2006 Hyundai Matrix FL 1.6 from Singapore
Had a good 4 years with this car
On 2nd Jan 2011, my alternator failed. Replaced with a new one instead of repairing it. No other problems apart from this.
Earlier this year, while doing my regular servicing at my regular workshop, spotted the power steering pressure hose leaking. So got that changed.
A part from wear and tear, nothing critically went wrong. Wear and tear includes suspension softening.
The angle of the side mirrors is horribly wrong. You would need to stick on those blind spot mirrors if you are doing reverse parking. So you have an idea where you are reversing into.
For right hand drive, the right side pillar at the end of the wind screen creates a huge blind spot, especially for right turns or bends.
In a Singapore context, if you are not a brand conscious person, you like a high MPV feel, and want decent head and leg room, this car is value for $.
Unfortunately here, you will get this car with very limited features. Eg. No airbags, no cruise control. No fog lamps. No traction control, no sunroof. No immobilizer. Probably many more features you would find on this car in other parts of the world.
Parts are cheap as long as you do not go back to the agent. Servicing parts replacement is really not an economical option to go with them. But you would need to know of a reliable workshop.
Insurance is generally lower compared to most Japanese brand cars here.
Fuel consumption is not that great. Really depends individual driving habits. There are people getting as low as 7km/l. Myself, my personal best is 13.5km/l over a full tank. My average is about 11 to 12.5km/l. I do not race from one traffic light to another. Accelerate, keeping my RPM below 2k. For cruising, 120 and below would give you good fuel consumption. I over inflate my tyres slightly. Maintain my car well.
Since it's a hatchback, boot space is limited unless you pull forward the rear seats or fold them down.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd June, 2012