Used Car Reviews

USED CAR: Ford Lynx RS

USED CAR: Ford Lynx RS

Just when Ford Malaysia was losing grip of the mid-size sedan category with its Mazda-based Lynx, it looked at its own past for some much-needed inspiration. The last car Ford sold here had that could have been described as popular was the old Laser TX3 1.8i which had inherited the […]

USED CAR: VW Golf GTI Mark 5

USED CAR: VW Golf GTI Mark 5

After the Mark 3 and Mark 4 versions of the VW Golf GTI failed to live up to expectations, many were expecting the Mark5 to similarly fall flat. The Golf had grown fat and ponderous over the years so it came as a shock that the car turned out to […]

USED CAR: Alfa 147

USED CAR: Alfa 147

This one is for the Alfistis. There is no doubt about it, the Alfa Romeo brand has a very limited appeal and exposure in Malaysia that despite its beautiful products, low prices (for the used market at least) and global recognition, very few will even consider buying one. It would […]

USED CAR: 1st Generation Volvo S40

USED CAR: 1st Generation Volvo S40

Volvos have always had a rather staid image. It’s only recently with new models like the funky C30 hatchback/coupe and XC60 SUV that the public have started to receive them as mainstream cars. Just.   The first generation S40 (produced between 1995 and 2004) was originally planned to be the […]

USED CAR: 1st Gen Toyota Estima

USED CAR: 1st Gen Toyota Estima

It is not often that a car can be described as being ahead of its time. This, the first-generation Toyota Estima (also known as Previa in some countries) is one of those rare cars. Long before owning large MPVs became fashionable and somewhat of a status symbol here in Malaysia, […]

USED CAR: Perodua Kembara

USED CAR: Perodua Kembara

Very few vehicles appeal to both women and men equally, and the Perodua Kembara is one of them. It manages to pull off that tough feat by appearing both masculine and effeminate at the same time, which is not something that you would expect to work together but in the […]

BMW X5 (2000 – 2006)

BMW X5 (2000 – 2006)

The first generation of the BMW X5 will forever be remembered as the vehicle that started the still-current trend of making luxurious road-oriented 4x4s. While the original Mercedes M-Class was launched earlier in 1997, it never quite managed to attract buyers the way the X5 did, perhaps due to its […]

USED CAR: 2004 – 2009 Mazda3

USED CAR: 2004 – 2009 Mazda3

By Hafriz Shah Deputy Editor Built on the Ford Focus Mark 2’s platform, the original Mazda3 has always been blessed with tidy handling. Drive one now and you’ll walk away impressed by its composure through corners and solidity going over bumps. Volvo uses the same basic platform for its S40 […]

The Ford Escape Experience

The Ford Escape Experience

By Chips Yap First Escape in 2001 cost around RM140,000 and was assembled in Malaysia Second Escape had larger 2.3-litre engine with a Variable Intake manifold (but not variable valve timing) Having owned two Ford Escapes since 2001 when the first one was launched in Malaysia, I guess I would […]

USED CAR: Perodua 850

USED CAR: Perodua 850

Perodua is very much a small car specialist and builds some excellent vehicles in this class. Its Kancil, Kenari and Kelisa are amongst the best-selling cars in Malaysia and this has allowed Perodua to enjoy a certain degree of success, mainly because of the company’s excellent reputation for building reliable […]