Most guys and a few gals fall into the following category. You merrily
spend your days with your current and sometimes cranky love of your
life. You always want to do something for the one you adore. Your
loved one, the car, can be any car whether it is a brand new Nissan
350Z or an old Toyota Corolla. There is always some gifts to be bought.
So what did you think I was talking about?
Cars need attention just like your significant other. A full service
requires replacing the oil filter and engine oil as well as checking
brake, clutch and power steering fluid levels. Make sure that the
transmission oil is also topped up because the level goes down very
slowly over several years. With a car older than six years it would
be a good idea to flush the fluid completely using a purpose built
machine found in Nippon, Ace and similar workshops with the proper
tools. It prevents your gearbox from malfunctioning due to buildup
of sludge. Stay cool by filling up your radiator with coolant and
not tap water. The latter works but it rusts your radiator leaving
holes in the piping and bigger ones in your wallet some time later.
Including the pricey transmission fluid at around 200taka per liter
the damage to your wallet can be restricted to less than 2000 taka.
sure that all the different fluids and filters are in the proper order
allow your engine to work at its peak. The fluids serve as lubrication
and ignoring it could lead to cooked parts. That equates to lower
fuel bills and a living a life happily ever after.
You might want to customize or 'pimp' your ride and a couple of shops
in Gulshan sell very pricey but high tech gadgets for both performance
and looks. It's all a subjective matter of taste.
Motors offers a wider range of cosmetic parts. The choice is almost
endless. Toyota Corollas and Honda Civics are the most easily modified
because of the availability of parts. All kinds of light configurations
are available such as the popular round taillights. These can be quite
costly though. Speaking of lights avoid buying into the bluish white
xenon bulbs. These will give you less light than your existing halogen
bulbs. You need a totally different wiring system to create the kind
of light that can be used to blind someone standing on the moon.
available are grills, bumpers (metal and plastic), spoilers including
whale tails and funky big wheels. These can cost a fortune but in
time your car will look out of the world. Of course it could look
like a sexy female space invader or as weird as E.T..
easiest way to alter the way a car look s is to give it a set of cool
wheels. On a budget you can get a set of second hand alloy wheels
within 5000-10000. Check the tire shops in Paltan. Of course you could
get the brand new big diameter wheels costing as much as 40 thousand
a pair. Just remember that bigger wheels compromise your fuel efficiency.
Also these weigh more than the smaller wheels and put extra pressure
on your suspension which wear out faster. The solution is to replace
your stock suspension with heavy-duty sport ones but bad news is that
these are not available here.
style factor is to use stick-on material. There are full body stickers
depicting flames, warriors, skulls etc. On the other hand you could
ask someone good with spray paints to custom design something for
your car. Avoid the shade-like stickers used for the front window
to show that you have "no fear". These get in the in the
way of the wipers. If you have to have one at least match the logo
with the brand of the car. TRD is for Toyotas, Type R is for Hondas
and RalliArt is for Mitsubishis. You CANNOT mix and match.
on the sides depicting scenes like dolphins frolicking in water or
horse running through a desert are a definite "NO". We have
National Geographic for that.
Stay cool inside
Window tinting might be a good idea if you want to stay fair and lovely
by avoiding the sun. Unfortunately its mostly illegal and in time
as you roll the windows up and down the paper starts to develop scratches
leaving your windows looking hazy. A better alternative is to use
removable blinds or shades that attach to the window using rubber
suction cups. Prices are under 300 for a set of two.
covers are available in multiple fabrics cut to your specs under 3000taka
for a car. Avoid the leather wannabes as these start peeling off after
In a relation like this try not to hit on other cars. Make sure your
brakes are the best available. Never ever skimp on these by buying
substandard inexpensive parts. Original brake pads can cost about
1200-1500 with copies costing half as much.
Listening is a vital part of all relationships. You could spend an
entire years salary on a CD changer and big speakers or you could
go the cheaper and more effective route. If you are content with playing
your music for your self and not for the entire neighborhood then
go for decent speakers found within the range of 2000-3500 taka. Have
you thought of hooking up a USB MP3 player to your existing cassette
player? It requires a cassette adapter that costs about 1200 taka.
A 256 MB plus capacity USB MP3 player will cost under 4000 taka and
you can simply hook it up with your computer and change the songs
as much as you want. It's small and compact compared to a bag full
Fuel consumption may be a headache and conversion to CNG might be
preferable. It generally costs around 35000 taka and you can avail
bank loans to pay it off. It hurts the wallet less when you are paying
small amounts at a time. God follows the same concept in making us
Your engine is dying so you decide to get a replacement from Dholaikhaal,
the resting place of all car parts. You sell off your old one which
also goes to the same place. There it undergoes a few surgeries with
replaced parts and comes back to life. Then someone else just like
you buys it. So the engine you bought from Dholaikhaal most likely
died like your original engine. What all this means is that buying
an engine from Dholaikhaal becomes a game of chance. You would be
better off overhauling the old heart with new and original manufacturer
parts. So Dholaikhaal becomes not a resting place but more of a junction.
may be tempted to get a different type of engine but make sure you
get the new one from abroad with proof that it has been properly reconditioned.
Of course, that will cost almost double of what you will find in Dholaikhaal.
is only a hint of how you can spend or waste your money on a car.
It's not about impressing someone else but about how good your efforts
make you feel. Heck, in the end it becomes all about impressing.
Ehsanur Raza Ronny
Photo Zahidul I Khan
Special thanks to
ACE workshop & service centre