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5 things that will damage your steering system

Steering problems are becoming more common these days with some brand-new cars even exhibiting defects in this department. This is a matter to be taken seriously, since defective steering systems are dangerous and can be fatal. Manufacturers with defective steering systems clearly have to own up to their mistakes and rectify the problem. Should it be that the steering system in your car is faultless, you are still responsible for keeping it in the best condition possible. Like other systems of t


Nov 7, 2020

Pros and Cons of installing a roof box or roof rack on your car

A roof box is handy for increasing storage space in in your car. You can install a roof box on your car by yourself, or you can get the shop to do it for you. If you're planning to install a roof box, there are several types of factory-fitted roof mounts: raised rails solid-type rails fixed mounting points no mounting points Some cars come with roof rack mounting points, while some don’t. Having factory-fitted mounting points makes installing the roof box easier. Not having them just means you n


Mar 6, 2021

Panduan membeli Nissan Grand Livina serendah RM 30k, apa yang boleh dijangkakan?

Nissan Grand Livina generasi kedua dikatakan bakal dilancarkan di Malaysia tidak lama lagi. Model tersebut kini dibangunkan berdasarkan Mitsubishi Xpander berkongsi beberapa ciri-ciri namun mudah dibezakan dengan rekaan gril hadapan. Hal ini menjadikan model Nissan Grand Livina generasi pertama adalah produk yang terhasil daripada Nissan sendiri dan bukannya perkongsian platform. Jualan Nissan pernah setanding Honda dalam suatu tempoh masa bermula tahun 2003 hingga 2013 di mana Nissan Grand Livi


Feb 11, 2021

5 perkara yang merosakkan sistem stereng kereta anda

Masalah stereng semakin kerap berlaku masa kini, walaupun bagi kereta serba baru. Mungkin anda pernah lihat kes kereta terhenti di jalan raya dan tayarnya berpintal keluar dari ruang roda. Masalah ini patut diambil serius oleh pemilik kerana sistem stereng yang rosak adalah sangat berbahaya dan boleh meragut nyawa. Pembuat kereta yang menghasilkan unit dengan sistem stereng rosak pastinya harus mengaku atas kesilapan mereka dan berusaha untuk selesaikan isu ini. Walaupun sistem stereng dalam ker


Nov 7, 2020

2021 W223 Mercedes-Benz S-Class showcases rear-wheel steering

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has always been about more than just mere opulence. Throughout the generations, the S-Class has been not just a flagship for the brand, but a technological tour de force. New technologies and innovations are always premiered first in the S-Class (think air suspension, night vision, adaptive cruise control etc) and then filtered down to the rest of the product range. The upcoming 2021 W223 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is no different, in keeping with its tradition for constant


Jul 30, 2020

What is a car platform? It’s not necessarily what you think it is

BMA, CMA, MQB, MLB, TNGA, DNGA, these are just some of the more commonly spoken alphabet soup of acronyms (actually they more like marketing words) that refer to car platforms. But what exactly is a platform and why it’s such a big deal to some companies, but not others? Companies like Geely/Proton, Toyota, and Volkswagen bang heavily on modular platform technology in their marketing communications, while others like Mercedes-Benz, Honda, and Mazda don’t bother talking about it – with good reaso


Dec 18, 2020

The first-ever steering wheel was invented by Mercedes-Benz for racing

The very first automobile in the world made by Carl Benz in 1886 didn’t even have a steering wheel, it was just a lever. It wasn’t until nearly a decade later the steering wheel came about. So let’s rewind and take a step back into the history of steering wheels in Mercedes-Benz, before it was even named as such. In 1886, the aforementioned first car in the world was only equipped with a simple steering lever because at the time, carriage drivers were used to pulling right or left to direct the


May 11, 2020

2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class facelift showcases newer ADAS, steering wheel, and MBUX

Back in March, we reported news of the new 2020 facelift Mercedes-Benz E-Class. While it was more than just a facelift with a newer M254 engine, that wasn’t the only new technology on Mercedes-Benz’s popular executive car. Underneath all that fresh and sleek design is an improved ADAS system. Standard across all E-Class is the Active Brake Assist, which is Mercedes-Benz’s name for its autonomous braking system (AEB). Another feature is the Active Speed Limit Assist which allows the car to drive

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Aug 11, 2020

This Tesla Model 3's steering wheel fell off completely when the owner was still driving!

Complains about sketchy panel gaps, paint issues, misaligned trim pieces, and poor lighting fitments have become common place when it comes to a Tesla vehicle. But the latest complain about a Tesla steering wheel falling off (while driving, no less) takes the cake! A Tesla Model 3 owner in Blackpool, UK, tweeted about how his steering wheel have completely fallen off the drive column of his car. The owner was reportedly reversing into his driveway after returning from a 32 km journey when it hap


May 13, 2020

In Brief: VW Polo – Old, but is it worth it?

(2019 Volkswagen Polo Price and Specs | Gallery) The Volkswagen Polo is the cornerstone of Volkswagen Malaysia’s line-up, and has been around since 2010. Back in 2010, the Polo was available with a fancy TSI and DSG powertrain combination, but was discontinued a couple of years later. The Polo you see here was introduced back in 2015, featuring a basic 1.6-litre MPI engine mated to a 6-speed torque converter automatic. How Much Is It? Priced from RM 74,990 for the Comfortline variant, the Volksw


Nov 22, 2019

Panduan membeli Nissan Serena C26 terpakai, MPV kotak bagi yang suka menongkah arus?

Sebagai sebuah pasaran yang dijangka menurun (oops), mungkin ramai yang mempertimbangkan model MPV terpakai. Apa salahnya, kemuncak pasaran MPV pun sudah berlalu justeru model-model yang mahal ketika itu kini sudah mampu milik. Sebelum ini Wapcar.my pernah menampilkan Toyota Estima dan Toyota Alphard dalam panduan kereta terpakai kami. Sebagai keseinambungan, kami tampilkan juga pesaingnya iaitu Nissan Serena generasi C26. Sebagai rujukan, Nissan Serena bersaing rapat dengan Toyota Noah, Voxy da


Feb 3, 2021

New 2021 Mercedes-Benz CLS gets a new steering wheel, adds MBUX

Starting April 2021, the Mercedes-Benz CLS gets an update to bring it in line with the rest of its siblings. Updates extend to the exterior, and also interior to enhance its looks and give it more dynamism. Safety and convenience technology are also ramped up in this update. Outside, the most obvious change is the front bumper that has more striking air intakes and a sportier physog. The AMG Line exterior looks especially menacing with its sporty-yet-classy trim around the front intakes and radi


Apr 8, 2021

Pros and Cons: 2020 Perodua Bezza – Excellent fuel economy but why the fixed steering?

The Perodua Bezza is Perodua’s first-ever sedan, developed from the ground-up utilizing the Perodua Axia’s platform. It competes directly against the Proton Saga in the A-segment sedan market. It received its mid-life update back in January 2020, whereby the little sedan from Perodua received a restyled exterior, additional safety equipment, and new interior trim. Powertrain options remain unchanged. Four variants are available, with prices ranging from RM 34,580 to RM 49,980. These prices are i


Jan 1, 2021

All-new 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (W206) debuts; no more hood ornament, rear-wheel steering

The all-new 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (W206) has been officially revealed. Just like its predecessor, the fifth-generation C-Class takes on a “baby S-Class” look. Exterior of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class All variants of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class no longer feature the traditional hood ornament. Instead, the logo will be placed at the front grille. Speaking of front grille, the AMG Line variant features unique three-pointed star pins across the grille. Over to the rear, the mini-S-Class th


Feb 23, 2021

Pros and Cons: Toyota Yaris – this over the Honda Jazz?

Fun fact: The Toyota Yaris shares the same engine as the Perodua Myvi 1.5L. In fact, both engines are made at the same Daihatsu Perodua Engine Manufacturing plant in Sendayan. Yes, the engines have different engine codes – 2NR-FE for the Toyota Yaris and 2NR-VE for the Perodua Myvi – but they are essentially the same aluminum block engines with slightly different tuning. The one fitted in the Toyota Yaris makes slightly more power, 107 PS and 140 Nm versus 103 PS and 136 Nm for the Myvi. So why


Oct 15, 2020

New 2020 Mercedes-Benz is more than just a facelift – new M254 engine, lighter 9G-Tronic, new infotainment, new steering

The current W213 generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class finally gets a much needed update. Although it is still a fairly new model (launched in 2017), the E-Class is one of the weaker links in Mercedes-Benz’s model line-up and conversely, it’s the one model where archrival BMW 5 Series has a clear lead over it. The new updated model will address many of the previous car’s weakness. The previous car was criticized for its bland design that’s lacking in its own identity, looking too much like a C-Class.


Mar 4, 2020

6 traits that make a great handling car

Every so often, you find people in the motoring fraternity raving about a certain car that has sublime handling, and is a joy to drive. What does it even mean? Beyond good looks, there’s a lot going on under the skin that can determine how well a car drives. Let’s dive into what makes a car handle great, in a road driving context. Balanced chassis A car’s chassis is the starting point of vehicle dynamics. A great-handling car usually has a very rigid chassis. Why? A stiff chassis reduces flex, i


Dec 6, 2020

Panduan membeli Nissan X-Trail T32, susut harga mendadak serendah RM 60k tapi masih bagus?

Nissan X-Trail generasi ketiga menampilkan pembaharuan yang radikal daripada Nissan. Sebelum ini, SUV 7 penumpang tersebut mengenakan rekaan yang lebih bersegi dan kotak namun generasi ketiga ini tampil bergaya dengan garis badan melengkung. Kejatuhan jenama Nissan secara global turut dirasai oleh industri automotif tempatan. Jenama yang dahulunya Big 5 kini menjadi Big 4 dengan 2 jenama tempatan hampir mengungguli 70% pegangan pasaran. Baca: Dominasi 2 jenama tempatan akan mengurangkan pilihan


Feb 22, 2021

Nak pasang roof box dan roof rack - apa kelebihan dan kekurangannya?

Pernah lihat kereta yang ada rak dan kotak plastik di atas bumbungnya? Kotak bumbung (roof box) ini cukup berguna untuk meningkatkan kapasiti ruang simpanan di dalam kereta anda. Anda boleh pasang sendiri kotak bumbung ini ataupun pergi ke kedai aksesori jika anda malas nak pasang sendiri. Jika ada merancang untuk memasang kotak bumbung, ada beberapa jenis pelekap bumbung (roof mounts) yang dipasang dari kilang kereta itu sendiri: Rel yang dinaikkan (raised rails) Rel jenis padat/padu (solid) Ti


Mar 21, 2021

Used car buying guide: ZC21 Suzuki Swift – Which variant to get, what to look out for

If you're in the market for a fun-to-drive hatchback that won't cost an arm and a leg to maintain, truth is, there aren't many options out there. One such car is the Suzuki Swift. History of the Suzuki Swift in Malaysia The ZC21-generation Suzuki Swift made its Malaysian debut way back in 2005, fitted with a run-of-the-mill 1.5-litre petrol engine that does 100 PS and 133 Nm, mated to a four-speed automatic. Suzuki Malaysia also offered the sportier Swift Sport, powered by a high-revving 1.6-lit


Oct 18, 2020

In Brief: Kia Picanto – What else can you ask for?

(2019 Kia Picanto Price and Specs | Gallery) The Kia Picanto has been a value-for-money preposition since the TA generation was introduced here back in 2013, as it was generously equipped for not a lot of money. Fast forward to 2018, Kia Malaysia introduced the all-new third generation Kia Picanto, which remains as the benchmark for how small and cheap cars should be. How Much Is It? Kia Malaysia offers two variants of the Picanto: the 1.2 EX and 1.2 GT-Line. The 1.2 EX is priced from RM 49,888,


Nov 21, 2019

Honda Jazz Hybrid vs Honda Jazz V vs Toyota Yaris; combing through the spec sheet

We’ve compared the Honda Jazz and Toyota Yaris multiple times. But we’ve never really looked closely at the equipment list that each car has. So, we decided to go through the equipment list with a fine-tooth comb! Here’s a quick reminder of each car’s variant equipment list: For this guide, we’re comparing the top spec Toyota Yaris G with the top spec Honda Jazz V variant and the Honda Jazz Hybrid as well. In terms of safety equipment, the Yaris far outshines both Jazz V and Hybrid variants. Wit


Jan 28, 2020

Toyota Alphard - MPV mewah serendah RM 40k, baloi untuk angkat 'second hand'?

Sekali pandang, Toyota Alphard dan Vellfire nampak seperti sebuah kotak besar yang mempunyai tayar. Hakikatnya, MPV mewah ini cukup laris dalam kalangan kereta terpakai dan recond. Perkara ini jelas di laman jualan kereta dimana terdapat pelbagai unit Alphard dan Vellfire yang dijual beli. MPV sebesar ini menjadi begitu laris kerana faktor ruang yang diberi dan kemudahan keluar masuk dimana ia sukar untuk ditandingi sama sekali. Kemudahan ini dibantu oleh pintu gelangsar yang membolehkan anda ke


Nov 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

Honda Civic FD, the greatest Civic ever?

The Civic nameplate has been a constant staple in the Honda’s product line-up since 1972. To say that the Civic is important to Honda is a gross understatement. Throughout the 10 generations, there has been hits and misses. Even amongst the hits, one generation stands out from the rest, which is the 8th generation model, codenamed FD. The FD-generation Civic won the hearts of many buyers with a combination of handsome good looks, fine driving dynamics, and a futuristic interior. Even to this ver


Jun 30, 2020

2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 73e hybrid 4-door coupe revealed – 800 PS, 4.0L V8

Alongside the unveiling of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team’s eventual winner latest competitor for the 2021 Formula 1 season, Mercedes-Benz has also unveiled the latest images of its upcoming 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 73e 4-door coupe and the Mercedes-AMG One hypercar. Though the hypercar is well, looking ludicrously hyper, and the Formula 1 car will surely rack up some wins this season, the real star of the show is the 4-door hybrid monster. Also read: Coming to Malaysia - Mercedes-AMG Project One

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Mar 4, 2021

All-new Toyota GR Supra 2019 3.0L launched in Malaysia, RM568,000

Only available with 3.0-litre straight-six turbo Toyota Supra Safety Advanced Driver Assistance System Unique paintwork available as an option UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) has just launched the all-new A90 Toyota GR Supra 2019 here to the local market. Bringing back the legendary Supra nameplate to Malaysia. As much as we like to be sentimental about the Supra name, pricing is a big factor as to whether people would actually put their money down on one. UMWT has managed to price it at RM 568k, on par

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Sep 20, 2019

Buying a used Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ? Here are the common problems to look out for

Today, you can pick up a used or reconditioned Toyota 86 or Subaru BRZ for around RM 90-150k and there are plenty of choices. As you can still buy an unregistered unit from grey importers, you can still get financing at affordable rates. By now, most of the common problems have been identified and fixes are available. Even then, what should you look out for? History of the Toyobaru Twins When these 2 models made its world debut back in 2012, the automotive world lost its collective minds. Here w


Dec 26, 2020

Toyota Alphard, used units from RM 40k, here’s some tips for buying one

At a glance, the Toyota Alphard (and its Vellfire sibling) may look like breadboxes on wheels, but that’s far from the truth, as these luxury MPVs are popular amongst used and recond car buyers. After all, a quick check on several car listing sites indicate that there are a huge number of the Alphard and Vellfire for sale. One main reason why the Toyota Alphard and Vellfire shot up in popularity is because not many cars can match their spaciousness and ease of entry and exit – thanks to its slid


Nov 3, 2020

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 mo


Oct 20, 2020