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4 minutes ago, LoongFred said:

We have a Toyota Foretuner here in Thailand. It's ģood on the road but not as easy to park. It's far superior to the Benz SUV my wife had in the US.  The Benz had a number of  problems and was always expensive to fix.

I had several  Volvo turbos that were quick and stuck to the road. 

I'd say Toyota. 

With respect, did you mean Toyota Fortuner..🤭

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3 hours ago, Yinn said:

My first vehicle in Thailand was an Isuzu Estate built in that plant. It was quite second hand, under powered, but impressively soundproofed with customized interior. I pushed it hard on many long haul trips and it never failed. Eventually replaced it with a Hilux for practical reasons.

I have yet see to see one of these Transformers on the road but if built the same way could be good for those the styling appeals to.

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Just now, Transam said:

The designer is English, power train is Japanese Toyota, chassis is Toyota Revo, so I understand....

But that little piece of totty in the picture sure is made in Thailand 🤣

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Best cars sold in Thailand for practical purposes are the pick ups, comfort, fast enough, easy to drive, all brands are much of a muchness i choose the triton in Thailand on value for money, but i did like the design of the 2017 era ford pickup, all euro cars are over-priced for what they are, my son is a Mercedes guy, but he is young, and has the life style in Bangkok to go with it. 

 

In my 20's/30's raised in Dagenham i was ford man, cortinas mk2,3,4 and 5, capri 2.0s 3.0s jps colours, 2.8injection, granada 3.0 ghia mk 1, in the 198o's, i drove lots of Fast cars, granada's, senators, jags, jag xjs, audi 100 quato, 4x4 sierras, xr3i, all day for a living,

now in Thailand i have a vw kombi a triton, and a almera, more modern than the earlier cars i drove so easier to drive, more fuel efficient, i think having cars through the 70's 80,s and 90's there was more fun with the cars of that era, not so many road rules, mot's were easy, downside was rust, i think todays cars unless you have money are boring compared to then

i think one of the nicest cars i owned and enjoyed driving was a saab 9000.

 

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1 hour ago, Transam said:

The designer is English, power train is Japanese Toyota, chassis is Toyota Revo, so I understand....

Understand what?

Made in Thailand.
You enjoy look down Thailand. Everytime. I not care. Pfffft 

Nice car. 9 seater. Comfortable.

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8 hours ago, Transam said:

...I sold it on at 11.5 years old...

Wow, you had a car already when you were 11.5? 👍

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15 hours ago, Yinn said:

Understand what?

Made in Thailand.
You enjoy look down Thailand. Everytime. I not care. Pfffft 

Nice car. 9 seater. Comfortable.

I think you are overreacting, I am giving you information on that ride you may not know, but you do now.

Plus, there are many car brands that are 'made' in Thailand, including my favourite, Mercedes...😉

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16 minutes ago, Transam said:

I think you are overreacting, I am giving you information on that ride you may not know, but you do now.

Plus, there are many car brands that are 'made' in Thailand, including my favourite, Mercedes...😉

MB do not manufacture any cars in Thailand 100%. ( nor do BMW )They are assembled in Thailand as they are imported as CKD imports. Their engines are 100% imported. The cars are assembled in Thailand only

Automotive industry in Thailand - Wikipedia

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6 minutes ago, gummy said:

MB do not manufacture any cars in Thailand 100%. ( nor do BMW )They are assembled in Thailand as they are imported as CKD imports. Their engines are 100% imported. The cars are assembled in Thailand only

Automotive industry in Thailand - Wikipedia

Correct, they assemble Mercs here, the same as the "Thai" ride, assembled with Toyota chassis and drive train. No doubt the panels are pressed here, but 100% Thai, no, Thai designed, no....

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2 minutes ago, Transam said:

Correct, they assemble Mercs here, the same as the "Thai" ride, assembled with Toyota chassis and drive train. No doubt the panels are pressed here, but 100% Thai, no, Thai designed, no....

Correct there, but just imagine what the result would be if it was 100% Thai design and manufactured. Perhaps we should have another thread ( perhaps in the Jokes and Fun forum) for ideas and suggestions what that vehicle would look like and how it would perform ? 😂

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20 hours ago, MrStretch said:

the next one is 100 km away.

That's about the distance between Tesla chargers on the highways in the US. (Of course some towns are large enough to warrant two or more locations, but out on the open road they are spaced at a distance where you want to stop and walk the dog anyway.)

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10 minutes ago, JamesE said:

That's about the distance between Tesla chargers on the highways in the US. (Of course some towns are large enough to warrant two or more locations, but out on the open road they are spaced at a distance where you want to stop and walk the dog anyway.)

So in the states you get a free dog with every Tesla bought ? 🙂

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10 minutes ago, gummy said:

So in the states you get a free dog with every Tesla bought ? 🙂

"There's no such thing as a free dog."

But Tesla is a very dog-friendly company. Go and test drive a $100K Model S and the response is "Of course you can take your dog on the ride." The car even comes with "Dog Mode" where you can leave the A/C on for little poochie while you go run errands. The display screen shows:

tesla-dog-omde-and-buster.jpg

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1 minute ago, JamesE said:

"There's no such thing as a free dog."

But Tesla is a very dog-friendly company. Go and test drive a $100K Model S and the response is "Of course you can take your dog on the ride." The car even comes with "Dog Mode" where you can leave the A/C on for little poochie while you go run errands. The display screen shows:

tesla-dog-omde-and-buster.jpg

Excellent idea, pity they were not more affordable here, and of course places where you could charge them around the countryside. 

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On 9/22/2021 at 10:12 AM, JamesE said:

Tesla. Yeah, yeah, yeah... They're not "real" cars. No engine, no gears, no gas, no oil changes, not much need for brakes, etc., etc., etc... But driving one is like driving the future. (Which I realize makes no sense until you actually have driven one.) We've got a 3 y.o. Model 3 and it's the best car I've ever had (most of my rides came from Germany). Some of the Jetson's stuff takes a bit to get used to - like the don't use the brakes part - but once you do, you can get into a gas car and it's like "what a clattery, noisy, smelly POS." There was some guy importing them to TLOS from Japan, not sure if he still is.

Mercedes - I'm worried that their styling department is either on drugs or targeting the Chinese market but the new E-class pluggable hybrids are wonderful. Of course they're available in Thailand.

VW - Of the twenty-some cars I've owned most have been VWs. In their new models the ID.4 is very interesting. I think it's one of the better looking electrics and once they figure out that they'll actually have to compete with Tesla it will improve by leaps and bounds.

Toyota - They've shelved Hydrogen as a fuel so they'll start playing with electrics. A HiLux with an 80kWh battery and a solar panel over the bed would be a world changer. Plus there's all the Corolla drivers. Well made vehicles all around and they've got decades of practice with batteries.

Geely - My only hands-on with a Geely was in Venezuela back when the Chinese basically reverse-engineered a Honda Accord. Since then they've expanded, to say the least. I like what they're doing with Volvo as their primary "western" entry. They seem to be using it as a test-bed for concept cars and they're spitting out models like throwing pasta against the wall. Some of them will stick.

 

Mercedes… James you are way off the mark.

I don’t think the styling of the new E Class is all that great although the roof on the AMG version makes it look better.

As for reliability  Not Good… Problems with… air suspension and associated compressor… air conditioning system…screens… and tyre noise and a few other niggles. Electric range is nowhere near advertised. Other than that it is OK.

In two years Mrs PF has had changed one air suspension unit and one a/c air compressor. So so far- lucky.

MBEQ-TH was formed some four years ago by two owners to share problems and solutions with Merc PHEV’s. Now has more than 300 members.

Mercs used to be really good cars… now not so much. For some reason Thai’s aspire to them. Taxi in many countries.

Honda, especially Civic are good except far too much NVH. They seem reliable.

Ford.. their Everest is a nice ride, well for ‘body on frame’ but customer care in our experience is lacking.

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56 minutes ago, gummy said:

MB do not manufacture any cars in Thailand 100%. ( nor do BMW )They are assembled in Thailand as they are imported as CKD imports. Their engines are 100% imported. The cars are assembled in Thailand only

Automotive industry in Thailand - Wikipedia

When I bought my last Ducati it was nominally 'made in Thailand'.  There was a locally manufactured component requirement at the time Ducati set up their plant here but I could not identify a single part of my bike that was made here and I know for a fact that the engine was manufactured and built up in Italy.

As an aside I wasn't impressed to see that the exhaust was made by the Three Flying Monkey Co. (or whatever the name was) in Shanghai.

 

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1 minute ago, Changnam43 said:

When I bought my last Ducati it was nominally 'made in Thailand'.  There was a locally manufactured component requirement at the time Ducati set up their plant here but I could not identify a single part of my bike that was made here and I know for a fact that the engine was manufactured and built up in Italy.

As an aside I wasn't impressed to see that the exhaust was made by the Three Flying Monkey Co. (or whatever the name was) in Shanghai.

A while back I saw two Ducati's being offloaded at a dealership here. They appeared to have plastic wrap over the handlebars and seat, bet that plastic wrap was the only item made in Thailand

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59 minutes ago, gummy said:

A while back I saw two Ducati's being offloaded at a dealership here. They appeared to have plastic wrap over the handlebars and seat, bet that plastic wrap was the only item made in Thailand

I read that Ducati has a factory in LOS, it 'makes' nine models...The article said 'make'...😊...Look..

 

 

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7 minutes ago, Transam said:

I read that Ducati has a factory in LOS, it 'makes' nine models...The article said 'make'...😊...Look..

No idea but according to this it is an assembly plant.

"In Thailand, Ducati Motor Thailand runs an assembly plant at Rayong's Amata City Industrial Estate, established in 2010. The 879-million-baht plant makes 20,000 motorcycles a year with 208 employees."

Ref. article is here; Ducati keen on R&D ties with test centre (bangkokpost.com)

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1 minute ago, gummy said:

No idea but according to this it is an assembly plant.

"In Thailand, Ducati Motor Thailand runs an assembly plant at Rayong's Amata City Industrial Estate, established in 2010. The 879-million-baht plant makes 20,000 motorcycles a year with 208 employees."

Ref. article is here; Ducati keen on R&D ties with test centre (bangkokpost.com)

Yes, I watched them putting engines together, so it seems engines are built/assembled from scratch.

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1 minute ago, Transam said:

Yes, I watched them putting engines together, so it seems engines are built/assembled from scratch.

But the components are not manufactured in Thailand I suspect so hence why the description by Ducati that is is an assembly plant

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7 minutes ago, Transam said:

Yes, I watched them putting engines together, so it seems engines are built/assembled from scratch.

The Ducati I had was the first locally assembled model.  I think I bought it in 2012 or 2013 and for sure that engine was built in Italy.

Though as you have watched them building engines I readily accept that things have changed with time.

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22 minutes ago, gummy said:

But the components are not manufactured in Thailand I suspect so hence why the description by Ducati that is is an assembly plant

I read 'made' in an article from a newspaper that I am not allowed to provide a link...😉..

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European reports have shown Mazda to be the most reliable brand for quite a few years. I've driven a 323, 2 626's, 5 MX5's and an RX8 and I have to agree. None ever let me down nor gave me any expense other than regular service.

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