Recession or not, I need a car

It is 1 am and the rain is pouring. I am going to stay awake for a while and see that it doesn’t flood. After getting four floods in three months and having two cars hauled to the workshop for months due to damage by flood, one gets a little paranoid.

These last few days had been filled with car hunting. At other times, I may be a little bit vain and demand at least a new Myvi. But on second thought, I will settle for a tiny Viva. Recession mah.

Earlier in the evening, I just drove two cars. One is a 660CC Viva, no power steering, manual. The other is a Kelisa, 1L with power steering but also manual. The Viva is only 7 mths old, the Kelisa 7 years old. Both around the same price.

I think I haven’t drive a manual car for more than 8 years. The last was my Honda Accord which has power steering. So, put me in a tiny space with rows of second hand cars for sale, a manual, no power steering Viva and two very annoying teens age 19 yrs and 17 yrs, what can you expect?

“Ma!!!!! You cannot drive, sure cannot. Ma!!!!!! Dangerous.” These are intentional intimidation to ruffle my feathers.

“Ma!!!! You so big, the car won’t move one……Ma!!!! Buy the RM9K Marselis, like tank like that, you knock into who also never mind.”


But it is kind of cute to drive a Viva. The steering gives me wrist aches, I tell you. Now, I am undecided whether to buy a new Viva, 1L with power steering and auto or to buy that 2nd hand Viva I just drove.

I only need the car this year because my youngest boy need to go to kindie at 9 am and my eldest boy need to go to KDU 9 am too. Next year, my youngest boy will be studying in the school next door so I don’t need a spare car that desperately.

Yet, from August onwards, my #2 son can start driving and it is certainly makes sense to buy something he can drive. Right now, I have the Persona (which my son had recently crashed and gone into workshop) and the Naza. Without the Persona, hubby has urgently begged his sister to lend him her Wira to get to work. We will return it to her next week because it is the school holidays.

With recession excuse, the company is not giving a company car in the package. So, we have to find a third car. It is so hard to make a decision because our cars are at the mercies of the floods, sun and bird shits as only one car is allowed in our apartment grounds.

Viva, no Viva, Viva, no Viva. *Myvi SE can kiss sayonara*

(Do I need to mention that the Viva only goes for 5 minutes drive in the morning and 5 minutes drive in the afternoon on weekdays? Other than that, I doubt I will drive it much.)

15 thoughts on “Recession or not, I need a car

  1. During my college times, my coursemate told me that he could live without a cellphone, but not a car. And last month, I tasted a little bit of “needing a car so much” when I sent my car to workshop for one week. Man, I was like a crippled man (and that’s not including a big hole in my pocket for the repairs). :-S

    Hmm… can’t wat to see #2 drive! LOL!

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  2. If you can wait a little longer, wait for another month or so as I expect many people will be letting go their cars(to reduce burden). You will have better choices then(better price as well as people get desperate). Sounds mean but that’s life loh, Cest La Vie!
    MyVi will be a better bet, you will not regret it in the long run. You will be surprise how big the boot space is when you let the seats down! You could carry loads of things. You don’t need the SE model lah, the EX is as good(just less flashy only loh). Better and safer for your soon to be able to drive son.

  3. What!! i though he crashed your Perdana earlier on? and now the Persona again? I hv no comment on the car. But since you said it is for a short term, do consider the resale value also.

  4. As far I know, viva is one of the expensive car in its range. Why don’t you try to look out cars like Naza Sutera which is also manual ? Just an idea.

  5. “Buy the RM9K Marselis, like tank like that, you knock into who also never mind”
    Hahaha, I liked that one. Lilian, you should consider. Become the “Queen of the Road”. Some more, put 5xMom sticker on the bonnet ^^

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  6. If you just need the car to fetch Matthew to/from kindie, no need to buy-lah! Try ask if the kindie can help arrange transport, either by the school van or even teachers’ car; that is if you can “fong sum” to let Matthew go to school on his own lor. But then you will be grounded most of the time liao….:-P

  7. If you need the car just to fetch Matthew to/from kindie, no need to buy-lah! Try ask the kindie if they can help to arrange transport, either by school van or even teacher’s car. That is if you can “fong sum” to let Matthew go to school on his own lor. But then you will be grounded most of the time liao….. 😛

  8. Hello,
    A Japanese 4WD is good.
    I drive a old Proton Saga and it’s REALLY resilient in FLOODS. Just needed some brake oil only…..
    Recession nice time to pick up “value” goods…

  9. Lilian, I have been driving my Viva (auto) for almost 2 years. Best lah!! So I recommend to you.

  10. haha

    i BOLed


    when i read the word ‘SHADDAP’…

    very comical.

    i’m not trying to promote my blog or anything
    but ur blog came up when i googled malaysian blogs,

    so yeah. i think u deserve a spot in the list.


  11. Hi Lilian, so far how do you find your Viva? Any complains? Chiak Eu Boh? My mom is planning to get a new car but can’t decided which one to get (Myvi/Viva/Proton Saga). She only uses it for short distance trips.

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