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FULL REVIEW: Hyundai Sonata LF Nu 2.0

In this Blog entry, I'm reviewing a Long overdue Review on the Sonata LF Nu 2.0 D-CVVT. You are looking at All new Sonata LF 2.0.  I d...

Monday, March 31, 2014

CLOSE UP: Honda City Grade-V CVT

I, Wei Lim would Like to present you Close up Of Honda City Grade V CVT.

It's powered by 1500cc SOHC engine mated with EARTH DREAMS CVT Transmission, Horse Power 120ps, ABS, EBD, BA,
VSA only on ( E & V ) variance 



Model in SUMMARY:
S (Lower Spec)
*Normal Rim with rim cover
*Normal Antena
*Orange colour meter 
*Single Din audio system 
* USB port

S+
*15 " inch Sport Rims
*Shark pin antena 
*Audio system with Bluetooth
*Orange colour meter
*USB port

E Spec
*15" inch sport rims
*Keyless, Push Start, Smart Entry
*LED blue Speedometer 
*Shark Pin antena 
*Rear Aircond vent 
*Steering Audio Control 
*40/60 foldable rearseat 
*Retactable side mirror
*Audio system with Bluetooth 
*USB port

V spec
* 16 " inch sport rims
* Touch screen 7 " inch Display with Bluetooth Audio system. Support Iphone 4S & above
* HDMI port
* USB port
*LED blue speedometer 
*Steering Audio Control
*Shark pin antena 
* Rear Aircond vent
*Cruise Control
*i-side airbags 6 airbag
*40/60 foldable rearseat 
*touch Aircond control
*Retactable side mirror 
* Fog lights
*Titanium Front grille.

Colour Option:
1-Taffeta White
2-Crystal Black Pearl
3-Alabaster Silver Metallic
4-Modern Steel Metallic
5-Brilliance Sporty blue
6-Golden brown august onwards.

On the road price:
S Rm 75,800
S+ Rm 78,800
E Rm 83,800
V Rm 90,800

MY RATING: S: 6/10.S+: 6.5/10E: 7.5/10V: 8.5/10.

WAITING LIST: 3-4 months and counting.  If you want to buy this car, please Contact my Cousin Jefferson Lim at 012-6852-718.  He got contacts from the following Honda Dealers:

1) Tenaga Setia Resources (222)
2) Sumber Auto Edaran (Sect. 13)
3) Millenium Auto and Carriage (MOFAZ) TTDI


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

That's all folks, thanks for having the time and patience to read this blog entry.  Stay tuned for Test drive review By End April.  Copy like a man, don't plagiarise.

LONGTERMER 2: 68th month report: Honda Civic FD2 (Season 2, vol 1)

In this blog entry, I'm posting my Family's ride.  I called it Season 2 because I haven't been updating it since February 2013.

Apparently, the sale of this Civic FD2 was cancelled, along with my Plan to own Elantra 1.8.  It's because My dad decided to Buy the Hyundai i10 1.25 CVVT White instead.  He driving the i10 1.25 more often until November 2013.  Where he asked his Hong Kong Expat friend to "SAMBUNG BAYAR THE i10 RM580 installments for 1 year).  This explained why the mileage picking up again From November 2013 to March 2014, back to 1000km+ per month, compared to Feb to Oct 2013's dismal 500km monthly.




Here's my last update.


Here's the END OF SEASON 1 (27 volumes).
http://otoreview.blogspot.com/2012/08/longtermer-2-vol-27-4th-year-honda.html

Another link to my Cardomain's page of my Civic FD2.

During the past 13 months, very little have been done to this car.  Apparently, since my dad took delivery of the Hyundai i10, this car's RARELY Used.  Until September 2013, where my dad Invested RM1800 to purchase 4 new shoes (tyres), hence revived the Civic FD2.  Previously all 4 Michelin PS3 Tyres botak (2 of them peeling at side).  

The tyres my dad bought were MADE IN JAPAN Yokohama Advan Db (Decibel), 215/45R17.  Bought from LYN Forummer, "nestum" for RM450 per piece.


 1 month later, the revival of the Civic FD2 completed after the 95,000km 1st time service outside Honda.  Last 90,000km service was WAY BACK in December 2012.  Yes, 10 months 5,500km done only.  Ie. 550km per month only.  That's how RARE it's previously been used.

The HIGHLY Recommended Workshop is Zhapalang Motorsport at Metro Prima, Kepong.  Strategically located right behind AEON Jusco Metro Prima, I actually, kill time at AEON Jusco Kepong while the Civic FD2 was being serviced there.  



The Boss, Mr. Zenden Goh's honest too...  He told me, Brake fluid and ATF no need to change, just oil filter and fuel filter and clean air filter and labour  for oil change and spark plugs (cause Engine oil - Liqui Moly MOS/2 10W/40 Semi-synthetic (RM155) and Spark plug - NGK Laser Iridium (RM230) I bought outside).

Other stuff changed were Hella Wipers, Crystal No plate (rear).

Without further ado, let's proceed to Logbook.

Purchase price: RM126,000 (less NCB)
Current value: RM84,000.
5 years depreciation: 68% retained value
Interest rate: 2.35% (back in July 2008) for 6 years loan.
LAST INSTALLMENT: July 2014.  FINALLY!

Mileage last update: 88,979km (February 28 2013)

Mileage Dec 28: 96,448km
km used Dec-Jan: 1138km
Mileage Jan 28: 97,586km
Km used Jan-Feb: 1413km
Mileage Feb 28: 98,999km 
Mileage used Feb28 to today (Mar 30): 1889km => PENANG TRIP on 3 March.
Mileage today: 100,888km.

Km used last 13 months: 11,889km
Average Mileage per month past 68 months: 915km only.

FUEL CONSUMPTION (March 1 2013 to March 30 2014):

Best: 13.3km/L (RM0.17/km) 80% highway/20% city, driven by my dad Petronas RON95. 
WORST: 8km/L (RM0.24/km) (Shell RON95) 80% City/20% Highway driving driven by ME.

ALL TIME:

Best: 15.35km/l (RM0.13/km) (90% highway driving) (20 August 2010)
Worst: 7.1km/l (80% City driving, 20% HARD DRIVING) (October 27, 2012)

PERFORMANCE:
0-100km/h: 9.2 seconds normal acceleration (9 seconds with paddle-shift)
Top speed: Max I driven is 190km/h but I know it can go up to 227km/h. Someone from Youtube tried it.

EXPENSES Last 12 months:

1) 4x Yokohama Advan DB tyres - RM1800

2) 95,000km oil change at Zhapalang Motorsport, Metro Prima, Kepong - RM205 only.

3) Spark plugs - NGK Laser Iridium (RM230)
4) Engine oil - RM155 (5 litres Liqui Moly MOS/2).

5) Car Wash and vacuum membership - 10+3 at Dirtbusters.  (RM120)
6) Hella Wipers - RM48
7) Crystal rear No. plate: RM40.  
8) Roadtax: RM379 and Insurance: RM1160 (insured value RM85,000)

GRAND Total: RM4137
 
END OF LOGBOOK.

Well there's a saying a picture's worth 1000 words.  Enjoy the photos:

Before I go, here's my parting shot:


Sunday, March 30, 2014

MEGA CLOSE UP: Mazda 3 Skyactiv Sedan

In this blog entry, I'm posting about the newly launched CBU from Japan Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv Sedan.  We get the Higher output engine with Dual continuous variable valve timing and DIRECT Injection producing 162ps@6000rpm and 210Nm@4000rpm torque mated with 6 speed SKYACTIV Drive automatic.  Price: RM138,900 OTR with insurance.

Highlights of the Specs we are getting:

Mid-spec 2.0 SKYACTIV.

- I-Stop and I-ELOOP
- SKYACTIV-G with 14.0:1 compression ratio mated with SKYACTIV Drive 6-AT
- 6-airbags
- Multi-commander with MZD Connect.  (Mazda's version to BMW I-Drive) with 7" LCD Display and Navigation 
- Elec tilt-slide glass Sunroof
- Fabric seats with Leather seats option
- piano black trim
- Bi-Xenon HID with DRL, auto levelling and foglights
- Rear LED lights
- 18" alloy rims and Wheels 215/45R18 DUNLOP SP SPORT MAXX Tyres

- 408 litres boot space with 60:40 split folding 
- Smart keyless entry with push start.
- Multi-info display
- paddle shifters
- ABS, EBD, BA with DSC and TCS
- Burglar alarm with immobiliser
- 6 speakers.
- ISOFIX Child anchor mount
- temporary spare tyre (unlike Mazda 6, no spare tyre)

What's missing from Japan Hi-spec
- No cruise control
- No HUD
- No Digital Speedometer (RX8 style)
- No BOSE Sound system
- NO Auto headlights 
- No DUAL-ZONE Air-Cond with Nanoe-E
- No auto dimming rear view mirror
- no skirtings, boot spoiler
- No bonnet insulation 
- No reverse camera
- No BLIS, Lane departure warning
- No Active City braking system

Color choices:
Snowflake White, Soul Red, Titanium Flash Mica, Meteor Grey Mica




If you want to buy this car, Call Mike Lim - 012-254-6558.  Please mention the Key word:
"Seen/saw the contact no. from Jeff Lim's Blog" OR "Jeff Lim's friend  for better deal (also for me to keep track my blog effectiveness).

CURRENT PROMO: 

A: FREE Leather Seat - Black with Red stitching and SKYACTIV Logo (worth RM2800)




B: Free Synthetic Leather (Worth 1800) and Anti-break security tint (worth 1200)

C: RM2,000 cash rebate.



Rating: 7.5/10.

Well there's a saying, a picture's worth 1000 words.  Here are the photos:









MORE PHOTOS (90 photos):


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

Saturday, March 29, 2014

CLOSE UP+Driven: Hyundai i30 Nu 1.8 D-CVVT Hatchback

 CLOSE UP: Hyundai i30 GD Nu 1.8 D-CVVT Hatchback.

In this blog entry, I'm covering the Newly launched CBU from Korea Hyundai i30 GD Nu 1.8 D-CVVT.   It's priced in Malaysia for RM127,888 for Executive spec and RM132,888 for Sport spec OTR With insurance.






INTRODUCTION:

Like the i40, this is EUROPEAN Elantra.  The i30's Designed and engineered in Russelsheim, Germany for European taste.

The i30 shared the same engine (150ps and 178Nm torque) and gearbox (Hyundai's own 6 speed automatic) as the Elantra.  That's all the similarities.  The wheelbase is 50mm shorter than Elantra, so is the Boot space.  At 378 litres it's down from 485 litres.  But it's expandable to 1316 litres after 60:40 fold-flat split folding the rear seats.

The model we are getting is Korean specs (NOT UK).  The tell tale sign is the Indicator (on the right instead of left as seen in i10 Colourz, i40 and Santa Fe).  This is a Neither here nor there specs. Among the absent features are the Electric Parking brake, cruise control, Reverse camera, Leather seats...

DRIVE TIME:

I had 25km long test drive from Seri Kembangan to Damansara Perdana.  This is the 3rd longest TEST DRIVE after the i10 which I bought it and Sonata 2.4.  

Since this is a C-segment car, it's unavoidable customer will compare it with the Elantra.  Well, this car's also sold in North America, as the Elantra GT.

The missing bits from the Elantra 1.8 are Nappa Leather seats (fabrics in place), cruise control, power adjustable driver seat (manual adjust in i30), Dual zone climate control air-cond (Manual adj), Touch-screen DVD player with GPS, Reverse Camera.

What's extra over the Elantra are Panoramic Glass Sunroof, 6 airbags, Flex steer, much much better soundproofing and chassis and overall Lighter, Slightly more powerful yet more frugal car.

Since I had 25km long drive, I have all bases covered.  Bumpy Puchong roads, Highway, Traffic jam (LDP), High speed hairpin corner, U-turns etc...

This is a VERY SOLID car compared to Elantra.  This is the "FINISHED Product" of Elantra because it makes the Elantra looks half-baked.  For starters the Chassis and Suspension tuning is Much more FUN and chuck-able around corners, much better high speed stability and wind noise is down to minimal level.  And then, the engine is tuned for more torque at lower RPM, so as the better tuned transmission.  Ie. less rev happy and annoying sensitive-kickdown as seen in Elantra 1.8 gone.

Soundproofing department's EXCELLENT too...  Wind and tyres noise reduce drastically compared to Elantra.  It fixed most of the Negative stuff found in the Elantra 1.8.  But at the end of the day, it's still smaller (280mm shorter, 50mm less wheelbase) than the Elantra inside out.

The Flex-steer feels like a pointless feature for the i30.  It's because the Comfort mode is TOO Light, Sport mode feels TOO ARTIFICIAL feel, at the end of day, NORMAL Mode ALL THE WAY.

Power wise, it's slightly more powerful than Elantra 1.8 but slightly less powerful than Civic 1.8.  It sits in the middle of Elantra 1.8 and Civic 1.8.

Fuel consumption is tested 9l/100km by me.  Seri Kembangan to Damansara Perdana (city driving).

COLOUR CHOICES:


CONCLUSION:  If you are looking at Great handling, Fun to drive C-segment Hatchback, put this in your shopping list.  THIS IS A GERMAN CAR, with a KOREAN BADGE.  Rating: 8/10.

If you want to buy this car, please call me, Jefferson Lim at 012-6852-718.  Excellent service assured.

Well there's a saying a picture's worth 1000 words.  Here are the photos:

 

 Above: I LOVED THE 17" rims.


 Above: 378 litres boot space.


















 Above: 6 airbags, below: FLAT FOLDING Split folding rear seats to 1317 litres.
















That's all folks, thanks for having the time and patience to read this blog entry.  An original Jefferson Lim's production.  Copy like a man, please give credits to me (or links to this blog), don't plagiarise.