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.

What Happened To Fasfik?

It seems that I’m clocking my car’s odometer a little bit sooner than I should. With the amount of traveling that I’m doing everyday, I would have to service my car at least once every 2 months instead of 3 months. There is one way to avoid this, move nearer to my office which is located about 40km from my house in KL.

Anyway, last weekend I went to Kepong where I used to go and service my car. I had noticed one of Fasfik’s service workshop in Sri Serdang had been closed for quite some time. I would have never thought Fasfik Kepong would have gone to the same process.

Fasfik Kepong Closed (August 2008)
Fasfik Kepong Closed (August 2008)
 

It’s a pity that such a nice location and a nice facility needed to be closed down. I suspect Fasfik is having a scaling issues whereby they tried to go big very quickly but find out that they are incapable of supplying enough resources. In businesses, there is always risk to be taken therefore I guess Fasfik would really have to make a decision whether to move forward and overcome their obstacles or just sell off their business like what Projet (Now being bought over by Shell) did.

I am quite sad to see them closed down however, my car needs to be serviced one way or the other. A few meters away from where Fasfik is located, is another service workshop. They’re currently having a promotion but it is only for old cars. Their normal package for my car starts at RM98 but I ended up paying RM178 because of other parts of my car that is slowly deteriorating. I should have brought my laptop because there’s free Wi-Fi while waiting in the customer’s waiting lounge.

AutoCare & Tyre (ACT) with Free Wi-Fi Available
AutoCare & Tyre (ACT) with Free Wi-Fi Available
 

This ACT Workshop is Very Clean
This ACT Workshop is Very Clean
 

The service was quite fast. In less than an hour, my car was serviced and running smoothly again. Now isn’t that money well spent? So much of me being so thrifty.

Benefits of Turning Off Your Car’s Air Conditioner While Driving

Based on the my experience from the above topic, the most substantial benefit you’ll get when you drive with your air-conditioning off is:

It saves your fuel!

Driving with your car air-conditioner off saves like 25% of your fuel. This is fairly true when driving through the traffic jam or lower speed driving such as driving in the city area where you need to stop and go often. Why is that? The main components that makes the air-conditioner works is called a compressor. It is a moving part and moving parts will always experience wear and tear.

Another benefit would be, you save money by not having to often pay for the air conditioning maintenance. A refill of a R-134 gas is RM50++. For the R-12 gas is just RM15 but it’s not ozone friendly. I don’t think it does make a different when these gaseous are released. It is bound going to happen anyway when things break down. However, before you go for the cheaper option, make sure that the components can accept the R-12 or you’ll end up damaging it even more.

3 weeks ago, after my last car air conditioning service which was 15 months ago, I spent my new job’s second paycheck (my first paycheck was worth 3 days but it is still a paycheck of course) to repair my car’s air conditioned. I can’t believe I’ve been driving around in a hot car all these while. This time, I didn’t sent my car to the shop I sent last year. Got a few snapshots while waiting for the repair job.

 

The above image is when the mechanic want to clear out all the air conditioner gas. Talk about saving the environment huh? For a full service, the condenser inside the dashboard compartment needs to be removed and cleaned. Normally all the dust is collected there.

 

After soaking the condenser inside some liquid chemical bowl and blow dry it, the mechanic then re-assembled the component. If this component has signs of puncture, it will puncture your wallet so a piece of advice, make sure your mechanic don’t fool you by this trick.

The repair job took almost 2 hours to finish. In the end, the cost of repair was just RM250 although the compressor is now creating a squeaking noise. I should have got the air conditioning repaired earlier with that kind of money if only I wasn’t so stingy. I don’t really care about the noise as long as I’m cool. The belt is causing the noise because the compressor is now worn out and at anytime it can get jammed, that was what my mechanic said. A new compressor would cost around RM1000 while a reconditioned one is only RM300++. I’ll take the latter because I like to keep my cost down but in the mean time, I’ll give the sick compressor a hard time.

 

The visit to the mechanic wasn’t so bad. I met an attractive young lady as you can see in the picture above. No, not that chinese lady who’s on the phone, the girl who is sms’ing beside my car. She was installing a new set of speakers for her dad’s black Nissan Sentra. Apparently she lives in my neighbourhood and his dad owns an office nearby. She was complaining about the car’s high fuel consumption. At least my waiting moment kind of got interested, unfortunately I didn’t get her number which I should have done. Oh well, I can always fabricate a ‘bump into’, after all she lives in my neighbourhood, right?

My next paycheck would be spent for my torn CV joint cover which will only cost me RM15 if I bought it directly from a spare part shop. Where I live, it’s like the heaven of spare parts from what other mechanics has told me. The only thing that I have to bear is the labour charge which might reach RM60++. Another thing would be to change my front tyres and to do the wheel alignment. Altogether, I have a budget of RM300 for that, I hope I don’t exceed that amount.

Well, who said owning is car is easy.. ;-)