Tuesday, December 12, 2017

MINI Countryman Tyres Change

Just another day replacing another set of front tyres for my wifey Mini Countryman S.  I went ahead with ALTENZO again as these are value for money tyres.

Oh and also my original BMW battery went dead on me so I went to AutoPro and got a Korean brand car battery called ATLASBX.  Hopefully these can last me at least 2 years.  The BMW battery lasted 3 years!  But it was costly.  The ATLASBX is half the price of the BMW battery.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Project : W210 - MAF Sensor Problem Again!

Yet another problem I thought I had it fixed.  The engine started immediately after refitting the second fuel pump however the idling wasn't smooth.  It was shaking a little so they took out the MAF sensor and replaced it with another similar MAF sensor from a similar car and the idling problem went away.  So I ordered another MAF sensor but was told if the problem still persist then we will have to look into fuel injections.  Hopefully we won't get into that situation.  I will update more when the MAF arrive in Brunei.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Project : W210 - Fuel Pump Problem Again!

[ Engine & Electrical - Fuel Pump #2 ]

Fuel Pump - $350

Remember the fuel pump I bought online for a reasonable cheap price. Well I had learned my lesson , don't ever buy cheap car parts!  HAHAHA! When the mechanic put back the repaired alternator back and started the engine but somehow the fuel pump failed to work.  So instead of going back online again to purchase another one I just went ahead with a proper fuel pump made by Bosch.  It's not cheap but the fuel pump is working properly now!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

New Car In Brunei - Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

Guess what car is coming into Brunei next year!!!!  The JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE TRACKHAWK!!!  I will personally visit this car when it's launch in Brunei.  I am not sure about the price at the moment but with my estimation we will probably looking at around BND 160K to BND180K!!! Still cheap consider the fastest Porsche Cayenne Turbo S will set you around BND300K!!!

Project : W210 - Repairing The W210 Alternator

We finally found out why my new W210 battery went dead!  This time the main culprit was the alternator.  I was thinking of buying a brand new one but it is costly at about  BND$600!  Thank god there is someone in Brunei who is specialist in repairing alternator.  I pop by at Singapore Motor and got the alternator repaired but it wasn't cheap as it cost me BND$150.00.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Project : W210 - Not ALIVE Again!

Sorry for not posting lately due to my new venture into food & beverages business at my home.  It was a crazy month last month as I need to get used to my new business schudule.  Now everything is easing I can finally go back to posting!

That day after I started my Project:W210, I left it overnight at my parent place so I can get the license plate ready the next day so  I can drive to a workshop to get it thoroughly check.  Well guess what?  The next day the battery went dead on me when I came to pick up the car.  I tried to use the physical key and it also didnt work!!!

So worst scenario I have to call Jati Transport and get their people to open the door for me!  After 30mins of trying to fit the hook to the door handle, we finally got the door opened.  I called a tow truck and it is now been transported to SHH Proshop for further examination.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Project : W210 - IT'S ALIVE!

IT'S ALIVE!!! WOOHOO!!!  Finally got the fuel pump & fuel filter replaced!!! After sitting in the garage stagnant for more then 1.5 years it finally been moved out of the garage!  Sadly the good news stop there, the engine is a bit rough at the moment and seriously in need of full engine services.

I am going to have this car tow to a workshop this weekend to have the engine thoroughly check.  Hopefully all will be good after the services and I can start driving this little gem!

Monday, October 30, 2017

New Car In Brunei - Hyundai i30 N


Holy cow people, first we have the KIA Stinger and now we have the hottest hot hatch from Korea, the Hyundai i30 N!!!  It has finally landed and what surprise me was everywhere else around the world are expecting a release date near end of 2017 and we actually already have it in Brunei!!!

For those of you who are not up to date on car news.  This one here is the latest pocket rocket from Hyundai, it directly compete with cars such as VW Golf, AMG A45, BMW 1-Series and so on.  It boast a 275hp turbo-charged 2.0litre engine.  It is a front wheel drive car and only comes with 6-speed manual transmission.  The car is loaded with track capability performances.  I have read the reviews from popular car journalists and so far the early reviews are going very positive for this model.

If you would like to know more better pop down to Setia Motor, the official dealer of Hyundai for more info.  I can smell KDM on the rise!!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Project : W210 [ Exterior : Body - Parking Sensor ]

[ Exterior : Body - Parking Sensor ]

Parking Sensor : $19.00

Good afternoon readers!  While I am arranging a time for my mechanic friend to come and fix the fuel pump and fuel filter, I have one part that just arrived!  Remember the front bumper with missing parking sensors? Well I finally ordered one of the missing parking sensor.  This only cost me BND$19.00 with shipping from online store in China.  They sold a tons of these, like a few hundreds and is the best option to go if u don't want to pay genuine part for BND$300++.

Here is a comparison between the third party brand and genuine part

These will get fit to the bumper to make sure the front parking sensor is working properly.  Will update again soon!

Friday, October 20, 2017

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

[ Engine & Electrical - Fuel Pump & Fuel Filter ]
Fuel Filter - $28.00
Fuel Pump - $59.00 

Finally my fuel pump has arrived after a long 3 weeks wait.  I bought this fuel pump online for BND$59.00 including shipping.  A genuine or OEM will cost about BND$200~BND$400.00

The white box is the fuel filter made by MAHLE.  A German brand that also manufacture OEM parts to all the major car manufacturer.  This particular part I bought it locally for BND$28.00.  Now, I need to arrange another time with my friend to get these two parts replaced.  Hopefully these are the last things I need to do to get the car start!  Will update more again in the next post.

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.