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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

LONGTERMER #1: Update 29, Nov 2010: Ford Telstar 2.0i4 Ghia

LONGTERMER #1: Update 29, Nov 2010: Ford Telstar 2.0i4 Ghia

In this blog entry, I'm updating my ride. The Ford Telstar 2.0i4 Ghia Auto. This is the 29th Update. What happened in the month of November?

Nothing much to update except I endured 1 OF THE WORST TRAFFIC JAM EVER.  Left my Office in Wisma Genting at 6.10pm BUT REACHED HOME 7.40pm.  Total 90 mins BUT my Odometer only covered 14km only.  It's like 1/2 (45 mins) of the journey stuck along Jalan Perak and subsequently Jalan Sultan Ismail. 

I think the Telstar is TUNED for Traffic Jam.  Despite the MASSIVE JAMS, my Fuel consumption is STILL THE SAME as September (when I worked and stayed in Petaling Jaya).  So far I worked 5 days a week.  But over the last 30 days, I only drove 10 times to work.  Rest of the day took LRT (Taman Paramount to Dang Wangi) followed by Monorail (1 stop).

So far, in the month of November, was again TROUBLE FREE.month for my Ford Telstar. (Touch wood).

Oh! ONE MORE THING, My Telstar is UP FOR SALE AGAIN!  This time its SERIOUS!  Any takers? 

This month, I covered merely 826km, a drop compared to last month's 826km. 

Without further ado, let's proceed to logbook:
Mileage last month: 158,861km
Mileage used last month: 826km

Mileage now: 159,722km
Mileage used in November 2010: 861km

Fuel consumption so far:

Best 10.2km/L (8 June 2010) (80% Highway Driving)
Worst: 5.9km/L (September 14,2009) 90% City driving

This month:

Best: 9km/L (Ron 95, EssoMobil, Kyoto Oil) 7/11/2010 (80% highway driving, 20% City)
Worst: 6.25km/L (Ron 95, Shell, Kyoto Oil) 25/10/2010 (100% City driving)

0-100km/h: 10.2 seconds (20/9/2010)

Today, as at 30 November 2010,

Expenses this month:
1) Fuel: RM240
2) Touch & Go top up: RM60
3) Parking: RM150
4) Car wash RM14

Before I go, here's a parting shot: 

That's all folks, thanks for having the time and patience to read this blog entry.  An Original Jeff Lim's Production.  See you on 30 December for the 30th update. 

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Mahindra to buy Ssangyong...

The Star Business: Tuesday November 23, 2010 MYT 11:45:00 AM

India's Mahindra signs US$463mil deal to buy Korean Ssangyong

SEOUL, South Korea: Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. and Ssangyong Motor Co. say they have signed an agreement for the Indian company to acquire the South Korean automaker for $463 million in new shares and debt.
The two companies announced the deal Tuesday after India's Mahindra & Mahindra was named the preferred bidder for Ssangyong in August.
They said in a statement that sport-utility vehicle maker Mahindra will take a 70 percent stake in Ssangyong. The companies said they expect the deal to be completed in March 2011.
SUV-maker Ssangyong went into court-approved bankruptcy protection early last year amid falling sales and mounting red ink. It was majority-owned by SAIC Motor Corp. until the Chinese company lost management control during the bankruptcy process. - AP

For Another perspective from The Korea Herald, a partner of Asia News Network, click here
Latest business news from AP-Wire
The News Straits Times MAYBANK Car of the Year 2010 Winners were announced at the COTY Gala Dinner held at The Saujana, Kuala Lumpur on 26 November 2010.

Appended are the winners by their respective categories.
The Gala Dinner pics are available at the CBT Facebook Page at
COTY 2010 Category Winners

1 - Entry Level Car
Hyundai i10 (1.25 Kappa)

2 - Compact Car
Ford Fiesta - (Hatchback/Sedan)

3 - Family Car
Naza Kia Forte

4 - Executive Car 
Hyundai Sonata

5 - Premium Executive Car (below RM300,000)
Volkswagen Passat CC

6 – Premium Executive Car (above RM300,000)
Mercedes-Benz E-Class (E200 CGI)

7 - Limousine
Jaguar XJ

8 - Performance Car (below RM300,000)
Volkswagen Golf GTi Mk6

9 - Premium Coupe/Cabriolet
Audi A5 Coupe

10 – Compact MPV (Below RM150,000)
Perodua Alza

11 – Large MPV
Mazda 8
Ssangyong Stavic

12 - SUV (Below RM200,000)
Hyundai Tucson (2.4 L)

13 – Premium SUV
Mazda CX-7

14 - SUV (RM280,000 - RM350,000)
Mitsubishi Pajero

15 - SUV (RM350,000 and above)
Porsche Cayenne (S Hybrid)

16 - Pickup Truck (4x4)
Isuzu D-Max 2.5 Super Common Rail

17 - Pickup Truck (4x2)
Ford Ranger Double Cab 4x2 XL

Public's Choice (Vote): Naza Kia Forte

Overall Car of the Year 2010 – Volkswagen Passat CC

Best Design Award – Volkswagen Passat CC

Automotive Man Of The Year : Naza Group joint group executive chairman SM Nasarudin SM Nasimuddin


That's all folks, thanks for having the time and patience to read this blog entry.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

TOPMARK PJ: Top 5 pick of the week! Week 5 (24/11 to 1/12)

This is the 5th week I visited Topmark PJ and picked 5 of the BEST USED CARS.    Topmark is a good place to buy used cars because their cars were Certified FREE FROM CUTS and JOINTS by Puspakom + Original Mileage as it is against their policy to adjust the mileage.  So buy with peace of mind.  


Also, selected Toyota Cars came with either 12 months (R1) or 6 months warranty (R2) for peace of mind.

Without further ado, let's proceed to the top 5 cars of the week:

 CAR 1: SOLD!!!:Toyota Vios 1.5E(A), 2005, BHX 9030, 1 owner, R1 (1 year warranty), mileage: 79,000km only.  RM54,800.

Car 2: SOLD!!!: Honda Accord 2.0iVTEC(A) 2005, Black. WMN 8819. 1 owner, Mileage: 125,000km, R3 (No Warranty), RM86,000.

Car 3: Proton Waja 1.8(A) PREMIUM (2002) Silver, WKL 5794, 1 owner, 117,500km only. BEST BUY: RM15,000 only. R3 (No warranty)

Car 4: SOLD!!!: WMS 3673.  Honda City 1.5VTEC(A), 2005, Gold, 114,000km only.  1 owner.  RM53,800 Neg.  R3 (No warranty)

Car 5: SOLD BGR 515,  Honda CRV 2.0iVTEC(A) 2002, Black, 2 owners, 120,000km only, RM64,500Neg.  R3 (No Warranty)

That's all folks, thanks for having the time and patience to read this blog entry. See you on the 6th week.  Ie. 2 December to 9 December 2010.  In a meantime, do drop by TOPMARK Petaling Jaya to check out their FULL LISTS of stocks.  Mention you saw the car through Jeff Lim's OTOREVIEW Blog for better deal.  Their address:

No. 52, Jalan Penchala, Petaling Jaya
Selangor, 46050 

Bryan Su:

That's all folks, Thanks for having the time and patience to read this blog entry...

Friday, November 19, 2010

400th post: Presenting Videos+SUPERTEST: Lotus Elise MK1

This is the 400th post. To CELEBRATE this Occasion,  I'm covering Comprehensive review of Lotus Elise MK1.  The Lotus Elise MK1's produced from 1997 to 2001 (1998 to 2003 In Malaysia).

The Elise is Quite rare in Malaysia.  As a result, I don't have a car to test and brag about.  All is NOT LOST, I dished out 3 videos review, 3 links to "Buyer's Guide", 1 Supertest by GoAuto Australia, and 4 Owners review sourced from

In Malaysia, presently, there's 5 units of Lotus Elise MK1 on sale in 1 1998, 1 1999 and 3 2000 model.  From the 5 units, I worked out
the averaged Used Elise Pricing:


Without further ado, here's some links to "LOTUS ELISE BUYER"S GUIDE"...

LInk 1:

Link 2:

Link 3: ELISE FAQ:

NEXT: Videos featuring LOTUS Elise MK1:
Video 1: FIFTH GEAR(?): Lotus Elise MK1

Video 2: Top Gear Best Handling Car In The World Part 1 of 2

Video 3: Top Gear Best Handling Car In The World Part 2 of 2

Followed by "SUPERTEST" by GoAuto Australia.  ENJOY:

SUPERTEST: Lotus Elise MK1


1997 Lotus Elise convertible Car Review
IT'S big on price and short on equipment levels, but when it comes to
speed, handling and looks, the super-light Lotus goes off the scales.

Its lightness of being and a gutsy Rover engine provide the motivation
while the steering, brakes and handling will flatter the most ham-fisted

Such a shame it is beyond the budget of many sporty drivers.
Model release dates: January 1997 - June 2000

The Car

1997 Lotus Elise convertible | GoAuto - something
STUNNING. Distinctive. Small. Spartan. What else can we say about the
Elise? It's the work of Julian Thomson, who clearly had a wonderful time
styling the car. The heavily sculpted "clamshell" body is made from lightweight
glass-fibre composite materials and designed to provide a minimum of
aerodynamic drag and maximum of interest from anyone who sees it.

Did you know?Brit Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman (1928-1982) founded lotus in 1955.
THE ACBC monogram is incorporated into the Lotus badge.

The Car - Seat Plan

1997 Lotus Elise convertible | GoAuto - something
THE driver's seat is nearer the vehicle's centre-line than the passenger seat,
which itself is fixed in the rearmost position. The aluminium chassis is left
exposed along the floor, under the dash and along the sides of the car. A
number of small trays and pockets are provided for odds and ends, plus a
document net behind the front seats. Getting into the cockpit requires hurdling
over the high sill - best to climb in feet-first.

Did you know?

Some of the significant Lotus moments were the launch of the Lotus Seven
in 1957, the Type 19 (aka Monte Carlo) in 1960, Elan in 1962, Elite in 1974,
and Esprit and Eclat in '75.

The Car - Seats

1997 Lotus Elise convertible | GoAuto - something

THE design of the seats was altered for the 2000 model year to provide
greater comfort, without compromising "seat of the pants" chassis feedback
to the driver. The traditional Lotus "pump-up" lumbar support for the driver's
seat has been retained. High seatbacks are used in preference to adjustable
headrests. Leather trim is available as an option. The passenger's seat does
not slide fore/aft.

The Car - Dash

1997 Lotus Elise convertible | GoAuto - something
A spartan dash with a Stack racing car instrument layout offers large dials
for road and engine speed. All other information is delivered by a multi-
function LCD readout. A cigarette lighter can be found, but there is no
ashtray, nor is there a radio in the base model's standard equipment.

The Car - Controls

1997 Lotus Elise convertible | GoAuto - something
THE indicator and wiper stalks are borrowed from GM cars such as the
Barina, while the windows and mirrors are DIY jobs. A row of five buttons
to the right of the steering wheel - sourced from Peugeots of a bygone era -
controls the lights.

Did you know?

The top-shelf Elise is the $140,000-plus limited edition (340 worldwide)
340R racecar, which has a revised gearbox, suspension and brakes.

The Car - Wheels/tyres

 1997 Lotus Elise convertible | GoAuto - something
THE mid-engined Elise has a 39/61 per cent front to rear weight distribution
and as a result rides on 5.5x16 185/55R15 front wheels and tyres, and 7Jx16
205/50R16s at the rear. There's no room for a spare, just a tyre-inflating
aerosol can.

Did you know?

Lotus cars are built at Hethel in Norfolk, near Norwich

The Car - Luggage

The 2000 model year brought an improvement to the Elise's cargo carrying
ability, dispensing with the boot bag? A fully lined boot now uses the full area
behind the engine which is no Falcon or Commodore cargo space, but perfectly
acceptable for a couple of overnight bags

A piece of insulation underneath the boot carpet has also been added to shield the boot from exhaust heat.  A further benefit of the larger boot is that the roof bows, previously stored behind the seats, can now be stored in the boot. There are two velcro clamps at the top of the engine bulkhead, which allow the roof bows to be easily stored.

The cloth hood and frame stow neatly behind the seats

The Car - Climate control

1997 Lotus Elise convertible | GoAuto - something
TO own an Elise means sacrifices must be made, and air-conditioning -
unavailable even as an option - is one of them. A minimum of heating/
temperature controls are provided - a fan knob and a control for heat and
air distribution.

The Car - Security

  1997 Lotus Elise convertible | GoAuto - something

SECURITY is provided for with the inclusion of an engine immobiliser
- and that's about it.

Did you know?

A new generation Elise was due to go on sale in late 2001.

Our opinion

  Lotus Elise convertible Rear shot

Light, sexy looks, clever use of advanced build system.
Room for improvement Tricky to enter, unexciting engine note, hilarious weather protection.

Our Opinion - Other opinions

"The Elise offers pure, basic motoring at its finest with compromises only to comfort. Sunburn, numb-bum, no luggage and too close an intimacy with the passenger are paybacks for a razor's edge experience at any speed. But still, love's like that."
"The Elise is a triumph - it is good enough to carry the rebirth of the marque on its shoulders and make Lotus great once more."
"Brilliant minimalist sports car, which unfortunately wears a maximalist price tag."


1997 Lotus Elise convertible | GoAuto - something

Mechanical - Plan views

1997 Lotus Elise convertible | GoAuto - something
THE Elise adopts classic "mid-engine" design to equalise weight balance
between front and rear wheels. The transverse engine makes it less of a
true mid-engine design than the Porsche Boxster however. The four-
cylinder powerplant is derived from the MGF.

Mechanical - Engine

1997 Lotus Elise convertible | GoAuto - something
THE 1.8-litre DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder Elise engine has been transplanted
- unmodified - from the non-VVC MGF and develops 88kW at 5500rpm and
165Nm at 3000rpm. They aren't particularly startling figures until you consider
the Elise weighs just 690kg. Independent tests have shown it can blast from rest
to 100km/h in 6.5 seconds, and even that is sixth tenths off the official Lotus claim.
The low weight saves on fuel consumption too, though premium unleaded is called for.

Mechanical - Suspension

1997 Lotus Elise convertible | GoAuto - something
THE Elise uses a double wishbone suspension with single coil springs and
dampers front and rear. Uprights of extruded aluminium were made by
Alusuisse. The suspension setting is firm, in keeping with the car's no-
compromise racecar potential.

Mechanical - Transmission

1997 Lotus Elise convertible | GoAuto - something
A FIVE-SPEED transaxle sourced from the MGF drives the Elise's rear wheels.
It's not the only item sourced from Rover - the K-series 1.8-litre engine and final
drive are straight from the MGF production line.
Automatic transmission is Unavailable.

Mechanical - Brakes

1997 Lotus Elise convertible | GoAuto - something
UNTIL the 2000 model year, the Elise used aluminium disc brakes which
saved a great deal of weight over materials such as cast iron. However, the
aluminium discs have proven unsatisfactory during sustained competition and
track work - where the car spends much of its time - and as a result Lotus
engineers have swallowed an increase in unsprung weight with the standard
fitment of steel brakes.  Anti-lock braking is unavailable on the Elise.

Mechanical - Steering

1997 Lotus Elise convertible | GoAuto - something
TIPPING the scales at an incredibly light 690kg, the Elise's weight allows
power assistance to be deemed unnecessary. The steering system is rack
and pinion, with a turning circle of 10 metres.  The unassisted steering goes
from lock to lock in just 2.7 turns.


THE lightweight aluminium chassis frame weighs a mere 70kg. Hollow
aluminium extrusions are joined by epoxy glue, with rivets added to
prevent peeling in the event of a collision. Side intrusion beams and a
roll bar are standard. A high-mount rear stoplamp is provided. Airbags
and anti-lock brakes are unavailable.
 1997 Lotus Elise convertible | GoAuto - something
The Sport R version, which is set up for the racetrack, is shown above.



  • Two years/unlimited km


  • Mid-mounted, twin camshaft, 16-valve inline four-cylinder.
  • Multi-point Injection
  • Capacity: 1.796 litres
  • Power: 88kW at 5500rpm
  • Torque: 165Nm at 3000rpm
  • Bore/stroke: 80.0mm/89.3mm
  • 10.5:1

Performance and Economy

200 km/h
5.9 s
9.6 l/100km  (10.4km/l)
5.7 l/100km (17.5km/l)
7.1 l/100km (14.1km/l)
170 g/km
Fuel tank: 40litres


  • Five-speed manual


  • Front: Independent, double wishbones, coil springs
  • Rear: Independent, double wishbones, coil springs


  • Un-assisted rack and pinion


  • Length: 3726mm
  • Width: 1701mm
  • Height: 1202mm
  • Track, front: 1440mm
  • Track, rear: 1440mm
  • Kerb weight: 690kg 
END OF GOAUTO Australia Review:


Colour Choices:

TOTAL: 10 colours to choose from!

Before I go, here's a PARTING SHOT: INTERIOR SHOT: