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How to choose the right 12V battery for your car?

If you drive an automatic car, it is impossible to push start the car. Your only option in case of a flat battery is to jump start the car and get a battery replacement ASAP. A weak car battery has obvious tell-tale signs like a slow crank and dim lights.Changing a car battery is a simple task, but if you don’t know what you’re doing, there’s still a high chance of screwing things up.Not the kind of push-start you want. PhotoIf you have absolutely no experience in replacin

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Arif

Oct 9, 2020

China’s battery giant CATL claims 2 million km electric car battery ready

CATL has announced that it is ready to produce an electric car battery with a battery lifespan of a million miles or approximately 2,000,000 km and 16 years. To put it into context, current electric cars have warranties that last up to 240,000 km. Although current electric car batteries are predicted to last from 10 to 20 years, the warranty period is usually about 8 years.BAIC EU260 utilises CATL's Li-ion batteryIn February 2020, CATL and Tesla confirmed a partnership from July 2020 to June

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Arif

Jun 10, 2020

BEVs with high battery capacity are not as environmentally friendly as you think says Mazda

In today’s trend of tightening emission regulations which require carmakers to lower their average fleet CO2 emissions, the easiest way to bring down that average is through zero-emission vehicles such as plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) or battery electric vehicles (BEV).It’s easier to get consumers to switch to PHEVs because it’s still a familiar machine to them as the main source of propulsion is still from an internal combustion engine (ICE).BEVs, on the other h

Adrian Chia

Adrian Chia

Nov 1, 2019

Owner Review: A Car Built to Last a Lifetime - My 1990 Mercedes-Benz 260E

** This article is the personal experience of a 1990 Mercedes-Benz W124 260E owner and does not necessarily reflect the views of WapCar.Facebook: Allan WoodworthWhy did I buy this Mercedes-Benz 260E?My previous car was a Mercedes-Benz W123 230E, pictured below; the older generation predecessor of this W124 E-Class. I bought my current W124 in 2013, 7 years ago. The car was owned by a family friend who had it since new. It had 90k original kilometers on the meter and was in pristine condition, ev

Owner Review

Owner Review

Jul 22, 2020

We’ve bought a Perodua Ativa for a long-term review and tear down!

So, we’ve bought a Perodua Ativa for a long-term review. Having booked the car in January 2021 (way before the virtual launch), we’re one of the early customers to receive the car.All along, weve been pestering the showroom to expedite the delivery, and were very happy that its finally here. Pearl Delima Red - looked darker in the brochureWhat did we order?We’ve opted for the AV variant with a two-tone paint job, featuring the “Pearl Delima Red” body colour and blac

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Arif

Mar 19, 2021

How to start the Engine if the smart key battery is dead?

Just like a smartphone, smart Key Fob is something we can't do without. It's almost a magic until it ran out of power someday. Fun Fact: Every automaker makes provision for owners whose key fob battery is running out of juice. You can either check out the owner's manual or google the backup method according to the model.Here's one simple hack that can free you from flipping through the tedious owner manual and start the engine at the same time.1st Step: Open the doorA tried-

Wilson

Wilson

Aug 30, 2019

Starting your car's engine and idling is not enough to charge the 12V battery

Malaysia is now into its sixth week of the Movement Control Order (MCO) triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic. This also means that many cars have been left parked for an extended period of time.To be clear, leaving a car parked for an extended period of time won’t damage your car. It’s not unusual for new cars to be parked at a dealer’s lot for months before it is sold. My own 36-year old classic is driven only about once a month but it starts at the first crank every single time

Hans

Hans

Apr 28, 2020

Top-10 of the last 10 years - trends that changed the Malaysian car market

When the world bid farewell to 2009 and entered the new decade of the 2010s, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution was still on sale, BMWs were still rear (or all) wheel drive, and Carlos Ghosn was still emperor of a French-Japanese automotive empire.Ten years later, the world is quite a different place today.Here are the top 10 trends that defined that last decade, and how some of it put us on a path that we could never turn back from.Rise of SUVsIn 2010, the market share for SUVs was less than

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Hans

Jan 2, 2020

Honda opens Malaysia’s first hybrid vehicle battery assembly plant, for 2020 Honda City RS

Honda Malaysia has opened Malaysia’s first high voltage battery assembly plant in Melaka, to support the world debut of the first ever Honda City RS with i-MMD. You can read our review of the City RS here.Production of the full-hybrid Honda City RS with a two-motor intelligent multi-mode drive (i-MMD) has already begun at Honda Malaysia’s Pegoh plant. It is the fifth Honda hybrid model to be produced there.Assembly of the GP1 Jazz Hybrid (IMA) started in 2012, followed by the GP5 Jaz

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Hans

Sep 25, 2020

How driving through floods can damage your car, and here's how to do it safely

Driving on a rainy day requires extra concentration. The roads are slippery and visibility is lower than usual. Rainy days also create unwanted puddles, which if they’re big enough, can be called floods.Even the mighty can fallYou might have seen some cars wading through water like it’s nothing. You are tempted to do it too, sometimes. After all, water doesn’t get into your engine, right? Well, it depends on how deep the water is, how fast you drive through it, and how well you

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Arif

Oct 29, 2020

Want your car to last a million miles? Take advice from a man who did 3.2 million

Whether you use the metric or imperial measurement unit, the numbers on an analogue odometer usually only went up to 999,999. Hitting a million miles or a million kilometres then, would ‘reset’ your odometer. Although achieved by various commercial vehicles, it is quite rare for a private owned passenger vehicle to cross the million-mile mark.A million miles equals 1,609,344 km. On average, Malaysian drivers cover 28,188 km in a year. That means the average Malaysian would take 57 ye

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Arif

Jun 25, 2020

How long did we wait for our Perodua Ativa? And how much did we pay for it?

If you’ve been following our website or YouTube channel, you would know that we have just bought a Perodua Ativa. We’re not the first customer to receive the car but we’ve got it early enough to still be able to turn heads at the traffic light.The head-turning effect will wear out eventually, so we’re enjoying its as much as we can for the time being.In our earlier post and YouTube video, there’s one thing we forgot to mention as pointed out by one of our readers &n

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Arif

Mar 25, 2021

Costs RM 64, our Ativa goes for its 1k km inspection - Long-term Review #5

It turns out doing 1,000 km in one week wasn’t so hard after all. Having done a good mix of city and slight highway driving, we’ve successfully run-in the Perodua Ativa last week and we have sent it in for a 1,000 km inspection last Friday. So, we booked our appointment at Perodua Service Sungai Penchala for 10 am. Everything went according to schedule and Cik Tiva was hoisted as soon as we finished talking with the service consultant. What does the 1,000 km inspection entail? Not mu

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Arif

Mar 30, 2021

Driving your car less this MCO? Here's how to keep it running smoothly.

Photo credit: avalonking.comJust like that, we are 2 weeks into MCO 2.0. This most likely means that most of us are working from home, which then means our cars arent driven much. Nevertheless, there are some things you can do to keep your car in tip top condition despite it being underdriven. Here are some pointers that might be useful to keep in mind in this second MCO season. Dont park under treesPhoto credit: avalonking.comYou might think that parking your car under trees is a good idea, sin

Jason

Jason

Feb 14, 2021

Used hybrids are really cheap, so should you buy a used Toyota Prius, Camry Hybrid or Honda Insight?

There was a short period of time between 2011 until 2013 when Malaysian car buyers enjoyed a too good to be true deal - import and excise duties were completely waived for fully imported hybrid models with engine capacities below 2,000 cc. The Japan-made Toyota Prius, Honda Insight and CR-Z were introduced here.Between 2009 to 2010, duty exemption was also available, but at a lower rate - 100 percent exemption on import duties and 50 percent discount on excise duties.At a time when even the most

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Hans

Oct 20, 2020

Do you know how much are you losing on your car every month? GoCar Subs has a message for you

The actual cost of owning a car is a lot higher than just your monthly instalments, and we’re not talking about insurance or maintenance, itself already a big chunk of a car’s total ownership cost.Beyond maintenance, depreciation is the biggest ‘cost’ for a car owner. However, very few see it that way because it’s not something that you feel until you have to sell your car. It’s like losing money on stocks; it’s paper loss until you actually sell it, whi

Hans

Hans

Sep 12, 2020

How to survive a car crash? Don't be stupid with your seatbelts

Have you ever come across kids jumping at the backseat of a car, while you’re stopped at a red light? This is one of my biggest driving pet peeves, people not wearing seatbelts whilst travelling in their cars.We have seen countless times, crashes on the road that have resulted in people getting flung out of their cars. Why? Plain and simple, they weren’t wearing their seatbelts. How can something so intrinsically simple to do become such a widely-ignored habit? Sadly, it’s down

Jason

Jason

Jul 11, 2020

NAP 2020: A lot of buzzwords, little meaning, but the industry can now at least move on

Waiting for the announcement of the new National Automotive Policy (NAP) is a bit like waiting for the next installment of the Fast and Furious. You know it’s going to be bad but you still want to watch it.Although the automotive industry already knows what to expect – more of the same old, a lot of lofty goals but lacking in details. However professional managers are obligated to make decisions based on data and official sources of information, so car companies will still need to wa

Hans

Hans

Feb 21, 2020

BMW 530e plug-in hybrid battery modules can be individually replaced, RM 5k per cell

BMW 5 SeriesOne of the concerns of owning a hybrid vehicle or a fully electric vehicle is the cost of battery replacement. BMW’s solution is to have the high-voltage battery pack with individual modules that can be replaced.In the BMW 530e, there are 6 cell modules. If only one of the modules is needed to be replaced, owners can simply change that one cell module at a cost of RM 5,000 per cell, rather than replacing the entire battery pack.BMW Group Malaysia offers a 6-year/100,000 km warr

Shaun

Shaun

May 8, 2020

We have Petronas, Indonesia now has a gov-owned EV battery company

Indonesia has officially launched the Indonesia Battery Corporation (IBC), a government-owned EV battery company, last Friday. The IBC consists of the following organizations: PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium ANTM (Aneka Tambang Tbk) Pertamina PLN (Perusahaan Listrik Negara)The organizations fall under Indonesias BUMN, which is a collection of state-owned enterprises in Indonesia.Nickel ore processing. Photo: The Jakarta PostCNBC Indonesia reports that IBC will oversee the entire supply chain inclu

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Arif

Mar 29, 2021

Top 8 car stuff you can buy from Lazada, discount code inside!

Photo credit: Kuzig Glanz DetailingWith MCO 2.0 truly underway and upon us, most of us will be spending most of our time at home. That also means our cars wont be driven as often as usual. But that is no excuse to sideline our precious set of wheels. In fact, this could be the perfect time for the DIY project that you never got started with!WapCar has come together with Lazada to make your car care DIY a cinch this MCO period. Here are some recommended products from online retailers that you can

Jason

Jason

Jan 22, 2021

Selling your car soon? Here's how to ensure you get the highest price

After a couple years of using your car, the time will eventually come when you will need to sell it off. And when that time comes, how do you ensure that you can sell it off at a higher price?Selling your car? Get the best offer here:Trade in Users Car FormAn oil change and servicing would be goodFirst things first, when it comes to selling your old car, it’s crucial to fix it up. Start with giving the car a service, replacing all the necessary oils and fluids. Whether or not you want to s

Eric

Eric

Mar 30, 2021

Sun damage ruins the resale value of your car, here's how to prevent it

Leaving your car parked under the hot sun seems like a harmless thing to do. What’s the worst that could happen? Just a hot cabin, right? The truth is, the sun can damage your car after extended periods of exposure and this hurts the resale value of your car.Peeled clear coat. Photo: detailxpertsJust like our skin, the car’s paint, rubber parts, and upholstery can only withstand that much sun. Things dry up and age faster when exposed to UV rays. Visible effects of sun damage are: Ox

Arif

Arif

Apr 7, 2021

Own a recon Audi? Here’s how you can get a warranty from Audi Malaysia

Parallel imported or recon (reconditioned) cars have been a part of (read: plagued) the Malaysian automotive industry for as long as the industry existed.Many have turned to these unauthorised and unofficial distributors for their significantly lower car prices – it’s not unusual to see grey import cars being 30 to 40% cheaper than officially imported cars.A small number of consumers turn to the grey market to secure a particular model variant, for example, an Audi RS6 Avant that&rsq

Adrian Chia

Adrian Chia

Nov 19, 2019

Owner Review: A Childhood Dream Fulfilled - How I Got My Honda Accord

** This article is the personal experience of a 2016 Honda Accord owner and does not necessarily reflect the views of WapCarFacebook: Shawal AliMy Previous Encounter with the Honda AccordThe allure of large sedans is unquestionable. Unlike booted hatch or compact sedans with their weird looks to aide with practicality, large sedans do not need to sacrifice its looks for usability. Their strong muscular lines flows coherently from the front all the way to the back without needing to sac

Owner Review

Owner Review

Jun 30, 2020

Buying used cars: How to test drive a used car?

Buying brand-new cars without test driving them is common, especially when shopping for an econobox. These days, you can learn more about a brand-new car just by browsing the internet.The COVID-19 pandemic has also pushed brands to enhance their respective virtual showrooms. While shopping for a brand-new car can be safely done without a test drive, the same couldn’t be said about used cars.Test driving a brand-new car is meant to impress you with all the bells & whistles and

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Arif

Sep 4, 2020

Owner Review: A Dad's take on a Soccer Mom's Car - 2013 Nissan Serena S-Hybrid

** This article is the personal experience of a 2013 Nissan Serena S-Hybrid C26 owner and does not necessarily reflect the views of WapCar.Facebook: EZ Wong About My CarIts actually my CFO’s car & I will narrate it as my own :)The Nissan Serena S-Hybrid was originally registered at the end of 2013 & we bought it at a very good price as a Nissan Pre-Reg unit in February 2015.The C26 is powered by a MR20DD 2.0-liter engine with 147 PS and 210 Nm (figures are from the engine alone, ex

Owner Review

Owner Review

Jul 15, 2020

The Mazda 3 is a great car, but it’s not making money. Covid-19 could halt Mazda’s upmarket push.

Last week, this column spoke about why the next generation rear-wheel Mazda sedan with a straight-six engine (possibly next generation Mazda 6) is something that enthusiasts should root for, and why Mazda has been doing a better job at preserving the joy of driving than BMW, which is (understandably) prioritizing infotainment and digitization over driver engagement.  We applaud Mazda for their audacity but also concluded that Mazda will have to lose more money in their quest to build b

Hans

Hans

Apr 24, 2020

MINI's last internal combustion engine model to launch in 2025

MINI is intensifying its efforts to phase out internal combustion engines and focusing on electric mobility. Therefore, the carmaker has announced that 2025 will be the final time that it will introduce a new internal combustion engine, and that will be that. This is in line with MINIs target to deliver at least 50% of its cars in electric form by 2027. From that point onwards, MINI will aim to have a fully electric vehicle range by the early 2030s (which, if you think about it, isnt really that

Jason

Jason

Mar 18, 2021

New Proton X50 engine designed to last for 15 years or a distance of 350k km

The highly anticipated Proton X50 was finally publicly unveiled last week and although some mistakes were made on our part, we’re still very much excited to see how it drives.Besides having Proton’s trademark ride and handling on the hot crossover, another thing to look forward to would be the brand-new 1.5-litre 3-cylinder port injected engine. Proton labels this engine as a multi-point injected (MPI) engine – perhaps an homage to the Iswara which was badged as an MPI in the U

CY Foong

CY Foong

Sep 24, 2020