Wednesday, October 18, 2017

New Car In Brunei - Mercedes Benz AMG GT

Last weekend, JATI Transport Autohaus launched the AMG GT and a very prestine white GT was on full display.  I was planning to drop by and take a closer look but as you can see from the above the car was not available for public to sit in.  So thanks to my friend, Axtel Wong, for sharing these pictures with us.

The reason why the car was blocked because it was already sold to the same guy who owned this matt grey AMG GTS you are looking at below!!!  As I always said, one is never enough!!! Salute to this new owner!

New Car In Brunei - KIA Stinger

Last week was the launching of KIA STINGER performance sports sedan.  I pop by just to check out this particular model, the 3.3litre V6 Twin-Turbo 365hp, the most poweful KIA ever produced.  The standing start performance figure 0-100km/hr is quoted at 4.9sec.  The interior is very well build with lots of options as standard.  My favorite part is the carbon fibre all round interior.  It also comes with Heads-Up Display (HUD).  There are three STINGER models for the Brunei market.  This red one you looking here is the big daddy with and cost around BND$73K+++(O.T.R), a bargain if you ask me for that kind of performances.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Car Spotting In Brunei - BMW 3 Series (E36)


Spotted this tastefully done BMW (E36) 3Series in Kiulap.  This here is how an E36 should be done.  I love how the owners go for the full M-Kit treatment  It is then coupled with the famous front and side white indicator made famously by BMW in the early 90s.  Those cross-spoked wheels finished off the car beautifully.  My only negative about this car is that M badge on the kidney grille. Wish I can see how the interior was done in this car.

Friday, October 13, 2017

New Car In Brunei - Ford Focus RS


While people are talking about the launching of Ford Mustang, Premier Motor has a little surprise for hatchback fans.  This is the Ford Focus RS one of the hottest performance hatch to ever land in Brunei.  This car was hidden away from public when it arrived together in Brunei with the Mustang. 

 The Ford Focus is a 320hp turbo charged AWD machine to compete directly with hot hatch such as Audi S3, AMG A45, VW Golf R.  The car was highly praised by many journalists around the world as a pocket rocket.  It comes with a DRIFT button feature! Not sure about the price but expect it to be around VW Golf R price range.

New Car In Brunei - Ford Mustang (MY2015) **Updated with prices


Here are the photos from today launching of 2015 Ford Mustang. LOL.  Yes peep its finally here in Brunei!!!  I was told the price for the turbo is about BND70K++ and V8 GT at around BND90K++.  Both are showroom prices and insurance are not included in the price!!!  For more accurate of the pricing please visit Premier Motor, sole distributor of Ford.

And here are the exact prices for all of you that have been wondering...

Why oh why is it an automatic transmission??????? Sigh

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Car Spotting In Brunei - BMW 4 Series Coupe


Spotto a beautiful Estoril Blue BMW 420i Coupe at Yayasan Carpark.  This one is fitted with  M-Sport Package as shown here on the front bumper.

Car Spotting In Brunei - Audi TT Gen.III


I spotted this beautiful grey Audi TT Gen III at Kiulap area last week. I think this is the Audi popular Nano Grey or it can be the Monsoon grey.  Any how AUDI TT sure has slick body line.  Hopefully someone got big wallet and import the Audi TT-RS to Brunei!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Car Spotting In Brunei - Porsche 911 (964)


I spotted this cool looking 964 while on way home to Bandar.  This particular one is kinda unique because the badge actually said "RUF".  In case u did't know RUF is a German tuners that specialise in Porsche.  If you look closely at the wheels of this car it has aftermarket RUF wheels.  I wasn't sure if that spoiler is another RUF item and a quick search online and I can confirmed that big wing is also from RUF.  What a rare car to spot!  I wonder whats under the hood!?

Car Spotting In Brunei - Porsche 911 Carrera S (997 Gen1)

#credit to the car owner
#credit to the photo owner

Spotted a mint Porsche 911 (997 Gen.1) at the parking lot of Porsche Service Centre.  I am not sure this is the S or non S models.  The 997 Series is not as common as the 991 series so we don't see much of them here in Brunei.  There are a few Turbo that we frequently see on road but the lower end model such as the non S and S are pretty rare to bump into. 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Porsche Article - Porsche BND$120,000 Paint Job

Just want to share it with you guys this green metallic paint you are looking at here cost BND$120,000.  YES BND$120,000!!!!  The price cost more then the price I paid for my JEEP SRT!!!

Not sure whose car this belong to but as you can see the option list you can see the option is listed at $82,645euros. And yes the price is not inclusive of the actual car and options. The car here is the Porsche 911 Turbo S which is optioned with Porsche Exclusive Aerokit. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Project : W210 [ Engine & Electrical - Fuel Pump & Fuel Filter ]

[ Engine & Electrical - Fuel Pump & Fuel Filter ]

Green Arrow - Fuel Filter - $28.00
Purple Arrow - Fuel Pump - $59.00

Good evening readers! On Tuesday I managed to asked a mechanic friend to drop by and have the crank sensor replaced.  Sadly the problem still persist when we tried to start the car.  It cranked but didn't start or start-over. 

My mechanic friend quickly pointed out to me that during our last conversation over the phone he mentioned to me it might not be the crank sensor problem but I insisted it was the crank sensor. So he did a quick test on the fuel pressure and found no pressure from the fuel pump.  Normally if you turn on the engine you will hear the fuel pump pumping.  That didn't happen so our next step is to replace the fuel pump and since the fuel filter was never replaced it is wise to have that replaced as well.

Thanks to online shopping I managed to grab those two at a decent prices. Prices shown above are inclusive of shipping but not Custom excise tax.  Now we just need to wait for the parts to arrive then we will continue with the project!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Car Spotting In Brunei - Porsche 911 Carrera S (991.2)

#credit to the car owner

A friend spotted this Porsche 911 Carrera S (991.2).  This one came with Porsche Sport Exhaust System as shown above where the exhaust tips are located in the middle instead of both sides of the bumper.

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

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Car Spotting In Brunei - Porsche 911 Carrera S (991.1)


Spotted a 911 (991.1) near MOF building with its rear winged-up ready for take off!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Car Spotting In Brunei - Mercedes Benz AMG GT

#credit photos to Dani Irfan
#credit to the car owner
Thank you again to Dani for sharing these photos for us.  This might be the 2nd unit AMG GT to arrive in Brunei.  This one is a bit different though.  This particular has a different front grille and wheels.  A spoiler can also be seen here.