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Posted 23 September 2004 - 05:36 PM


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Most of the time, its not the car that is not safe, its the DRIVER!

So, since you have the RM to spare, maybe some allocation for a
proper/advance driving skill class would be a good investment. That way,
hopefully, the safety features of the car won't need to prove itself.

Knowledge is power (& control)!


Posted 23 September 2004 - 08:25 PM



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Well said everyone...

In the old days, I take the yellow coloured mini bus with drivers from
h*ll, walked 15 minutes to college in the hot sun and rain, and repeat
everything when going home for 3 years. In all, cost only RM1.00.
Nowadays, parents provide all they can for their children, but will the
children appreciate it fully?

Getting a new car for son to go to college may spoil him. Everyone will
drool over him like he`s a rich kid. He`ll be so happy to show off and all
his friends will want to be his best friends. Then he`ll always oblige to
drive them here and there, doing all kinds of favours, not much different
with a taxi driver.

Mr. Cheah, I`m not asking you not to buy your son a car, but it`s best to
save the money for rainy days. Get a budget car, like what other forumers
say... eg. nissan 130Y is a good car. Solidly built but of course
not "cool". I`ve been driving my family`s old car (over 20 years old)
until I`m in my late 20s, where all my friends are zooming in shiny new
armour. The only thing is that it does not give a good first impressive to
ladies. So that`s why I`m still single... I work hard and finally change
to my first new japanese car.

Let your son learnt the hardship in life. Then he`ll grow up to appreciate
and value the things around him. Let him know it`s not easy to "own"

No offence here, but just my comments...


Posted 23 September 2004 - 08:37 PM



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everyone has an opinion.

I'd say, for RM70K, the Elantra is a good choice. I will not advise you
on how or why you should or should not buy your son a car. I am a college
student... and having a car can be a blessing and a curse.

will not elaborate here, its too public :)


Posted 23 September 2004 - 10:39 PM


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I fully agree with you. Advanced driving skill courses would definitely
be a good investment. How many drivers know how to anticipate danger?
What is the handling limit of his car in corners/ in the wet etc.

It doesn't mean he will not get involved in an accident. Perhaps he
knows better how to avoid one or at least incur minimum damage/injury in
an accident.

Any one knows such a driving school ? And what is the cost for the lesson.



Posted 23 September 2004 - 10:47 PM


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as i read thru the statement, i roughly can see that those not agree the
uncle to buy car for his son is the one who don have car or not affortable
to have car during their study time, mostly a bike only. it is a bit like
jelous lor, rite? mysel only own a bicycle during my coleage time, but for
me, i am thinking in different way lor.

maybe we need to stand at the FATHER position to think, if u affort to
buy, why not u buy for your son to ensure his safety and in terms on the
convenience for him? u want your son take bus for few hours to colleage? u
want your son take bike to colleage at KL area?

as what drexchan said, we don know his son's charactor, maybe he is really
that good son and understand and appreciate ler? or else, is uncle cheah
family issue liao lor.

i am not try to ping-point anyone, just to say my opinion, sorry if i


Posted 23 September 2004 - 11:25 PM



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hmmm.. as i read thru all the posts... i found out that u guys debate
more on his son than the car.. haha.. its funny.. but i do agree with you
guys!!! hahaha..

ok..my opinion is to get a Wira... its worth the money.. and the spare
parts and maintainence will be very convenience..

and about safety... if ur son drive a Proton in a very 'safe driving'
way..then the car will be safe.. but if ur son really drive dangerously..
then no matter what car also..can be not safe..

have a nice day!


Posted 23 September 2004 - 11:53 PM



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i'm a college student too... i think the promise that the car with 4
wheels is sufficient, i driving my parents 20 years old toyota car, but
planning for change a new car, either wira or iswara is sufficient for me~
(maybe kelisa also can) 1st i not a racer, 2nd car is a tools to assist me
to arrive destination...
furthermore if u buy expensive car, maintainence sure higher(but high
quality lah)... if want be a racer, buy secondary car n modify... if
accident, just "recycle" the car lah :P

if prefer oversea car, hyundai accent... promise that with 4 wheel + 1
spare tyre ;)


Posted 24 September 2004 - 01:41 PM


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why not consider a diesel? very economical Smile


Posted 24 September 2004 - 04:09 PM



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From Mr.Cheah's answers, we can conclude -
- that he can easily and plan to spend about RM 70k on a car for his son
to drive to college whc is a short distance away.
- he is not interested nor concerned about the pros n cons of over
indulgence or teaching his kid about the hardship or financial
responsibilities you guys debate so much about...
- safety for his son is the number 1 priority- note he even plans to sent
his son for a defensive and advanced driving course.
So Mr. Cheah, with good intentions, this is my suggestion again..
For Rm70k, short of getting a tank, you can get a reasonably good
conditioned second hand 1999/2000 auto 4 wheel drive (check the
classifieds).I think your son is safest in this vehicle in the event of a
minor accident travelling the short distance to the college and back.Thats
the best you can do, as in any high speed crash on the highway, nothing is


Posted 24 September 2004 - 04:20 PM


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agree, buy a second hand car and let him be independent, learn how to take
good car of the car and save some money for future usage...it is good to
love a son, but the way of showing the feeling should be properly arrange
and manage...if not u wil regret, it is how my dad makes me so independent
and successfully in a very young age...Cool