A trip to KL sound pretty good to me, but it would mean bringing the wife along - which would get pricey
with her wanting to go shopping all the time.
Both hubs are off, brake shoes are getting relined, drums getting skimmed, and at the same time the
workshop is pressing out the old bearings and pressing in the new ones that our son picked up from a local
bearing shop this morning.
The bearings were $49 per wheel, a fraction of the price quoted by the dealerships.
The Proton sales companies over here have made a point of selling their cars cheap [compared to other brands]
It is only since the Chinese cars have started being sold that their prices have been beaten.
Our 2010 S16 is an automatic, with tinted windows and a few minor "extras", and it cost us $15500 [around 45000Ringgit]
Generally, over here an automatic sells for between $1000 and $2000 more than an equivalent manual model.
At the time, Proton were advertising the S16 as the cheapest car in Australia.
It might have been the truth - but it was a huge mistake to advertise this way, for in Australia, "cheap" is not
regarded as a low cost or economical purchase.
"Cheap" is regarded as low quality - in local slang "cheap and nasty".
The Proton Jumbuck is very popular here - as there is nothing of its type available, even though it keeps getting bad
publicity due to its very low safety ratings compared to modern vehicles.
[Subaru Brumby was popular for the same reason]
We chose the S16 [Saga] as it has much more room in the back compared to the other cars we were looking at - and
with the way my wife drives and treats vehicles there was no way I was going to buy her a Toyota or similar.
We have been pretty happy with the car - it handles pretty well compared to a lot of much more expensive vehicles,
it is pretty economical with fuel, and comfortable for long drives.
It handles gravel roads very well - nice and stable.
The only grumble I have is that you cannot fit a towbar, and the paint is a bit thin.
The first time I drove on a gravel road, the sills under the doors were badly affected - losing lots of paint.
As soon as I got home I sprayed a layer of underbody sealer on the sills and up to the trim part way up the doors.
glad that people appreciate the handling tuned by lotus wasnt just in the badge....
and regard the bearing's price....that what would you expect from dealer price and direct bearing manufacturer price
similar case as mine here...since just replaced my subaru forester rear wheel bearing as well...a reputable subaru specialist (which is slightly cheaper than subaru dealer) quoted me MYR220/side on bearing alone....(around $80)....but i manage to order the exact same bearing directly from the bearing shop with just half of that....