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Chery Astar Actually An Ok Car?


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nextar

Posted 01 October 2011 - 11:26 AM

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Hi,

After a few years in Malaysia not much was heard about any serious inherent complaint with this car. Second hand value more or less the same with other car. Ask my friend who own more than a year and he said its just like maintaining a normal car. If anybody now owning one please tell me your experience especially when engine blackout type. Thanks.

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 09:42 AM

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are u referring to Eastar?

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 01:05 PM

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Yes chery Eastar MPV .

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 02:56 PM

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Mine is CE 2.0 coming to 3 months with 7xxx on the odo. So far I'm quite satisfied with the car and would consider it as value for money. Have done 3 round trips KL-KB and no major problems encountered yet (touch wood). Cosmetic wise there's a lot to be said but, for the price of the car, I'll have to accept the fact that I cannot get a premium grade finishings.

Just a few things that I'd look into though:
1. Mine are fabric seats and they are of very poor quality and not to mention the light color just makes it look dirty far easily. If you have the fund, opt for the leather version. Just for info, all of the CE comes with fabric seats out from the assembly and the dealer change it to aftermarket leather.
2. Udercoating/rust proofing for the under body is quite thin, I'd suggest go for another layer as soon as possible.
3. Do inspect thoroughly and carefully during the handover and I found quite a few rust spots especially on those exposed bolts & nuts and also quite a few broken plastic clips (I think it got to do with those ppl installing the tint film).
4. Do a round of ECU checking and adjustment (if necessary) before taking over of the car. I've heard a lot of 'cin cai' checking and setting by the dealer.
5. The automatic gear change is a bit rough but, so far nothing serious.

Other than that, the ride is quite smooth and comfortable. Engine response is acceptable and performance is quite satisfactory for start up, overtaking, hill climbing, etc.

Some minor issues with wind noise, gap between panels, outside noise insulations, but I guess it's a compromise for the low price tag...it's really an affordable MPV anyway so I'm not complaining....much.

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 03:59 PM

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Thanks Krismas for your response I believe that we are only skeptical with the newcomer ,after your revelation I am quite happy to own it. The finishing may not attract most people but the technology installed in this MPV could only come from a class much higher. Anyone else care to share.

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 03:03 PM

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Actually I like the space inside. Being a six footer, I could sit into the third row seat, because the foot area in lower so no need to cramp the legs, and the second row seat can be pushed forward like the front rows.
The main thing I dislike is the air con for the rears as it comes from the underneath only..... smile_blackeye.gif

Was looking at it for a while for my wife, but in the end she preferred the Tiggo SUV..... smile_tongue.gif

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 12:47 PM

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QUOTE (KrisMas @ Oct 17 2011, 02:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Mine is CE 2.0 coming to 3 months with 7xxx on the odo. So far I'm quite satisfied with the car and would consider it as value for money. Have done 3 round trips KL-KB and no major problems encountered yet (touch wood). Cosmetic wise there's a lot to be said but, for the price of the car, I'll have to accept the fact that I cannot get a premium grade finishings.

Just a few things that I'd look into though:
1. Mine are fabric seats and they are of very poor quality and not to mention the light color just makes it look dirty far easily. If you have the fund, opt for the leather version. Just for info, all of the CE comes with fabric seats out from the assembly and the dealer change it to aftermarket leather.
2. Udercoating/rust proofing for the under body is quite thin, I'd suggest go for another layer as soon as possible.
3. Do inspect thoroughly and carefully during the handover and I found quite a few rust spots especially on those exposed bolts & nuts and also quite a few broken plastic clips (I think it got to do with those ppl installing the tint film).
4. Do a round of ECU checking and adjustment (if necessary) before taking over of the car. I've heard a lot of 'cin cai' checking and setting by the dealer.
5. The automatic gear change is a bit rough but, so far nothing serious.

Other than that, the ride is quite smooth and comfortable. Engine response is acceptable and performance is quite satisfactory for start up, overtaking, hill climbing, etc.

Some minor issues with wind noise, gap between panels, outside noise insulations, but I guess it's a compromise for the low price tag...it's really an affordable MPV anyway so I'm not complaining....much.


bro,
how many mileage to change timing belt ah?? I heard rumours saying this car need to change timing belt every 30k and it's cost 1k++ (service center). Not sure is mitsu engine or alteco engine timing belt?

regarding ur item2, i saw some china blogs/forum, underbody is totally rusted after few year, even some part of the chassis get rust and bend, china service center replace a whole chasis for that fella...



QUOTE (vr2turbo @ Oct 19 2011, 03:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Actually I like the space inside. Being a six footer, I could sit into the third row seat, because the foot area in lower so no need to cramp the legs, and the second row seat can be pushed forward like the front rows.
The main thing I dislike is the air con for the rears as it comes from the underneath only..... smile_blackeye.gif

Was looking at it for a while for my wife, but in the end she preferred the Tiggo SUV..... smile_tongue.gif


Tiggo FL going to launch... smile_thumbup.gif smile_thumbup.gif



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Posted 30 October 2011 - 12:44 PM

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QUOTE (ntc2000 @ Oct 21 2011, 12:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Tiggo FL going to launch... smile_thumbup.gif smile_thumbup.gif

Cannot chase lah! Buy one already keep many years...... smile_tongue.gif

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 05:33 PM

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QUOTE (ntc2000 @ Oct 21 2011, 12:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
bro,
how many mileage to change timing belt ah?? I heard rumours saying this car need to change timing belt every 30k and it's cost 1k++ (service center). Not sure is mitsu engine or alteco engine timing belt?

regarding ur item2, i saw some china blogs/forum, underbody is totally rusted after few year, even some part of the chassis get rust and bend, china service center replace a whole chasis for that fella...





Tiggo FL going to launch... smile_thumbup.gif smile_thumbup.gif



This car came with 5 years warranty, break everything first while you can smile_big.gif

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 12:30 AM

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QUOTE (nextar @ Oct 1 2011, 11:26 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi,

After a few years in Malaysia not much was heard about any serious inherent complaint with this car. Second hand value more or less the same with other car. Ask my friend who own more than a year and he said its just like maintaining a normal car. If anybody now owning one please tell me your experience especially when engine blackout type. Thanks.


HI,

I owned the for almost 4 months. The ride is good and stable. FC is full tank 62L for only 500KM. Highway or town seems the same. Well...a powerful car, good pickup speed but noisy engine. Since is cheap, I install sub woofer to cover the engine sounds.
My dad can read newspaper during i drove 140KM/H. (Not high way !!)

Upgrade to 17' tyre. More stable and good curving.

1st Incident, my car kenal toll for twice, 1st day I get my car during drive back to PG. after a months (my car was in PG's services center for almost a month), it toll back to Prai SC again. Seems wiring issue and burn the fues. Anyway, it solved.

Almost 4th months, now this time should be a BIG issue. I found a strange indicator lamp on, which is next to maintenance lamp. Tried to found the user guide seems not indicated. Bring to SC (KotaBharu), sound this time is gearbox over heat. I just drive from my hometown to KB (27KM) only, gearbox overheat ? Btw, it is a heavy raining day (moonsoon in Kelantan now). But this time is better, no need to toll the car. Coz FYI, Chery only pay RM200 only. I have very very good experiences about it.
FYI, this car very very hot (I mean the engine). Hotter than diesel car. I will off day tomorrow due to my car was in SC wait for repair. So far SC just guessing only. The indicator lamp is really don't shown on the user guide.
Even they said ok, I expected there will be second time. Very sure. So have to ask my wife give me more pocket money in order kenal toll again.

Interial is cheap done, plastic, the middle box is automatically open so you need to think how to lock it (I just use doubleface tape) got sounds (wind sounds, etc). So recommended put at least 8' woofer. Don't think to add any sound prove blabla....waste your money or just buy a Wish.

As my experience, it is good car. But if you are really free to spend your time kenal toll, here problem, there problem. Or your boss is very good to say ok for leave while the car can toll anytime. The main factor is CHEAP, really CHEAP.
Maintenance is ok, but you need to make friend with your SC, coz you will be always there..hehe.

Regret to take this car ? still boleh tahan till my wife ask me to sell it even red figure. Actually my wife did mentioned to sell it and buy the Hyudai GrandRoyale, which is +60K and +1K for roadtax. Well, I sure will if I win the big sweet.
Cheated ? Nope. Just cheat myself "is like that lor....." haha.

So this is my experience. Decision is up to you. Bless you.....