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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Happy 59rd anniversary MERDEKA Malaysia! BUT

Happy 59rd anniversary MERDEKA Malaysia! BUT...

Happy 59rd anniversary or Independence Malaysia.  BUT it's a MOURNING day as well for me.  Well, it's the 19th Memorial Anniversary of my "FORMER IDOL" Princess Diana (or rather Lady Diana) and Dodi Al Fayed.  They were killed at a High speed crash in the Famous Paris tunnel on 31st August 1997.

Anyway, let's not dampen the Merdeka Spirit.  I'll try my best to put the sad news behind by presenting you, readers this WELL WRITTEN song by Ahmad CB and Sang by the Late Sudirman.

Song Title: 31 Ogos 

Tanggal 31
Bulan lapan lima puluh tujuh
Merdeka ! Merdeka !
Tetaplah merdeka
Ia pasti menjadi sejarah

Tanggal 31
Bulan lapan lima puluh tujuh
Hari yang mulia
Hari bahagia
Sambut dengan jiwa yang merdeka

Mari kita seluruh warga negara
Ramai-ramai menyambut hari merdeka
Merdeka !

Tiga satu bulan lapan lima puluh tujuh
Hari mulia negaraku merdeka

As I'm staying in Petaling Jaya (for 33 years of my 37 years old), which is part of Selangor, I'll post Selangor Flag as a Mark of Respect.

ONCE AGAIN, MERDEKA!  Unfortunately, we might be independence from the British.  But we still Colonized by Corruption and CRONYISM!  

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Happy10th Anniversary!!!

Happy 10th Birthday

I Jeff Lim, owner and editor of this blog would like to thank all Readers/Subscribers for your support.  This blog turned 10 years old on 21 August 2016.  How time flies...  It seemed like yesterday I created this blog.  I created this blog on 21 August 2006.   This blog started off initially as a Malaysian Used car review blog.
My priceless 1st post back in 21 Aug 2006:

As time goes by, it slowly incorperates "Automotive Industry stuff", New car review, Highlighted Roadshows, Antique/Classic cars, Gadgets review, Product reviews, A little bit of Politics (NAP, AFTA, AP issues, Racism, Sexism), Best/worst resale values and lastly Advertorial (for Honda Malaysia and Nuffnang).

I, Jeff Lim shall keep this blog running hoping that there's Advertisers/Sponsors and "ASSISTANT EDITOR/S" as I have to admit it's DIFFICULT updating this blog ALONE.  I SHALL GIVE my assistant editors FULL POWER to post and edit (your own post) what he/she deemed fit.  BUT PLEASE Don't delete/edit my post.

I START FROM "0" back in 2006.  Hoping to be spotted/hired as a Car Writer/Journalists.  But I'm only an A-level holder.  I improved my English because I collect car magazines and been reading car magazines since I was 10 years old (1989).  My role model are "Shahriza Hussien", "LeePS", "Chips Yap", "Faisal Shah" and "Chris Wee".  I already built up my portfolio 1/3 of this blog were "Original Jeff Lim's production".

UPDATE: 25/8/16:  This blog just passed 2,000,000th Visitors...  I know it's CRAP for a 10 years blog but I'm contented with average 600-1000 visitors daily consistantly.

Thanks for your support...

Again, thanks everyone for your support...  Here's to the NEXT 10 years!

New Hyundai Elantra price clarification and FAQ

In this blog entry, I wanna clarify the New 2015 Elantra Pricing...  

Apparently, the price RM63,000 to RM65,000 you see in Mudah or Carlist were "PRE-OWNED" unit without GST, Insurance and registration fee.  After adding the above price's RM72,000.  PRE-OWNED's used Demo or Manager's car Hyundai Ampang dealer bought bulk from Hyundai Sime Darby HQ.

LATEST Update: Just call Danial (ex colleague) of One Auto all the Pre-owned All Got 3 ppl queueing LOU standing by...  No more stock...

What is Pre-owned, How's the Warranty like:

Latest stock status as at 24 August 2016: 1.6 left EX Plus, nationwide left 10-20 units only.  1.8 Premium got Hundreds of units all colour available.

Below are the clarification by HQ Staff, Laura extracted from Lowyat Forum.  Please double click to enlarge.  Source:

NEW Car price as below:

1.6 EX Plus: RM80,900.
1.8 Premium: NOW REAL PRICE: RM100,716.20

Both price OTR without Insurance and registration fee after Cash rebate.

Interested, Please call Me, Jefferson Lim at 012-6852-718 for more information.  Location: Hyundai Setia Alam OR Sri Kembangan.

Why Elantra?

1) Winner of 40+ awards Worldwide including North American Car of the Year 2012, Canadian Car of the Year, South Africa Car of the year...

2) 5 stars ANCAP rating
- IIHS USA Top picks 

Thanks to Advance High Tensile Steel, Check out below: 

3) C-segment sedan at B-segment price.  Check out the rear seat space:

4) Quite fuel saving in it's class at 6.9l/100km mixed driving for 1.6 and 8.4l/100km for 1.8.

5) Decent performance: 0-100km/h in 11 secs for 1.6 and 9.5 secs for 1.8.  Top speed 195km/h for 1.6 and 210km/h for 1.8.  100km/h at 2800rpm only (1.6) and 2600rpm (1.8).

6) Advanced Traction Control VSM Standard Across the range.

7) 485 litres Boot space with 60:40 split fold rear seats and 3 Rear ISOFIX Anchor point.

8) Reasonable Maintenance costs:



9) Improved Resale value.  Resale Value now On par with same age Altis 1.8: (Double click to enlarge)

10)  So far since launched in April 2012, only 4 major issue reported:

1)  Problem: My complaint is the handling issue when hit speed bump or potholes. I dont know the correct term, but the cabin sway too much.  FYI, that handling issue when hit bump or potholes is what I referred to as fish tail problem.  It can be eliminated or greatly reduced after install front and rear strut bars such as Ultra Racing.  Those bars are not costly averaging RM200 each.

Solution: Stock absorbers, doesn't matter came from where (Korea/ Malaysia), whatever revision, whatever design they claim, it will not solve your sway issue. This is a fact. Worldwide Elantra/ Avante owner have this issue. Drive your car slowly, and safely, you won't notice this issue. That's the advice from them.

So do not waste time to claim. You felt improvement cause the absorber is new and stiff, once it's settle down with few months of usage, it will be the same.

Also, there are some SC suggest owner add shim plate to the axle/ wheel. Do not waste your money as well.

Lastly, those who keen to solve / improve the driving experience of their Elantra, here's what you can consider:
- Add a rear sway bar/ rear lower link. This will cut down the sway for 50-60%.
- Change your absorbers to sports/ stiffer rating one. This will cut down sway up to 90%.
- Up size your rim/ widen your tyre profile. Cut down the body rolling and possible lesser sway.

NOTE: Only 1st batch SKD (Semi Knock Down) units.  Problem FIXED ON 2014 CKD Facelift.  

2) PROBLEM: Now, i have my air cond compressor malfunction. The air cond work just fine only that it doesn't blow cool wind. I have no choice but to leave my car in SC. I dont think anyone can drive in Malaysia without air-cond especially for city drive.

SOLUTION: Claim SC.  Under warranty.

3) PROBLEM:  Apparently, they told me that the steering have "locking/knocking" sound which i need to change the part inside which cost RM4.xx and labor around RM1xx.xx. Does this happen to other Elantra user as well?

SOLUTION: Is covered by warranty.  Well known issue in Hyundai Elantra and Kia Cerato.

4) PROBLEM: High-up rear seating which affects passenger above 180cm.
SOLUTION: Affecting 1st batch SKD units only. Fixed on 2014 CKD Units.

Please Read more at Lowyat Forum: Elantra Club:

Conclusion: The Elantra MD is a Good Car with Timeless Exterior Design, Top Notch Safety, Spacious Interior and Boot and Decent resale value.  So go ahead and buy one without Regrets.  Rating 8/10 for 1.6 and 9/10 for 1.8.

That's all folks, thanks for having the time and patience to read this blog entry.  This is Partially my work.  

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

CLOSE UP REVIEW: New Proton Persona (Updated 3/11/16)

In this blog entry, I'm covering a CLOSE UP review of the NEW Proton Persona which just been launched 2 hours ago... The New Iriz based Persona's priced from RM46,000 to RM59,800. Do come back in a week's time for my Complete update/ review.

Updated 3 November 2016.  With my Own brief Test drive Review and Further Reviews from Other Blog Or website.


First Impression Rating:
Standard 7.5/10 (8.5/10 Manual)
Above Standard Player.

Executive: 8/10
Above: Executive Player

Premium: 8.5/10 - 6 airbags.  FULL Spec.
Above: Premium Player.

Points deducted for awkward proportioned Exterior design which makes the Wheels looks tiny.  Rear passenger legroom and THAT Punch CVT.
Above: Persona Standard.

Being built on a smaller platform, the new Persona naturally occupies a smaller footprint than its predecessor; its waistline shrinking from 4,477mm long by 1,725mm wide to 4,387mm long by 1,722mm wide. Wheelbase has similarly contracted, from 2,600mm to 2,555mm, although the new car is taller than before, rising from 1,438mm to 1,554mm.

Without further ado, let's proceed to the Youtube Playlist of the New Persona. Prepare at least 1 hour of your time to go through. I shall keep adding interesting videos of the Persona to the playlist...

All new Proton Persona 2016

1) 2016 Proton Persona 1.6 Standard MT/CVT

# 1.6 litre VVT engine
# 107 hp at 5,750 rpm, 150 Nm at 4,000 rpm
# 5.6 l/100 km for 5MT (at 90 km/h)
# 6.1 l/100 km for CVT (at 90 km/h)
# Ecodrive Assist
# Reflector halogen headlamps (height adjustable)

# Rear fog lamps
# Front and rear parking sensors
# 15-inch wheels in grey (with 185/55R15 Silverstone Kruizer tyres)

# Unpainted side mirrors and door handles

# Power adjustable wing mirrors

# Body-coloured B-pillars

# Remote key fob and manual key start
# Single-DIN head unit with Bluetooth

# Fabric seats

# Height adjustable driver’s seat
# 510-litre boot with space saver spare tyre

# Isofix child seat anchors with top tether

# Two airbags (front driver and passenger)
# ABS with EBD and BA
# Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
# Hill-hold assist
# Front disc brakes, rear drums

RM 46,800.00/ Metallic
RM 46,350.00/ Solid

RM 49,800.00/ Metallic
RM 49,350.00/ Solid

2) 2016 Proton Persona 1.6 Executive CVT
[Adds on from the above variants]
# Front fog lamps

# Body-coloured side mirrors and door handles

# Rear bootlid spoiler

# Double-DIN head unit with Bluetooth

# Gloss titanium chrome centre console housing
# Rear USB charging ports

# 60:40 split-folding rear seats

# Fabric door trim

RM 55,800.00/ Metallic
RM 55,350.00/ Solid


3) 2016 Proton Persona 1.6 Premium CVT
Adds on:
# 15-inch wheels in silver (with 185/55R15 Goodyear Assurance tyres)

# Black B-pillars

# Keyless entry with push start button

# Touchscreen head unit (Android-based) with Bluetooth and reverse camera
# Leather seats and steering wheel
# Leather door trim
# Power retractable wing mirrors
# Six airbags (dual front, side and curtain)
# 2016 Proton Persona 1.6 Premium SE CVT

RM 59,800.00/ Metallic
RM 59,350.00/ Solid

Colour Choices:

Below Photos sourced from:
(First appeared here, According to Google Photos.  These photos also appeared in Lowyat Forum, twitter)


Again, do come back for FULL REVIEW in a weeks time...

Updated 3 Nov 2016.

MY (Jefferson Lim's) OPINION:

Sorry for the Late Update, only managed to test drove the Manual variant Yesterday.


I finally Got the Chance to test drive both The 1.6 Manual Std and 1.6 Premium.  I was MINDBLOWN by the Excellent Sound proofing and Ride and Handling.  The main attribute goes to the Revised engine Mounting.  From 4 point In the Iriz to 3 point so that the Vibration's minimized and According to Proton, lower maintenance too.  Let's review the Getrag Sourced Manual 1st.

The Manual's EVEN more FUN to drive with the absence of CVT Drone.  It's a FINE Product.  What a pity it only comes in Standard Variant.  It's too Basic for it's own good.  The Clutch's light which allows seamless shifting AND double clutching. Bodyroll's Minimal and I heard from my friend who worked in a Local Publication, NVH's Acceptable up to 190km/h at 5300rpm which's its top Speed.  

That's all I can comment as It's just a short 5 minutes (3km) Test drive.  I test drove in Proton Edar Mutiara Damansara.


As for the Auto CVT Premium, it's a revised Version of PUNCH CVT as seen in IRIZ.  Proton claimed it's a Much Improved one.  I test driven the Persona at Atiara Auto Taman Megah (Facing LDP). This round was slightly longer at 15 minutes - slight Jam at LDP Main road (5km).  Compared to the Manual, The Dreaded CVT Whine's present but it's much Softer and less annoying than The Iriz and Preve.  The Acceleration's Smooth and Linear if you are gentle on the Accelerator.  Stepping on the Accelerator hard and The CVT will whine.

I'm nitpicking, the CVT Whine is one of the only 3 Main drawbacks of the Persona.  The 2nd drawback's the Car looks Cartoonish being Tall And Narrow, thus making it's Wheel looks SMALL (under-tyred)

Look at picture below and you'll understand what I'm trying to say.  The Design's Not propotioned.  
 (PHOTO Source: CAR Malaysia Instagram).

But then, this is the Issue faced by ALMOST ALL B-segment Hatchback derived Sedans.  I can only Name 2 Exceptions.  Honda City and Hyundai Accent.  The latter's NOT Available in Malaysia.  To be fair, at LEAST the Persona looks slightly better than Attrage, Ford Fiesta Sedan and Perodua Bezza (butt so raised up until Undercarriage seen).


The Dashboard and front seats were Lifted straight from Iriz but with Minor change in Materials and colour schemes.  The Air-cond knobs and switches have Slightly improved and cabin now slightly more airy.  Plastic quality also Slightly improved and now better built with less panel gaps.  The rear seat's shaped for Thigh support that it Eats up rear legroom.  Thank God I can slide my feet under front seats.  Rear seat Headroom Legroom's IDENTICAL to IRIZ.

That's all I can comment OR review.  I hope Proton can Loan me a Test car for Longer test drive.  But this is HUGE improvement compared to the Previous Persona (though slightly smaller interior space and missing rear Disc Brake and Multi-link suspension, at least it has Bigger boot) AND the Iriz.  

Like the IRIZ, the New Persona's ASEAN NCAP 5 stars across the Range.  Thanks to Traction Control standard Across the Range, 2 Airbags and Passenger seat belt reminder.  


Overall Rating's slightly changed from my 1st Impression.  
Std Manual 8.5/10, 
Std CVT 7/10,
Executive CVT 7.5/10
Premium CVT: 8.5/10.

I only highly recommend Either the Manual OR Premium. 

Welcome back Proton.  This is ONE of the Best B-segment car I've driven ESPECIALLY the Manual.  I love the Manual, it sort of REKINDLE my LOVE for Manual.  BUT SAD, Only Standard have this option.  The Persona have EXTRAORDINARY NVH (Noise-Vibration-Harshness) and Sound proofing and Well tuned Suspension.  Please test drive yourself to agree with me.  Like Proton tagline "It's in the Drive".  

End of my review.

Further readings:

1)  Autofreaks Persona Review by Eric Goh

2) Car Malaysia Review: Scene 2, take 1.

3) Autofreaks Persona Standard Review by Eric Goh.

4) Paultan Review by Danny Tan.

5) Carlist review of Persona by Kon

IF you want to buy this car, Please call:

1) W H Lim - 012-6852718 (Klang Valley and Penang)

2) Shawn Tan from Atiara - 017-3622829

Please mention referred by Jeff Lim for better deal.

That's all folks, thanks for having the time and patience to read this blog entry.  Partly Original Jefferson Lim production.  Copy like a man, please state Source like me.