Thursday, May 13, 2010

and the new car will be a.......?

it's a toss-up between the civic, sylphy & altis.

it's NOT going to be a civic because there's a 3-mth waiting period & although it has a very sporty exterior, it has a spare tyre looks like it fell off a motor-cycle.

it was ALMOST a sylphy. i was going to sign up this afternoon when i got an sms from my mechanic friend. he had warned me earlier that its CVT transmission is still new in the market & if it's going to be like the CVT in the previous honda city model, then expect problems. i almost went ahead anyway because the sylphy dealer offered to trade-in my 9-year-old car for rm8,000 more than the civic or altis dealer. EIGHT THOUSAND BUCKS!!

in the end (i'd like to think) i listened to reason instead. unlike the sylphy, the altis has a reliable 4-speed gearbox, vehicle stability with traction control, steering wheel audio control, multi-information display, 16-inch wheels with rear disc brakes AND 10,000km service interval. besides, for this month, the altis comes with rm2000 discount plus a free garmin GPS.

with so many superior features, why did i even consider the sylphy? i think it was nearly a case of penny-wise & pound-foolish.

thanks, Roy, for the sms. the car will arrive in 2 weeks. 

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

At long last you've gotten your car...!

Best regards,
Loshini

doc said...

Loshini,

will post some photos when the car arrives.

reanaclaire said...

wow... an altis!! my dream car.. i only can afford the youngest brother... :)

Mei Teng said...

I vote for the Altis. My mechanic tells me to buy Toyota cars. They hardly give problems. I trust his judgement. He should know since he fixes cars.

eugene said...

But for interior comfort, i still prefer Siply from nissan,(dont know how to spell lah)

congrat on your new care doc///

Yan said...

Yay! I ordered my altis too on Monday! I opted for pearl white which I have to pay extra 800 for that colour. My hubby wanted to have a say in it - the number, so he paid the RM250 (only!) for the number of his preference.

I should get mine in two weeks' time too.

doc said...

Claire,

i hope one will own the eldest brother as well!

doc said...

Mei Teng,

that's exactly what my mechanic said & he even congratulated me when i told him i've booked the altis.

doc said...

Eugene,

thanks. my wife also said the sylphy felt more spacious compared to the altis.

doc said...

Yan,

i chose grey & asked for leather seats as well. the number is a combination of our birthdays.

reader said...

hi doc! congrats on your new car. i'd have made the same choice ;-)

doc said...

Dear Reader,

congrats to you on making a wise choice, too!

;)

LX said...

Yay, new car!!

doc said...

LX,

for the same price, you could get a 318 in london.

yay!!

iml said...

Altis. Been driving around with one for the last 5 years.

doc said...

Iml,

i'm sure it didn't give you any (major) headahes.

iml said...

So far so good. The latest altis looks even better

Unicorn Girl said...

That's nice - a new car :) !

doc said...

iml,

the s'pore model is probably better looking as it's fully imported but what's more important is its unsurpassed reliablilty.

doc said...

UG,

a new car is always nice...till it starts acting up years down the road!!

anastasia said...

=)

Keropok Man said...

Aiya, too late.
I wanted to suggest, the civic hybrid.

green car!

doc said...

Anastasia,

;)

doc said...

Keropok Man,

I did consider both the prius & civic hybrid, but decided against them because i think m'sians are just not ready to be green. it would be a massive task to trade-in later.

Superman said...

Do post a photo of your new Altis. Same goes to Yan. Hehe. Can we have a makan angin trip after you get your car? :P

doc said...

Superman,

will do.

yes, i'll be glad to give you a ride if you're in town.

zewt said...

well, having driven continental car... doc, you should be able to afford one conti car... it's a whole new experience.

doc said...

Zewt,

true, continental cars are a great drive (i had 9 years of it) till you have to sent them to the workshop.

that's why i'm trading in my swedish marque for a nippon workhorse.

Bengbeng said...

in my opinion u made a good choice

doc said...

Beng,

thanks. i think so also!