Upgrading from a Perodua Myvi to the Proton X50? Keep these in mind first!

Sanjay · Oct 2, 2020 05:04 PM

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We see many eager readers looking to put a Proton X50 in their porch. Some of you are also looking to trade-in whatever you have now too.

But if you're coming from, say, a Perodua Myvi, we'll show you why you shouldn't expect that maintaining an X50 is just the same as maintaining the hatchback.

Tyres will be more expensive

Generally, tyres for SUVs will be costlier than standard tyres because they're bigger.

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The Proton X50 Flagship comes with 215/55 R18 Continental UC6 tyres.

For obvious reasons, never stinge here. Make it a habit - set aside some money for when the inevitable happens.

Plus, if you feel the normal tyres don't work for you - you can also opt for SUV-specific ones.

New technologies, new fluids

Other than that, the X50 uses different fluids.

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It'll still use RON95 petrol. It has a 45-litre tank.

Engine oil should stay the same, but choose correctly. Transmission fluids will be different.

This is because the X50 is equipped with a dual-clutch transmission (DCT). CVT or automatic transmission fluid (ATF) will be incompatible for it.

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Same DCT in the Proton X70, just slightly tuned.

That said, prices for DCT fluids don't vary too much from the two types mentioned above. 

Body panels, glass and cosmetics

Costs for these things will be exponentially higher.

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Some examples of what you should really take care of.

Recall that the X50 comes packed with safety features, and some of them have physical objects that help them operate. 

Should something untimely happen to them, the cost of replacing them can be high - such as for windscreens with AEB cameras, which the X50 has.

Labour costs

Ultimately, everything leads to higher labour costs.

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Due to the car's relatively-complicated build, it will take more time and skill for maintenance and repairs. Recall the AEB camera-equipped windscreen - it needs to be recalibrated if it's ever changed.

These things require expertise and equipment, which results in higher labour fees.

That said...

We're not here to stop you from going after the Proton X50 - it's a rather good car.

Always remember that the cost of a car goes beyond the retail price, and keep these points in mind before you sign the dotted line.

Sanjay

Senior Writer

With humble beginnings collecting diecast models and spending hours virtually tuning dream cars on the computer, his love of cars has delightfully transformed into a career. Sanjay enjoys how the same passion for cars transcends boundaries and brings people together.

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