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MEGA REVIEW: Subaru Levorg 1.6 GT-S

Subaru Levorg!  This is the Sports wagon I'm looking forward to...  I loved the car so much that I downloaded and scanned the Singaporea...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

LONGTERMER #2, Month 15: Honda Civic FD2 2.0iVTEC

LONGTERMER #2, Volume 13; Month 15: Honda Civic FD2 2.0IVTEC

This is 13th update of Longtermer #2, this month's the 15th month we owned the Civic 2.0iVTEC FD2.

What's happened in the month between July to September. Let's see...

Last month (late August), my dad took the Civic to Sumber Auto Edaran (again), Petaling Jaya.

Well, good news... Firstly, it's HONDA SERVICE CAMPAIGN! Most parts and labour discount up to 50%. Secondly, Honda Malaysia gave us the following for free: i) Honda Racing Key Chain, 2) Windscreen foldable sunshade, 3) Black HONDA (recyclable grocery bag - identical design with "TESCO" RM3 blue bag).

FINALLY, Sumber Auto Edaran Service Centre used "HONDA SEMI SYNTHETIC OIL". BUT those bloodsuckers, they still insisted on 5000km oil change despite running on Semi-Synthetic oil. Well, ALL IS NOT LOST, AT LEAST the Civic GAINED A LOT by using Semi-Synthetic oil instead of MINERAL ones.

Q: How and Why is it so?
A: The engine's now Smoother and quieter (lower dB), the acceleration is slightly better AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, BETTER FUEL CONSUMPTION. My dad recorded 520km with only 37L of fuel using Petronas NEW Primax RON95. That's a STAGGERING 14.05km/L!!! Yes, it's ON PAR WITH MY SISTER'S MYVI 1.3SXI MANUAL! NOT BAD for a 2000cc car.

Been enjoying driving the car around. In fact, WE (me and my dad) used this car more often now compared to the Ford Telstar.

Here's some bad news: My dad accidentally hit-and-scratched the Auto-gate pillar while avoiding my Sister's silver MYVI (she didn't leave enough room for the Civic to move out of the compound) => see picture below. We haven't repair yet as the damage's still bearable.


Without further ado, let's proceed to LOGBOOK.

Year of manufactured: 2008 (Delivery Date 28 July 2008)
Current Value: RM113,000
Purchase price: RM126,000 (less NCB)
Mileage when bought: 0008km

Mileage last update (June 28): 17,900km.

Mileage today (September 28): 21,555km
Average mileage per month: 1437km

FUEL CONSUMPTION (This Month):
Best: 14.05km/L, 90% highway, Petronas RON95 (1st week of September, driven by my DAD)

WORST: 8.5km/L (Shell RON95) 80% City driving and some HARD DRIVING (20%) - Up to 5500rpm revving, very heavy foot driven by ME. (September 23 2009)

LAST 6 months:
Best: 14.05km/l (90% highway driving) (1st week of September)
Worst: 8.5km/l (100% City driving) (May 2009)

Expenses:

1) Curry Hook x2, RM16 @ Brother's Kelana Jaya (see photo below)


2) 20,000km scheduled service (this time using Semi Synthetic Oil) + 1 set wiper change (RM70) + labour. Grand total: RM340+.

Petrol, parking and toll charges, that's all.

Well, there's a saying "a picture is worth 1000 words". Here's some parting shots before I sign off...



Picture above: "Coincidentally taken this photo outside "Honda Malaysia HQ" in Jalan 13/6, Petaling Jaya (I went to Jaya One, opposite).


Picture above: Shot at my Condo parking lot in Tropicana Indah.


Picture above: Front 3-quarter view of the Civic. Below, picture taken from my friend's Service Apartment, "MAPLE @ Sentul West" parking lot.


AN ORIGINAL JEFF LIM Production. That's all folks, thanks for having the patience to read this. See you on the 18th month. Ie. End December. Yes, Note that I'll update this car every 3 months instead of Monthly (unlike my Ford Telstar) as this car is too NEW to update monthly. Not much to write.

Longtermer #1, Update 15: Ford Telstar Ghia 16v

Longtermer #1, Update 15: Ford Telstar Ghia 16v

In this blog entry, I am updating my Ford Telstar i4 Ghia. This is the 15th update.

Wh
at's up in the month of September?


Well, lots of things to highlight. Firstly, the FUEL CONSUMPTION(FC)'s back to normal after 3x “ECONOMICAL” fill-ups (after pouring in the “3M Fuel Injector Cleaner”.. Averaged 7.6km/L. The worst was recorded in 14 September => 5.9km/L (Shell RON95), while the best was 9.0km/L (MOBIL 5000 RON95). Petronas RON95 is in the middle at 6.8km/L. Haven’t try Caltax and BHP. Will update next month.

Secondly, the Telstar’s more powerful than ever thanks to my Major Exhaust Mid-section upgrade. It’s 2x MATOLA® Bullet (One standard bullet and another slightly smaller bullet - see picture below).

Costs: RM260. Performance: 0.4 secs improvements in 0-100km/h run (now 10.4 secs). Now, the Telstar’s more free revving up to 5000rpm vs 3500rpm previously hence slightly quicker overtaking. 110km/h @ 2200rpm instead of 2300rpm previously.


Another significant happening to highlight this month: 2 weeks ago, my Telstar helped a 1979 Datsun 120Y to jumpstart the battery. (See Photo below)


Well, as usual there’s always the bad news. I took the car to a “FORD AND MAZDA SPECIALIST” in Subang Jaya “DRS HITECH” owned by Murali 3 weeks ago for leaking inspection. His findings and quotation shocked me. My Front Lower Engine mounting cracked, gear oil leaked – hairline cracked (he said need to take out the whole gearbox to fix it) and another area (near drivetrain) leaked. He quoted between RM600-800 for the repairs (plus Oil change which I provided, the Castrol GTX2 and oil filter). Of course, I didn’t repair as I was in a rush for Meeting shortly after the workshop visit. I’m still dragging my feet to send there to rectify the problem till today.


But all I can say is that Murali and his team are really Ford and Mazda Expert. There were a number of mod projects in his garage. Namely, a Telstar undergoing V6 2.5 engine transplant and a Lantis undergoing Mazda B8 transplant alongside an “Engine Kosong Lantis” – Complete engine overhaul (See picture below).


Also, My Telstar’s side rear right door “Bumper” came off. Man, it turned ugly… (See photo below).


As I am typing this, the Telstar only done 147,222km. Previous month, it's 146,350km. It covers >1000km per month. WOW, interesting...


Without further ado, here's the LOGBOOK:

Year of manufactured: December 1998 (registered January 1999)
Purchase price: RM42,000 (Aug 2005)
Current value: RM13,000 (As at August 2009)
Depreciation per year (averaged): RM10500
Mileage last month: 146,350km

Mileage now: 147,222km
Fuel consumption (so far):
BEST: 10km/l (
25 August 2009)
WORST: 5.9km/l (
September 14, 2009) => 100% City driving

THIS MONTH (September):
WORST: 5.9km/l (
September 14, 100% City driving)
AVERAGE: 7.6km/L (mixed)
BESI: 25 September 9km/l

0-100km/h: 10.4 secs (
27/9/2009). Previous run 10.8 secs (25 Aug 2009).

TODAY, As at 28 September:

Expenses (this month)
1) Exhaust Midsection (2x bullet): RM260.
2) Fuel expenses (RM160)
3) Parking and tolls charges...


Picture above, taken at my Condo car park in Tropicana Indah, Petaling Jaya.

Before I go, here's a parting shot above taken at the rooftop of BB Plaza.

End of Update, thanks for having the patience to read it...

AN ORIGINAL JEFF LIM PRODUCTION (My original work)

Friday, September 25, 2009

RON95 suitable for Naza, Kia and Peugeot petrol vehicles

RON95 suitable for Naza, Kia and Peugeot petrol vehicles


Source:
http://cbt.com.my/090916/ron95-suitable-naza-kia-and-peugeot-petrol-vehicles

"In a statement issued today, The Naza Automotive Group advised owners of Naza, Kia, and Peugeot to use the appropriate fuel for their vehicles.

According to the statement, RON 95 is suitable for the following vehicles: Naza Ria, Naza Citra, Naza Suria, Naza Citra II Rondo, Kia Sportage, Kia Carnival, Kia Carens, Kia Picanto, Kia Optima, Kia Spectra5, Kia Spectra, Kia Rondo, Naza 206 Bestari, Peugeot 206, Peugeot 407, Peugeot 308 Turbo, Peugeot 308 Vti, and Naza Forza.

The Naza Sorento, Kia Sorento and Kia Pregio vehicles use diesel.

For more information on the Naza Group of Companies, visit www.naza.com.my"


End of article, thanks for having the time and patience to read this...

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Ford Models & RON95 Fuel compatability

Ford Models and RON95 Fuel Compatability


Source:
http://cbt.com.my/090915/ford-models-and-ron95-fuel-compatability

"Following consultation with Ford Motor Company, Sime Darby Auto ConneXion Sdn Bhd, the sole distributor of Ford vehicles in Malaysia, would like to confirm that the following Ford models sold in Malaysia are compatible with the newly launched RON95 fuel:

Model Name Year of manufacture Engine Size SpecificationRON Compatible to RON

TELSTAR 2.0 GT8P (A) 2000 2.0 V6 95 95

LASER LYNX BVNJ (A) 1999 1.6 ZM 95 95

LASER LYNX BVNH (M) 1999 1.6 ZM 95 95

LYNX S 1.6SW (BVNK)(A) 1999 1.6 ZM 95 95

LASER LYNX GHIA BVPB (A) 1995 1.6 ZM 95 95

LASER LYNX GHIA BVPA (M) 1995 1.6 ZM 95 95

RS LYNX 2.0L BVRR (A) 2002 2.0 FP 95 95

ECONOVAN SPECTRON (A)

SV53FM1 1999 1.8 91 95

FOCUS 1.8 2005 - current 1.8 95 95

FOCUS 2.0 2005 - current 2.0 95 95

ECONOVAN W/VAN

SV48FM1 1999 1.8 91 95

ECONOVAN SV48FM2 1999 1.8 91 95

ECONOVAN SV48FM3 1999 1.8 91 95

ESCAPE 2000 2.0 Zetec 91 95

ESCAPE 2004 - current 2.3 Duratec 91 95

ESCAPE 2004 - current 3.0 Duratec 91 95

For more information, please call Auto ConneXion Voice hotline at 1 800 88 3181 or visit www.ford.net.my."


End of Press release, thanks for your time and patience to read this...

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2009


CARD SOURCE: www.ecards2u.com.my/resource/picture/hariraya/r6.jpg

I, Jeff Lim, owner of this "otoreview" blog, would like to:

" Wish All my muslim friends, colleagues and all other Muslims around the WORLD,

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri,

"MAaf Zahir BAtin"

Please drive safely if you are going back to your hometown. Always Buckle up, don't jump queue, don't tailgate, abide the speed limit (try your best), Rest a while if you are feeling sleepy... And the list goes on...

ARTICLE: F1 entry – good timing or big risk?

SOURCE: The Star, Saturday September 19, 2009

F1 entry – good timing or big risk?

By YEOW POOI LING

EYEBROWS were raised when news broke that Malaysia is participating in the Formula One (F1) race next year via the Lotus F1 team.

The team is a collaboration between the Government and a group of entrepreneurs linked to AirAsia Bhd and the Naza Group, with Proton Holdings Bhd’s British subsidiary, Lotus as the constructor.

Sceptics are many, especially since big names in the auto world such as Honda and BMW have withdrawn their participation from the sport due to the global economic crisis.
BMW Sauber Formula One crew pushing Nick Heidfeld’s race car past stacks of tyres at the Sepang International Circuit during the F1 race in April.

As the United States and countries across Europe and Asia are still trying to revive their economies, why would Malaysia choose this time to join one of the world’s most expensive sports? More importantly, who is forking out the money?

Let’s talk money

F1 is well known for its huge spending. The reported 2008 team budgets ranged from US$45mil to US$445mil (RM158mil to RM1.6bil) for sponsorship, supplier deals, prize money, team owner contributions, tyre provision and supply of customer engines.

In May, the Federation Internationale de L’Automobile (FIA), the ruling body of F1, decided to cap the budget for 2010 to £40mil (about RM228mil) in a bid to prevent more teams from dropping out and to encourage the entry of new contenders.

Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes, the AirAsia Bhd boss and one of the investors in 1Malaysia F1 Team Sdn Bhd, which owns the Lotus F1 team, told CNN in a recent interview that the budget cap, coupled with the huge F1 following, made it “a good time to join F1”.

His co-investor, as well as partner in AirAsia, Datuk Kamarudin Meranun concurs, calling the venture “a commercially viable one”.

While Lotus F1’s budget remains sketchy for now, Kamarudin reveals that an initial investment of £10mil (RM57mil) has been made to start the construction of the vehicle. “We’re starting mid-way. So we need to be quick to get the approvals for the car,” he says.

While FIA’s capped budget covers team expenditure, it does not include marketing and hospitality, remuneration for test or race drivers, fines or penalties imposed by the FIA, and engine costs, which may come up to few hundred million ringgit more.

It also does not include the setting up of the new headquarters at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC), for which 8,000ha to 12,000ha of land have been allocated.

An SIC official says the two- to three-year development cost for the state-of-the-art facilities for the new HQ could reach millions, or perhaps billions, of ringgit.

The funding of F1 teams is usually supported by sponsorship. Companies form tie-ups with the teams in various capacities for brand-building purposes.

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, for example, took up a substantial sponsorship deal for Brawn GP in March this year (Virgin’s involvement, however, ends in November).

Fernandes is not new to such arrangements since his low-fare carrier has a three-year partnership with the AT&T Williams team as its official airline since 2007.

The Lotus F1 team, one suspects, will follow the same marketing trend of searching for potential corporate sponsors. Since its entry is supported by the Government as an opportunity to profile the 1Malaysia theme, government-linked companies are likely to be roped in.

F1 a nationalism symbol?

Talking about country profile, motor racing started out as a country-based competition and eventually evolved into a commercial sport involving independent teams and car manufacturers.

The existing F1 teams do not have specific country identity, with the exception of Force India, which used to be Spyker F1 team before it was sold to a private consortium comprising Indian millionaire Vijay Mallya and successful European e-businessman Michiel Mol in late 2007 for 88 million euros.

Force India’s main sponsor is Kingfisher, the flagship brand of Vijay’s beer and aviation businesses. His conglomerate, the UB Group, has annual sales of over US$4bil and a market capitalisation of US$12bil. Forbes puts Vijay’s net worth at US$1.2bil, one of the richest in India.

The team uses an Indian flag in its logo but the drivers are non-Indians – Adrian Sutil is from Germany and newly promoted driver, Vitantonio Liuzzi, is Italian. The team is solely driven by its private-entity owners and does not involve any Indian government initiative.

Similarly, India’s hosting of the F1 Grand Prix in 2011 is also an initiative driven by individuals. The project owner, JPSK Sports Private Ltd, owned by the Jaypee construction conglomerate, is funding the circuit construction costs.

The Malaysian entry, in contrast, has the Government’s backing, although the idea of Lotus F1 was mooted by both Fernandes and Kamarudin.

“There’s an opportunity to participate (due to the spot vacated by BMW Sauber) and so we went ahead to conceptualise the idea of our own team, roped in SM Nasaruddin SM Nasimuddin (executive chairman and chief executive officer of Naza Group) and Proton, and approached the Prime Minister for his blessing,” explains Kamarudin.

“The concept of 1Malaysia is not limited to people. My view is that it should be extended, to encompass the partnership of the private sector and the Government.”

Separately, Fernandes says the entry is “great for Malaysia” as it will further utilise its “hardware” at SIC while developing “the soft side – drivers, engineers, management”.

But what about risks?

As with any investment, there will be financial risks. In this case, the millions of ringgit that will be spent to set up the F1 team is at stake. Some argue that the huge investments are well worth the money because of the brand recognition gained internationally.

National oil company Petronas claims its annual cost of sponsoring F1 is less than 5% of what it would cost to gain similar exposure. Last year, its exposure via F1 was valued at about RM1bil.

But Petronas’ involvement is different as it does not run an F1 team. It supports BMW Sauber as its lubricant sponsor, and rightly so, since it’s in the oil business.

(It is uncertain if the national oil company’s sponsorship of BMW Sauber will continue since BMW has withdrawn from the team and Sauber does not have a firm entry for next year’s race.)

Aside from financials, there could also be the intangible risks. A poor performance may bring more detrimental publicity than the desired high profile.

Note that Malaysia’s first F1 driver, Alex Yoong, drove for the Australian-owned Minardi F1 team back in 2001 and 2002. Yoong only managed to finish five races out of the 11 in 2002, because of setbacks like engine, hydraulics and gear box problems.

Lotus technical director Mike Gascoyne is, nevertheless, confident of Lotus’ future performance. He told the British press recently that Lotus F1 was “a very substantial team.”

Gascoyne has over 20 years’ experience in the sport, having worked with Force India, Toyota, Renault and Jordan Formula One teams.

Still, it remains to be seen how Malaysians would feel, watching with millions of viewers worldwide, when Malaysia’s team finishes weakly, or perhaps not even completing races.

Lotus no newcomer to F1

The association of Lotus and F1 is not foreign. In fact, Lotus was a well-known participant in the glamorous sport in the 1960s. Between 1958 and 1994, the original Lotus team achieved 73 grand prix wins, 102 pole positions, six drivers’ world titles and seven constructors’ crowns from 489 starts, with illustrious names of the calibre of Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Sir Stirling Moss, Emerson Fittipaldi, Jochen Rindt, Mario Andretti, Ronnie Peterson, Nigel Mansell, Ayrton Senna, Nelson Piquet and Mika Hakkinen in its roll call of drivers.

Its success track record is mainly linked to founder Colin Chapman, who remained passionate about the sport until his death in 1982. Lotus’ last F1 race was in 1994.

The Lotus company, meanwhile, had been struggling with financial difficulties and had different shareholders trying to revive its finances. Proton has been the major shareholder since 1996, but it has long been rumoured that it wants to divest its stake.

OSK Investment Bank, however, said Proton had no urgency to sell Lotus Cars as the subsidiary had returned to profitability since 2008 with net earnings of £1.5mil.

While the Government’s involvement in the Lotus F1 team is via Proton, analysts do not expect the national car company to offer financial support. Proton’s role in the F1 venture will mainly be as the coordinator for Lotus, says an analyst in a recent report.

END OF A WONDERFULLY WRITTEN ARTICLE... Hope you enjoyed it...

Friday, September 11, 2009

Proton in talks with VW again

Friday September 11, 2009

Proton in talks with VW again

By JAGDEV SINGH SIDHU


This time the discussions are likely to centre on collaboration in platforms and engines

KUALA LUMPUR: Proton Holdings Bhd is in talks with Volkswagen (VW) that could lead to a strategic partnership and the assembly of vehicles at the national carmaker’s plant in Tanjung Malim.

The partnership was not expected to see the German auto giant taking an equity stake in Proton but a collaboration in platforms and engines was likely being negotiated, said market sources.

The talks between Proton and VW come at a time when DRB-HICOM Bhd is also engaged in discussions with the German company to assemble cars in Pekan.

“For the long term of the company, it (Proton) needs a partner because the size of Malaysia’s market might not be enough to sustain an independent producer,’’ said UOB KayHian research head Vincent Khoo.

Golf GTI is one of Volkswagen’s popular models in the local market

News that Proton is again in talks with VW is somewhat surprising as both parties have come to, and walked away, from the negotiating table numerous times.

A couple of years ago, Proton came close to inking a deal with VW which would have seen the German company taking a stake in the national carmaker.

A last-minute pitch by the Proton management to build on the company’s own “green shoots” then persuaded the Government from sealing an agreement with VW.

Proton found commercial success following the launch of the Persona but did not escape the global recession caused by the US financial crisis.

Its finances have improved with the launch of the Exora and for its first quarter ended June 30, it reported a net profit of RM54.6mil. The company’s shares closed three sen lower at RM3.71 yesterday.

Now, however, the timing is different.

Proton has maintained it needs a strategic partner but would agree to one on its own terms.

It is also understood that the Government would like Proton to have a strategic partner before the review of the National Automotive Policy is completed.

VW’s interest in Malaysia, too, has grown over the past couple of years after equity stake talks with Proton ended.

It has established its own sales and service business in Malaysia, and as of Sept 7, has seen the number of cars sold reach a total of 2,261 units after 2½ years of operations.

VW is reported to be looking at Malaysia as its sourcing hub for auto components in the region to fulfil its worldwide production and has intimated plans to expand its presence in the country through the local assembly of some of its cars.

Volkswagen Group Malaysia Sdn Bhd managing director Andreas Prinz on Wednesday was quoted by Bernama as saying the group was also thinking of making Malaysia its hub for parts distribution in South-East Asia.

“They will not be looking only at Malaysia’s market but use Malaysia as a sourcing hub for worldwide production,’’ he said.

VW is also interested in assembling cars in Malaysia and Prinz said the company was in discussion with a number of parties.

“Currently, in the automotive industry, everybody is talking to everybody, but we are focusing on CKD,” he said.

Malaysia remains an important market in the region as it is the largest passenger car market in South-East Asia, which is said to be an attractive element for VW.


SOURCE: The Star 11 September 2009 Page 1, Business Section.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Classic Car REVIEW: Alfa Romeo 33 1.7i 16v


In this blog entry, I'm covering a CLASSIC Alfa Romeo. It's no other than Alfa 33 Boxer 1.7 16v. This car was in the Market from 1983 to 1994. Only a HANDFUL units were imported to Malaysia. The 2nd hand value of the Alfa Romeo 33 in Malaysia is almost NON-EXISTENT. Hence, it's Buyer's market (ie. buyer determines the pricing of the car).


Due to the Rarity of the car, I don't have a unit to test and brag about it. All is not lost, I dished out a history of Alfa 33, 1 main review, Car specifications and LOTS of Owner's review (9 OF THEM).


Background of the Alfa Romeo 33

At the beginning of the '70s Alfa Romeo was thinking to design a medium-sized FWD car, quite a revolution for the Alfisti.

After many projects in 1971 the Alfasud was born, a medium-sized FWD with four disc brakes and a brand new 1186 cc boxer engine. The name Alfasud was motivated by the fact that these cars were produced at the new Pomigliano d'Arco A.R. plants near Naples, in the South (hence Sud) of Italy.

The Alfasud was a very original and brilliant idea and the success was almost immediate. It lasted for 12 years before it was replaced by the 33 back in 1983.
It is quite difficult to find old Alfasuds, Suds for short, in good conditions as rust was a serious problem for these cars.
Rather interesting collectible Suds are the Ti and the Sprints (Veloce, Quadrifoglio verde) which are quite easy to find.

The 33, that took its name from an ancient AR racing car named Model 33, has been produced in several versions though the real distinction has to be done between the pre-1990 and the after-1990 33s.


Indeed, in 1990 a major restyling was made which allowed to extend the production of this car until the first half of 1995.
The restyling was quite radical for the body of the car while the frame was similar to the previous series.



Alfa Romeo designers wanted to give to the new 33 a modern look so they made it quite 164-ish, especially the rear end where the tail lights were linked together with a long reflector-like red strip.

But, better than to describe it in words you should take a look at our gallery of photos.

The boxer engines used were: the 1351 cc, the 1490 cc, the 1712 cc, and a brand new 1712 twin-cam 16 valves. A 3-cylinders 1779cc Turbodiesel by VM was available too.
The smaller engines (1.3 and 1.5) had dual carburettors but later, between '91 and '92, they were equipped with fuel electronic injection and catalytic converter.
The 1.7 and 1.7 16V had electronic injection (Bosch Motronic) right from the start (though a 1.7 with carbs was available in the latest pre-'90 series).

These two engines were equipped with cat converters at the end of the 1990 but non-cat version were available till the end of '91.
The 1.7 16V was a piece of art: it delivered 133 bhp (129 with cat) giving an impressive, being a non-turbocharged engine, 78 bhp per litre ratio and 7.5 kg per bhp.

It equipped both the 16V and the 16V Quadrifoglio Verde (Green Cloverleaf), later it was introduced even a four wheel drive version, firstly named Permanent 4 and then, in May '92, Q4.

This was available also as Sportwagon (the compact station wagon body designed by Pininfarina).



End of SOurce 1.

SOURCE 2: "GoAuto Australia's review". => "OPINIONS".

Our Opinion


ANONIMA Lombardo Fabbrica Automobili started manufacturing cars in Milan, Italy, in 1910.

Nicola Romeo joined the firm five years later and the name Alfa Romeo was born.

The make has always been synonymous with high performance motoring, producing many classic sports models, winning the Le Mans 24 Hour race four times in succession and taking Dr Guiseppe Farina to victory in the first Formula One World Championship.

Although taken over by the giant government-owned Fiat company, Alfa has retained a high degree of character in its post-Fiat models.

The Alfa 33 was launched in 1984.

Powered by a 1490cc, flat four cylinder "boxer" engine (a la Volkswagen, but water cooled), the model was successively upgraded with the announcement of the 1.5 Super model in 1987 and the 1.7-litre, 16-valve QV in 1990.

The 33 is a sporting sedan, its performance and handling giving the high degree of driver satisfaction for which the marque is famous.

In its 16 QV form, the Alfa 33 is powered by a 1.7-litre, twin cam, 16-valve, electronically fuel-injected, flat four engine.


The 'boxer' design allows a lower bonnet height and lower centre of gravity for the front-mounted engine, resulting in improved handling. The transmission is five-speed manual, driving the front wheels.

Suspension is conventional front-wheel drive with MacPherson struts at the front and beam axle and trailing arms at the rear.

Attractive alloy wheels are standard, originally fitted with Pirelli high performance tyres.

The steering is rack and pinion with speed sensitive power assistance while the brakes are power-assisted discs at the front and drums at the rear.

Styling of the 33 QV is typically Italian with short, sloping bonnet and high boot line giving a wedge effect, enhanced by the colour coded grille with classic Alfa shield and aerodynamic additions to the front (airdam with light clusters), body sills and boot lid spoiler.

Inside, sports seats give plenty of lateral support and the rear seat backs are split into two assymetrical parts that can be folded down separately or together. Seatbelts are height adjustable.

Heater and ventilation controls are the rotating type, superseding the sliding type of previous models.

The high rear body line provides excellent boot space.

Standard equipment includes air-conditioning, alloy wheels, central locking, power steering, power windows and radio/cassette.

On the road, the 33QV is a lively performer, the upgraded 16-valve, fuel-injected engine providing impressive torque and giving genuine sports car performance. On its home Autostradas in Italy the car will top 200km/h but local motoring will require a little more restraint.

Handling and braking match the marque's high standard.

Alfas enjoy a reputation for great driver satisfaction but this has not always been matched by mechanical reliability.

Alfa drivers must also get accustomed to the unusual driving position of the 33. The pedals are close together and offset in relation to the steering wheel. Drivers used to more orthodox - and more comfortable - Japanese layouts may be bothered by this at first.

The Alfa 33, being a well developed design, does not have major faults but a few points are worth noting.

It is important that the cam drive belt is changed at or before the specified interval of 60,000km or three years. With a DOHC 16-valve engine, the financial consequences of a cam belt failure are most unpleasant.

Check for correct function of the gearbox syncromesh which can suffer from forceful use. Slow syncro operation with the gearbox cold is not unusual.

Alfas have been known to suffer from niggling electrical problems and brake pad wear can also be heavy if the car is driven vigorously - which it invites.

Earlier Alfas had a reputation for rusting prematurely but this problem seems to have been controlled with the 33.

Servicing costs are generally in line with other continental makes.

It would be wise to have a potential purchase checked over by an Alfa dealer or reputable specialist Alfa workshop before finally making a decision.

It is interesting to note the drop in new price from 1990 to 1992, a reflection of the market difficulties Alfa and its market rivals were experiencing at the time.

The Alfa 33 16 QV is a delightful sporting sedan with impressive performance from its fuel-injected engine.

An impressive list of standard equipment and practical five-door design coupled with Italian styling flair make it an excellent choice for the sporting/family enthusiast.

The Alfa 33QV is a classic sports sedan designed for driving satisfaction. It has some quirks but for those who derive pleasure out of exploring the upper limits of performance, it is an exciting car.

END OF SOURCE 2:

Let's proceed to the Specifications of this car:

SOURCE 3: http://riemann.unica.it/~lucio/alfa/specs/16v.htm

Specifications:

Alfa 33 16V QV

No.of cylinders 4 Boxer
Capacity 1712 cc
Max. power output at rpm
133 bhp EC (98) kW-EC 6500
Peak torque at rpm 16 kgm-EC (157) Nm-EC
4600

Fuel feed
Type Bosch Motronic ML4-1
Multipoint Bosch Motronic ML4-1
Multipoint Check Panel Alfa Control
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Drive Front
Tires 185/60 HR 14
Rims BWA alloy 5.5 x 14
Steering Powered
steering Brakes (disc): Front 239 mm (ventilated). Rear 210 mm (QV discs)

Length/Width 4.075/1.614m
Height 1.350 m
Wheelbase 2.475m
Luggage compartment 400/1200 dm3
Fuel tank 50 litres
Weight DIN 1000 kgs
Top speed 210 km/h
Acceleration 0-100 kmh 8.1 secs
Acceleration 0-1000 m 29.2 secs
Consumption (l/100 km) at 90 km/h 5.9
Consumption (l/100 km) at 120 km/h 7.9
Consumption (l/100 km) urban cycle 10.4




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REFERENCES:

1) SOURCE 1: http://riemann.unica.it/~lucio/alfa/history.htm
2) SOURCE 2: http://www.goauto.com.au/mellor/mellor.nsf
/RT/F81C0391D199BA77CA256D1F0005F9D1?OpenDocument

3) SOURCE 3: http://riemann.unica.it/~lucio/alfa/specs/16v.htm
4) OTHER SOURCE: www.alfisti.co.uk/boxerpage.htm (for some photos, eg. Engine)

Sunday, September 06, 2009

All Models from Honda Malaysia are RON95 compatible

Petaling Jaya, 26 August 2009 - Honda Malaysia today announced that all models distributed by the company are compatible with petrol RON95 (Research Octane Number 95). The Company announced this following the government's decision to increase the price of RON97, along with the introduction of a more affordable option, RON95, which will replace RON92. The new fuel is available at RM1.75 per litre effective 1st September 2009.

Honda Accord 2.0 VTi-L.
Honda Accord 2.0 VTi-L.
Honda's premium sedan-driving SUV in a new sophisticated colour - Taffeta White.
Honda's premium sedan-driving SUV in a new sophisticated colour - Taffeta White.

As RON97 is most commonly used, many are doubtful in switching to fuel with lower RON. Honda Malaysia assured all Honda drivers that RON95 should not affect any model distributed by its authorised dealers with the exception of Civic Type R.

"Since 2001, all Honda cars require a minimum RON91, hence, any number above the minimum RON is safe. The switch therefore will not affect the performance and fuel efficiency of the vehicle. Compromisation of performance and fuel efficiency will only occur when the RON is lower than the minimum requirement," said Mr. Toru Takahashi, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Honda Malaysia.

"Except for Civic Type R, of which we recommend RON97 because of its high performance engine. A higher RON will thus produce more power for this performance sedan. Otherwise, the performance and fuel consumption may be affected," he added.

In the event when fuel with lower RON is used, a condition called engine knocking will happen, which will result in reduced performance and fuel efficiency.

In order to prevent engine knocking, all models from Honda Malaysia are equipped with knock sensors. Knock sensors are detectors that signal engine operation to slow down the ignition timing (spark plug action) in case of engine knocking, which would consequently affect the vehicle's performance and fuel efficiency. These knock sensors can also run on fuel with a minimum octane number of 91.

For models distributed before 2001 or distributed by non-authorised Honda dealers, owners are advised to cross check the vehicle's minimum RON requirement by referring to their owner's manual.

For more information, please visit www.honda.com.my or call 1-800-88-2020 for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What exactly is RON?

RON stands for Research Octane Number, which measures the quality of fuel. It represents the fuel's ability to resist premature & uncontrolled combustion that occurs when fuel pre-ignites before the ignition spark plug.

2. What is engine knocking?

Engine knocking is caused by self-ignition of the fuel or air mixture, which is a result of using RON levels that is lower than the minimum requirement.

3. What is the minimum RON requirement of my Honda Car?

For all Honda cars produced in year 2001 onwards, the minimum RON requirement is 91. Honda cars are equipped with 'Knock Sensors' that detect the octane quality of the fuel used, enabling it to automatically adjust spark timing to prevent engine knocking.

We advice drivers that bought their cars from non-authorised dealers to check their owner's manual for minimum RON requirement.

4. Type-R RON Issue

It is recommended to use RON97 for Civic Type R because of its high performance engine, as it was tested in Japan with RON100 for optimum engine performance. Please note that this engine version with knock control can also run on fuel with a minimum octane number of 91; but performance and fuel consumption are affected as a result.

5. What is a Knock Sensor? Are all Honda cars equipped with Knock Sensors?

A knock sensor is a detector, which identifies engine knocking during spark ignition. When engine knocking occurs, the knock sensor signals the engine operation to slow down the ignition timing that will eliminate the knock, which may result in some power loss.

All Honda cars are equipped with Knock Sensor.

6. What fuel should I use & what RON works best for my car?

As long as the fuel used is not below the minimum RON requirement (RON91), it will be appropriate for all Honda Cars.

7. What is the effect to the engine if petrol of a different RON is mixed together?

As long as the fuel meets or exceeds the minimum RON required by the engine, mixing is fine & should not damage your engine. (except Civic Type R, recommended RON97). However, do note that different fuel brands come with different levels & types of additives, so mixing different fuels may not provide the optimum performance & efficiency for your vehicle.

8. Do I have to always pick the highest octane rating petrol for my vehicle?

Anything above the minimum RON requirement, which is RON91 for all Honda cars will be appropriate. (except Civic Type R, recommended RON97).

9. Will there be a reduction of fuel efficiency & performance with the use of RON95 from RON97?

The efficiency & performance will not be affected if the car uses above its minimum requirement RON which is RON91 for all Honda Cars. (except Civic Type R, recommended RON97). Loss of power & fuel efficiency will only occur when the minimum RON requirement is not met as the knock sensor signals the engine operations to retard its spark timing to eliminate engine knock.


Source: http://www.honda.com.my/newsevents/news/details.dot?inode=60509


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UMW Toyota: RON 95 OK for Toyota and Lexus vehicles

UMW Toyota: RON 95 OK for Toyota and Lexus vehicles

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 4 — UMW Toyota Motor said today the RON 95 petrol is suitable for use in all Toyota and Lexus vehicles sold by the company.

The exclusive distributor of Toyota and Lexus vehicles in Malaysia said owners of these cars, who are currently using RON 97 petrol, can switch to RON 95 without encountering engine damage or performance loss.

UMW Toyota was responding to questions on the suitability of the new petrol for all vehicles following the government's decision to replace RON 92 petrol with RON 95 from Sept 1, 2009. — Bernama


SOURCE 1: Bernama...


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Friday, September 04, 2009

Petrol Price Higher "because of subsidy"

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 2 – The price of petrol had to be adjusted upward “because of an increase in subsidy”, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak explained today.

He said the government was committed to a 30 sen subsidy for every litre of petrol sold to the rakyat (people).

“Our promise to the rakyat is a subsidy of 30 sen but the subsidy is currently more than 30 sen. So there has to be a slight adjustment, a minor adjustment," he told reporters after announcing the winner of the 1 Malaysia song competition at Bangunan Putra Perdana, here.

He was asked to comment on the increase in the pump price for RON95 from the RM1.75 announced earlier to RM1.80 per litre while RON 97 is now sold at RM2.05 from RM1.80 previously, both effective since yesterday.

As he was answering the question during the press conference, Najib said he would provide a detailed explanation later. – Bernama

Source: The Malaysian Insider, 4 September 2009.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/36696-petrol-price-higher-because-of-subsidy

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