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The long term implications of bringing an older car in from the US could be expensive and frustrating. Depending on where in the States your car was originally built for, it may simply be unsuitable for the severe conditions we 'enjoy' here in the Gulf region. Apart from the list of items mentioned ...
by autodrone
Jun 23, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Auto
Topic: Importing a Jeep from the US and GCC specs
Replies: 2
Views: 1704

Importing a diesel from Europe

If your Volvo is ten years old you will certainly have difficulty in finding spares for it should anything go wrong: it won't be impossible as you can order any Volvo part from any Volvo dealer worldwide, but you might have to do a lot of the research yourself. Your car will probably have been built...
by autodrone
Jun 26, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Auto
Topic: Importing a DIESEL car
Replies: 8
Views: 6234

You could also try the Dubai Municipality Trading Standards Office (or whatever it is called these days!). If you have an inspection report from a reliable source (ie the Dealer who SHOULD have supplied the car in the first place) you might be on to something, but it is more likely to be Caveat Empt...
by autodrone
Jun 26, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Auto
Topic: New Car?? Or Accident Victim
Replies: 12
Views: 2765

Sorry about that - entirely my fault. In my desire to keep spelling and punctuation as correct as possible, I inadvertantly added a full point at the end of the sentence finishing with the link. Delete the 'dot' at the end of the address (I have corrected it in the original response) and you should ...
by autodrone
Jun 27, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Auto
Topic: New Car?? Or Accident Victim
Replies: 12
Views: 2765

One of the key elements in obtaining good fuel economy is, believe it or not, your tyre pressures. Make sure you check them every three days as a minimum and adjust according to the type of motoring you will be doing. If running about town, set them at the manufacturer's recommended pressures - if h...
by autodrone
Jun 27, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Auto
Topic: First Car
Replies: 44
Views: 6779

A hard lesson to learn, and the hard way, or so it seems. If the car is available through a locally franchised dealer then it's a good bet that it is the genuine article and not a 'grey' import. I can guess where your next car will come from! If it is any consolation, there will be few guys in the s...
by autodrone
Jun 30, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Auto
Topic: New Car?? Or Accident Victim
Replies: 12
Views: 2765

I understand that the FJ Cruiser will be formally launched for sale in the region (with the right specs, of course!) at the Motor Show, and should be available then or shortly thereafter, depending on stock and launch response. It is not going to be, relatively speaking, an expensive car and certain...
by autodrone
Jun 30, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Auto
Topic: New Car?? Or Accident Victim
Replies: 12
Views: 2765

I agree with 'Evolve'. 15" is plenty big enough for a Jazz - I have one on 15s and they are fine. As a general rule, if you go more than two inches either way from standard, you will start to compromise on the suspension/handling/ride characteristics of your car. The bigger the rims, the smalle...
by autodrone
Jun 30, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Auto
Topic: RIMS RIMS RIMS!!
Replies: 25
Views: 21977

Technically yes, but with limitations. An International Driving Permit is valid for all countries which have signed the Agreement with the exception of the country in which the permit is issued. Your permit, issued in India, is valid here only as long as you remain a visitor to the country - as soon...
by autodrone
Jul 04, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Auto
Topic: International driving Pemit- Is it valid in UAE?
Replies: 7
Views: 3746

Now I didn't know that! Usually when I go back to UK, I rent on the International Permit alone - it has always been accepted and I don't recollect ever having to show a further licence. Maybe the rental companies at the airports just assume that if you have the coupon, and are older (!) you MUST hav...
by autodrone
Jul 04, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Auto
Topic: International driving Pemit- Is it valid in UAE?
Replies: 7
Views: 3746

I had the dubious pleasure of driving one of these things recently. After the door handle fell off in my hand, and the hand brake release came away in my hand, and the transmission overheated after an hour off road, I have to admit I was not convinced! It is the sort of car that should be driven by ...
by autodrone
Jul 04, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Auto
Topic: HUMMER H3 anyone?
Replies: 6
Views: 3580

Max Garage in Al Qoz - the are the agents for Dentmaster.

I don't have the number handy but they are located on the main road that connects Sheihk Zayed Road with the Emirates highway along the perimeter of the Al Qoz Industrial Estate - you can't miss them.
by autodrone
Jul 06, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Auto
Topic: Paint chips on door
Replies: 5
Views: 1448

If this is to be the first car you own here since passing your test, I'd go for an old Corolla to last you through your first six months. There is an old saying that you don't learn to drive until AFTER you have your licence and with the way it is with traffic, general road conditions, and particula...
by autodrone
Jul 07, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Auto
Topic: Mini Cooper
Replies: 7
Views: 3282

"Perfect and exciting"? In a car you will see more often in beige with a coloured top? I don't think so. Reliable, yes; bulletproof servicing, yes. Exciting? NO.

Buy the Honda, then you can have reliable, bulletproof servicing AND a wee bit of excitement.
by autodrone
Jul 07, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Auto
Topic: VW Jetta
Replies: 6
Views: 1093

A friend of mine has a Mazda 6 and he's delighted with it. Bought second-hand with one previous owner whom he knew, he has had no trouble with it at all. The gearbox in the auto versions is a bit out of date but it's not a bad looking car and certainly goes well enough. His is black - not a colour I...
by autodrone
Jul 07, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Auto
Topic: Mini Cooper
Replies: 7
Views: 3282

I'd have to disagree with 'gtmash' on the off road bit, I'm afraid. Both cars have capability, being 4WD and AWD respectively - like all other four wheel drives, it will depend largely on your skill and the combination of that capability, as to how far off road you will get them. I have not yet driv...
by autodrone
Jul 08, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Auto
Topic: Ford Escape vs Edge
Replies: 4
Views: 1645

If you have BMW or Mercedes money to spend and don't consider an Audi or a Volvo, you are missing out on some good alternatives. The Lexus IS 300 is a bit of a stormer too, and Saab seem to have got the recipe right at the moment. And if you accept that a car is a cost centre and that you will NEVER...
by autodrone
Jul 08, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Auto
Topic: car advice: merc E class or BMW 5 series?
Replies: 7
Views: 1737

If you want trick stuff for a Jeep, try http://www.quadratec.com - you'll still have to wait for the stuff to arrive from the States, but it will be cheaper and the range is incredible compared to what is available here. I have just had a load of kit delivered and found them to be cost-effective and...
by autodrone
Jul 09, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Auto
Topic: Tyres and Exhausts
Replies: 2
Views: 875

See my reply to your earlier enquiry. But bin the idea of sidesteps: they'll cost you in fuel, ground clearance and overall width. The first thing that will be coming off my new Jeep, will be the sidesteps.

Unless you are old or short! (no offence intended)
by autodrone
Jul 10, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Auto
Topic: Chrome Bull Bars / side steps
Replies: 6
Views: 1747

Pricing here is generally less than equivalent cars in Europe. Have a look at the GBU section of CAR Middle East or the pricing section in Autocar for new prices and in Auto Trader for Used.
by autodrone
Jul 12, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Auto
Topic: pricing
Replies: 8
Views: 1404

I have no first hand experience there but I have heard that, a few years ago, up to 90% of the Right Hand Drive stuff was either stolen or previously written off in other countries. It's a hotbed of grey imports that's for sure and a great off-loading centre for 'new' stocks that won't shift. I have...
by autodrone
Jul 12, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Auto
Topic: Ras Al Khour Autopark
Replies: 2
Views: 891

If you can't afford to spend the Dhs.10 for a decent magazine with comprehensive information, maybe you should be buying a bike! Seriously though, the mags will give you enough information to at least find out what's available in your price range - without trawling all the showrooms: it would probab...
by autodrone
Jul 14, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Auto
Topic: pricing
Replies: 8
Views: 1404

You need to cut the V-cool where the Salik tag goes. V-cool and some of the other special tinting materials rely on a fine coating of silver to help with the reflective process, and the metal interferes with the Salik reader. It's all in the Salik booklet. Remember that the Salik Gates have cameras ...
by autodrone
Jul 14, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Auto
Topic: Salik & V-Kool
Replies: 14
Views: 3320

I'm not going to argue with that!
by autodrone
Jul 14, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Auto
Topic: pricing
Replies: 8
Views: 1404

Not sure who the suppliers are but I think it is the same system used in some parts of the Far East so temperature and humidity problems should not occur. Some of the RTA decisions (like closing the Creek access for boat owners during the day with the new floating bridge) may not have come from the ...
by autodrone
Jul 15, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Auto
Topic: Salik & V-Kool
Replies: 14
Views: 3320

First people to contact are the Qatar Motor Club - they will advise you on deregistering the car there and getting it onto export plates for the journey. they should be able to advise you on insurance for the journey and saudi cutoms rigmarole as well. Once it's here, the registration process is sim...
by autodrone
Jul 15, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Auto
Topic: Importing my car from Qatar
Replies: 1
Views: 1674

Beware! Depending on which State the car was built for (Florida and Alabama are different from Wyoming and California is different from everything else) the car may simply be unsuitable for use here because of the temperatures. As a general rule, a Southern States car will work better than something...
by autodrone
Jul 19, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Auto
Topic: importing car from US
Replies: 7
Views: 1939

True - to an extent. California, for example, enjoys some of most severe emission restrictions anywhere in the world and the cars destined for that State are usually slightly different. The issue here is certainly one of fuel - which is why anything new in Europe is late here: on a recent trip to It...
by autodrone
Jul 19, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Auto
Topic: importing car from US
Replies: 7
Views: 1939

The Awir Used Car Market is located just off the Hatta Road before you hit Emirates Highway and there must be a hundred dealers in the complex. Sharjah's Used Car Market has moved recently but anyone you stop and ask in Sharjah is bound to know where to. Just do yourself a favour and be careful abou...
by autodrone
Jul 20, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Auto
Topic: looking for a second hand cars market
Replies: 3
Views: 2770

So far as I have heard, the Corolla as an export model as opposed to domestic market in Japan, is unlikely to be launched at all in overseas markets. The Yaris models have effectively replaced them, and if you look at engine and body sizes on the Yaris, you can see why: there will not be enough room...
by autodrone
Jul 22, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Auto
Topic: Toyota Corolla 2008
Replies: 1
Views: 1132
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