entire gallon and is a Made in USA product. You will find it in any of the Ace hardware stores and should last you a year easily. Quality product. Solid detergent quality and good lubricity for the wiper/glass contact.
  3. Mine is from experience of a hardcore petrolhead's ownership of two Porsches. They're magnificently engineered beasts, but the electronic failures are horrifying and regular. I wouldn't ever consider Porsches to be "reliable with reasonable maintenance". Let's agree to disagree and not force each other's opinion down the other's throats. Wow. I need to drive one of these as I'm in the market for a super handling sports car as well. Cheers for the suggestion. Did they come with a V8 in the non-AMG avatar?
  4. Disagree on the Porsche. For reliability in the budget, apart from the VQ twins, I'd suggest considering the Hyundai Genesis Coupe. 3.8 V6, GDI, RWD.
  5. Specialized Auto Care in Al Quoz (behind Al Quoz Mall) They're Mitsubishi specialists. Rishi is an ex-Habtoor tech and fixes Mitsubishis eyes closed. Do let us know when you take their services, will claim my one shawarma commission. https://goo.gl/maps/iC1Q5eRT8Ez
  6. Roads in Abu Dhabi like the Abu Dhabi - Al Ain road have 160kph speed limit signs now. So, start beep point at 160kph.
  7. Mercedes because the DSG autoboxes in Audis are made of cheese.
  8. Some of these brands have the best warranty engineers. Batteries die exactly a month or 2 after warranty!
  9. 7 to 8 sounds just about right for a 2.5 litre petrol engine in peak traffic conditions. Couple of things you can do. 1. Check tyre pressures in the cold and have them 2psi above recommended 2. Clean air filter and fuel injectors and see if there is a difference. 3. Learn to drive an automatic economically Watch this: Note: Key is to use as little throttle (accelerator) as possible. Accelerate as gently as possible. Light throttle. Let transmission move to higher gears as quickly as it can and let it stay there. No abrupt braking and throttles, if they can be avoided.
  10. Watched this about a month ago and thought Suzuki disappointed.
  11. A friend of mine is a Peugeot Works driver and he posted a picture of him with this very car. Legendary! I've been to the AutoSport International show that happens at the Birmingham NEC and it's an annual pilgrimage for motorsport fans. A Glastonbury for motorsport enthusiasts if you will. Such legendary cars are always exhibited here and I strongly recommend attending one atleast. https://www.autosportinternational.com/about-the-show PS: No. Not the Dubai motor show.
  12. If the usage is going to be on-road, you could get the 2WD version too.
  13. Occasionally, sensors fail or misinterpret data. I'm not saying there's a right or wrong way. There are many ways to do it and using on-board diagnostics is one and just helps confirm diagnosis without much physical effort.
  14. Absolutely right. Rather than blaming the cars, blame the people who don't maintain their cars at all. This guy who helped me with car purchases and registrations initially didn't do any kind of maintenance on his cars other than the standard oil changes (with no regard to oil grades, API ratings, etc). His first car (Mazda 3) died of a transmission failure (He never once changed his transmission fluid ). His following car (Camry 2008) had an engine seizure(never checked his coolant levels ). Such folks owning even under-tuned, over-engineered-for-minimal-maintenance Japs eventually kill them. Give me a Peugeot or Citroen here and I can drive them daily and can keep them running for 20 years. PS: For those not in the know of 'Ford of Europe', I googled it for you. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_of_Europe
  15. Please let us know why. I love 'Ford of Europe' cars. They're worth driving. LOL.
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