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Monday, February 25, 2013

66th month and reaching 800th posts! Thanks...

This blog you are reading OR subscribing now's Reached it's Milestone.  It's MADE FAMOUS By my Main Advertisers, GOOGLE and Nuffnang!  They were a good helper to Promote my Otoreview blog which started off Slowly in September 2006.  Back then, it was a Pathetic OR sad blog with merely 100 hits daily.  Today, I'm proud to announce that we have a consistent 2500 hits DAILY and our TOTAL Hit's Breached the Magical 1,000,000 (1 million mark) without me noticing (I think the 1,000,000th visitors/ blog-walkers came in Mid-January this year since it's now breacing 1,200,000 hits (OR 1.2 millions).

Thanks for all your support dear readers and subscribers to this COMPREHENSIVE no Cutting corners, Straight-to-the-point, HONEST and lastly EFFICIENT Blog Editor OR Owner, Ie. Jefferson Lim Wei Huai (yours truly)!

Please feel free to browse through OR take your own pace to read ALL my 796 BLOG Entry/Articles/Posts (whichever you called it comfortable as It's all same meaning).  Enjoy your stay OR ride here.

Jefferson Lim signing off!  ADIOS!  See You and please support me by "DONATING to my PAYPAL" account on the middle-right corner of the Sidebar.  Finger's crossed, Minimum I request's USD10 only and it's a FREE WILL Offering (ie. Up to your kind Heart), up to you to feel How much I deserved to Keep this OLD blog Up and running since September 2006 (ie. I was only 26 back then and fast forward, 65 months later, here I am!  A BALDING, 33 yrs old, Overweight (88kg), 5 feet 9 guy who's still single and available and NEVER "Pak Thor" (Cantonese for "In a Relationship") before with Any Girl.

 Sad right!  But I have a hinch my Future wife'll appear (revealed by God) in 6 months time (ie. when I'm financially stable and keeping up the good work and my goal TOP 3 Hyundai Salesman by End of the year.  Wish me luck OR for Christians, may God's blessings be upon me to approach Or express my interest to her when the right time comes...  

I know exactly who the Girl is because I dreamed of her shadow 2 nights ago.  She's standing on the edge of an opened door with "BLINDING backlights surrounding the door hence I cannot see who she really is.  But I can see her Hair Length (short - barely cover shoulder), Height (slightly over 5 feet tall) and VOLUPTUOUS Body shape (not Sexy but with "FRONT AND BACK BUMPERS" (Lame Jokes I know, but being a car freak (or enthusiasts) who loved to write about them it's pretty GOOD right?

 It is revealed that it's her, my Church Student group leader.  Name to be revealed in 6 months time (ie. on my Birthday on 13 August 2013!).  Watch this space!  Jefferson Lim signing off!  My Original Work...

FAREWELL UPDATE/FOR SALE: My Civic FD2 2.0IVTEC 2008!

I'm SAD to announce that my Personal car's (Dad's Pride and Joy's) up for sale.  It's Year 2008 (July), 1 owner (my dad) EXCELLENT / MINT Condition Civic FD2 2.0IVTEC in FACTORY Original Paint.


Photo left, the Actual Colour of the car: "Sparkling Grey Pearl Effect! - Extra RM 600 for this colour"

Here's a link to my Previous update on this LOVELY Car (my dad's 2nd wife):
http://otoreview.blogspot.com/2012/08/longtermer-2-vol-27-4th-year-honda.html

Another link to my "Cardomain's" online Profile of my dad's 2nd wife:
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/3829404/2008-honda-civic/

Some points to ponder about this car:

1) FULL SERVICE RECORDS with Sumber Auto Edaran PJ since Day 1 (28 July 2008) - no choice, walking distance from my House.  Their Salesmen's Attitude stinks (EXCEPT a sales-girl called LEMON YAP), their service advisor's "tidak apa attitude".  Enough of B1tching around with this Honda Dealer. I did that ONCE already during the Current Honda City launch!

2) Interior LIKE NEW with Unmarked, unscratched Seats, Floor and Dashboard with "NEW CAR SMELL!" - View to agree with me!

3) New MF Battery, 

4) 1 set GENUINE HONDA Brake Pads - Made in Thailand NO LESS (Worth RM510 front and RM390 rear! - RM900 less RM50 service voucher = RM850) $$$ right?  This is the TIED 1st most EXPENSIVE parts (the other's REAR wheel BEARING (same RM850) we changed since we took possession of this BABY!  So what's your opinion on the Maintenance of Honda Cars?
Answer: NOT CHEAP.  But worth it to preserve/maintain the resale value.  My dad bought this car with intention to sell in 5 years time hence the 5 years Bank Loan @ RM 90,000 with 2.35% rate from Public Finance.  Just left 5 instalments hence he FINISHED it OFF and DEBT FREE!

I knew this's the price to pay to service in Authorised Honda Dealer because I seen a Lowyat forummer selling "Bendix Metal King Titanium set for this car for HALF (1/2) the PRICE.  But it's too late, when my dad called me, he already in the Service Centre & promised to Change the Brake Pads.

5) New Rear wheel Bearings (3 months back) worth RM850.  Don't believe can go Sumber Auto Edaran to Check the record.  Complete record from Day 1 in 2008!  Why? Cause of "Whoo... Whoo... sound" at certain speeds!

6) VIRGIN CAR.  100% STOCK STANDARD with 0 Modifications.  

Note that this is RARE FIND these days as 80% or 8/10 were either thrashed, Modified with Ugly Bodykits and STUPID and EXAGGERATED Sound systems (eg. 4-channels AMP with 12" Double Subwoofers system which took up 1/2 of the Boot space).

My dad (owner)'s a Gentle, light-footed driver who LOVED the "Digital Speedo-meter" and Fuel-temp gauge, PADDLE-SHIFTER, Climate-control Air cond, Blue leather seats, 60:40 split-fold rear seat back (something extra the NEW Civic FB lacks/missing), 480 litres of Boot space (HUGE and WIDE) - see to believe, EXCELLENT Ride and handling and Lastly, CRUISE CONTROL (My 60+ years old Dad's car mah!).  

The above paragraph's the 8 (eight) reasons why he ended up buying this LOVELY car WITHOUT ANY REGRETS.  Yes, it's an EXCELLENT CAR to own with only 3 problems in 55 months!  I was AMAZED by it!

To be frank/honest, there's only 3 downsides/defects since new:

i) The random but obvious "TAK!" sound while negotiating Speed Bumps OR Car park ramps!  Sumber Auto Edaran still cannot find the Fault (yes, 5 years already!  CRAP right?). DO NOT GO THERE UNLESS you HAVE TO (Like us - walking distance  from House mah!).  Instead, you are better off going to "TENAGA SETIA RESOURCES" or "GLOBAL AMITY, Sri Kembangan" (where we Bought the Civic FD2 since Sumber got no stock and have to wait for 3 months whereas "Global Amity" can get the Colour (what we want) in HALF (1/2) the time (Ie. 6 weeks only!).

 I suspect it's related to the "Front Suspension" not properly installed at the Assembly line in Melaka back in July 2008!  Well, too late to recall OR "product update" you like to called Honda Malaysia OR DRB-HICOM, we are selling off this LOVELY car!

ii) Front A-pillar dashboard cover keeps popping up (only under the hot sun as this Civic FD2's NOT EVEN TINTED.  

That's why I said 100% Stock standard from Factory!  Thank God the Interior still looked like NEW & the New car smell's still there despite being a 5 years old car!

iii) Lastly this happened recently over the past 9 months.  The Civic have this "Whoo...Whooo...Whoo!!!" Sound randomly at High speeds (above 110km/h!).  In November, a trip to Sumber Auto Edaran points to Faulty Rear Wheel Bearings.  And this known problem's NOT EVEN RECALLED (Service advisor said 1/10 (or 10%) Civic FD produced from 2007-08 got this Premature Rear Wheel Bearings failure.  Mileage then's merely 84,000 km only!  Disappointed with Honda Malaysia OR was it DRB-HICOM?

7) Very low mileage.  Only BELOW 90,000km only.  View to believe.  Original, not tampered/adjusted.  Can verify at the Honda Service Centre, SUMBER AUTO EDARAN!

8) 4x Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres (though front 50% left and rear almost botak).  My dad's very particular about Car noise and comfort.  Hence he chose the BEST TIRES (ALL ROUNDED) which's EXCELLENT in Wet Roads, Handling, Comfort and Low Noise.  He think's the BEST TIRES despite one of the most $$$ (back bought in 2010 for RM425/piece and Front bought for RM475/piece ALL 4 bought in the FAMOUS KEDAI PAPAN HIN LEONG, Kapar, Klang.  

Note: The front Michelin PS3, he asked back in July 2011 near where we stay (Lim's tayar Taman Tun Dr Ismail, he got SHOCKED RM550/tire.  Ie. RM75 more per piece = RM300 EXTRA!  Daylight Robbery!  DON'T EVER THINK of GOING THERE AGAIN!  They Cut your throat - left, right and Centre (erm Wallet OR Purse)!  WE SINCE BANNED and SPREAD to all OUR RELATIVES AND FRIENDS about the DAYLIGHT ROBBERY EXORBITANT CHARGES found in LIM'S TAYAR, TTDI.  No wonder they're so RICH, their Advertisements.

EVERYWHERE (in Motor Trader, Hypertune, Jusco Birthday Vouchers.  Eg of Vouchers. RM100 off your new tires change and RM50 off your car service -ACK...  PHOOI!!!-  They mark up 50% for all their Parts and services as told by my Ex-classmate's which's a Mechanic in Perodua Service Centre PJ who knew the Lim Tayar's Boss's SON!  They are NO BETTER than our Am-no and Bee-End CRONIES!  But they suck IGNORANTS 0' knowledge on Vehicles and those who only know drive from A to B OR Tai-tai (Auntie's) BLOOD!

LASTLY: WELCOME TO CHOOSE YOUR PREFERRED NEW NUMBER (Sorry, Selangor Plate only.  But current Alphabets' NICE "BMB _ _ _ _" - fill in your LUCKY/IDEAL No) as I'm taking back my NOSTALGIC Selangor (BJU) No plate.  It's very meaningful and memorable despite costing merely RM310 back in July 2008!  In conclusion, this is like buying a NEW car with NEW No Plate (NEARLY NEW Condition though - view to appreciate) to show off to your friends and relatives that you've bought a "NEW" Car.

How did my dad (owner) clocked the mileage so low (88_ _ _km only (this is the 55th month we owned the car OR 4 and-a-half years.  How time flies!  It's like yesterday, we took delivery of the car taking RM90,000 loan for 5 years @ 2.35% Interest from Public Finance.  Dad's a PERFECT OR Examplary Pay master.  He helped made my Bank Negara CCRES PERFECT (and my mum too) by paying once in 2 months. Eg. Jan pay for (Jan+Feb) and so on.  

Last month, I just printed out my Bank Negara Record and my 3 Colleague - 1 was Assistant Manager (who went with me) were JEALOUS!  Because all they see were BINARY (for the Civic) Here's an idea: (Jan to Dec) "0-1-0-0-0-0-0-1-0-1-0-1".  The "1's" were there due to Chinese New Year, Hari Raya, Deepavali and Christmas/New Year Holidays and bank's closed!  So it's PERFECT Paymaster.

As for my mum, she helped in "paying" my Condo Loans.  She lagi terror!  All "0" from Jan to Dec!  I found out that my Record's PERFECT that they remarked that I can borrow up to RM80,000 LOAN for a NEW CAR.  

Q: Guess what car I'm getting by 1 May latest?
A: It's NO OTHER THAN NEW year 2013 Inokom Elantra MD 1.8 Premium D-CVVT.  I'm going to book the "Hyper silver metallic" one like this...  

Above: I think I'm in LOVE with Hyper Silver in this Angle (where the Fluidic Sculpture lines clearly shows).   That's the only photo as you'll find my blog boring as I've posted 90++ photos of the 2013 Elantra MD 1.8 D-CVVT here:
  
 The reason I intend to book this car's because I Loved the Gadgets (esp. the Electric Tilt-slide Glass Sunroof (think Fraser's Hill and Genting trip), Cruise Control, 10 way electrically adjustable driver seat with Soft Black Nappa Leather seats, Full Bodykits (ADD RM1500 with colour matching ones) - from Speedo, DRL FRONT Fog-lights (Speedo) "485 litres boot space NOT 420 as advertised!" (Sorry for making this big, I must get the message across to Hyundai Sime Darby Advertising/Marketing Head!)
This was Australian measurements NOT North America as they used "FULL SIZE 17" Spare tire.

Also, the 2-zone Climate Control Air-cond, Locally sourced HANNS 7" Touch Screen Player (TSP) with DVD, CD, IPOD (cable included) Compatible, TPMS (Tyre pressure monitoring system - Need a hardware for the tyres & software for the TSP)  and "Mod-able" of the Elantra MD. 

 Doubt me: Visit my personal "PANEL Mods supplier".   

Head to a place called SPEEDO, but they were based in JB (too bad). 

Strictly for Official Elantra MD Club members or Potential Buyers.  Just leave your phone no in my "Comments" and I'll call you personally: 
http://www.speedoauto.com/.  

I Not worry about under-cutting or COPYCATS Hyundai Salesmen because they only quote you Retail price.  I sell you at COST Price!  WARNING: Don't get TOO POISONED with the HUGE MOD choices.

Lastly, the Chief reason behind buying this "Future wife's" the privilege of becoming "OFFICIAL Elantra MD Club" member.

They were friendly and happening bunch of people!  I feel At Home at their Facebook page. 

Here's their Facebook page:

Stay tuned for my Longtermer #5, coming up at this blog from MAY ONWARDS where I began my 13 years journey OR LOVE relationship with this Hyper Silver Hyundai Elantra MD 1.8 Premium D-CVVT. 

Yes, I planned to keep my New "Wife (no girlfriend yet so SYOK sendiri!") for 13 LONG YEARS!  Wanted to get a 9 years loan but my dad SCOLDED me due to the Sky high Interests!  So I get 7 years RM50,000 loan @ 2.4% from Public Islamic Bank!  

For me, A new Chapter/stories with my fiancĂ© (soon to be wife named "Lynette" BEGINS!  Are you ready???

The above 5 paragraphs is pointless as you are looking at a Civic FD2 2.0IVTEC 2008 for sale and not Elantra MD but I'm too excited to keep my secrets any longer and have to Share it out.  But the listed price is Retail price.  I can get 9/10 of the parts/accessories at COST!  So if you fancy any of these gadgets/toys you got no choice but look for 2 (me and FEI LOU!) of only 15 Malaysia's Hyundai Salesman which got this "lubang"!  

Regular followers of my blog will recognise this Civic.  I used to update it Monthly as my "LONGTERMER #2" from Day 1 Delivery till 12th month.  Cut down to Every 3 months from 13th to 36th month down to every 4th month from month 37 till today because there's Nothing to blog/write about.  

You see, my dad's a BORING car OWNER but LOVED his car (Wash and Wax Every Weekend himself, NEVER sent for OUTSIDE).  I only sent it out OUTSIDE ONCE in "WAXSON" back in 2010 and he LECTURED me for 30 mins.  He's a FUSSY and a PERFECTIONIST OWNER.  So buy with your 1 eye close.  This is 90% CAR KING!

Lastly, the most important thing: PRICE:  RM 93,888 On THE ROAD HIGHLY Negotiable inclusive of the following 5 freebies:
1) JPJ Interchange (Free for you worth RM500) 
2) Puspakom Inspection on the Civic FD2 (normally RM80)
3) Full tank (Worth RM80-90 - depending on Fuel levels)
4) Smart-tag and touch and go (Worth RM130)

5) Finally an extra-mile service with free ride (companion) from my House OR Office (Hyundai Advant Speed, Damansara Perdana - 2A, PJU 8/5B) to my nearest Honda Service Centre - Sumber Auto Edaran see, CHECK/CONFIRM that the car's in HEALTHY Condition as they have FULL Record of service with soft copies Receipts!

That's all folks, thanks for having the time and patience to read this blog entry!  Jefferson Lim's Original Work!  Please copy like a MAN by giving me credits (eg. Source: ____ (hyperlink) OR ... By Jefferson Lim).  Copy like a Man, Don't Plagiarise!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

I am ORGAN DONOR & I DARE YOU to join me!

I, Jeff Lim pledged to Donate my Organ (touch wood) when I die.  I'm sad to read today's Star that only 1% of Malaysians pledged to donate their organs after death!

 Ironically, the same article also said there's 7,000 people killed in road accidents, mainly involved young ppl yearly! Therefore I urged everyone to take the challenge and pledge to be organ donor! 

And I have no regret whatsoever! Cause I don't smoke, drink a little (socially) only and have relatively good heart, healthy kidneys and relatively good pair of eyes (250/275 short sighted only)! 

MORE TOUCHING PHOTOS and ARTICLES:
 Above: Proof of YOURS TRULY (me) "IKRAR UNTUK MENDERMA ORGAN SAYA SELEPAS MENINGGAL DUNIA" (Touch wood).  The process is EASY and HASSLE FREE as it just took 5 minutes of my time to PLEDGE!
 Above: An ARTICLE from The Star Dated 19 February 2013 about Amanda Tan.  It's HER who  INSPIRED me to WRITE THIS BLOG ENTRY to CREATE AWARENESS of being an ORGAN DONOR.
Above: Articles snapped from Yesterday's (20 Feb 2013) The Star praising Amanda Tan on the left column and 2nd article PLEADING Malaysians to make their pledge to be ORGAN DONORS!
ABOVE: AN ARTICLE in Yesterday's The Star (20 February 2013) HIGHLIGHTING the Importance of Organ Donor and urging Government to provide INCENTIVES to Donate Organs!

If you are touched by this post and wish to Donate your organs kindly call toll free 1800809080 or visit http://agiftoflife.gov.my/ to pledge as organ donor!  I DARE YOU!!!

Photo Snapshots CREDIT TO THE STAR Newspaper 19 and 20 February 2013.  That's all folks, thanks for having the time and patience to read this blog entry.  

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

IMMEDIATE JOB VACANCY: Sales Executive

Name of Co: Advant Speed Motor Sdn Bhd (656349-K)

Role: Sales Executive selling NEW Hyundai Cars

Remuneration: Basic RM900 (sell 0 to 3 cars), RM1200 (if you sell 4 cars and above) OR RM1500 (if you sell 6 cars and above) but unlimited Income. In addition, we provide EPF, 3x Free Uniforms and 1x Free Hyundai Polo T-shirt (for Saturday and Sunday).
Earn up to RM5000 commission per car (Santa Fe). ANNUAL OVERSEA INCENTIVE TRIP, Bonus, wedding/maternity leave!

Also, Flexible working hours! Not more than 12 FULL DAY Duty per month! Showroom duty rotates among 7 Sales Executives.  Duty working hours: 8.30am to 7pm on weekdays, 8.30am to 3.30pm on Sat AND 10.30am to 3.30pm  on Sun and public holidays! Worst case scenario only work on 2 Sundays a month!  

Non-duty working hours from 9am to 12pm only Monday to Saturday!

NOTE: Every 2 months we have a Roadshow at Giant Shopping mall OR at selected Fair/Carnival which normally last for 7 to 10 days.  Working hours for roadshow is 10am to 10pm and you'll be on duty for at least 3 days (with break in between).






Requirements:

- Male OR Female
- Female are strongly encouraged to APPLY! (Slight ADVANTAGE!)
- Age 21 to 35 yrs old
- Chinese Only.
- Able to speak English/Bahasa/Mandarin
(Other language like Korean, Chinese dialects like Hokkien/Hakka AND/OR Cantonese will be advantage)
- No experience required as On the Job training provided
- Valid driving license and possess own car
- Minimum SPM
- Service oriented, Committed, Dedicated, LOYAL, Positive Attitude, WILLING TO LEARN and Hardworking.

Please Call Eddie Tan Seng Kie: 012-3093-912 OR 019-22-11126 for Interview appointments!

Job Info:
Salary: UNLIMITED!
Job Type: Executive
Experience Level: 0 to 5 years
Category: Sales
AVAILABLE/STARTING: NOW / IMMEDIATE!!!

Our Showroom Address:
No: 2A-1, Jln PJU 8/5B,
Damansara Perdana,
47820 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor

 GPS Co-ordinate: N 03 09.852 and E 101 36.392.  Hope it helps!

(Same row as JAGS' CLASSIC).

 MOST Importantly, here's a GREAT feedback from a 3rd party (3M Tinting Salesgirl called Cammy):

"AMONG THE New car showrooms I visited, Advant Speed Motor have the BEST working environment. They help 1 another, cover 1 another, practice teamwork, friendly to each other and most importantly, no Politics..."

DO YOU LIKE TO WORK IN THIS ENVIRONMENT???

START NOW! Immediately!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Jeff's Dream Garage 2013

In this blog entry, I'm going to share my Dream Garage.  Note that all my dream garage are used cars and reachable - ie. Not really expensive (I found and screen shot 7/9 of them in Mudah).  The problem is 7 out of my 9 dream cars requires CASH BUY as too OLD for Bank Loan because it's more than 10 years.

Without further ado, let's proceed to my lists of Dream garage.

Dream Car  1: PORSCHE 911 993 Carrera Varioram

Why?
Last Air-cooled 911 produced from 1993 to 1997.  Future Classic.  Note that it costs AS MUCH as it's successor 911 996 Carrera year 2000 model.  That's why I said it's FUTURE Classic.  In UK even worse.  A 1996 Porsche 911 993 in UK costs over 20,000 pounds for a MINT Condition.  That's about 7,000 pounds more than it's 2004 997 Successor (13,000 pounds for a Good one)!
In Malaysia, I found a MINT Low Mileage 1996 Varioram EXAMPLE - imported New by Auto Eurokar.  Asking RM178,000 CASH slightly Nego (too old for Bank Loan).  Wish I have the money!

  DREAM CAR 2: MAZDA 6 2.3 S-VT 2006 - 07. 

 This is the ONLY DREAM CAR of mine that qualify for Bank Loan.  This year price RM63,000.  That's the MAXIMUM price I willing to pay for a 2006 facelift unit with 5 speed Active-matic gearbox.  Can't find a serious seller in Mudah for this car.

 There's 1 White 2007 model advertised by a guy called "tom" but that guy NOT SERIOUS.  NEVER PICK UP Call and NEVER Reply Whatsapp? and SMS.  He advertised in Mudah On and Off for past 9 months.  Price Dropped from RM80,000 to RM69,500.

 Why?

See my blog entry back in Jan 2012:
http://otoreview.blogspot.com/2012/01/wanted-mazda-6-23-s-vt-mzr.html

It won 110 Awards WORLDWIDE from 2003 to 2007.  Ie. During it's pruduction time.  It must be something special for it to won so many Awards.  Let me tell you why, it's the EVERGREEN Exterior Design, Excellent Ride and Handling, GREAT Fun to Drive and lastly, More spacious than it's Successor Mazda6 MK2 (2008 to 2012) which has Poor rear headroom issue and more expensive Road tax due to 2.5 litres.

DREAM CAR 3: Mazda MIATA MX-5 Original.
 Above: My DREAM Colour and Tanned Leather combo.  The IDEAL one.
 Above: It's so Legendary that it appeared in INITIAL-D Stage 4 where it RACED with Takumi's AE86 and LOST! Here are the Youtube link to the RACE Between MX5 and AE86:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dG24rZvJsk

 Below: Sample car for sale as seen in Mudah.  Double click to enlarge.

Why?
The Original's still the best looking and price now dipped to RM43,000 CASH THOUGH for early 1990 to 1992 model.  I don't mind Manual for this car as I learned to Drive in Hong Kong in a Mazda 323 Familia which I'm used to the clutch.  My sister also used to owned 1992 Mazda Astina, also similar Clutch feell, Future classic for sure.  Prefer either British Racing Green OR Solid Red one with Hardtop.

As quoted in "AUTOCAR" Magazine UK.  "This is like a Alfa Spyder without the Rust, Trimph Spitfire without flooding and MGB Roadster without the reliability issues."  This car single handedly REVIVED the dying famous Front Engined RWD BRITISH Roadsters.  As at December 2012, 920,000 units have been sold WORLDWIDE!  WOW!

DREAM CAR 4: MINI COOPER 1.3 Fuel Injection Auto
 Above: Was offered a FULLY RESTORED and CUSTOMISED example at RM33,000 CASH.  A 3k British Racing Green Paint with British Flag on Roof complete with Burberry texture seats, EFI engine, 4 speed Automatic and identical rims and white John Cooper stripes like the photo above.  I featured in my blog back in November 2012.  It can be found here:
http://otoreview.blogspot.com/2012/11/close-upfor-sale-mini-cooper-13.html
Above: A MINT example 1964 Mini Cooper 1.3 EFI Auto going for RM33,000 CASH!

Why?
The Original and still the best.  Already a Sought after Classic.  A Mint condition example costs AT LEAST RM30,000 and it NEVER DEPRECIATES.  It stayed the same for the past 8 years.

DREAM CAR 5: TOYOTA MR2 SW20 3S-GTE Turbo 


Above: Limited Edition T-bar removable targa top.

Why?

Classy MINI FERRARI Design.  Already a Classic.  Highly sought after due to Mid-engined RWD layout. STOCK Virgin unit is HARD TO FIND and WORTH Buying.

Above: As seen in Mudah.  A 1995 last batch 3S-GTE stock turbo with T-Bar Glass roof panel example going for RM65,000 CASH.  This car also featured in INITIAL D Battle stage, MR2 SW20 vs Takumi's AE86 but LOST Again.  Picture below:

DREAM CAR 6a: Honda Prelude H22A BB7 OR 6b: BB1.
 Above: Prelude BB7 powered by H22A BIG VTEC mated with 4 speed Tiptronic gearbox and Electronic 4WS.  Produced from 1997 to 2000.  This is the LAST Prelude.  SUPER RARE in Malaysia.
Above: Prelude BB1 aka. BB4.  Also powered by H22A BIG VTEC and 4WS.  Very common in Malaysia and getting cheaper.  Below: A used 1992 example costs RM25,555 only as seen in Mudah.
Why I mentioned 2 generation Prelude?  
Cause the H22A BB7 Tiptronic's SUPER RARE in Malaysia and RARELY Available for sale.  If available, will be priced around RM58,000 CASH for a 1997 unit (last seen on sale in Mudah back in September 2012, a Silver Unit).  Therefore, I DON'T Mind the 1992 to 1996 H22A Prelude.  In fact, the design's Better inside out.

DREAM CAR 7: BMW E39 525i Touring Wagon (2000) OR 2005 E61 525i Touring Wagon.
Above: Super RARE E39 Touring Wagon.  Below: More common E61 525i Touring Wagon.


Above: YOUTUBE Video featuring the DOUBLE  Electric Tilt-slide EXTRA LARGE Panoramic Glass Sunroof.

Why I mentioned 2 generation?
Like the Prelude above, the E39 Touring Wagon's SUPER RARE.  Never officially brought in to sell in Malaysia.  Those available are either NAZA Import OR Personal/Student AP import.  That's why I will also consider the 2005 BMW 525i E61 Touring Wagon.  This car STILL CAN LOAN and typically priced around RM150,000 with Electric Tilt-slide EXTRA LARGE Panoramic Glass Sunroof. 

I also LOVED the both generation "Split tailgate" (see photo above) where the upper glass portion can be partially lifted up to store small/light items and for E61, the Powered 1 touch closing tailgate.

DREAM CAR 8: Isuzu Trooper Citation 3.1TD Auto 1997
Photo above is UK-spec.  Below is Malaysian Spec.


Why?
This is an under-rated GENUINE 4x4 with OFF ROAD Capability.  In Malaysia, 1997 year make were FULL SPECS with Leather Seats, 8 way Electrically Adjustable driver seat, seats 8 FULL SIZE ADULTS comfortably and lastly, unique Rear split left then right opening tailgate with MACHO Spare tyre on the outside Rear.of the 4x4.  It also came with HI/LO selectable Shift-on-fly 4WD.  This LARGE SUV is IDEAL VEHICLE to Navigate through FLASH FLOODS.  Lastly, TORQUEY Turbo Diesel's POWERFUL and came with Standard "G-Force".

It's DIRT CHEAP TOO, See the Screenshot of a recent Mudah Ad.  BELOW RM30,000 CASH (too old for bank LOAN) for a LARGE Genuine Off-road capable Turbo-diesel SUV. See photo below.  Double click to enlarge.



LASTLY MY DREAM CAR 9: Alfa 156 2.5 V6 Q-matic.
Above: What a Beautiful Engine and Exterior Design.  Still turn heads despite designed in 1998.

Why?
EVERGREEN Design.  Former European car of the Year and the 2.5 V6 won the International Engine of the year 1999.  I prefer Either MAROON or RED and don't mind the Silver.  In Malaysia, this model's brought in by Milan Auto from 1999 to 2003.  Worth buying for the ROAR OF THE V6.  A used 2001 example costs RM32,000 Negotiable as seen in recent Mudah ad.  Screenshot below (Double click to enlarge):

NOTE: TO OWN ALL 9 cars, I need to pay 7 cars CASH and 2 cars (BMW and Mazda 6) bank loan.  Total amount is RM465,000 for all 9 cars.  The Mazda 6 I took 80% loan and the BMW 525i E61 Touring Wagon I took 70% loan.  Imagine, RM465,000 buys you not 1 car but 9 (yes NINE) cars.  I think it's SILLY for a cousin of mine who bought Brand new full spec Cayenne Hybrid for RM740,000. 

 Hey, he paid RM275,000 EXTRA on 1 (ONE) Brand new SUV which bounds to Depreciates to RM270,000 after 5 years.  This is based on track record for Cayenne S.  New back in 2008 RM750,000 and today's price =  RM270,000 only. This translates to RM480,000 depreciation. That's like 36% retained value in 5 years.  SAD CASE! 

The depreciation amount I can buy 9 (NINE) CARS!  Out of the 9 cars, 4 of them were Classics and NEVER Depreciates.  In fact, 3 of them, the Toyota MR2 SW20 3S-GTE, Porsche 911 993 and Mini Cooper 1.3i will Appreciate in value for the next 5 years.  

END OF MY DREAM GARAGE 2013.  Thanks for having the time and patience to read this blog entry.  An original Jeff Lim's Production other than the Screenshot taken from Mudah.my.  Thanks Mudah!  


Monday, February 18, 2013

This blog is OPTIMISED for IPhone 5 viewing!

In this blog entry, I'm proudly announcing that this Blog is OPTIMISED for IPhone 5 viewing from 1 February onwards.  Yes, I'm a proud owner of IPhone 5 since 27 December 2012.  Bought for RM999 under Maxis Once Club (MOC) but tied to 2 years contract RM155 monthly commitment.  I shall review my IPhone 5 on March 27 (ie. after 3 months using the phone).



So far battery life's impressive.  Best usage time 9 hrs and 30 mins and best Standby time 1 day 16 hours.  Average usage time 7 hours and average standby time 20 hours. THIS MEANS I Don't need POWER-BANK as I charge before I sleep and it lasts till 11pm the next day.

Note that My iPhone 5 is running on iOS 6.0.2! 

 This is the BEST Battery life among the IPhone family but still LOSE to my Previous Symbian Belle Phone, the Mighty Nokia N8 (still got good resale value, I sold for RM400) with up to 18 hours usage time and 60 hours standby time.  Still the undisputed KING of battery life among the Smartphones.

Here's some screenshots of this Blog surfing on SAFARI web browser with IPhone 5:


On 15 February, I discover this new apps called ILoaderPlus.  Here's some screenshots. 


I bought the full version for USD1.99 (RM6.20) and am enjoying the features.  It allows up to 100 photos upload in 1 go, automatic resize to 800x600 pixels and lastly automatically uploads to my Picasa album (which supports my Blogger.  In short, I don't need to waste time resizing 1 by 1 photo like last time, no need to upload 5 by 5 like previously and up to 1 Mbps upload per 5 files (using my 10 Mbps MAXIS HOME Fibre).

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

CLOSE UP: Hyundai i10 Colourz Limited 2013

In this blog entry, I'm posting about Limited Edition i10 Colourz.  This blog entry is Optimised for iPhone 5 viewing.  Yes, from 1 February onwards, ALL my Blog entry is Optimised for IPhone 5.  I'm posting this from iPhone 5 using iLoaderPlus App (USD1.99 well spent) with Lightning fast multiple photo uploads.

Before we go on, do check out my Test Drive report on the i10 1.25 Kappa Hi-spec back in 27 November 2012:


http://otoreview.blogspot.com/2012/11/test-driveclose-up-hyundai-i10-125-kappa.html

I rated 8.5/10 back then and still stand by the rating.  Ie. FIRM Decision!

Anyway, back to the Hyundai i10 colourz, the i10 colourz are available in 7 limited edition colours.  This just launched on 27 January 2013 (Ie. 3 weeks ago).  How limited?

Each Colour 300 units only with Serial Number.  Ie. 300x7 = 2100 units.  Priced to sell at RM 51,388 for 1.1 and RM56,000.15 (for 1st batch only).  

Note that NORMAL Edition still selling con-currently with RM5500 cash rebates.  Ie. RM45,888 OTR for 1.1 and RM50,500.15 OTR with insurance for 1.25 Kappa CVVT.  Difference are Fabric seats, Normal rim design, Normal indicator/wiper layout (indicator stalk right and wiper stalk left).

Here are the OTR price with specifications:


What colour?
See photo below:
They are, Lavender Pink, Passion Purple, Tangy Orange, Aquamarine Blue, Peach White, Ice Silver and Carbon Grey.

Extra new features:
1) Bodykit (side skirting)
2) New front bumper with skit plates and refreshed grille
3) Passanger airbag on/off switch
4) ISOFIX Child Anchor rear Seat point
5) Colour Coded Leather Seats
6) Redesigned polished Alloy rims


Why i10?

Winner of over 40 awards worldwide including (in Malaysia):
Car of the year NST/Maybank 2009,2010 and 2011 Best City Car. (That's 3 years in a ROW!)
Autocar ASEAN Awards 2010 best city car
Asian Auto Compact City Car of the year 2010
Asian Auto 1st in fuel economy challenge awards 5.0l/100km
Asian Auto VCA 2009, Best People's car.
EURO NCAP 4 stars (Safest city car around - though UK sample car came with 4 airbags.  


Note that 4 stars EURO NCAP is the MAXIMUM for 4 Airbags car.  To achieve 5 stars in EURO NCAP, a car must have at least 6 airbags and any form of Traction Control (ESP/VSA/VSC) - when the i10 was crash tested in UK back in 2009.

Despite only 1248cc CVVT, the 4 cylinder timing chain driven generates 87ps @ 6,000rpm with torque of 120Nm @ 4,000rpm. IDENTICAL TO Wira 1.5 in power and torque.  It's 9ps and 20Nm better horsepower and torque than it's nearest competitor Mitsubishi Mirage ECO Car 3A92, 3 cylinder 1197cc DOHC MIVEC at 78ps and 100Nm torque. 

 Note that the Mirage GS's RM9,000 more expensive at RM65,000 OTR (RM14,500 more expensive if you opt for Standard spec year made 2013).  Though it buys you Driver seat height adjustable (the i10 lacks), Auto Climate Control, SMART KEY with PUSH START/STOP button, better Kenwood 2-DIN Head unit, much better Legroom (same headroom, but poorer shoulder room - ie. Mirage cannot seat 3 adults comfortably), smooth INVECS-III CVT Gearbox and lastly 10 litres more boot space (235 litres in Mirage vs 225 litres in the i10).  

Safety wise, both Mirage and the i10 comes with ABS and EBD and Dual Airbags.  The i10 have 2 more advantage over the Mirage namely Passenger Side Front Airbag on/off switch (can put Baby seat in front) and ISOFIX Child seat anchor point.

Performance wise, 0-100km/h in 12.2 seconds (Tested by Whatcar? UK) vs 12.0 seconds in the Mirage CVT and Top speed 170km/h (tested by Autoworld's YS Khong) vs 155km/h in the Mirage.

BUT THE BOTTOM LINE, the Mirage don't have the "CONTINENTAL CAR FEEL" and Solidness (heavier doors, boot lid and bonnet) of the Hyundai i10.  Also, the Comfort and Ride and handling lose to Hyundai i10.  Though the Mirage fights back with silky smooth CVT gearbox vs 4 speed automatic in the i10.  Trust me, I driven both the Hyundai i10 and the Mitsubishi Mirage 1.2 GS.  Come to my showroom and test drive to agree with me.  

Well, there's a saying a picture's worth 1000 words, here are the photo gallery:

 Above: Special 2 tone Leather seats.  For Tangy Orange, Ice Silver and Peach white it's Orange and Black. leather trim combination.  For Pink, Purple, Carbon grey and Aquamarine Blue it's the above leather combination.


 Above: NEW Design Alloy rims with 165/60R14 Goodyear tyres.  Same size as Standard Spec.


 Above under front passenger seat tray.  Below: New feature: Passenger Airbag On/off switch.  Off it when you want to put your baby seat in front.


 Above: Another new feature, 2x ISOFIX Child seat anchor point.
This is 1248cc Kappa CVVT Engine.  Combined fuel consumption is 12 cents per km.  Tested by Asian Auto Fuel Economy challenge 5.0l/100km (not sure how they test).
Above: Decent front and rear Interior space.  Space wise, It's between Viva and Myvi.

Lastly, the Indicator/wiper stalks are like European cars.  Indicator on the left and wipers on the right.  This is totally opposite from NORMAL Hi-spec Edition.

** Test drive Available preferably by appointment.
** High trade in
** Strong connection with certain banks hence Fast and Easy loan approval
** Low interest rate at 2.6% negotiable.

Waiting list: Pink, Purple, Carbon Grey and White = Early March delivery.  White, Orange and Blue = Early April delivery.


If you want to buy this car, please call yours truly (Me), Jeff Lim at 012-6852-718 OR my Assistant Manager: Eddie Tan at 012-3093-912 OR 019-2211126.  My location is Damansara Perdana (same row as JAG'S Classics).   Opening hours Weekdays 9am to 7pm and Sat 9am to 3.30pm and Sunday 10.30am to 3.30pm.  To help you to get here, the GPS Co-ordinate's: N03 09.852 and E101 36.392.

Thanks for reading/dropping by.  Broker/introducer Welcome.  Great commission/rewards!