1999 Perodua Kembara Reviews

1999 Perodua Kembara GX 1.3 from Singapore

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired16 kilometres
Most recent distance37000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz E200

Summary:

A reliable and value for money car

Faults:

Not much problem except for the back seat harness & the brakes.

General Comments:

Surprised with its handling - confident with most road conditions & curves.

A good 4x4 car to start with - comfort, space & economy for 2 passenger. Gets you to most places except for serious offroad locations.

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

Review Date: 6th March, 2001

1999 Perodua Kembara EZ 1.3 EFi petrol from Malaysia

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.3 EFi petrol Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired300 kilometres
Most recent distance65000 kilometres
Previous carSuzuki Swift

Summary:

Hate Proton since the Kembara arrived

Faults:

Absolutely nothing wrong with it! One & half years old, trouble free motoring ever since. It has covered 65,000km with one battery replaced, and now it needs new 4 tyres & the idling speed reset.

General Comments:

When it was launched in 1998, there were comments like: underpowered 1300cc engine, looks like it will roll over any time & high fuel consumption. Of course these comments are from people who have never driven a 4X4 before. I have driven many 4X4's before but nothing comes close to the Kembara in its price/size segment!

A permanent 4X4 with lots of traction, high stability and safety. It sticks to the road like glue and has a high cornering limit although body roll can scare oncoming traffic! Good steering feedback (informs you when exceed its capability).

It can do 145km/h but the speed will drop at a fast rate on a hill pass (YES! It's underpowered). Drive on back roads to feel the power and exploit its ability (and enjoy it too!).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th October, 2000

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 2 reviews