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5 quick money-saving tips to take care of your windshield wipers!

Inexpensive, inconspicuous but very important - that's right, it's your windshield wipers! I bet wipers are among the most neglected parts of a car, and chances are people even spend a bit too much changing them one too many times a year. Don't be one of them; read on to see how you can save that money for nice makan-makan sessions instead. 1. Never run your wipers on a dry windshield By design, windshield wipers are only to be used on wet surfaces. When they’re used on dry glass, they’ll wear o


Aug 9, 2020

Save money and drive safe with these three tyre care tips

They’re the only part connecting you to the road yet so easily forgotten. Tyres are one of the most important parts of your car, so take care of them through these three simple steps and they’ll take care of you. 1. Don’t forget to inflate! It’s a simple tip but one of the most important things you’ll need to know - inflate your tyres! It’s super simple - just know the basics of your tyre size and follow the correct pressure guide, usually located on the driver’s door pillar. It’s just a matter


Jul 12, 2020

Unpopular opinion: Carmakers don't care about your comfort anymore

There has been a trend I have been observing for the past decade or so in the automotive industry. Almost every car that leaves the factory gates, is equipped with wheels that are one size too big. Why is that? The cynic in me would simply say that this trend is just carmakers finding more ways to lighten your pockets by charging an exorbitant amount for wheels and tyres. Audi will even mandate 22-inch wheels if you option carbon-ceramic brakes with the new RS6. Who are the biggest winners? Tyre


Jan 13, 2021

Proton warns buyers against booking a Proton X50 with brokers

The Proton X50 has been met with explosive interest in the months leading up to its preview. Two weeks since bookings started and Proton has already accumulated 20,000 bookings! But the company has since come to realise the problem of third-party sellers and released a note regarding the matter. "The upcoming launch of the Proton X50 has created a wave of interest amongst Malaysian car buyers. Prelaunch booking numbers have been strong and Proton would like to thank everybody for their support.


Oct 8, 2020

Deal Breaker: We love the Proton Exora but we wish it's easier to drive

Since its most recent update in 2019, the Proton Exora has stepped up its game against all its closest competitor by a mile. The new advanced infotainment system very similar to the Proton X70 only adds to the many plus points that makes the Exora a winning MPV. But there is one problem with the Exora, and that is the lack of ease of driving. Take a flip through the spec sheet, the Proton Exora really does sound like a winning car. Not only is it affordable with a starting price of RM 59,800 for


Apr 8, 2020

CKD Proton X70 – Here’s What We Know So Far

Launched back in December 2018, the Proton X70 is Proton’s first-ever SUV and is currently the most popular SUV on sale in Malaysia right now. Much of its popularity can be owed to the Proton X70’s price tag, which starts from RM 99,800, positioning the much larger X70 against smaller competitors such as the Honda HR-V. However, unlike other Proton models that are locally assembled, the Proton X70 is actually built in Geely’s Ningbo production facility in China. A couple of weeks after the X70 w


Jul 31, 2019

Calling all Proton Perdana owners! Have you replaced your airbag inflators yet?

Proton has issued a reminder to Proton Perdana owners who have yet to bring their cars in for the airbag inflator replacement exercise. The company started issuing recalls to replace the Takata passenger airbag inflators in January 2019. Affected cars include those built between 2012 to the end of August 2018. As of August 2020, Proton has already replaced the airbag inflator of 5,625 units out of the 6,342 affected units. The replacement exercise has now reached 87.5 percent completion but unfo


Aug 25, 2020

2020 Proton X50 – 4 features we get that the Geely Binyue doesn’t!

Okay, settle down everyone. The all-new 2020 Proton X50 is finally here and though there are still some naysayers who wished for Proton to stop rebadging existing products, we have to admit that the car looks set to be another runaway success for Proton. It is based on the Geely Binyue (or Coolray as it is known in the Philippines) and while some might think that, “Oh, it’s just a rebadged Chinese crossover with a few bits of Proton badging” or even more optimistically, “It’s a Volvo with a Prot

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Sep 15, 2020

2021 Proton V70: We pit the Geely Jiaji-based MPV against the Exora!

If you're looking for a 7-seater family MPV, you could do much better than the aging Proton Exora. Really, in the 11 years that it's been on sale, things never really changed much - it's always had passé looks, dated features and a thirsty, tired powertrain. Possibly the only good thing about the Exora is how about much space you get for the price - 7-seats starting at RM 59,800? Where else can you find that? But that's about it, and Proton desperately needs a new MPV to be competitive in this s


Dec 17, 2020

Proton Iriz 1.3 Turbo - The 6-speed, 142 PS hot hatch we never got

Amidst all the buzz surrounding last week’s Proton EV auction, there was one very interesting model. It was a turbocharged 1.3-litre Proton Iriz with a 6-speed manual transmission. The Proton Iriz is a formidable rival to the Perodua Myvi with great handling but hampered by the uninspired Punch CVT gearbox. While the Iriz is available with a manual transmission, the 95 PS 1.3-litre isn’t really hot hatch material and the 109 PS 1.6-litre manual variant has been discontinued for quite some time.

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Jul 27, 2020

Five decent alternatives to the Proton Saga/Perodua Bezza that we wish we could have

Globally, the A-segment sedan is not a very popular category of cars. Squeezing a three-box format design into the tiny dimensions of an entry-level sedan don’t make for very visually appealing proportions. At such size, it’s debatable if a sedan is any more practical than a hatchback with folding rear seats, but still, consumers in many developing markets (Malaysia included) have a preference for budget sedans so manufacturers happy to comply. As such, it’s inevitable that all A-segment sedans


May 15, 2020

Geely Binyue PRO launching in China, will we get a Proton X50 PRO?

Geely will be releasing a new variant of their B-segment SUV to be called the Geely Binyue PRO. It’s expected to make its market debut in China on 15 April 2020. According to Chinese media outlets who received leaked photos of the Binyue PRO, it will be a mere cosmetic enhancement. This is unlike the Geely Boyue Pro which received an extensive upgrade in all aspects. Aesthetically, the Binyue Pro wears a sportier appearance with extended front spoiler lip, side skirts, blacked-out 18-inch alloys

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Apr 9, 2020

6 little things we like about our Ativa – long term review #7

As we drive our Ativa for more than two weeks, the excitement of owning a brand-new car has worn out. We’ve started to see more Ativas on the road too, and Cik Tiva doesn’t attract as much attention as she used to in the first few days. Worn out excitement aside, there are some little plus points that we find worth highlighting, in case the thought of buying an Ativa ever crossed your mind. The subject matter of its decent powertrain and suspension have been discussed multiple times, so now, let


Apr 10, 2021

New Proton 3S centre opens in Kuantan

Pesat Auto CTM Sdn Bhd (Pesat Auto) officially opened its new Proton 3S centre here today. It is the third dealer outlet to be opened in Kuantan which carries the company’s new corporate identity. Consisting of 6 bays, 4 hoists and a built-up area of 750 square meters, this new outlet with a total investment of RM2.3 million, is centrally located along the town’s main road. Pesat Auto is confident that this outlet will boost sales by about 30% and service throughput could possibly increase by 40


Sep 13, 2019

Sorry, we made a mistake. All 2020 Proton X50 1.5 will be 3-cylinders, no 4-cylinders

We’ve just received confirmation from Proton’s officials that the 2020 Proton X50 1.5T & 1.5 TGDi will both be 3-cylinders. Our earlier reports that indicates the 1.5-litre multi-port injection turbo engine is a 4-cylinder unit is incorrect. All articles have since been amended. Proton will be offering two 1.5-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder engine options for the X50 the difference between them is the type of fuel system used. The lower output 1.5T unit uses a multi-port injection (MPI) while the

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Sep 16, 2020

Perodua Myvi Vs Proton Iriz – Cost Of Maintenance Compared

It costs RM 3,095.22 to maintain the Myvi over 5 years/100,000 km Price does not include optional items Proton Iriz is marginally cheaper to maintain The Perodua Myvi is one of Malaysia’s best-selling models right now, as it offers great value for money, encompassing an extensive list of passive and active safety equipment at an affordable price point. Priced from RM 54,090, the Perodua Myvi 1.5 AV is feature-packed to the brim, as the model includes a range of segment-first features, such as th


Aug 30, 2019

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 – the chronology of booking, p


Mar 25, 2021

Proton acknowledges spare parts shortage problem, reaches out to customers in need

Like any organization experiencing rapid growth and change, there will be growing pains. Proton is experiencing this first hand, not just with supply issues of the very high in demand Proton X50, but also shortage in spare parts supply for its service centres. To Proton’s credit, the company has taken a very brave move to publically acknowledge the shortcomings in its after-sales services. At today’s announcement of Proton’s February 2021 sales performance, Proton said it recorded its highest ev


Mar 2, 2021

2020 Proton X50 - Confused with the features names? We explain the ABCs

We get it - you’re hungry for the Proton X50. It shows in the many dozen posts in our WhatsApp and Facebook groups as well as in our recently-created forum (which you should check out!) There's been a lot of buzz, but do you know the buzzwords? Sit up and take notes - by the end of this post, you'll be quite the expert! Let's start with the powertrain: What’s MPI, T and TGDI? T means turbocharged. Every X50 gets a three-cylinder turbocharged mill. Standard, Executive and Premium get MPI engines,


Sep 30, 2020

Kepada semua pemilik Proton Perdana, sudahkah anda mengganti pengembung beg udara anda?

Proton telah mengeluarkan peringatan kepada pemilik Proton Perdana yang belum menukar pengembung beg udara mereka melalui program penggantian pengembung beg udara. Syarikat itu mula memanggil semula pengembung beg udara Takata sejak Januari 2019. Kereta yang terlibat adalah model Perdana dari tahun 2012 hingga akhir Ogos 2018. Sehingga Ogos 2020, Proton telah menukar sebanyak 5,625 unit pengembung beg udara daripada 6,342 yang terlibat. Ini bermaksud 87.5 peratus telah selesai ditukar namun mala


Aug 25, 2020

Proton employee found Covid-19 positive, affected teams in self-quarantine

Proton announced today that one of its employees was tested positive for Covid-19 and is currently receiving treatment. Below is statement from Proton: Proton announced that one of its employees was tested positive for Covid-19 on 14th October 2020. The employee who is from the Research & Development Department in Shah Alam, was immediately put under the care of a government facility. The company which has been strictly adhering to the protocols issued by the authorities, immediately put into pl


Oct 15, 2020

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

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


Oct 2, 2020

Geely Emgrand GS refreshed, the Proton Suprima Crossover we never had

The Chinese media have released spyshots of the updated Geely Emgrand GS. The Emgrand GS isn’t a brand-new model per se, so it won't likely show up in Malaysia as the spiritual successor to the Proton Suprima S. In fact, the hatchback crossover has been on sale since 2016 and sold under the Emgrand series. It is a handsome-looking crossover with its design penned by Peter Horbury. During its five years of production, the Emgrand GS was given a couple of updates but this latest one looks more tha

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Jan 20, 2021

Used Proton Inspira for RM 20k! This or the Mitsubishi Lancer?

It has been 5 years since Proton has discontinued sales of the Proton Inspira, but demand for the car has yet to wane and finding a good used unit is like looking for a needle in the haystack. But for RM 20,000, should you still get a used Proton Inspira or should you just opt for the Inspira’s donor car, the Mitsubishi Lancer instead? The Proton Inspira has always been an interesting product. It came years after Proton has proudly moved on from just rebadging Mitsubishi vehicles and started pro


Dec 17, 2020

Volkswagen Cares campaign celebrates the end of MCO with a car service!

Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) is looking to celebrate the end of MCO period with a “Welcome Back” after-sales campaign dedicated to all Volkswagen owners. VPCM understands that many car owners have had to delay their routine car service as all service centres nationwide are closed due to the nationwide lockdown. Now that the lockdown is about to come to an end, VPCM is encouraging all owners to schedule a service via their Volkswagen Care app or website. The after-sales campaign exte


Apr 6, 2020

Proton Putra WRC - The Malaysian rally prince with lots of potential

Before you cry out to Proton for yet another sad state of historic concepts and rally legends, let me just say that the Proton Putra WRC is under capable hands. So, please put down your keyboard gently and stop preparing a rant to Geely in the comments section. Let me tell you a tale of the wild Malaysian rally car that could’ve fought with the likes of Colin McRae and Tommi Makinen in their Imprezas and Lancer Evos. We’ve written an article featuring Proton’s PERT cars a while back and just to

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Aug 8, 2020

Will the new 2020 Honda CR-V do better against the Proton X70 and Mazda CX-5?

Booking for the new 2020 Honda CR-V is now open and with a new and upgraded model, we will of course have to revise our WapCar Ratings for the top-3 best-selling C-segment SUVs in Malaysia. All variants of the new CR-V will now come with Honda LaneWatch blind spot detecting camera as a standard safety feature while higher range variants will get an upgraded power-operated tailgate – now hands-free and you can open it by simply making a kicking gesture under the car, with the keys in your pocket.


Oct 21, 2020

We pick the 7 best cars driven in 2019

As we close the year 2019, let’s take a look back at some of the cars that left a good impression on us. The criteria is quite simple – cars that exceeded our expectations. We are not just talking about performance, but cars that did what they are designed to do exceedingly well. So if a humble entry level budget car was found to be way ahead of its closest competitor, it deserves to be on the list. Note that the list is sorted alphabetically. Ford Ranger WildTrak A pick-up truck shouldn’t ride


Dec 27, 2019

Road tax paid to JPJ don’t go to road maintenance, so what are we paying for?

Most of us take it for granted that road tax, by virtue of its name, goes directly into maintenance of non-tolled roads, but that's actually not true. Instead, road tax is just yet another channel of government revenue, and it's not used exclusively for road maintenance. Which begs the obvious question, what are we paying for then? Before we go further and for the benefit of those who missed our last article, here's some background. The former Director General of MIROS (Malaysian Institute of Ro


Jan 10, 2021

After-sales won’t improve until we start paying decent wages

During a recent trip back to my hometown in Ipoh, I learned from my dad that the son of the mechanic that he usually visits has moved to Singapore. He recently secured a technical position at the Mercedes-Benz division of Cycle and Carriage. Good for him I say. He is a talented young kid who has been helping out in his father’s workshop long before his peers learn about the theory of combustion engines. I have no doubt about the quality of his work. However his father’s workshop is literally und


Oct 10, 2019