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Basic information about my car:
Proton Persona (A) H-Line 2008
Reasons why I bought this car(purpose)
The main reason I bought this car is for work. At that time, I was working at Bandar Baru Bangi, and live at Teras Jernang. So travel to work by motorcycle is quite troubling and not safe. And also because my hometown is Kedah, so it will be convenient for me to visits my parents if I got a car.
Car selection process
My salary at that time (2010) was RM2410. So I thought this car would suit my budget with a monthly installment of RM602. Also, I just started a job, so I had no money for deposit, and I went for a full loan.
At first, I wanted to buy a Perodua Myvi since I just started a job. Also, I really like Toyota Vios but I can't afford it.
Reasons why I chose this car
I bought this car (second hand) back in February 2010. When I was at the car dealer, it's like 'love at first sight. Looking at its sporty design, plus a friend of mine, who also owned this car, has done a few modifications (R3 body kit quite popular at that time). 1.6L engine with 4-peed auto is also not so bad. Plus, when I was driving the car (test drive), the handling was very good, with sufficient power, and of course, ice cold air-ond LoL. Without a second thought, I said this is it! I still remember, I went to the car dealer in the morning, and got the car (completed the whole purchasing process) by evening. Super excited!
I have already done 228,800 km, My average fuel consumption is 8-0l/100km.
To sum up this car, it's totally worth it. Imagine I had this car for 12 years and I never had any major break down in the middle of the road. Just one time, flat tyre that's it. So far I just maintain the usual, on time services, change the wear and tear part, with no major problem involving the engine. Despite all the positives, I have to admit that this car is not 'wallet-friendly' when it comes to city driving. The fuel consumption for city driving is not so good. I had some minor modifications and accessories such as full R3 bodykits, throttle controller, aftermarket crank pulley, K&N air filter, HLSH adjustable, bigger rims, and also some indoor accessories. The engine, head, etc still stock till today.
Pros and Cons
Pros of my car
- Solid chasis -good handling, stable driving
- Good space
- Ice cold air conditioner (well...Proton)
- Good fuel consumption for highway driving.
- Tough/durable campro engine.
- Spare parts (not expensive but not too cheap, but easy to get)
- Bad fuel consumption for city driving
- NVH/Quality of indoor parts not so good (dashboard rattle sound, etc.)
- Poor quality of power window -I lost count how many times I needed to repair the window.
- Pick up (acceleration) is not so good considering this is an auto model.
Total Score: 4
Quality & Features : 3
Space : 5
Ride comfort : 4
Fuel Economy: 3
Price & cost : 4
In conclusion, all I can say is this car is totally worth it. For me, the design is future-roof, I'm not ashamed to drive this car for another 10 years. I plan to put another few grand for new paint, a few upgrades, or accessories maybe just to make it live again. Of course, now I got another car, but I have no plan at all to sell this beast.
As I said earlier, this car really takes care of me. 12 years with zero breakdowns in the middle of the road, I can't ask for more. I really enjoy driving this car, and if memory serves, I've been to all states in Peninsular Malaysia with this car. Again, of course, it's not all positive, but with my experience, I can close my eyes to the negative side of this car. All good and bad memories, tears and joy, me with this car, will be remembered for the rest of my life. People said you can't forget love at first sight, same goes with your first car.
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