Just got myself a Dihatsu Terios mini 4x4 and I have caught the bug! Looks exactly like this one here:
I am totally new to modifying cars. I have a couple of questions:
1) Air filters - Is it worth investing on a better quality air filter to improve fuel consumption. See examples here:
The fuel consumption at the moment is aroung 30 mpg for mixed urban/town driving. Will I really gain increased bhp?
A regular one is around €15 and the better one is around €40-60.
2) Iridium spark plugs -
Do they really make much difference for an ordinary non-high performance car?
Does this kind of modification puts a strain on the Engine life? What about insurance - surely it would make it more expensive to insure a modified car?
4) Body accessories -
Putting sidestep bars and front and rear bumper guards - are they not strictly illegal? I know they are illegal in the UK as far as I know. You know bull bars are well known to kill pedestrians! What about the full plastic version - How do you find out if it is legal/safe?
5) stabilizers for body rolls -
Becasue the Terios is so high up and the body is quiet narrow, when you are driving it, it feels like you are rocking on a boat in the lake when it's windy. I wonder if a strut bar would improve things a little. What about anit-roll bars? Again will this affect insurance severely?
BTW I am not interested in speeding - just want to customize my car to make it more personal and more comfortable:)
Thanks for the advise.