Inokom Atoz Reviews from Malaysia

2003 Inokom Atoz 1.0

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance143000 kilometres

Summary:

Reliable, cheap maintenance, but get the manual version

Faults:

In my second year of driving this car, I found the engine's pick-up greatly decreasing in performance. However, credits to Malaysia's Hyundai as when I brought it to them (car was still under warranty), they humbly admitted there was a manufacturing default in the engine and had it replaced free of charge, warranty extended as well. They also provided me with a replacement car, f.o.c.

General Comments:

I drive a manual 1.0 Inokom Atoz and I have to say that it is not the guzzler the automatic version is. I had the unfortunate experience of driving the A/T version when Hyundai provided me with a replacement car after sending mine in to be repaired for the manufacturing defect mentioned above. For the size and weight of the car, you'd be better off driving such vehicle if it had a DOHC.

However, the manual version has served me well in the past four years. In 2003, I am able to travel from KL to Penang with RM30 worth of petrol. Of course, in 2007, the cost has increased to RM50 due to the rise in petrol prices. Maintenance cost is very low compared to other cars, and the car has got good pick up. With the right momentum, the car is able to tackle hills effortlessly at 4th gear, something only cars with stronger horsepower or lighter weight can achieve. Its default sound system (Pioneer CD players, speakers and tweeters) perform quite well too.

The Inokom Atoz might not come with all the bells and whistles of luxury cars, but it would get you through massive KL jams without burning a hole in your pocket.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 21st November, 2007

2004 Inokom Atoz 1.0

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.0 Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired10 kilometres
Most recent distance56000 kilometres

Summary:

Dissappointed

Faults:

The crank shaft was diagnosed to be broken by the service center and is expected to cost RM2009.50 (about 5% of the brand new one).

According to a relative who is a mechanic, the crank shaft would not have broken unless it has met with any accident.

General Comments:

The car's petrol consumption is very high.

The service charges is also very high and service from the service center is bad.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th October, 2007

22nd Sep 2008, 11:20

Fuel consumption very high.

2004 Inokom Atoz 1.1

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.1 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance55000 kilometres
Previous carPerodua Kembara

Summary:

An OK car for short rides - well built, poor resale, high fuel consumption

Faults:

1. Central locking mechanism does not unlock rear doors after 2 years. Brought to service center to have it fixed.

2. Central locking mechanism unlocks the rear left door, but the door cannot be opened, either from the inside or outside after 2.5 years.

3. Battery needed changing after 2 years. Switched to maintenance free batteries.

4. After about one year, the car would crank once and then hesitate for 1 to 2 seconds when I turn the key in the ignition, before the engine comes to life. Service center could not find anything wrong.

5. Paint on the front of the car, especially bumper, seems to peel easily.

6. Alignment seems off from the day we got the car. Pulls very mildly to the left. Have highlighted to the service center everytime we bring the car in for regular service, but it keeps coming back.

General Comments:

We bought this car for my wife for RM 44,000 (about USD 11,000). It's a small 4 seater - about the size of a Merc A-class, although you'll never confuse the two.

The Atoz is the Malaysian OEM for the Hyundai Atos. The car is very well built. In the cabin, absolutely nothing squeaks or rattles - even after close to 3 years owning it. I'm extremely impressed with this - especially for a car of this (low) class. I feel the build quality of the interior is even better than My 2005 Camry 2.0E - the Camry emits a very faint buzzing noise from the center aircon blower on the dashboard. The Atoz dashboard makes absolutely no sound. Even if you press here or there, it just doesn't make a sound. However, road and engine noise is very, very audible.

The ride is just OK for this type of vehicle. Of course, you're not going to go racing in a 1.1 liter car with 13" rims, and it goes from 0 to 100 kmh in 14.6 seconds. It's very slow off the line. Feels like its optimum speed is around 90 to 100 km/h. It can do 140, but it's very strenuous for the car, IMO. Fuel consumption is slightly on the high side for a car this class, turning in about 13.4 km / liter.

The tires are really good. They are only 13 inch, I think (I'm no expert at car specs - I only know how to drive). It's been nearly 3 years, and we're still on our original tires. It looks like the treads are barely worn, and the grip, even in the wet, is just like the day we first got the car.

Maintenance has been very affordable. Usually cost RM120 (USD 30) for a regular service. We're due for our first timing belt change and I'm told that that may cost a bit more - but I'm not expecting a bomb.

Our experience with the service folks at Hyundai has always been pleasant. They're very professional and efficient in their work. Regular service takes around an hour 15 minutes (compared to having to wait a whole day for my Camry).

So far, we're happy with how things have turned out. Of course, the car could be better in some areas, especially safety (no airbags, no ABS, etc). We'll probably keep this car until the loan is fully paid, and then replace it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd June, 2007

17th Nov 2008, 11:04

Where do you service your Atos?

21st Jan 2014, 12:09

Normally a battery's lifetime only around 18 months... 2 years is a bonus for you.

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 3 reviews