In Memory of My Proton Iswara Aeroback

5 year ago, together with my younger brother and my father. We went for ‘car shopping‘ to replace the current car I was using at that time. Check out the colour of the Proton Iswara Aeroback car before I bought it at the second hand car lot:

My Red Proton Iswara Aeroback at the 2nd hand car parking lot

5 years later, check out what happened to the shiny red colour:

So it is true that a car paint can only last for 2 years. For the past 5 years, the car has been through a lot together with me. It also served my wife for a couple of months before we got married.

I’ve written a couple of blog posts that talks about my car, mostly on the maintenance part of it.

There were also incident that happened:

All of them were memories that I’ll never forget. So back in July 2010, I couldn’t afford the repair of the car since there were too many broken parts within the car itself. I had to let go of the car eventhough I still owe the bank another 2 years of loan. It was a sad moment for me but the car has to go either way:

The car is still in it’s original state, so hopefully the next car owner could take care of the car even better than I am. BTW, I sold the car back to the 2nd hand car dealer where I bought it.

My Latest Ride – Mercedes 230E

After my father’s passing last December, my family and I were left with a bunch of belongings of my late father. Apart from still trying to cope with our lost, we are still in the process to finish off a number of items related to my late father. This include 2 cars my father left, one is a 2004 Mitsubishi Storm L200 and the other is a 1990 Mercedes 230E (W124). I’ve been using the Mitsubishi Storm for a couple of months since the car almost got abandoned because it was a challenge for my late father having to maintain 2 cars at the same time.

My trustworthy red Proton Iswara Aeroback 1.3 is currently being used by my wife. I never drove the Mercedes when my father was around. Being the eldest son and the named driver based on the insurance policy of the Mercedes 230E, I was the most eligible person to take care of the car after my father’s passing. The car cannot be sold yet because it needs a trust handler’s authority to issue an authorization letter before changing changing ownership and being sold off. Because of that, I’ll be driving around with the car until all of the other stuff relating to my father’s death has been cleared.

Front view of the Mercedes 230E

Rear view of the Mercedes 230E

Some good review about this Mercedes Benz 230E, apart from being huge, it’s much more comfortable from the cars I’ve ever own. Since the car’s front hood is so long, I am guessing the Mercedes logo in front of the car is a good indicator about the length of the car’s front end, if not you’ll be kissing the bumper the car in front of you. The interior is roomy however, I seem to have trouble with the air conditioning being too cold. This car is has automatic transmission so driving short or long distance is a breeze to drive. Other than that, the raw engine power and the driving experience better than the Proton I’ve been so used to.

Interior view of the Mercedes 230E

The downside of having such a big car is the always, the fuel consumption and more money for both parts and car services. My Proton Iswara only consume around 15 – 17 cent a kilometer of fuel while the Mercedes would be using 20 – 24 cent a kilometer of fuel. That would translate to an extra RM15 – RM25 of fuel in a week since I drive to work almost 500km per week. If fuel consumption is not a problem, I would definitely keep this car for it continental driving experience. It reminded me of the old Volvo 240GL my father handed over to me when I was studying my Diploma in Mechanical (Automotive) Engineering.

I’m not a big fan of old cars anymore, therefore I would settle for a new car once I’ve finished off my car loan 2 more years to come.

The Little Brother of Mercedes Benz E-Class

Today I want to show you something interesting I saw a couple of month ago. I’ve never seen such creativity and such an awesome inspiration or motivation. When I first saw this, I was flabbergasted (loved this word):


Mercedes Benz E-Class Little Brother
Mercedes Benz E-Class Little Brother

Check out what it says at the rear end of the car:


Don’t you think this is amusing? Well I do.

Should I Change My Car For A Compact Car?

It’s been a while since I’ve posted something about cars. On my way back from Terengganu, my family and I stop over at one of my cousin’s house somewhere in Paka. While waiting for lunch to be served, I spent some time flipping through a few stacks of magazines. My cousin is a big fan of compact car. He converted his Kancil into a Mira. While I like things to remain exactly what they are, I do admire his enthusiasm to customize his car.

K-Kompak Magazine
K-Kompak Magazine

My cousin’s car doesn’t look like the above picture. Flipping through the magazine a little bit more, I found this article.

Kelisa 2nd Anniversary
Kelisa 2nd Anniversary

The magazine is already a year old but look who I found:

LadyAzurt and her friend
LadyAzurt and her friend

LadyAzurt is a blogger friend of mine (I’ve never met her in person yet). She was actively blogging before her lately seldom posting on her blog. A lot of her recent blog posting is more towards channeling her frustration from my opinion. Not that I’m criticizing her writings. I think she needs some cheering up and stop focusing on bad things in her line of work. Maybe what she can do is to cherish her fun moment by looking at fun and exciting activities she has done.

Anyway, I would buy a compact car if I could trade-in my red Iswara for a less monthly installment of what I am paying right now. Enjoy this piece of video review of the Perodua Kelisa done by Top Gear:


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