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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Longtermer #1, Update 19, Jan 2010: Ford Telstar 2.0i4 16v Ghia (A)

LONGTERMER #1: Update 19, January 2010: Ford Telstar 2.0i4 Ghia

Longtermer #1, Update 19, January 09: Ford Telstar 2.0i4 16v Ghia

In this blog entry, I am updating my Ford Telstar i4 Ghia. This is the 19th update.

What's up in the month of January?

As I am typing this, the Telstar covered 821km. Now, 150,205km. Previous month, it's 149,384km.  Why is it so? It's ALL Because this car had been in WORKSHOP for 1 week, due to Both Fan belt and Alternator belt snapped.

I don't have EVIDENCE, but I SUSPECT it's gotta do with 2 bottles of D'CARBO poured into my Engine back in December 31 2009 (see photo above).  Perhaps it's due to Over-revving by the person I bought the D'Carbo from?  Or 2 of my Engine mounting cracked, D'Carbo sort of vibrate the engine which resulted BOTH my Alternator belt and Fan belt snapped?  Or is it because like my dad said, the Engine is too "FRAIL" for D'Carbo?

On 17 January 2009, my car broke down (500m away from my house) after I heard a "SNAPPING" Sound.  Immediately, I knew 1 of the Belt snapped.  Stupid me went to attempt to restart the engine after the car broke down.  This might be the reason why the engine sort of "Failed".  THREE days in Workshop, after replacing both Alternator Belt, Fan belt and FAN BELT PULLEY, the car FAILED to start.  My Mechanic suspected the Gasket failed and suggest Engine transplant.

We even SOURCED an Engine and is waiting at the Chop Shop waiting to collect. God is GOOD, my mechanic decided to take apart the engine to see how bad the damaged is.  As he taking apart the engine, he found Engine "Chau Saai Waai" (Cantonese, ie. Not in order).  He Carefully, installed back the engine and MIRACULOUSLY, the car can START, back to Normal.  Hence, saving the need of ENGINE TRANSPLANT.  He charged me RM790 only.  Again, my mechanic also suspected it all started from D'Carbo.

Picture below, minutes before the Puncture...
Last  Saturday, my front left RIM is DENTED BADLY (see photo below)

and tyre punctured after HITTING a LARGE POTHOLE in Bandar Menjalara, Kepong.  I heard a LOUD "THHUUNNNKKK" and my tyre punctured.  My tenant TRIED to help me to change the FLAT tyre BUT my car Don't have the CORRECT tool to remove the 5 NUTS.

The existing ones CANNOT FIT my LENSO Smallish Lug-Holes. So cannot change the tyre. (see photo above).

I should have stopped driving the car BUT STUPID me go and slowly drive the punctured tyre from Kepong to my house in Section 17, Petaling Jaya (about 13km total)  The next day, I drove to the nearest tyre shop I can find and asked them to Changed my spare tyre.  I then drove to TEK MING Tyre shop in PJS 11/24 as I recalled them advertising their "REPAIR DENT RIMS" in Lelong.  See picture below...

They quoted me RM40 to repair my Dented rim.  The end result looks UGLY (see photo below), it became PARTIALLY BURNT.

After repairing my Rim, they discovered that my Front LEFT TYRE is UNUSABLE due to the "Sidewall Steel belt damaged".  This is caused by IGNORANT me Driving the FLAT TYRE for 13km from Kepong to Section 17, Petaling Jaya, resulting the tyre damage.  I was quoted RM150 for USED tyre of similar type with 80% thread left.  A NEW tyre would have cost RM220.

As I look around the tyre shop, I spotted these rims.  See picture above.  2009 MAZDA 6 2.5i OEM Rims.  The staff there quoted me RM800 initially, but after some negotiation, the price was reduced to RM700. Me and my dad decided to TRADE-IN the LENSO NX-01 rims for RM300 in favour of this rims...  Picture below, the RIM fitted on my 1999 Ford Telstar.  Does it looks good?

Without further ado, let’s proceed to Logbook…


Year of manufactured: December 1998 (registered January 1999)
Purchase price: RM42,000 (Aug 2005)
Current value: RM12,000 (As at December 2009)
Depreciation per year (averaged): RM7,500
Mileage last month: 149,384km

Mileage NOW: 150,205km

Fuel consumption (so far):
BEST: 10.2km/l (24 December 2009)
WORST: 5.9km/l (September 14, 2009) => 100% City driving

THIS MONTH (January):
BEST: 9km/l on 24 January 2009 (80% Highway driving). WORST: 1st week of January: 7.1km/L, 90% City driving. I used either RON95 Shell OR Mobil RON95 only.

0-100km/h: 10.8 secs (1/1/2010). Previous run 10.4 secs (27/9/2009).

TODAY, As at 28 January 2010,

Expenses (this month)

1) Fuel expenses (RM350)
2) Parking and tolls charges... (RM50 est)
3) CHANGED 4x 2009 Mazda 6 2.5i OEM Sport Rims: Paid RM700 (see photo below).  After traded in my LENSO NX-01 17" rims for RM300.  1 used Silverstone Synergy M5 tyre: RM150.  Total RM850.

4) Labour for Changing both Alternator and fan pulley, taking apart the engine, top overhaul and putting it back: RM790.  (Better than Projected RM2300 for engine transplant).


Before I go, here's some parting shots below:

Pictures above, the newly replaced Fan belt and alternator belt which earlier SNAPPED.

Photo above: The ORIGINAL semi-bucket front seat, me find it COMFORTABLE, supportive and STYLISH. What do you think?

LASTLY, before I signed off, this is the LATEST photo of my Telstar with the 2009 MAZDA 6 2.5i 17" OEM RIMS. Man, it DOES LOOKS GOOD!

That's all folks!  Thanks for having the time and patience to read this Blog entry of mine...  See you February 28 2010 for the 20th update...  AN ORIGINAL JEFF LIM'S PRODUCTION.  My original work...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Shahriza Hussein (1943 ~ 2010)


"One of Malaysia’s first generation of motoring journalists, Shahriza Hussein, passed away last weekend, two months short of his 67th birthday. He left us peacefully, with no pain and suffering, something which I feel is the 'reward’ a person gets for having been good during his life on earth – and Shahriza was certainly a good man, kind and fatherly to the rest of us in the fraternity.

Shah, as everyone called him, was the publisher and editor of Auto International which started in 1976 but he probably never expected to be one. His early years of working were spent in the Malaysian education service as a teacher, examinations specialist and curriculum consultant.

However, in the mid-1970s, he decided government service was not for him and moved into the private sector to start Auto International (AI), which was the second motor magazine in Malaysia after Asian Auto which had started in 1973 (the AAM magazine is 'older’ but it has been circulated only to members). Although he also had other magazines, among them one which covered his other passion – hifi audio systems – AI was the one that took up virtually all his time.

By 2005, Shah decided that it was time to retire and stepped away from an active role in producing the magazine every month.  He led a quiet life at home...  Nevertheless, thanks to e-mails circulated among the fraternity, we all 'heard’ from him on and off. He also wrote some articles for a newspaper in which he related his childhood years and that was great reading. "


My (Jeff Lim's) opinion:

In 2008, he published a NOVEL Entitled "LEGACY".  I haven't read the book but a check with the Internet shows that His book is ON SALE in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, USA and others...  Critics sang praises to his book...

AL-FATIHAH Allahyarham Shahriza Hussien.  Though you've passed away, I have this to say, you are my ROLE MODEL.   I had been READING your Magazine since 1988!  I was only 9 years old back then when I picked up and actually READ my 1st issue of Car Magazine.  It was a 1988 issue of AUTO INTERNATIONAL.   The Cover I remembered back then was a MITSUBISHI GALANT Super Saloon.  From October 1989 to 1994, I've been religiously FOLLOWING your Magazine.  In  1995, I followed my Dad to Hong Kong to Continue my Year 10 (form 4) over  there...   DID NOT read your magazine until my return from Hong Kong in October 1999.  I Enjoyed your magazine until 2005, I presumed you RETIRED as a FULL TIME editor.  

The Magazine Content DETERIORATED since 2005.  It's so BAD that by Mid-2006, the Auto International was SUSPENDED for 6 issues. The magazine changed its editor 3 times!  There were NO MORE detailed "SPECIFICATIONS" and 8 page featured car review.  Auto International goes from "1 of the BEST" Magazine in 2005 to "1 of the WORST MAGAZINE" in 2009.   

To Current Editor of Auto International.  Please bring back the OLD Review format which has DETAILED Specifications.  Currently, your Review is "SUPER BRIEF", photos were "ULTRA SMALL" and NOT Technical AT ALL.  EVEN, Weekly News Straits Times' CARS.BIKES.TRUCKS Pullout is MILES BETTER than today's Auto International.  At LESS THAN 60 pages including cover  and priced at RM8.80, it's NOT WORTH the Asking price.My advice, if you want to CONTINUE WRITING this WAY, please cut the Price to RM5.  Else, BUCKLE UP and BRING US 2004 writing format, picture quality + specifications please...

Jeff Lim signing off! -SOBBING- in between...

Monday, January 25, 2010

ARTICLE: Forget subsidies, just give me cash

Forget subsidies, just give me cash

By Hafiz Noor, The Malaysian Insider

JAN 19 — In spite of opposition that saw the streets of Kuala Lumpur filled with pro-fuel subsidy groups during the Abdullah administration, efforts to liberalise the fuel subsidy regime has gone a long way.

Out of a number of its arguments, one that criticises the untargeted and blanket nature of the policy has gained tremendous traction. The fact that it benefits those who do not need or deserve the subsidy is clearly one of the main motivators — the bigger drivers are probably cost and waste — behind the reformation of the policy.

The Najib administration is addressing this particular criticism. That has resulted in multiple novel moves and proposals from the federal government. Among the proposals reported in the mainstream media are different prices for different groups, a cap on subsidised fuel consumption and access to subsidy based on engine size. While the moves and proposals may reduce the size of fuel subsidy either in value or in quantity, the proposals may appear too convoluted.

I appreciate the government’s effort at making the policy more targeted hence, less wasteful in terms of opportunity cost. Yet, these novel ways are really unnecessary given its simpler alternatives. In fact, the more convoluted the methods are, the more complex the implementation will be. That is a recipe for a disaster, policy wise.

Just observe the recent attempt to limit the sale of subsidised fuel to foreigners at the border. So complicated was it that everybody was confused and in the end, it did not work. Consumers found ways around the restriction.

There is a better and much simpler way to do to this.

Before we proceed to that better and simpler policy, it is crucial for us to recall the purpose of the fuel subsidy. Its goal is ultimately to reduce the cost of living of the less well-to-do Malaysians. On top of that, fuel subsidy is not the only way to achieve that goal.

With that in mind, the better alternative to the fuel subsidy is a simple cash transfer from the government to those who deserve it.

Why cash transfer?

The first reason is that it paves the way for total elimination of fuel subsidy to free up the market. Since free prices signal scarcity, individuals and entities will make decisions that are more reflective of the reality of the energy market. On top of that, it creates real competition among pump owners. The same system of free prices already exists in the United States and Australia. Its effectiveness is proven.

Not only that, elimination of subsidy at the pump reduces consumption, all else being constant. That means lower carbon emissions. In times when carbon emissions are a worldwide concern and in light of the Najib administration’s promise to announce a carbon cut roadmap in the near future, this is an opportunity to integrate transportation and energy policies together environmental policy. Such integration is important given that, according to the International Energy Agency in 2007, the transportation sector was the source of 30 per cent of Malaysia’s carbon dioxide emissions in 2005.

Thirdly, cash can be used for a variety of things and not just fuel. Maybe a beneficiary of such a cash transfer appreciates books or food more than fuel. This has the potential of increasing the beneficiary’s welfare higher than what a fuel subsidy policy can bring. If the beneficiary does appreciate fuel more than anything else, then he or she can simply buy the same amount of fuel he or she would have otherwise bought under the fuel subsidy policy. In other words, there are more choices. The economics behind cash transfer is clearly more welfare enhancing than a simple fuel subsidy.

The next question is, naturally, how to do it.

If the sale of subsidised fuel is to be limited, then the government will have a good idea about the maximum amount of money it needs to spend on fuel subsidy. Furthermore, the lower the cap, the higher the likelihood a beneficiary of the subsidy will exhaust his or her quota. From there on, certain statistical manipulations can give us the size of money transfer per capita required to make the cash transfer method the equivalent of the fuel subsidy policy in terms of value.

The cash transfer itself can be delivered to the deserving via the existing tax system. Here is another beauty of cash transfer. It pays only to those who have filed their taxes. Thus, this is yet another incentive for those who have yet to file their tax to finally do so.

For those who just want to fill up their vehicles, here is another reason to support a simple cash transfer instead of an explicit targeted fuel subsidy policy: no weird rule at the pump.

So, what about it that is not to like?

*The views written here are the personal opinion of the columnist.

END OF ARTICLE.  That's all folks, thanks for reading this WONDERFULLY WRITTEN ARTICLE. 



ARTICLE: Loopholes for buying fuel with MyKad — Lim Sue Goan

Loopholes for buying fuel with MyKad — Lim Sue Goan

JAN 18 — This would be the busiest year for the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry. As the government is going to reduce subsidies on necessities, law enforcement officials would have to be diligent in their duties to prevent profiteers from fishing in troubled waters. Under the “1Malaysia” slogan, the government would have to take care of all Malaysians and for the very first time, it has listed turkey and pork as controlled items during Christmas and Chinese New Year.

However, there are many corrupt practices in the market, ordinary people are sometimes smarter than the officials. No matter how stringent the controls are, they still have ways to escape from being caught by law enforcement officials.

Take the implementation of buying fuel with MyKad, which is scheduled to be launched on 1 May, as an example, there are in fact many loopholes for the policy.

Under the new fuel subsidy structure, only Malaysian owners of vehicles with low engine capacity will enjoy full fuel subsidy, each person is limited to enjoy fuel subsidy for one vehicle and each person is allowed to pump limited amount of fuel every month. They have to face a lot of technical problems in order to implement such new policy.

Firstly, there are thousands of millions of different vehicles in the country. Would the government be able to match all the information of Malaysian citizens with the vehicles they own using computer system within three months? Moreover, some people have more than one vehicle registered under their names, how is the government going to ensure zero computer system error?

It is said that the government will also ask for assistants from banks, hoping to verify the information of vehicle owners through credit card records. The Road Transport Department (JPJ) will as well have to be psychologically prepared that many people may want to “change” the ownership of their vehicles to their relatives in order to enjoy fuel subsidy. Thus, it is not going to be a simple task.

In the first stage of implementation, there will be various errors and complaints for sure, including the computer system may be down; readers fail to read MyKad, no record in the computer system, some people are not allowed to enjoy fuel subsidy even thought they have not reach the limit amount yet, some small cars are not able to enjoy the subsidy while big vehicles can, or lorry drivers may complain that subsidised diesel is always sold out.

Secondly, how is the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry going to stop some Malaysians from lending their MyKads to foreigners? Foreigners may register their vehicles under borrowed Malaysian names to enjoy the subsidy. The readers in petrol stations recognise only cards but not the persons, the policy may become a profit-making opportunity for people living near country borders.

Thirdly, the policy in which vehicle owners are allowed to pump only a limited amount of fuel monthly may help to stop smuggling activities but fuel consumption is sometimes difficult to estimate. For example, we will have to consume more fuel during festive seasons as we have to return to our home towns. Also, sales persons and field staff have to go out very frequently. Such a policy will cause fierce opposition.

If a person does not purchase fuel up to the limited amount this year, could the remaining quota being carried forward to next month? How much is the reasonable fuel consumption amount? A total of 50 litres would be more than enough for those working near their houses but for sales persons, it may not enough even for two days. Also, those who cannot use up the quota may resell the remaining amount.

The government may think that the new mechanism can save a significant amount of subsidies but it does not take into account that if it is not effectively and smoothly implemented, it my affect the operation of industry and commerce, as well as cause an inflation.

The most crucial question is, how is the government going to use the billions of ringgit saved from the reduce of subsidies? The people will never wish to see their hard-earned money to be simply squandered and wasted. —




Thay's all folks, thanks for having the time and patience to read this SECOND WELL WRITTEN ARTICLE.

ARTICLE: An approaching nightmare: Leisure days have LONG GONE...

An approaching nightmare

BY — Lim Sue Goan,

JAN 15 — The Malaysian fuel prices in 1997 was cheaper than mineral water. The price for mineral water was RM1.50 per litre while the price for fuel was RM1.10 per litre at that time.

The country was almost as rich as Arab countries. Such a scenario was not far away but a few months later, we will have to use MyKad in order to enjoy subsidised fuel. Leisure days have long gone.

Malaysians no longer enjoy cheap fuel and sugar. It tells us that our national treasury is short of money. Factors that caused the shortage of money have been mentioned for many times.

They include mismanagement, overspending, corruption, declining petroleum revenues and economic recession.

In order to increase revenue and reduce deficit, the government has to reduce subsidies (the government will reduce RM4 billion of subsidies this year) and impose more taxes (service tax for credit cards, tax on disposal of real property, as well as the Goods and Services Tax).

Therefore, the public must be psychologically prepared to face the bitterness of price hikes.

In order to lead the country out of the current economic predicament, the government has introduced a new economic model to turn the country into a high-income economy.

Firstly, the people are still not clear about the structure of the new economic model. We only know that it is going to be a knowledge-based economy that requires the creativity of the people to develop the areas of services and technology.

In order to turn an economy relying on foreign workers into a knowledge-based economy, there must be a solid foundation and conditions, such as high value-added areas, experts and research bases. And it is impossible to be achieved overnight.

Secondly, Malaysians are lack of high standard skills, effectiveness and competitiveness. How are employees going to increase the staff’s salary? The level of income is measured based on the average.

It will be meaningless if only a small number of people are able to gain high income while the majority earn less.

It is worrying that before the increase of the average income of Malaysians, we must first bear the pain of “high costs”, including the inflation brought by subsidy reduction, as well as the possible increase of water and electricity tariffs and tolls.

In fact, Malaysians earn very low incomes. For example, the monthly basic salary for security guards is between RM350 to RM400, while factory workers earn RM480 and estate workers earn RM600 per month.

These low-income earners will starve to death in urban areas and only this year, the government announces the minimum basic salary system for security guards, private clinic assistants, estate workers and those working in the catering and hotel industry. How are we going to achieve the dream of turning the country into a high-income economy?

It is reported that more and more wage earners in Singapore enjoy luxurious life in the Iskandar special economic zone during weekends. For them, luxury houses in the economic zone is cheaper compared to a three-room apartment in Singapore and the monthly house loan is even lower than a car loan in Singapore.

Even a semi-detached or a detached house is relatively cheap compared to housing prices in foreign countries or if it is calculated with foreign exchange rates. However, wage earners in Malaysia cannot even afford a RM300,000 house, not to mention a luxurious one.

Malaysians have become “second-class people” in this piece of land because of low income.

Many people are likely to become “poor” if we have to face inflation and at the same time, pay various taxes while our incomes remain unchanged. It is an approaching nightmare for Malaysians. —





Last weekend, I accompanied my Tenant to IKEA.  Guess what?

This is a GOOD PLACE to SPOT UGLY MALAYSIAN.  Here's what I observed during the 2 hours shopping:

1) They simply park their TROLLEY in the middle / walkway.  (See photo) 

 This is what they should do:

Park their trolley at the side or ensure that it don't obstruct the walkways.

2) They took the item, from the shelf, later changed their mind and SIMPLY PUT THE ITEM in ANOTHER DEPARTMENT/ SECTION.  (See picture Below, circled)

WHAT THEY SHOULD DO, Put back the item back into the shelf you took from.  Where it belongs.

3) TROLLEY FIGHTING (in the event of SALE). 
They will initially line up for the Trolley, when the trolley ARRIVES, they "FIGHT" or GRAB the trolley. 

4) AS SEEN IN HYPERMARKET: Peeling onion/Garlic and left the SKIN/Outer layer in the shelf.  OR Picking MANDARIN ORANGE from one box to another.  OR Pressing the Mango, Durian. 

5) QUEUING in WRONG LANES:  Eg. 30 items but lined up in ""10 items or less" lane / EXPRESS LANE.  Or "CASH ONLY" Lane, but opting to pay CREDIT CARD.

6) HOGGING the ESCALATOR: Eg. Despite saying "EXCUSE ME" they refused to move to the left, preferring to STAND say, 2 to 3 people side by side.

7) HUGGING, CARESSING  AND KISSING in PUBLIC.  Man, 1/5 couples in Malaysian shopping mall did this.  Example are FAMOUS DJ PIETRO FELIX and his Scantily Clad GIRLFRIEND as spotted in IKEA on the 3rd week of December.   I PERSONALLY  SPOTTED THEM, while queuing for payments, KISSING, CARASSING and Hugging EACH OTHER. 


That's all folks, thanks for having the time and patience to read this RAMBLING of mine...

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Emergency Update: Ford Telstar 2.0i4 Ghia

As I'm typing this, my Ford Telstar is still in Workshop.  The Engine BLOWN.  It all started last Sunday.  The Fan belt and Alternator Belt snapped at  the same time.  Stupid me go and attempt to start the car after the belts snapped.  According to my mechanic, what I did DAMAGED the ENGINE.

I have roughly 10 hours (tommorrow by 11am) to decide whether I should:
B: Engine transplant.

I'm in a dilemma.  My dad and foreman ADVISED me to Change Engine while I want to Overhaul. What should I do?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

INTERVIEW: Still in the dark over system

The Star, Sunday January 17, 2010

Still in the dark over system


The Government’s plan to impose a two-tier pricing mechanism for petrol by May 1 has given rise to many questions but answers are hard to come by. Just how will the mechanics be worked out?

THE Government wants to cut down on subsidies it pays on petrol by implementing a two-tier pricing system by May 1. Domestic Trade and Co-operatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob says the principle has been agreed upon but details are still being worked out. He has asked the public to give him their views via his Facebook.

The move to reduce subsidies, including for sugar and other consumer products, is a very sensitive and difficult process, he admits.

OTOREVIEW'S NOTE: Here's an Interview between, The Star Reporter, Shahanaaz Habib and Domestic Trade and Co-operatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.  ENJOY:

Q> People want to be informed early about the new fuel pricing mechanism so that they can be prepared.
A> I agree but we have not fully settled on the exact mechanism. It’s still under discussion, that’s why we are still unable to announce details at this moment.
What I was able to announce is the principle of the subsidy. Wherever you go in the world, subsidies are targeted at needy groups. In the case of petrol for our country, the poor or the middle income group.

But now everyone is getting the petrol subsidy, including foreigners, which means the Government is subsidising citizens, non-citizens and the well-to-do. This is wrong. The principle of the new mechanism is that the subsidies will be given to only the targeted group.
Filling up: Details on the two-tier fuel pricing system are still being worked out.

Q> Since the Government is still discussing the mechanism, maybe it won’t be implemented in May?
A>That May 1 date is still on target but it will only be for the peninsula. For Sabah and Sarawak, the implementation will be later. The people there use four-wheel drive vehicles to get around and most are about 3,000cc. Even the poor are forced to use that because of the terrain. We will eventually have a mechanism for them.

Q> How can people give their feedback constructively if they are not given some details of the proposal?
A>But they are already doing that now. Even though no one is certain about what is going to happen on May 1, the debate and discussion have already started. Even the principle of the subsidy is being questioned. Even the rich are thinking they should be entitled to the subsidy.
We are listening to the opinions and suggestions.

Q>Is the Government looking at engine capacity or the make of the car to determine who gets the subsidy? What engine capacity are you looking at?
A>With cars, the best is to look at engine capacity. It’s wrong to go by the brand because that would be perceived as discriminating against a make. You can’t say whoever owns a BMW is not entitled to subsidised petrol; BMW would be mad at us. That’s why engine capacity is the best consideration. As for the engine capacity, we will announce later.

Q> How about expensive cars like the Mini Cooper, which has a small engine but cost over RM200,000?
A>There are also some kampung folk who use very old Mercedes Benz, which is very cheap – costing about RM10,000 – but the engine capacity is big. Whatever we do, we can’t cover 100%. There are bound to be some who won’t be covered. This is true of whatever policy we make; it can’t be 100% perfect. - Has the CHEEK to say  this comment, WHAT A DOOFUS! ED.  There will definitely be some who are not satisfied or who terlepas (escape).

Q> Will there be two different pumps at petrol stations?
A>We are still working out the mechanics but definitely not two pumps. We are looking at pumps having two prices or perhaps just having the market price on it but those entitled to the subsidised price get to pay less and get receipts for it.

Q> Who decides on the engine capacity at the petrol station?
A>We are considering putting a chip into our MyKad to register the car that’s entitled to the subsidised petrol. Each person is eligible for subsidised petrol for only one car. It’s not fair if you have 10 (small engine capacity) cars and you get subsidies for all 10. If the car is registered to different people, for example the wife, son or daughter, then each is eligible to the subsidy; one person per car. Children have to be 18 or above because, to own a car, you must be at least 18.

Q> So we won’t be handing our MyKad to some foreign petrol attendant to check?
A>I don’t think that will be the case because these days we are IT savvy. It’ll probably be swiping, like you do with the credit card. It will be a convenient system.  - What can I say!?? ED

Q> People who own big cars grumble that they already pay high duties for the imported cars. They are also paying high road taxes, so why shouldn’t they enjoy subsidised petrol because they are taxpayers too?
A>The principle of the subsidy is that those entitled are the poor and middle income group. But we are listening to all views and there have been so many because everybody has been talking based on presumption.

Q> But people argue that it’s better to disclose some details of what the Government is proposing so that they can give their views rather than speculate.
A>I can’t give details because we are still discussing (them). In due time, the Government will announce the engine capacity and whether there is a cap on how many litres per person per month. If there is no cap per car, people will abuse it. They will use their Mykad to buy as much petrol as possible, transfer it into a drum and then sell it to those who don’t qualify for subsidies. So the question of how many litres will be announced later. MAN!  This guy speaks without WISDOM! - Ed.

Q> How about those who travel outstation for work or those in big cities who travel long distances daily because they can’t afford to buy or rent homes near their offices?
A>We are looking at all angles. Someone who lives in a small town and goes to work nearby will benefit. We haven’t fixed a cap yet but if there is no limit, it will definitely be abused. Those near the Thai border will sell it over the border and, in other places, people will sell it to those who are not entitled. So there should definitely be a cap.

Q> Is the Government also looking at reducing the subsidy on diesel?
A>Not right now. The real market price should be RM2.09 per litre for diesel but fishermen pay only RM1.20, public transport such as school buses, public buses, lorries and prime movers pay RM1.43, normal cars RM1.70 and airport taxis RM1.58. - This is the ONLY PART OF THIS INTERVIEW HE SAID WHICH was NICE TO READ.  The rest?  Read on...  YOU'LL BE PISSED with what he SAYS!  You've been warned - ED

The multiplier effect of diesel is different from petrol because petrol is not used for public transport and to transport goods. If we increase the price of diesel, bus fares will go up and the price of goods will increase immediately because transportation costs would increase. School bus operators, too, would want to hike up fares. There are a lot more considerations with regard to diesel than petrol.

Q> What products is Malaysia still subsidising? Are we moving towards a no-subsidy regime?
A>Sugar, cooking oil, flour, ST15 rice, petrol, diesel, LPG gas, and NGV gas for taxis. The fuel subsidies make up the highest amount. It was RM5.6bil last year (in 2008 when world oil price was higher, the subsidy was RM18.8bil).

We are not moving towards a no-subsidy regime yet. I don’t foresee us doing away with the subsidy for basic items like rice and petrol. What we are trying to do now is to focus on the target group. There has been too much leakage because people who are not eligible are getting subsidies.

Q> It has been reported that Malaysia by 2011 will be a net importer of oil, so shouldn’t we stop giving subsidy for oil?
A>The people are not ready. When I raised the price of sugar by just 20 sen, people got angry. We must educate our people. The problem with us is that when we get something, there is no way the Government can take it back. Sugar was never a subsidised product. The Government only started subsidising sugar in 2009. Before that, because the world sugar prices were low – at US$14.50 per kg – we had no subsidy at all. But last year, the price shot up. The Government wanted to cushion the effect and started subsidising sugar. Taking it back now is very difficult because people think it is their right. - I AM SPEECHLESS with What he said... He clearly speaks without thinking...

Q> Isn’t there ample justification to withdraw the subsidy on sugar because less consumption is better?
A>Many people, including consumer and health groups, feel there is no reason for the Government to subsidise sugar because it is bad for health. It can be likened to subsidising cigarettes. The sugar subsidy only makes people use more sugar every day and this will increase the number of chronic illnesses in the country.

This is what people should understand. We have to educate people and make them aware. If we do not educate them, it would be difficult because we have been enjoying subsidies for too long. Last year, the subsidy for sugar was RM720mil. This year, despite the 20 sen increase, the Government will have to fork out an even higher subsidy of about RM1.008bil.

Q> Biscuit and soft drinks manufacturers buy sugar at subsidised prices too. So can we have a two-tier system where industries pay the real market price?
A>We should actually do this. The problem is if we do, there will be a shortage of sugar because people will start hoarding sugar. Retailers, too, will manipulate the supply and sell to industries as they pay higher prices. This will cause problems for consumers. As far as retailers are concerned, why should they sell to consumers for RM1.65 when they can sell at higher prices to factories?

For example, if the real market price is RM2.45 and the factory offers retailers RM2.20, the factory saves cost and the retailer makes more money than selling it for RM1.65 to consumers. That’s our worry about putting two prices for sugar in place. This is what happened with subsidised diesel being sold on the black market.

Q> What is the hardest subsidy for the Government to withdraw?
A>Everything! The Government will spend RM104mil this year to subsidise flour. Last year, it was RM89mil. If we cut this, the Indians and roti canai lovers will make noise. So we are maintaining the price at RM1.35 because it is a staple food for Indians. Rice, too, is staple food for the Malays, Chinese and also Indians. It is also very hard to raise diesel price because the price of other goods will go up.

As for petrol, we just have to raise the price by 5 sen and people will get angry.

 With sugar, too, people made noise when we hiked the price up by 20 sen even though sugar consumption is known to cause harm. However, they are not really worried about sugar consumption at home because they consume only 1kg or 2kg a month and a 20 sen hike per kg is not a burden at all. What they are worried about is the multiplier effect – the effect it would have on food prices outside.

Q> Has the objection against the sugar hike been very serious?
A>Not so much because consumer associations have come out in support of the Government. We argue that for health reasons people should consume less, so why buy sweet things outside? But people still fear a hike in prices of food products. That’s why we will continue our campaign of reducing sugar in food and drinks.


Man, I have only 2 WORDS after reading this INTERVIEW.  I'm very disappointed with what he said.  Clearly, he is INSENSITIVE with what he said, saying the RAKYAT Spoiled, RAKYAT will make noise, this and that...

He even have the CHEEK to quote this:  "Whatever we do, we can’t cover 100%. There are bound to be some who won’t be covered. This is true of whatever policy we make; it can’t be 100% perfect. There will definitely be some who are not satisfied or who terlepas (escape).".    WHO DOES HE THINK HE IS?  Reading the above makes me PI$SED OFF!!!

MY 2 WORDS: "SACK HIM!!!".   This will END ALL THIS HAVOC he's trying to CREATE BY MAY 1.

Cause he's Insensitive to the RAKYAT NEEDS. As I highlighted the above article in "BOLD AND ITALIC".

New rules to limit amount of petrol a vehicle owner can buy

The Star: Sunday January 17, 2010

New rules to limit amount of petrol a vehicle owner can buy


KUALA LUMPUR: The Government is likely to put a cap on the amount of subsidised petrol a car owner can buy monthly, when the new petrol pricing mechanism starts on May 1.
Without a cap on the amount for each car, those eligible for the subsidised petrol would “definitely abuse it,” said Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

“They will buy as much petrol as possible and transfer it into a drum or somewhere, and then sell it to those who are not eligible.

“Those living near Thailand will sell it across the border,” he said in an interview yesterday.
Ismail Sabri said the Government was still discussing how much the limit should be and said this would be revealed to the public when it was fixed.

He admitted that those travelling long distances frequently and had no transport allowance might lose out due to the monthly cap.  However, there were others who would stand to gain, such as those driving small cars, living in small towns and working close to where they live.

The Government recently announced that it would fix a two-tier pricing system for petrol, depending on engine capacity, while foreigners would have to pay the market price.
Currently, the Government is subsidising petrol at 30 sen per litre for all. The market price for RON 95 is RM2.10 per litre but because of the subsidy, the pump price is only RM1.80.
Ismail Sabri said a person would be eligible for subsidised petrol for only one car.

He said, however, that if the cars were registered to different people, like the owner’s wife or children, then each would be eligible for the subsidised petrol.

On whether there would be two different pumps (subsidised and not subsidised) at petrol stations, he said that would not be the case; instead the pumps would have two prices or just the market price but those entitled to the subsidised price would pay less.

The Government was also looking at inserting a chip into the MyKad with information of the car, so that those eligible could swipe their MyKad for subsidised petrol.

The new pricing mechanism would apply only to the peninsula in the initial phase but it has raised many questions with few answers.

In Butterworth, DERRICK VINESH reported that Ismail Sabri said the archaic Hire Purchase Act would reviewed to protect car buyers from being harassed by car repossessors and finance companies.

“The laws at present seem to favour the banks and finance companies rather than consumers.
“Under the 1Malaysia concept, the people come first,” he said after opening the Consumer Awareness campaign at Sunway Carnival Mall Seberang Jaya here yesterday.

The other Acts also to be amended were the Copyright Act; Consumer Protection Act, Price Control Act and Direct Selling Act.

“We hope the Acts can be amended and passed in Parliament by the third quarter of the year,” he said.  At another function, Ismail Sabri said amendment to the Copyright Act 1987 would make owning even one copy of a pirated VCD or DVD an offence.


Sunday, January 17, 2010

FULL REVIEW: Toyota Celica ZR VVTL-i 2ZZ-GE (00-05)

FULL REVIEW: Toyota Celica ZR VVTL-i 2ZZ-GE (00-05)

In this blog entry, I'm going to cover 2000 to 2005 Toyota Celica ZR VVTLi.  It's QUITE RARE in Malaysia, as UMW Toyota DID NOT IMPORT the car to Malaysia.  Instead, it's Grey importers (Eg. NAZA, MOFAZ) who imported few hundred units as Unregistered car.  Today, as at 15 January 2010, a used Celica is your for the following prices:

Year......... 2000........2001.....2002.....2003....2004/05 (Unreg)
Price (RM):82k..........89k.......98k.......110k...125k/135k

As usual, I don't have a TEST car to see/drive/feel and BRAG about.  All is NOT LOST, I dished out a SUPERTEST from GOAUTO Australia.  In addition, I also came up with 5 owner's review from ALL OVER THE WORLD.  Enjoy:



Model release dates: November 1999 - March 2006
1999 Toyota Celica ZR coupe Car Review



TOYOTA'S Celica has moved up from hairdresser's car to hair-raiser.

While previous generations typically offered more show than go, the new model is a firecracker.

Complementing the cracking 140kW powerplant is a taut chassis that delivers superb levels of grip and handling.

But there's a catch: Celica only delivers the goods in six-speed manual form.

The optional four-speed auto is simply not up to the task of keeping the high-revving 1.8-litre engine on the boil.

Previous model

Make: Toyota
Model: Toyota Celica

March 1994 Release date:
Nov 1999 End date:
Toyota has messed with the Celica since day one, resulting in the hairdresser image even though some models have been anything but.

The 1994 version brought together most elements, especially handling, but the front-drive, 100kW 2.2-litre Camry engine was quite pedestrian.

1999 Toyota Celica ZR coupe | GoAuto - something

The Car

THE nice little "home" girl with the hourglass figure became an angry young street urchin in the latest generation Celica. It's smaller, lighter, tauter and 10 times meaner than sweet number six, sporting a No.1 clipper head shave, sharp eyes and a broken nose. The look is the work of stylists from Toyota's Calty design centre in California. The car is 90mm shorter and 15mm narrower than the model it replaces, even though its wheelbase is 65mm longer. At the front end, a deep channel runs from the small grille aperture up the centre of the bonnet to a (fake) air intake. Long, triangular four-lamp head light clusters with a projector-type low beam and multi-reflector high beam are used.

The roof line is emphasised near each front seat, and bends radically down toward the rear hatch. The wing, standard on both models, and wrap-around "crystalline" tail lights dominate Celica's rear end, though the thick rear pillar and huge spoiler tend to retard rear visibility.

1999 Toyota Celica ZR coupe | GoAuto - something

The Car - Seat Plan

DESPITE being shorter and narrower, the Gen VII Celica's longer wheelbase has brought with it more interior room ... relatively speaking. Gen VII has more interior space than Gen VI, with front legroom up 10mm to 1315mm. Overall height has increased by 10mm to 1315mm and front headroom is up as a result, by 31mm on non-moonroof models and 11mm with the hole in place. Despite rear headroom having increased slightly by moving the rear header rail 50mm forward, rear seat space - in all directions - is suitable for children only. Toyota describes the interior as a 'cross-over' cockpit, designed to create an individual experience for both the driver and front passenger.

Did you know?

This is the seventh generation of Celica, stemming from the 1.6-litre Gen I back in 1971
1999 Toyota Celica ZR coupe | GoAuto - something

The Car - Seats

THE Celica's front seats are adjustable for seat height - over a 29mm range - as well as slide and tilt. The front buckets are covered with a 'Jersey' fabric, consisting of black material in the centre and coloured highlights (blue for SX and red for ZR) for the bolster sections. Side airbags, standard on ZR and optional on SX, are located in the front seats.

The front pews have non-adjustable headrests and large side bolsters. S-springs and a sub-wire across the lumbar area were incorporated into them to provide additional comfort and support. High-density, low-rebound pad material was also used for the seat cushion pad to absorb vibration. The rear bench seat has flat woven amethyst trim.

1999 Toyota Celica ZR coupe | GoAuto - something

The Car - Dash

THE Celica dash is designed to "encapsulate" the driver and front passenger. Instrument graphics are orange on black, with LCD displays, also in orange, used for the fuel and temperature gauges and odometer and trip meters. Automatic models have a transmission indicator in the instrument panel and a separate display within the analogue speedo arc. A leather-clad three-spoke steering wheel, plus a leather-clad gear knob, add to the sporty ambience. An in-dash storage box with lid creates a big area of space between the digital clock and stereo.

1999 Toyota Celica ZR coupe | GoAuto - something

The Car - Controls

THE Celica's radio is prominently positioned with big buttons and lettering making it a snack to operate. The steering wheel for models with automatic transmission has shift buttons for sequential-manual gear selection. Steering wheel adjustment is restricted to tilt only, however it moves without the need to slot into pre-set notches. The cruise control stalk is straight from the Toyota spare parts bin.

External mirrors are adjusted from an electronic directional pad underneath the driver's door grabhandle. The power window switches feature a one-touch auto up with jam protection for the driver's window. The windows can also be closed after the ignition is turned off. Variable intermittent wipers and a rear windscreen wiper and demister are standard on all Celica models.

1999 Toyota Celica ZR coupe | GoAuto - something

The Car - Wheels/tyres

THE ZR Celica has petite five-spoke 16-inch alloys with Yokohama A860 Advan 50-aspect ratio tyres. The SX 15-inch alloy wheel design consists of five dual spokes suitable for Bridgestone Potenza 55-aspect ratio tyres.

1999 Toyota Celica ZR coupe | GoAuto - something

The Car - Luggage

BOOT space is hardly cavernous but acceptable for a coupe of this size. Luggage capacity for the Gen VII Celica has increased 14 per cent (or 40 litres) over the preceding model to 323 litres. The rear loading height is now down to 786mm which improves access to the cargo area. The luggage area has a flat load floor, an under-floor storage area, luggage tie-down hooks, an oddments tray and a hook for a shopping bag.

The rear bench seat split-folds 50/50 and has red-coloured "warning" latches which, when unengaged, remain raised above the seatback. Child restraint anchorage points are built into the rear seatback and neatly located inside by flush-fitting covers. It is an ideal location, minimising intrusion into the cargo area.

Did you know?

Celica's overall dimensions are smaller than its predecessor - it is 90mm shorter and 15mm narrower - but its wheelbase has been stretched by 65mm to 2600mm.

1999 Toyota Celica ZR coupe | GoAuto - something

The Car - What's changed

A LOT has changed with Celica, with styling, dimensions and engine top of the list. Gone are the soft, flowing lines of the former "hairdresser's car" and in its place is an unashamedly aggressive-looking car with sharp, machined surfaces, four-corner wheel positioning and a striking headlight cluster.

The new package is marked by a 65mm longer wheelbase but a shorter overall length (down 90mm) and width (65mm). At least for the time being, Celica has lost its underwhelming Camry engine status and replaced it with an all-new and much more performance-oriented 1.8-litre donk.

1999 Toyota Celica ZR coupe | GoAuto - something

The Car - Stand out features

THE enormous, all-encompassing triangular head light cluster commands attention at the front end of the car. The cluster has built-in front signal lamps in skeleton extensions and features a projector-type low beam and multi-reflector high beam. If orange on black is your thing, you won't be disappointed with the array of instruments which confronts you from the driver's seat. The speedometer and tachometer have orange needles and lettering.

The speedo arc uses a large orange typeface at 20km/h increments, and in automatic models also houses the gear selected when in semi-automatic mode. The "orange crush" continues within the LCD display that encompasses fuel and temperature gauges, transmission indicator (on the autos), odometer and twin trip meter.

Did you know?

The Celica colour range is: Glacier White, Cold Steel, Ebony, Raven, Cherry and Galaxy Blue. The new Raven colour has two types of colour pigment - black and blue - in the top clear coat.

1999 Toyota Celica ZR coupe | GoAuto - something

The Car - Climate control

QUITE unbelievably for a car in this market segment, air-conditioning is a dealer-fit option for both Celica models. Celica uses conventional rotary dials for controlling the cabin temperature however the digital air-conditioning read-out is unnecessarily complicated.

1999 Toyota Celica ZR coupe | GoAuto - something

The Car - Sound system

THE standard Celica audio system has an electronic touch-tune AM/FM radio with a single-slot CD player with repeat, random and skip/search functions. ZR adds a cassette player with a six-disc in-dash CD changer. Sturdy construction and special fluid dampening aims to reduce the effect road imperfections have on sound quality.

The system has motorised auto-loading and eject and random/repeat/scan functions. Six speakers are positioned around the cabin, including high-mounted tweeters for optimal high-frequency clarity. SX owners can purchase either a three-disc or six-disc in-dash CD changer as an accessory.

1999 Toyota Celica ZR coupe | GoAuto - something

The Car - Security

CELICA has remote central locking as standard, along with an engine immobiliser incorporating fuel and ignition cut-out. A cover keeps the contents of the boot hidden, while the standard-fit radio is security coded for added protection against theft.

March 1994-Nov 1999 Toyota Celica ZR coupe Rear shot

Our opinion

We like
Looks, performance, handling
Room for improvement Poor rear visibility, auto feels sluggish

By GAUTAM SHARMA 05/01/2000
THE new Toyota Celica is likely to attract buyers who would never have considered its predecessors.

No longer does it rely purely on swoopy good looks to set it apart from the more mundane sedans and hatches in the Toyota line-up.

The languid performance and uninspiring handling of the outgoing "four-eyed" Celica have made way for outstanding dynamics that are more than a match for any other sub-$50,000 coupe.

Its straight-line performance might not be up there with the Nissan 200SX, but the Celica is satisfyingly quick all the same, being capable of sprinting from standstill to 100km/h in just over seven seconds.

At the car's heart lies a seemingly race-inspired 1.8-litre engine that cranks out 140kW at a dizzy 7600rpm - but perhaps more amazing is that peak torque of 180Nm occurs just 800rpm lower.

The powerplant has an almost turbo-like delivery, coming into its own in the upper half of the rev range thanks to Toyota's VVTL-i variable valve timing system.

Exceeding 5000rpm results in the formerly muted engine note changing into a hard-edged roar. The increase in decibels is accompanied by a dramatic surge in performance as the tacho needle rapidly sweeps towards the redline.

The somewhat peaky delivery of the engine means the close-ratio six-speed gearbox needs to be stirred frequently to obtain optimum performance.

This is not an altogether unpleasant task as the six-speeder delivers quick, slick changes with a bit of practice. The six ratios are closely stacked, making it easy to keep the engine in the optimum rev range.

But achieving smooth progress in stop-start situations requires familiarisation with the sharp-biting clutch and abrupt fuel cut-off on a trailing throttle.

The optional automatic transmission virtually nullifies the benefits of the high-revving engine as four ratios are simply not enough to keep it on the boil. Consequently, the self-shifter is not worth considering unless you have a dysfunctional left leg or chronic dislike for changing gears.

Perhaps the most eye-opening aspect of the new Celica - apart from the styling - is the sheer competence of the chassis.

It quickly becomes evident from its firm ride that this car is far tauter than any of its predecessors.

Although the ride seems busy at low speeds, the plus side is the Celica has minimal body roll and feels very composed and well tied down at highway speeds.

There is nary a trace of understeer even when hurled into corners at alarming speeds. It turns in sharply and there is little evidence of torque steer, even when the accelerator is stomped on.

It should be noted that the test car was the up-spec ZR model and benefited to some degree from its taller 16-inch wheels shod with low-profile 205/50R16 tyres.

Making the most of the ample grip on offer is simplified by the well-weighted and communicative steering which seems to telegraph what is happening at the front wheels to the driver's fingertips.

In keeping with the overall character of the new Celica, the driver is seated low, in true sports-car style.

The only problem this poses is rear visibility is limited, largely due to the car's high rump. Reverse parking becomes an exercise in guesswork as it is virtually impossible to see the car in the space behind.

Comfort is one of the car's plus points and the hip-hugging bucket seats offer plenty of lateral and lumbar support, and are well suited to long trips.

Facing the driver is a simple yet attractive instrument cluster that is easy to read at a glance. The overall cabin layout is understated although interesting use of curves and contours sets it apart from other Toyota offerings.

It is externally that the Celica makes its most dramatic statement with its bold, edgy styling completely at odds with its predecessor's rounded, organic lines.

There is no middle ground with this Celica - you will either love or hate the way it looks.

The aggressive nose is dominated by a gaping mouth, large triangular headlights and air intake sculpted into the steeply sloping bonnet. The chunky, squared-off tail is similarly menacing, lending the car a squat, purposeful stance.

But unlike most previous Celicas, this car actually has the go to match the show so you need not feel like a poser when driving it.

The car's overall dimensions are smaller than its predecessor - it is 90mm shorter and 15mm narrower - but its wheelbase has been stretched by 65mm to 2600mm.

In theory, this should create greater interior space, and it does, but the rear seats are still suitable for short trips only - for not very tall passengers.

Luggage space is quite generous at 323 litres, enough to comfortably swallow a couple's belongings for trips away.

Economy is one of the car's fortes and it excels on the highway, covering nearly 600km between tankfuls.

Overall, the Celica offers striking looks and sufficient performance and handling to make it a fast, safe and enjoyable car across twisty roads.

Its fun factor is backed up by Toyota reliability and a presumably strong resale value.

1999 Toyota Celica ZR coupe | GoAuto - something


 CELICA'S inline four-cylinder engine is transversely mounted and drives the front wheels.

1999 Toyota Celica ZR coupe | GoAuto - something

Mechanical - Engine

ALL Celica models share the one mechanical package, and the Yamaha-built 1.8-litre, 16-valve DOHC four-cylinder engine is a highlight. It produces an impressive 140kW at 7600rpm and 180Nm at 6800rpm - redline arrives at 8000rpm - and while signifying a hefty reduction (16Nm) in torque from the previous "Camry" 2.2, variable valve timing (VVT-i) has entered the equation along with a high-lift second camshaft which starts throwing punches at 6000rpm (hence the "L" in VVTL-i on the engine cover).

The result is the quickest non-turbo Celica ever, good for 7.6sec in the 0-100km/h burst; Gen VI was closer to 10. The current engine, coded 2ZZ-GE, has 40 per cent more power than the 2.2-litre engine it replaced, and the power-to-weight ratio has improved by 45 per cent. A flow-down from the Lexus luxury car program and the Prius hybrid vehicle, VVTi continually varies the intake valve timing to provide ideal valve timing (and hence ideal engine characteristics) across a range of driving conditions.

1999 Toyota Celica ZR coupe | GoAuto - something

Mechanical - Suspension

CELICA'S all-new rear suspension and improved front suspension is claimed to deliver better stability, turn-in, steering feel and ride comfort. Rather than use MacPherson struts on the rear, Toyota has introduced a double wishbone suspension. The front continues with MacPherson struts. The new front suspension has L-shaped lower arms and low-pressure gas-filled dampers with a linear control valve - the latter ensures changes to damping force are constant at low damper velocities and aims to maximise driving stability and ride comfort.

Celica's front suspension hardware also includes a ball-jointed stabiliser bar and special rubber bushings to improve steering feel. The double wishbone rear suspension controls wheel movement through the full suspension stroke, aiming to ensure maximum tyre contact with the road.

Rear suspension geometry includes a toe-correcting function to optimise turning stability and straight-line stability under brakes.

1999 Toyota Celica ZR coupe | GoAuto - something

Mechanical - Electronic system

THE new Celica has a "multiplex communications network" designed to improve vehicle functions while reducing the complexity of the wiring harness (and therefore reduce weight). Celica also has dedicated electronic control units (ECUs) for the engine, body and combination meter. They control vehicle functions as diverse as the transponder engine immobiliser and wireless door locks. The cruise control has an actuator which directly controls the throttle valve; there is no movement of the accelerator pedal while cruise control is in operation.

Did you know?

Celica's electronic and electrical systems have separate fuses for each electrical sub-system, for added reliability

Mechanical - Transmission

THE new Celica is the first Toyota in Australia with a six-speed manual transmission - standard on both SX and ZR models - and the first with an electronically controlled four-speed automatic featuring a sequential manual shift option (called E-shift). The manual has close ratios from first to fifth gears and a tall sixth gear for better fuel economy when cruising at highway speeds. Forward gears in the manual transmission are constant mesh, which use an inertia lock key type synchromesh mechanism.

Double-cone synchromesh on the first-second change aims to improve shift quality and gearbox durability. On the auto, gears can be shifted using the buttons on the steering wheel. Downshift switches are located on the front of the steering wheel and upshift buttons are located on the rear surface of the tiller. The transmission calculates throttle opening angle and acceleration rate to determine whether the vehicle is travelling uphill and then adjusts the gear selection if necessary.

Did you know?

A spring-loaded mis-shift function has been adopted for the manual transmission to prevent mis-shifting into reverse gear when selecting either first or second gear from neutral

1999 Toyota Celica ZR coupe | GoAuto - something

Mechanical - Brakes

CELICA'S brake package includes 275mm diameter ventilated disc brakes with piston-eccentric type callipers and 269mm solid rear discs. Four-channel, four-sensor ABS anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) are standard on ZR and linked with the safety pack on SX. Toyota claims Celica's stopping distances have been reduced as a result of to the car's reduced weight, improved grip and more efficient braking system.

Electronic brake force distribution (EBD) replaces a load-sensing, proportioning and by-pass valve. The EBD control uses the ABS control unit to achieve a more ideal brake force distribution between the front and rear wheels, according to road conditions (available traction) and vehicle load. It allows front and rear braking force to more closely match the ideal curve under all vehicle load conditions. EBD also controls brake forces to the right and left wheels when braking in corners.

1999 Toyota Celica ZR coupe | GoAuto - something

Mechanical - Steering

CELICA has engine-speed sensitive power-assisted rack and pinion steering, with 2.9 turns lock-to-lock. The steering has been re-engineered and includes a new compact, lightweight vane-type steering pump. The car's shorter overhangs and lighter weight are also said to contribute to improved steering response. Steering wheel vibration has been reduced by the adoption of a high-stiffness instrument panel reinforcement and steering column assembly, and a high-stiffness, lightweight steering wheel. The steering column is five-way energy absorbing, with a lower bracket, energy absorbing plate, breakaway bracket, contractile main shaft and contractile intermediate shaft. Celica's steering column has stepless tilt adjustment.

1999 Toyota Celica ZR coupe | GoAuto - something


DUAL airbags and force-limiting front seatbelt pretensioners are standard equipment on all new Celica models while side airbags, contained within the front seats, are standard on ZR and optional on SX. The body has been reinforced significantly to improve performance in frontal and side impacts. High-strength sheetmetal is used around the car. Anti-intrusion beams are located in each door.

The new model features a brake pedal retraction system, designed to minimise injury in frontal impacts. Warning lamps are provided for unbelted occupants, door ajar and hatch ajar. The rear seatbelts have an automatic locking retractor designed to hold child restraints and baby capsules firmly in place. Celica is a product of Toyota's Global Outstanding Assessment (GOA) program which concentrates on improving occupant protection, particularly in front end collisions.

END OF GOAUTO Australia's Article/SUPERTEST.


Type: 2ZZ-GE
1794cc, in-line 4, EFI DOHC 16 valve  VVTL-i
Bore x stroke: 82mm x 85mm
Compression ratio: 11.5:1
Max Power: 189hp (141kw) @7600rpm
Max torque:  180Nm@6600rpm


  • Front: Independent MacPherson struts with lower L- arm, coil springs and stabiliser bar
  • Rear: Independent double- wishbone with coil springs, gas shock absorbers and stabiliser bar


  • Power-assisted rack and pinion
  • Turns lock to lock: 2.9
  • Turning circle: 10.4 metres


  • Length: 4335mm
  • Width: 1735mm
  • Height: 1315mm
  • Wheelbase: 2600mm
  • Track, front: 1490mm
  • Track, rear: 1480mm
  • Kerb weight: 1120kg (1155kg auto)

Top speed: Electronically Limited to 190km/h (JDM Spec) -
146mph (233km/h)  - UK-spec 6 speed manual (4 speed auto -NA-)
0-100km/h: 7.2 seconds (6 speed manual), 8.5 secs (4 speed auto)


Without further ado, let's proceed to Owner's review (8 of them) from Australia, North America, UK & Ireland.


To read the owner's comments.