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Thursday, March 28, 2013

CLOSE UP+DRIVEN: Hyundai Grand Starex Royale 2.5 CRDI VGT

 In this blog entry, I'm doing a CLOSE UP of Hyundai GRAND STAREX ROYALE PREMIUM 2.5 CRDI Turbodiesel.  I'm glad to add that I've also TEST DRIVEN the HUGE XXXL MPV.  In fact, drove it AT LEAST 3 occasions hence Accurate review.              
   YOU ARE LOOKING AT Brand NEW CBU from Korea 11 seater LARGE MPV. Beats Recond Alphard OR Vellfire anytime in Fuel consumption, SIZE and Price. I'm talking about almost 1/2 price. The LARGE MPV Name is Hyundai Grand Starex 2.5 Diesel VGT Auto. 

Here's my ad at Paultan's car classifieds:

REVIEW AND Specifications of Hyundai Grand Starex 2.5 Diesel VGT (A)

This is A LUXURY AND PREMIUM 11 SEATERS HUGE XXXL MPV CAR.  It's powered by  i4 cylinders, 2.5 litre CRDi  (Common Rail Direct Injection) with VGT 16valve Diesel with a maximum power of 169hp@3800rpm power and torque of WHOOPING 392Nm@2000-2500rpm.  GUARANTEE EASY ACTIVATE G-Force - hard acceleration!  



INCREDIBLE 5.6m TURNING RADIUS (Thanks to FR layout - Front engine, Rear-wheel-drive) with
  EXCELLENT SOUNDPROOFING and GERMAN TUNED SUSPENSION which contributes to  IMPRESSIVE RIDE AND HANDLING!  This VERY COMFORTABLE Long Distance runner with "Not bumpy at all even at 3rd and 4th row" - Quoted by my test drive Customers.  

During my test drive - Highway.  I managed 140km/h easily without sweat.  At that speed, noise level LOW and STAYED PLANTED ON THE ROAD - It's SUPER STABLE high speed CRUISER.  LIKE A BOSS!  This car's WAY BETTER THAN TOYOTA ALPHARD which costs ALMOST TWICE!

PERFORMANCE WISE, the Top speed's 180km/h electronically limited and 0-100km/h in 10.5 seconds! (Tested with 4 persons on board).   VERY FAST FOR A 2 TONNE 5 speed Automatic HUGE XXXL MPV!!!

- Collaspable Steering wheel
- EURO NCAP 4 stars, tested back in 2009!
WARRANTY WISE: It also comes with 5YEARS WARRANTY OR 300,000KM on engine and gearbox.  TRANSFERRABLE!

-Air Cond with 16 Air vents including 6 CEILING AIR VENTS
-DVD PLAYER WITH 7″LCD SCREEN front with GPS and reverse camera
- DVD PLAYER with 10.2" LCD Screen Rear (2xDVD LCD Screens)
-ADJUSTABLE SLIDING SEATS (All 4 rows), 3rd or 4th row User Removable to make it an 8 seaters WITH HUGE BOOT!

Note that, This is FR (Front engine, RWD) MPV. In South Korea, it's used for Drifting.  Find in Youtube the Drifting videos.  You'll be AMAZED.


-SIDE MIRROR L.E.D - DRL (Daytime Running Lights)
- ROYALE Bodykits
- Beige Leather for all 11 seats.

AWARDS: (Winner of 50 over awards worldwide. Here's Malaysian awards):
Autocar ASEAN COTY Award 2008 and 2011: Large MPV Category Winner
NST/CBT Maybank Car of the Year 2009 Large MPV of the Year Car of the year awards 2010 Best Large MPV

Colour choices: White solid (Ready stock), Hyper Silver metallic, Stone Black metallic and Carbon Grey Metallic

PRICE: RM149,725.80 OTR Without insurance. Optional: Power sliding left door (9000) and Nappa Leather (3000) = RM12,000 extra. After adding options, will be known as GRAND STAREX ROYALE PREMIUM and price will be RM161,725.80 OTR Without Insurance.

Without further ado, let's proceed to the Photo Gallery /  MORE PHOTOS:


 Above: UNIQUE 6 holes ALLOY Rims (As Seen in HILUX).  BELOW: Equally unique tyre size 215/70R16 108W

 ABOVE: LED Tailights, below: REAR DIFFUSERS!

 Above: Spoiler, below: Side skirtings.  Standard Across the range!

 Above: NEATLY HIDDEN Sliding door rails - both sides.

 Below: FULL BODYKITS.  Standard across the range!

 Above: NEATLY CONCEALED Sliding rails - for Side sliding doors.

 Above: 11 seaters.  Picture shown is PREMIUM SPEC, NAPPA LEATHER! 

 Above: From March 2011 onwards, ALL STAREX ROYALE equipped with  Swivelling 2nd row seat.

 Below top: Standard spec, Below Bottom: PREMIUM with Nappa Leather and Power sliding door left side.  Extra RM12,000 over Standard!
If you want to buy this Starex, Please call me at 012-6852-718.

That's all folks, thanks for having the time and patience to read this blog entry.  Hope you ENJOY this LONG and Comprehensive review.  This is an original JEFF LIM'S Production.  MY original work.  If you want to copy, Please quote "By Jefferson Lim" or give link: "Source:".  Else, it's DEEMED PLAGIARISM.  COPY LIKE A MAN, DON'T PLAGIARIZE!


In this blog entry, I'm updating my family's ride. This is the 18th month we owned the MYVI 1.5SE+.  This is the 10th month since My sister took over the MYVI 1.5SE. She even called this car "BUMBLEBEE". 

THIS IS THE LAST UPDATE OR FINALE report of this MYVI Bumblebee.  Mileage of the car's now 22,000+ km.  Averaged 2000km per month clocked!  

Recently, over the past 2 months, the MYVI SE been to the service centre twice. 

 1 for 20,000km oil change (very cheap: below RM250 only).  It's a good thing that Perodua opted for Synthetic oil and 10,000km service interval.  Unlike Honda and Proton which still stick to 5,000km service interval. 

 The 2nd trip to service centre was for "PRODUCT RECALL".  Perodua Recall all their MYVI 1.5 SE - 20,000 units affected.  So my Bro-in-law, Bryan took the MYVI to update the "Electric Power Steering". 

I'm sad to say that there's a SERIOUS "Setback" preventing me to cover this car in the future.  Since September 23 onwards, my sister moved to Klang to stayed with her husband.  She'll tag this Bumblebee along.  But this is a blessing in disguise, as the Bumblebee gets to EXERCISED daily to and fro from BUKIT TINGGI, Klang to Damansara Uptown, then to PJ Old town  Yup, isn't it sweet, the newly weds carpooled to work?

This means that I'll STOP updating this LONGTERMER, Myvi 1.5SE NOW.  THIS IS THE GRAND FINAL UPDATE!   So it ENDS at VOLUME 6.  Sad but true...

Without further ado, let's proceed to Logbook:

Mileage upon delivery: 0023km
Mileage last update:11,522km (23 September 2012)
Mileage as at 25 March 2013: 24365km

Mileage used from 24 Sept to 25 March:  12483km
Average mileage per month:
 Last update (Sept 2012): 1046km

CURRENTLY: 1220km (Average monthly mileage past 20 months) - From October to March 28 (today).  Normal lah, Every WEEKDAY (Mon to Fri) travel from Bandar Puteri Klang to PJ to and fro workplace.  That's AT LEAST 60km (up to 80km per day) return journey per day already.

Purchase price: RM54,000 (less 55% NCB)
Interest rate: 2.95% @ RM42,000. Public bank for 5 years loan.


Best: 16.87km/l,  Ipoh trip - November 2012.  515km from 30.526 litres of fuel)
WORST: 8.8km/L (Shell RON95) 100% city driving driven by my me back in Jan 27 2012!  90 mins Jam at KL City (Heavy rain). 

AVERAGE: 12.3km/L (SO FAR Past 19 months)

0-100km/h: 11.5 seconds 3 person on board normal acceleration in "D" with Air cond on. 10.9 secs w/out Aircond and single driver

Major Expenses:
NONE over the last 2 months apart from Fuel, parking and Tolls...

Before I go, here's some parting shots:

ABOVE: Bumblebee's NEW HOME at Bukit Tinggi Klang Near Jusco Bukit Tinggi.  My sister's new Home.
Below: FULL LOAD with 4 passengers AND luggages During Ipoh Trip back in November 29 Last Year!


That's all folks, NO MORE UPDATE FOR THIS LONGTERMER!  The Update Ends here.  So long.  See you at GRAND FINAL UPDATE in 3 years time before WE SELL THIS MYVI SE+ Auto "Lagi Power Lagi Best".  SORRY FOR THE 5 MONTHS DELAY.  Promised update Oct 28 but Today only update Volume 6.  
An original JEFF LIM'S Production.  MY original work.  Please quote "By Jefferson Lim" or give link: "Source:" if you want to copy!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

LONGTERMER 3: Vol 12 Proton Waja 4G18 (A)

In this blog entry, I'm updating my Daily Ride, 2001 Proton Waja 4G18 Auto.  This is the 20th month I owned this car.  I meant to post this update Last month (Mid-February) but due to busy schedule, I delayed another month.  Hope you enjoy this HUGE Update.  Here goes:


Did Threebond with Elthor (from LYN Forum) - he poisoned me with this:
RM40+380 = RM420 poorer.


Bought Ferodo Max Brake pads for RM95 and RM15 for Bosch DOT 4 brake fluid!
From PH Auto, Sea Park!

4 days before Chinese New Year, went to San Xing Auto to install the following:

Without further ado, let's proceed to Logbook:

Mileage December (last update): 144,222km

Mileage January: 146,140km (Mileage Dec to Jan: 1918km)

Mileage February: 147,700km (Jan to Feb: 1560km)

Mileage March (yesterday): 149,000km (Mileage Feb to Mar: 1300km).



BEST: 12.8km/l. 100% highway driving (to Penang). 726km per full tank.

WORST: 6.7km/l 100% City driving. Mere 342km per full tank.

LAST 2 months:

Best: 12.5km/l (100% highway)

Worst: 6.7km/l (My Garmin GPS Recordings). 100% city driving

Average: 8.1km/l (Garmin GPS recording)


0-100km/h 12.9 secs (slight downhill and 13.3 secs flat road before ECU Reflash. 11.1 secs (after reflash)



TRW Slotted Brake Discs : RM380

Threebond Car conditioner: RM40


Ferodo Max Brake pads: RM95

BOSCH DOT 4 Brake Fluid: RM15

Sachs Super Touring Absorbers: RM380

Other repairs: Absorber Mountings, Lower arms, Absorber dust covers! RM470

NEW USED Enkei Hyundai Elantra Rims: RM180 + rotate tyres.

Parking: RM30
Car Wash: RM12

Petrol: RM312.70


1)mirror (XXL) RM11
2) PETROL: RM270
3) Radiator Top - Ori APM: RM250 + labour

Before I go, here's some parting shots:

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 May 20 Latest for Vol 13 - Month 22.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Toyota Ultimate Power Roadshow: Tropicana Mall

From last weekend onwards, Toyota organised ALL OUT Roadshows NATIONWIDE.  Every month from March 5 onwards.  I managed to Checked out 1 of their many many roadshows.  Location: Tropicana Mall!

For more info of their Remaining Roadshows, head to:

Without further ado, let's proceed to Photo galleries.  110+ Photos total.  Note that I only interested in 2 of their Toyotas hence the "Biased" / focusing on Altis 1.8G and Prius 1.8 Hybrid only!  I ignored OTHER TOYOTAS especially the Ugly Dugong Vios, Boring Hilux and "KOSONG SPEC" Camry 2.5!


1st stop: Toyota Altis 1.8G DUAL-VVTI, 7-speed CVT!

END OF 1st stop!

 2nd STOP: Toyota Prius Hybrid 1.8, CBU

 3rd HIGHLIGHTS: Toyota Prius C - TRD Sportivo

 END OF HIGHLIGHT 3...  Other Photos:



That's all folks, thanks for having the time and patience to read this blog entry!  An original Jefferson Lim's production.  Please quote my name (eg. By Jeff Lim of Otoreview) OR give link to this blog if you want to COPY!  Else it's Plagiarism.  COPY LIKE A MAN!  Don't Plagiarise!