Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Project : W210 [ Exterior : Body - Front Facial ]

 I have decided to do a quick run through about the current condition of the front body facial of my W210 while awaiting this coming Sunday for the mechanic to drop by to replace the crank sensor.

The first thing you can see from the first pic above is the front headlamps.  All four lamps have faded so bad it had turn cloudy and yellowish.  I have talked to a local detailer and they will charge about BND$30~$50.00 for polishing it back to its original glory.

Secondly, you can see three empty holes on the front bumper plate.  These are the parking sensors that went missing during a slight accident back in 2010.  The bumper was clipped near a corner and it was torn away from the body. I checked with Mercedes Benz Jati Transport and each sensor cost BND$300++!!  And we have three missings sensors!!!  Luckily a quick search online and you can get these sensor for around BND$30~50++ a piece!

Last but not least is the hood ornament.  It broke off when my maid carelessly pull off the star ornament while washing the car.  This one is another easy fix and probably cost about BND$40.00++ if purchase online.

Next post we will look at the rear facial and side facial profile of my W210.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Project : W210 [ Engine & Electrical - Crank Sensor ]

[ Engine & Electrical - Crank Sensor ]

Parts Cost : $125

Good evening readers, I tried to start the engine after cleaning the MAF from my previous post to check if the RPM is still having idling problem.  Instead I was greeted with engine cranking but no "start-over".  This is another problem not related to the MAF.  A quick check online and I was told this kind of sympthon is due to faulty crank angle sensor or crank sensor.  So this is a new problem not related to the MAF. Good news is it's a cheap to fix but a little harder to replace due to the awkward location of the crank sensor.

So the first thing to do is to find a replacement which I checked locally and online.  One can get a non-brand replacement for about $50~$80 online.  Our local Mercedes Benz will charge about genuine part for around $300++.  I also called up a popular spare part center, Sing Hiap Hin in Gadong Central and was told they have one in stock which will suit my car model.  The pictures here are the actual reaplacment part I just bought, it's Made in Germany by Hella! 

Until the crank sensor is replaced I also have no idea whether our cleaned MAF is working properly or not.  Will update again when I send a mechanic over to my parent house to have the crank sensor replace.  I am thinking of doing this myself but it require a special socket.  We shall see how it goes next week.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Car Spotting In Brunei - Porsche Panamera GTS


Spotted this rare Porsche Panamera GTS when I was working at my office.  There are only a handful of GTS in Brunei.  The car is V8 powered with 440hp matted with Porsche famous unbreakable PDK gearbox.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

New Car In Brunei - Ford Mustang (MY2015)


Well, today is a good day for new car buyer as I just received another set of photos from Muara Port.  This time we have the long awaited MY2015 Ford Mustang.  The last time I reported about this model was back in 2013 and I mentioned it will arrive late 2015 or early 2016.  Fast forward now to 3rd quarter of 2017 we finally have the old model Ford Mustang. LOL.  I am not kidding, America and Europe will be receiving their MY2018 Ford Mustang very soon and yet we just got our 2015 model.  Weird.

Regardless, the Mustang has finally landed in Brunei for the first time ever as a RHD model.  I am pretty sure I will pay a visit to the Ford showroom once this beauty is ready for viewing.  I can't even remember when is the last time I visited the Ford Showroom. LOL

This is the MY2018 Ford Mustang where the North American market will be receiving in Oct 2017.  LOL

New Car In Brunei - KIA Stinger


KIA Stinger has landed!!! I was expecting this to arrive in 2018 but OMG it is here!  I am not sure when the car will be launch but I am pretty sure this one will be a big seller.  Here are some information from a friend whose friend is the father of the uncle of the in-law of someone.

There are 3 specs available in Brunei and price will range from BND$48K~$75k++.  Price is to be confirm and I am not sure if these are even correct or not!  So take it for a grin of salt for now.
  • Spec 1 Turbo EX
  • Spec 2 Turbo GT Line
  • Spec 3 V6 Twin Turbo GT (365hp)
I am more interested in the V6 Twin Turbo GT as it has 365hp under the hood.  If the price is correct it will be a budget rocket sedan that can carry 5 pax in comfort! The 0-100km/hr for the V6 Twin Turbo is quoted at 5.1sec!  Not too bad