Cars we drive
Posted 28 August 2012 - 08:32 AM
Do not know where to put this:
Any similar offerings in KL?
How does this work?
What if 10 people want to go out at the same time? or come back at the same time?
Hmmm, they probably have a valet to this for you if you are going to pay so much to live there and buy a car that is presentable inside a glass lift for all to see.
Posted 23 February 2013 - 12:57 PM
My list so far:
Alfa 147 - gotta be a manual 'box, preferably from an involved owner. Tough to find. Should be RM40-50k.
Fiat Coupe - They're all manuals, but it's gotta be from a good owner too. ~60k for a good example.
But both of these will come with regular maintenance and replacement bills, not to mention servicing and waiting times for parts, and the occasional heart attack when they don't work as they should be.
I suppose on the newer front there is:
mk5 Polo GTI - I think ~85k
Mazda 2 - But Malaysia never got the manual version, I think.
previous gen Swift Sport
Any other candidates? Coupes, convertibles, hatchbacks, soft-roaders, are all fair game. I'm interested in something that's not common and preferably with abit of oomph. And also preferably with a manual box, especially if used.
Posted 25 February 2013 - 02:03 AM
Boys: Mini is more than 100k, and the used examples with smaller price tags are going to cost a fortune to maintain. They are nice cars, but in my opinion, their value doesn't justify the price premium.
Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:51 AM
If you up it to the RM120k range, you can find 2 to 3 year old Alfa 159s, as well as MK-V Golf Gtis.
Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:59 PM
Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:36 PM
I wish more small hot hatches would be available in Malaysia. The Fiesta ST would be perfect. Or even more Alfa Mitos, Citroen DS3, Renault Clio RS
Posted 27 February 2013 - 07:29 PM
@boys: it's kind of a slow car without the supercharger. You've got the same low driving position and firm suspension, which are not necessarily advantages in everyday KL traffic, especially when there isn't the additional power and speed to make up for (or exploit) them. Distances covered in KL can be quite long as well, so I prefer a more powerful car to a less powerful one. This is underlined when you're paying a premium for something like a Mini.
Well, since duties for cars from Japan are being dropped now, I guess we can all look forward to more interesting Japanese cars! I personally would be very happy to be able to afford an MX-5, CX-5 or Maxda 3 MPS
Posted 27 February 2013 - 08:21 PM
Just gonna toss the other view out in the open (might or might not be true):
The other view from a different vantage point about the traffic conditions, that I've more commonly heard is: In SG, there are traffic lights at almost every junction, and the roads are so crowded at jammed at peak periods so much so that a car with a fast engine is functionally useless so even if the car can go from 1 to 100 MPH in 6 seconds, you'll have to stop at the next traffic light.
Maybe roads in KL/M/ysia are sufficiently different!
I do have a dream car, however, and it's not a Ferrari or Lamborghini. LOL.
Posted 27 February 2013 - 08:53 PM
The reason why the Mini Cooper S has more power is simply because it has a supercharger under the hood. Japanese makers don't like forced induction systems (I'm not sure why), but forced induction is what most European marques have been relying on for the last decade or so to increase power and reduce emissions.
I would probably agree with your view that a very powerful car is useless in Singapore. But something like a Mini Cooper S isn't really in that category. You'll still be exploiting a great deal of its power even in Singapore road conditions. A 6-litre SLS AMG probably is, though, and I've seen more than a few of those pottering around Singapore, not to mention your Ferraris, 911s, and so on.
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