Perodua Kancil Reviews

2000 Perodua Kancil 850EZ 850cc from Malaysia

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 850cc Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 kilometres
Most recent distance50588 kilometres
Previous carToyota Avanza

Summary:

Convenient

Faults:

No performance.

General Comments:

The car is good for short distance trips and city driving.

I have two other cars (Avanza i.3M) and Saga 1.5I M, but I am driving the Kancil more. I truly enjoy driving it and currently adding performance parts to get more power, and it's not disappointing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th April, 2007

18th Mar 2012, 08:26

I bought a 2nd hand Kancil year 2000 auto EZ 850cc.

The car mileage when bought was 74400km.

I have ran 1000km. Mainly city drives and jams. So far, the car has been running fine.

Air con is on the downside during mid noon heat. It's cool during morning and night.

I am pleased with the car; it is still going strong.

Fuel consumption is about 13km/l best and 11km/l worst.

2003 Perodua Kancil EX 850cc from Malaysia

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 850cc Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance58000 kilometres

Summary:

Average performace, but buy it due to increase in fuel prices

Faults:

Several things have gone wrong:-

1. Latest in August 2006. The plastic T-junction supplying water broke, causing my car to overheat to the max. Luckily, saw the MAX temp in time and stopped in the emergency lane. Had to get a tow truck to tow for 5km.. COSTS RM110.

Important notice to all Kancil users: If you these plastic T-junctions, replace em now with metal ones. If not, you may suffer dearly later.

2. Brakes not really up to it... just replaced the pads in 2005... Will have to do it again.

3. Batteries died in 2005, after nearly two years of use. Good performance there.

4. Tyres replaced in April 2006, after 3 years use. Some threads left, but not really confident about longevity. Costs RM90 per tyre.

5. Suspension is almost non-existent now. Time to replace, but lacking in funds :). It is also the time to replace the timing belt (Nearing 60000 km)

General Comments:

Car fuel consumption is quite OK, but don't get stuck in jams during the midday. The aircond is absolutely terrible.

Car no roomy, Kelisa is better.

Rattling sounds in the glove compartment from the day of purchase.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th September, 2006

13th Aug 2013, 10:15

What brand of tires did you use? You got them for 90$? That's so cheap? Where did you get them?

1994 Perodua Kancil from Malaysia

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 kilometres
Most recent distance160000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Modest Performer

Faults:

Both left and right drive shaft need to be replaced less than 6 months after purchasing this car.

Cheap, low quality plastic dashboard produce knocking sound, especially on undulating roads. Really annoying.

General Comments:

It is the cheapest car you can have in Malaysia. Used Kancils, especially the 1994 models can be bought at under RM 8,000, and the used car dealers can arrange financing for this car.

Handling is acceptably well, considering the tall nature of this car. Just don't try to drive this car like Karamjit Singh did.

Although with modest engine performance, the Kancil can climb steep hills, only you will have to push the gas pedal harder. Trip to Genting is relatively simple only if there's no passenger or heavy luggage at the back seat.

Most importantly, it consume little fuel. A trip from Kuala lumpur to Ipoh (200KM) only consume RM 15 of gas, but without the air conditioner in operation.

If you're not satisfy with the engine performance, used Daihatsu Mira engines can be easily installed to your Kancil, at the cost between RM1,500 and RM3,000. That should, at least, give a new lease of life to your Kancil.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th August, 2006

2005 Perodua Kancil EX 850cc from Malaysia

Year of manufacture2005
Engine and transmission 850cc Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.0 / 10
Distance when acquired20 kilometres
Most recent distance60000 kilometres
Previous carPerodua Toyota Cressida

Summary:

Below average

Faults:

The slim tyres for Perodua are too dangerous for driving especially during rainy days. Even for the air con is not cold enough. The back seater keeps on complain on my air con temperature.

General Comments:

The engine is not stable. Even for the car, it starts to tremble when travelling at the speed of 120 km/h. I bought the car just because of its reasonable and affordable price. And the meter board looks so ugly by placing it in the middle. It looks like a cap.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd November, 2005

24th May 2008, 19:03

You get what you pay for. Kancil wasn't designed for speeds like 120kph but for economy, ease of maneuvering in tight parking situations and also not for carrying 7 people. I own a kancil which has the same "problems" as you mentioned but for the price I can't ask for more.

30th Jun 2008, 10:54

Hello there! There is nothing wrong with your car. A car with an 850cc engine or less would really shudder if you drive it at 120 kph. It's not a Mini Cooper. Cheers my friend.

31st Oct 2008, 01:50

Hello friends, you don't drive a perodua kancil like a Ferrari.. Oh please!

Average review marks: 5.6 / 10, based on 13 reviews