Automotive Scenario in Malaysia

A friend of mine asked me bout Ford Focus and if I’d recommend it, my answer is it is indeed a nice car, its like a cheap version of BMW…However, the maintenance cost is high plus poor resale value.. Changing parts cost could be a few thousands ringgit..and if you are looking for free hassle, I’m not sure whether it is a good choice..

Moving on to Peugeot..they have a superb car rite now with 308, however parts is still an issue since it is a continental car, supply chain problem..

Korean car? Korean cars have been very impressive lately..Kia Forte is highly recommended, with various features and competitive pricing, it is a good alternative.. Just remain to be seen how is the resale value? Korean cars have very poor resale value..Let’s see whether Forte will change that legacy?How about maintenance?Naza Kia is famously known for their poor after sales..The new launched Hyundai Sonta has a very futuristic design and we will see how they will do in Bolehland..

Malaysian car? Still suffering from quality issues and good design..It has been 25 years Malaysian have been protecting them and I’m not sure until when..Being a local product does not mean the maintenance cost is low. I owned a Malaysian car previously (Proton,Perodua), the maintenance cost is high, more expensive than my current ride plus some quality issue…They better buck up or be left behind especially by Thailand automotive industry..

Car segment in Malaysia is still dominated by Toyota and Honda…Whatever they sell, just put Toyota and Honda will do well…That shows how high the brand is regarded..Of course, sometimes it get bored to see them all over the roads…I own a 2007 Vios since April 2009..Up until today, I’m quite satisfied with the ride..No major problem, of coz still new.. The quality is very good plus good fuel consumption…I am able to achieve 600km for a long journey drive (highway) with RM70 full tank…The maintenance is not that high as well…Servicing is for every 10k interval roughly around RM200…

and of coz Honda is doing very well also..City and Civic are nice cars..The demand for both of them are very encouraging until today…Surely that means something rite?

Sad to say, in Malaysia, not many reliable choice are available for Malaysian..Toyota and Honda are still leading the way as a reliable brand..

Let’s hope one day, more reliable choice would be available to us..

    • Triemscem
    • July 19th, 2010

    learned a lot

  1. I sold the Focus 2.0 hatchback after five years of usage. The handling is so good. I kinda miss it. Pretty reliable too. It is true that the parts are expensive.

    The Pug 308T I bought in 2009 became problematic after 30,000 Km. Sold it at 32,000 Km at two years and two months old. The torque of this car is awesome.

    My current car is the Forte 2.0 SX which I bought as replacement after ditching the Pug. Good price and full of features which other more expensive cars don’t even have, like the ESP.

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