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Thursday, April 29, 2010

LONGTERMER #1: Update 22, April 2010: Ford Telstar 2.0i4 Ghia

LONGTERMER #1: Update 22, April 2010: 
Ford Telstar 2.0i4 Ghia

Longtermer #1, Update 22, April 2010: Ford Telstar 2.0i4 16v Ghia

In this blog entry, I am updating my Ford Telstar i4 Ghia. This is the 22th update.

What's up in the month of April?

As I am typing this, the Telstar covered 953km. Now, 152,908km. Previous month, it's 151,955km.

This month, the temperature goes up again.  But this time only during Traffic Jam or LONG >5 minutes idling.  It goes down while the car's moving.  I sent my Ford Telstar to Ford Auto Connexions PJ Service Centre.  The date was 2 April 2010, which happened to be Ford Sales and Service Carnival.  I was treated with Buffet lunch.  After waiting there for 3 hours, they revealed to me that the Flywheel Oil seal leaking.  I was told to service outside as it's AT LEAST 30% more expensive (according to its service adviser).  They only billed me RM60 for inspection fee.

On 19 April, I was supposed to sent my car to my Auntie's mechanic (A BMW and Mercedes Specialist) in Kampung Pasir, off Jalan Klang Lama to fix the leaking Flywheel oil seal.  He said need to Remove engine and gearbox before can replace the flywheel oil seal AND gearbox oil seal (Both leaking).  It'll take 2 working days to fix these problems.  He asked me to prepare RM700 to fix these problems.  The Flywheel oil seal itself costs RM180 only, But the Topping up of Gear oil and workmanship jacks up the price.  I DID NOT SEND due to insufficient funds and needing to use the car urgently.

Went back to the mechanic few days later,  after my commission cleared.  He was Pissed.  Now on waiting lists till 4 May.  He is the ONLY mechanic willing to repair these problems, I was turned down by 3 mechanics citing "A LOT OF WORK" as excuse NOT to repair the Telstar.
In a meantime, my Telstar is UP FOR SALE again...   Advertised in Mudah...

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 March 2010)
Depreciation per year (averaged): RM7,500

Mileage Last Month: 151,955km
Mileage Now: 152,908km
Mileage used April 2010: 953km

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

BEST: 8.5km/l on 11 April 2010 (80% Highway driving). WORST: April 23: 6.6km/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 29 March 2010,

Expenses (this month)

1) Fuel expenses (RM320)
2) Parking and tolls charges... (RM80 est)
- RM60 workmanship for check-up at Ford Autoconnexions PJ 3S Centre
- RM25, to weld back leaking extractor.


Before I go, here's some parting shots below:
Above: A Peek into the Service bay... Very neat...  Below, the Spare parts carnival.

LASTLY, before I signed off, this is the LATEST photo of my Telstar.  Picture taken using my Latest Gadget, Panasonic LUMIX TZ7.  Location: NEW Ford Showroom at Jalan Ipoh, where I test driven the new Ford Focus TDCI earlier this month.

That's all folks!  Thanks for having the time and patience to read this Blog entry of mine...  See you on May 29 2010 for the 23th update...  AN ORIGINAL JEFF LIM'S PRODUCTION.  My original work...

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