World’s cheapest car – now available!

For starters, I do not like the word ‘cheapest’. It gives the impression that the product in question is well, is cheap … this car might be the most affordable car in the world, or it can be the cheapest. Let’s see…

I am talking about Tata’s Nano. Tata, for those who do not know, is another one of India’s fairy-tale companies; they not only produce a wide range of cars for the Indian market, in India, but they not-so-recently acquired iconic brands like Rover and Jaguar. (Those even still wondering, yes, Jaguar and Rover are now Indian companies — don’t know about you, but it sounds weird).

The Tata Nano – which at roughly 1300 pounds (comes to about one lac fifty thousand rupees) – is the cheapest car in the world, is no accident. Tata announced it eons ago, it seems. What I mean to say is that unlike Mehran, Tata Nano is no accident – they actually planned it that way! :)

What about the design?

But the over riding question in my mind is that when it comes to a unique concept, where do all the designers run off to?

Toyota took a unique concept – hybrid cars – and made the Prius. It looks like a freak-of-nature, overly stuffed insect, that comes in different colors no doubt. Only recently, Honda has made a much better looking Hydrogen fuelled car that doesn’t induce a gag reflux.

Tata took a unique concept – the cheapest/most-affordable car – and made this Nano that looks like an angry midget. No seriously, just look at it and imagine an angry midget – that is what this car looks like.

But seriously though, we all could do well with cars with a price tag like this to be on the roads… what do you think?

Inside of Tata Nano

Inside of Tata Nano

The Nano Dashboard

The Nano Dashboard

The Nano Dashboard

The Nano Dashboard

The Tata Nano

The Tata Nano

Rejoice - it has gears

Rejoice - it has gears

Made in China

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These days you can buy a Chinese fake version of almost anything for a fraction of the price of the original.

You can buy a carbon copy of the Honda 70 for half the price, or an iPhone look-a-like with a logo that shows an apple eaten from all sides…

Even cars from Chinese brands are not that uncommon these days.

Chery is one of the leading car makers from China. Their 800cc car “QQ” is

Chery QQ

Chery QQ

becoming quite popular in Pakistan. And you have to give them the credit for making a car that offers a much better build quality, performance and more features than its rivals. And the best part is that even the top-spec model of this car costs nearly the same as the cheapest Suzuki Mehran, which, as we all know, is made from used tin foil.

The only thing that lets this car down is its looks. But don’t forget that Mehran doesn’t exactly look like the Mona Lisa either.

But I’m not very interested in talking about 800cc family cars right now. I want to talk about a car, made in China, which has just two seats, an electric folding roof and a 2.0 liter, 195 bhp, turbo-charged, petrol engine. Yes, Chinese sports cars are coming our way…

For those of you with large bank accounts and a fleet of cars parked outside, this might not be something to look forward to. But it is a very exciting piece of news for petrol-heads like me who love cheap thrills.

Chery M14

Chery M14

It’s called the Chery M14. It was introduced back in 2006 as a concept car. Designed by a car designer from Pininfarina, it was displayed in several car shows around the world and received a lot of appreciation from the public. It was promised that its mass production will start by the end of 2007. But it didn’t. And strangely after spending so much time and money designing and advertising this much awaited car, it seems that Chery have suddenly backed out of the cheap sports car business. There are no mentions about this car on their global website and the Chery Pakistan website lists it as an “upcoming model” whose mass production will start in 2007.

If this car ever goes into production, it will cost around $19,000 which roughly equates to 1.5 million (15 lac) rupees. For a car like this, trust me, it’s the biggest bargain in the world.

M14 interior

M14 interior

I know what you are thinking…you’re thinking that it will have a crap build quality like everything else made in China. Well, think again…because it can’t possibly get worse than the cars we are already used to, like the Suzuki Cultus or Toyota Corolla XLi which happen to be two of the highest selling cars in Pakistan. If we can live with these cars, we can live with anything. Bring it on Chery!

Let’s hope that the M14 goes into production soon and then other car companies from China also join the competition.

Chery M14 promo

Toyota Land Cruiser

Toyota Land Cruiser

There are times, not often, when I tend to look for things that are practically impossible to find. Things like ‘the best car in the world’. It is not possibly for me to say that this car is the best, or that car is the best – how could I? I have not tested the top cars in the world (not all of them, not yet :P ), but a man can form an opinion, man, a man can form an opinion.

And so I have formed an opinion. It is that the Toyota Land Cruiser is the best car in the world.

I know, I know, it is a big statement and certainly does not sound like a responsible one. It sounds like when you ask a kid about his favorite car, and without blinking, the kid jibes, ‘Porsche’ or ‘Ferrari’. I don’t think the Toyota Land Cruiser is the fastest, most fuel economical nor the most beautiful car I have ever seen. No, in fact, some models of the Land Cruiser I find quite ugly. I don’t find the Land Cruiser to be the ‘hottest’ car or anything, but I do believe it is the best car your money can buy.

Why Land Cruiser

I can vouch for the following:

  • The car will take you anywhere a car can possibly go – off road prowess of the Land Cruiser is almost legendary.
  • It is the most comfortable – especially the driver and passenger seats. I have traveled in a Toyota Prado, a Land Cruiser and a Toyota Hilux Double Cabin (the much revered daala) – and all in the same day – the Land Cruiser was the most comfortable ride by far.
  • Fuel Economy is above average – 5 Kilometers to a litre for such a beast are – relatively, at least – OK.
  • The Land Cruiser handling is superb, compared to something like a Prado.
  • You feel secure when in a Cruiser – somehow more secure than in a Prado.

Seriously, I have yet to review a Land Cruiser here on CarAdvice.pk, and I – God willing – shortly will review it, but I have enjoyed every bit of this car whenever I have had the chance. This car just – on the whole – beats every other car.

God willing, if I ever change my car, it will be for this. (I will have to perhaps rob the nearest bank to acheive this feat, but a man can dream, right?)

What do you guys think?

The New Fiat 500C

Imagine a car like this making its way into Pakistan. At first, you’d thing that it is a concept car. You’d be wrong. The Fiat website says that the car can be released any time now.

From 1.2L to 1.4Litres, this car competes with the Mini Cooper. Perhaps they will bring the Fiat to Pakistan as well, like they brought the Cooper.

Just. Check. It. Out.

Basic car care – the top 4 areas that need checking

caradvice-car-careRemember, your vehicle is as complex as they come, and like every set of machinery, your car requires regular maintenance to give a life time of service.There are a number of essential checks that everyone should regularly carry out on their vehicle. This will ensure a longer life for your car.

Every time you sit in your car to drive, do this

You can make some of the most important checks – which are relatively simple – a part of your driving ritual! Basic stuff like “check your windows are clean and mirrors correctly adjusted” are – seriously speaking – just too lame, they are that obvious. Apart from taking good care of your car, you could also take care of yourself and wear your seat belt every time you sit in your vehicle.

The top 4 areas where a problem is likely to arise

These checks are not only to get great mileage from your vehicle, but also because damn it, it’s your car and you better own up and take some care of it. :/

  1. Under the hood
    1. coolant levels – a common problem in the older cars, especially the diesel ones
    2. battery water/acid levels – I sometimes have to tap the battery to see the water move to ensure that it is between the Min & Max markings
    3. Engine oil level – and here’s how you can change your car oil
  2. Tyres
    1. the tyre pressure should be maintained as properly-pressurized tyres can positively affect not only your car’s handling, but also fuel consumption
    2. check for bald tyres (maybe you need to get the wheels aligned and their camber straightened out?)these can give you anything from a fender bender to a God forbid, 24 car pile up on the Motorway if you are not careful.
  3. Defective brakes – pretty obvious why you need to keep a check on these. You can do that taking immediate notice of any sound that comes from the tyres when you brake. Usually the brakes make this annoying sound when the disc pads have run the entire course of their eventful life.
  4. Defective lights – they can also be dangerous and here’s how to change your car head light)

The above four are the common areas where most faults are likely to arise in your car. And if you consciously keep a look-out in just these four areas, you are – in all probabilities – set to go. Please note I have not included the obvious ‘smoke-belching-out-of-the-car-like-the-car’s-smoking-trees’ syndrome – (you can get a fine from the local government for pollution!) these smoke emissions are more hazardous to the environment than to your car – but please note, the car gives out smoke mostly because of some problem with the engine.

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Real life examples are aplenty

How many of us know people – friends and relatives – who have cars giving great service for 20, 25 and even 30 years? I remember my friend’s Father had a 1985 Honda Accord that probably still has that new car smell.

On Your Cars…Get Set GO!!!

Readers… loosen your seat belts, hold on and don’t turn off your browser because we’re not going to anywhere else for any updates about cars, car technologies, car reviews, auto industry, racing events and lots of stuff especially related to Pakistan. This is Usman… Usman Butt and it’s my first post at CarAdvice.pk. I was wandering for some pictures and information on Honda City 2009 model and found in here. CarAdvice.pk sounds interesting to me and obviously for those who are interested in cars and want to remain updated about any activity in the auto industry of Pakistan whether there is a launch of any new model or there is any auto racing event across the country or the comparison of two cars and even reviews.

You can say all that stuff was enough to inspire me and to avail the offer by the admin, and I’m gonna make my contribution for this particular blog from now onward… Hopefully, you’ll enjoy your stay here and find good information, all you need to do is, type any query that you want to know about cars in the top right corner search space and make a horn(hit enter) paa…paa :D – there you GO!!!!!!!!!!!

Changing my car’s head light

You quite often get to see cars with a either of the two front lights not working properly. Everything seems to be in place, except that one of the lights is dimmer or perhaps not working at all. At night, out driving, one side of the car becomes the ‘dark side’ and if you were to look at it yourself, the car seems to be tipping over or something. This not only kills the look of your car entirely, it is outright dangerous (you don’t want an unsuspecting driver to think that your car is a motorbike and then ram into your car’s darker side!)

If you are the lazy type (is there any other type as well? :/ ), you probably have your car’s headlight in the dark for way too long. Changing the light yourself will not only save you money (some mechanics actually charge like Physicians), but will give you a chance to bond with your vehicle.

Here’s how it is done!

Step 1

Open the hood / bonnet of your car. Pretty simple, right.

Step 2

For the uninitiated (like I was), the car’s head light has two plugs at the back; one for head beam and the other for the ‘normal’ light.

Find the back of head light – it will have something like a round rubber covering/cap. Something like this:

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Step 3

Now that you have identified the back of your head light, just reach out to the plug that goes into the light that you want to inspect/replace – and firmly pull out the plug:

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Step 4

Now, remove the rubber cap, again using your hands to pull it off.

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Congratulations, you have now reached the innards of your car’s light. In almost all cars (as verified by the car mechanic from whom I ‘learned’ this rocket science :P ), there is a small hook that fixes the actual bulb into place.

Step 5

Just give the hook a firm push and then rotate slightly upwards (or downwards, depending on the hook position in your car) – this should free the hook as you would feel it lighten up and give way.

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You should be able to now easily pull out the actual bulb and holder out of the head light. Pull it out gently from the head light. The bulb is still in the holder.

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Step 6

Now pull out the bulb – hold the bulb not by the glass, but by the metal casing underneath the bulb, and firmly pull the bulb and holder apart.

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Now you can replace the bulb (that is why you took the damn thing out in the first place – no?! Because I took the bulb out and put it back again just to see if I can perform this surgical operation of the highest complexity)

Note, I own a Honda, and the mechanic fitted in a ‘genuine 2 number’ bulb, costing me Rupees Fifty. The ‘genuine’ bulb supposedly costs around Rupees 150. So I am told.

So, hopefully, next time you have a ‘dark side’ at the front of your car, you can replace it easily, safely and cheaply. Not to mention the affection towards your car that you feel after fixing her. :P

Get familiar with driving rules

We all know that there’s a ban on using mobile phones while driving in Pakitsan. In other words, it’s illegal for you to use cellphone while driving.

It’s a different story, whether it should be banned or not.  But my question to you is, do you obey it? Do you try to text someone with one hand on steering wheel anymore?

You know it’s dangerous, you even know it’s illegal now, buNo cellphone while driving sign on Abid Majeed Road, Lahore Canttt still, do you manage to keep it out of traffic-warden’s sight and carry on with your conversation. And it’s not just mobile phones, crossing red lights, over-speeding is not even brought into consideration,  sadly enough!

What will it take to make you understand. Are you that selfish. Don’t you want to change. Why can’t you respect traffic rules and regulations huh? Where’s your conscious, do you always have to wait for the traffic-warden to warn you or worse give you a ticket.

Next time when you’re about to break a traffic-law, just remind yourself that even though nobody saw you, even then Allah Almighty is watching you 24/7. And you will be questionable before him in life hereafter. You better know the answers then huh?

So, can you please start obeying traffic laws, please!

Thank you! :)

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Static electric shocks from car doors

Has it ever happened to you that you walked to your car, touched the metal of car door and wham! got zapped, yes? Isn’t it annoying or what. So,<img class="alignright size-full wp-image-450" src="http://www.caradvice.pk/wp-con

tent/uploads/2009/03/shock.jpg” alt=”don’t get zapped!” width=”125″ height=”100″ /> you want to know what’s going on. Allow me to explain it to you.

This mild shock is caused by human Electrostatic Discharge (ESD). A phenomenon in which transfer of electrostatic charge takes place between two bodies. It happens very quickly when two bodies carrying opposite charge come in direct contact with each other.

This charging results in when, one object loses electrons from its surface area and becomes positively charged. The other object gains the electron on its surface area to become negatively charged.The small electric shock you may receive from certain objects happens when you become triboelectrically charged. Tribo what?

Triboelectrically charged is a term used for the transfer/shifting/ releasing/loss of an electron from one body to another, after they come in contact with each other and separate. A simple procedure of Give & Take and Opposites attracts I must say.

And it’s not just the car doors, you can even get one from door knobs, metal gates, windows and sometimes even human beings.

How to Avoid getting one?

There’s not much that you can do about it but even then try these one’s out.

  1. Very dry cloth (nylon, silks, rayons and some polys) are more prone to create static.
  2. Try not to touch the metal part of the car. Light push on the window would close the door nice and easy.
  3. Avoid wearing rubber shoes.
  4. Keep a key, coin or similar metal object in your pocket. Whenever you need to touch your car door, door knob or anything that gives you the shock, touch the metal object like coin with it first. It’s not actually the current which hurts in a typical static shock, it’s the arc of current through the air. If you make contact with a key, then the arc won’t need to make contact with your skin, so it won’t hurt.

So, don’t get charged,
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Has it ever happened to you that you walked to your car, touched the metal of car door and wham! got zapped, yes? Isn’t it annoying or what. So, you want to know what’s going on. Allow me to explain it to you.
This mild shock is caused by human Electrostatic Discharge (ESD). A phenomenon in which transfer of electrostatic charge takes place between two bodies. It happens very quickly when two bodies carrying opposite charge come in direct contact with each other.
This charging results in when, one object loses electrons from its surface area and becomes positively charged. The other object gains the electron on its surface area to become negatively charged.The small electric shock you may receive from certain objects happens when you become triboelectrically charged. Tribo what?
Triboelectrically charged is a term used for the transfer/shifting/ releasing/loss of an electron from one body to another, after they come in contact with each other and separate. A simple procedure of Give & Take and Opposites attracts I must say.
And it’s not just the car doors, you can even get one from door knobs, metal gates, windows and sometimes even human beings.
How to Avoid getting one?
There’s not much that you can do about it but even then try these one’s out.

Very dry cloth (nylon, silks, rayons and some polys) are more prone to create static.
Try not to touch the metal part of the car. Light push on the window would close the door nice and easy.
Avoid wearing rubber shoes.
Keep a key, coin or similar metal object in your pocket. Whenever you need to touch your car door, door knob or anything that gives you the shock, touch the metal object like coin with it first. It’s not actually the current which hurts in a typical static shock, it’s the arc of current through the air. If you make contact with a key, then the arc won’t need to make contact with your skin, so it won’t hurt.
So, don’t get charged,
don’t let it get you! :)
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