Thursday, November 23, 2017

Jose Mourinho collects his Jaguar

Jose Mourinho is UK's first Jaguar FType Coupé customer.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

New BMW M2 Coupé launched in Malaysia

BMW Group Malaysia has just launched the New BMW M2 Coupé in Malaysia. According to their press release, this car is the only rear wheel drive premium performance car in its class.

This performance compact premium sports coupe from the BMW Group’s famed M Division, has a  more aggressive stance in its exterior outlook, with a newly designed front and rear section. It has already won awards - it recently took home the much coveted Sports Auto Award for the second time.

Apart from the modified front apron with large air inlets, the sporty coupé features new bi-LED headlights in place of xenon units found on its predecessor.

At the rear, the New BMW M2 Coupé accentuates its pronounced appearance with M-specific twin exhaust tailpipes and newly designed all-LED tailights.

Also introduced for the first time are 19-inch aluminium wheels in M twin-spoke design.

Inside, redesigned and illuminated is the new M-specific black instrument panel with contrast stitching which features the new infotainment system with live tiles and touch screen capabilities.  Apple Car Play is now available for the New BMW M2 Coupé via the BMW ConnectedDrive Store. Aside from an M leather ‘Walknappa’ steering wheel with M Drive buttons and interior trim finishes in high-gloss carbon fibre.

The Coupé is powered by a 3.0 litre M TwinPower Turbo in-line six-cylinder engine capable of up to 6,500 rpm and a peak torque of 465 Nm with a short-term maximum of 500 Nm using the overboost function. It has a lightweight M Sport suspension system – made stiffer for better dynamism while adapting damper settings to retain ride comfort. The M Servotronic steering has two response settings and suitably effective M compound brakes.

The car will be  available in Long Beach Blue, Black Sapphire, Alpine White and Mineral Grey. The interior and seat colour comes in Dakota Black Leather with Contrast Stitching in Blue in M Sport seats for the driver and passenger.

The retail price (on the road, without insurance, 5 Years Unlimited Mileage Warranty with Free Scheduled Service Program as well as 2 Years/ 24 Months Tyre Warranty Programme) for the New BMW M2 Coupé  is RM 535, 800.00 in Peninsular Malaysia and RM537,986.50 in East Malaysia.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Buying Continental tyres from Lazada

As I had mentioned in one of my past posts: Review of Fave offer - Lim Tayar @ SS2, I needed to change one of the tyres on my Wira. There was an offer on Continental tyres on Lazada and I did a search.

I bought a Continental Tyre CC6 175/70/13 for RM 128.00 (discounted from RM160) from a seller called Tyre Hunter. I specifically selected the seller based in Semenyih as it is near my office. I was quite interested to try out Nitrogen gas for the tyres offered by other sellers. Unfortunately the workshop near my office did not offer Nitrogen gas.

I soon received a Whatsapp message from a lady called Christine and we fixed a day for me to go to their workshop and have the tyre installed.

The workshop is called WSS Auto Accessories & Tyres Sdn Bhd in Semenyih. Unlike other workshops, they have a air-conditioned waiting room. Unfortunately no coffee or even water but there was an old vintage arcade game to keep me occupied.

Once there, I decided to get the wipers changed as well. There was a cheaper rubber version and a silicon version, which was slightly more expensive. I decided to go for the silicon wipers and the 17" cost me RM35 while the 20" one cost me RM40.

Since I was already there I also decided to have the balancing and alignment done.
The front alignment cost me RM25 while the balancing for all tyres cost RM40. I only realised later that the balancing was supposed to be free for the tyre I purchased.

All together, it cost me RM121 with GST (6%).

However, this is not the end of this story. A few days later on the weekend as I was washing my car, I suddenly realised that they had installed another brand tyre - Viking CityTech CT5, which only costs about RM88. I was quite annoyed. So I sent off a message to Christine. She profusely apologised and asked me to come over to get it changed to the correct tyres.

So, next Monday, I again drive to the workshop from my office and had the tyres changed. It only took a couple of minutes. They did not do the balancing or alignment again and I did not insist as I had to get back to my office soon.

I am not sure what happened and whether it was a honest mistake. But it should not have happened and left me with a bad impression of the workshop. 

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Isuzu and Toyota top customer satisfaction in Malaysia

Based on the ratings of various auto brands in Malaysia from the J. D. Power 2017 Malaysia Sales Satisfaction Index (SSI) study, Isuzu and Toyota came out on top.

Isuzu scored 5 stars (among the best) for overall satisfaction, sales initiation, dealer facility, salesperson and delivery timing. They scored 4 stars (better than most) for deal and delivery process. On the other hand, Toyota scored 5 stars for overall satisfaction, sales initiation, deals, sales person and delivery process while scoring 4 stars for dealer facility and delivery timing.

Friday, September 29, 2017

New 2018 Subaru Impreza

Subaru recently revealed the next generation Impreza at the Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this month.

the car features their signature Boxer engine and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, as well as EyeSight driver assistance technology, as standard.

Built on the new Subaru Global Platform, the new Impreza has a 70% stiffer chassis, improved crash energy absorption and an even lower centre of gravity. According to the company, this is their most stable, safe and responsive Impreza yet.

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

New 2019 New XC40

Volvo Cars recently launched the new XC40 small premium SUV in Milan, Italy.

With the XC40, Volvo Cars now has three new, globally available SUVs.

This is their first model on Volvo Cars’ new modular vehicle architecture (CMA) which was Co-developed within Geely, their parent company.

The XC40 is their first entry in the small SUV segment. Safety and driver assistance features on the XC40 include Volvo Cars’ Pilot Assist system, City Safety, Run-off Road protection and mitigation, Cross Traffic alert with brake support and the 360° Camera that helps drivers manoeuvre their car into tight parking spaces.

Ingenious interior storage solutions includes space in the doors and under the seats, a special space for phones including inductive charging, a fold-out hook for small bags and a removable waste bin in the tunnel console.

The XC40 will be available with a D4 diesel or a T5 petrol four-cylinder Drive-E powertrain. Further powertrain options, including a hybridised as well as a pure electric version, will be added later. The XC40 will also be the first Volvo model to be available with Volvo Cars’ new 3-cylinder engine.

Production of the new XC40 starts in Volvo Cars’ plant in Ghent, Belgium in November.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Wira upgrade project September 2017 update

I have done a few minor upgrades to my old Wira since my last update (including the engine mounts as mentioned in my last post).

1. Roof moulding.

The old roof moulding was cracked and you could see the metal inside, I tried to get this fixed at the nearly Proton workshop but when I went there, they did not have it in their stock. One of the guys went on to dissuade me saying that it would be very costly and that it is very difficult to attach and may fly off while driving, blah, blah, blah. I was quite annoyed the way sometimes mechanics talk to us - like we are fools.

Anyway, I went over to the Proton Wira Malaysia page on Facebook  and found a seller. I contacted him via Whatsapp and transferred the money after getting a quote. I was pleasantly surprised when I received it the next day. 

I had no idea how it was attached and there were no videos on YouTube either. I guess I should have made a video. I gently pried the old moulding out checking for the clips and it came off quite easily.

There was a lot of junk underneath and I cleaned it up. As I mentioned before, taking it off was quite easy but fixing the new one presented a few challenges. The clips on the roof went in quite easily but the ones in the front by the windows simply would not go in. I guess this was what the Proton mechanic was talking about. I solved this by arranging the clips so that they would go into the original spaces and putting a bit of superglue. It has been a few months, and they have not come off.

2. Number plate holder.

My old number plate was partly cracked and the numbers were in different shades - older ones were yellow while the new ones were bright white. So I decided to change the whole thing. Bought a number plate frame older from Lazada for RM28. Slight different from the original as the length is less but is taller. It has the Proton logo and the words "Spirit of achievement". I got this done at a shop in Kelana Jaya.

3. Seat Covers.

The car still has the original seats and you can see some wear and tear. I was initially planning to changes the seats to new sporty semi-bucket Recaro or Bride seats but they cost a bomb. Even the fake ones cost more than RM500. So I decided to go for the seat covers until I could afford to buy the seats. I found these nice looking covers on - black with red stitching. The are supposed to be semi-leather whatever that means. They cost me RM180 for both the front and back seats.

Putting them on were not as easy as I thought they would be. I also had to cut out holes to attach the headrests. They did look good when they were finally on but I realised that I would need to take the seats out and staple the covers to the seat underneath to prevent them from running around. however, I have not been able to get around to doing that. 
Actually matches my steering wheel.

3. Daytime lights.

Most modern cars now have daytime running lights. Actually this is not something new and even my old Volvo S40 had them. I had them installed at the same place I replaced my car number plate. However, they do not come on automatically and I will need to switch them on before driving. 

installing the lights at a nearby worksop


4.  Bonnet Struts (Hood Dampers)

Finally, I decided to install bonnet struts. Besides looking great, they are quite useful when you fiddling around the engine bay. Got this pair of  yellow ones on Lazada. You only see these on the luxury cars. However, they only cost RM60 for the pair and I sometimes wonder why Proton does not install these on all their cars.  

They were really easy to install and I am quite pleased with my DIY skills.

There are so many things I want to do but I have to decide which ones are a priority.

1. I need to change one of the tyres but I am seriously considering upgrading the original 13" small steel tyres to 14" alloy rims. Some advised me to go for the 15" which will definitely look better however, I have read on various forums that they affect the power of the car and also affect the fuel consumption. Apparently 14" is the sweet spot.

2. If I change the tyres, I may as well upgrade the brakes as well. Seriously considering ventilated front disc brakes. I asked the Proton workshop if I could change all the tyres and the brakes with the ones on the Iriz. I was hoping to hear them say that it might be possible but they told me that it would be quite difficult as the cars were quite different and it would be really expensive. I asked how much? The lady replied,  more then a thousand.

3. The car also seriously needs a complete paint job. I have touched up some of the scratches and they look OK from far but looks quite bad when you get close. I may also need to change the rear bumper as some fool banged them and left without saying anything. Now it has a crack in the middle. Asked the friendly paint guy near my house and he quoted RM2000 for the whole car.

4. Other minor upgrades I have planned besides the big ones above include window tints (good quality and legal), minor upgrades to the engine including  POD filters, iridium spark plugs, exhausts and maybe the ECU.

However, I am also worried whether these upgrades would affect my car insurance. I am specially worried about the exhausts as I do not want to attract attention from the cops and possible car thieves. I have also read that changing the POD filters and exhausts do not make any significant difference to the power of the car apart from being more noisy. What do you think? Would love to hear the advise of other car mod lovers who have gone through the same process.


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