2004 Perodua Kembara CT 1.3 from Malaysia
Perodua rulez! Proton where art thou 4X4st?
Steering wheel vibration above 100KM/HOUR (when brand new only - now o.k)
Outside odors comes in even when vent closed (when brand new only - now o.k)
Spare wheel outside at rear stolen at 10K KM. Need a thief proof lock for spare tires. Put in anti-thief nuts and bolts on all wheels!
Left signal bulb burnt at 20K KM (replaced)
Radio Dial loose at 30K KM.
Despite small mysterious glitches when first delivered to me, this is a really great small/mini 4X4 SUV.
My dealer threw in 2 pairs of macho matching aluminum rims, free all round police approved windows tint and a RM1K discount.
When they first delivered it the front was splattered with factory installed rust proofing, but the dealer took it in for detailing and polish F.O.C.
I love its quick response Toyota pedigree 1.3 DVVT engine and boy it just sticks to corners at high speed (you can hear the Sime tires squeal, but there is no danger of falling over).
Unlock the overdrive button when going downhill and you have engine braking or when you don't want to use auto on rough terrain.
Put it in neutral press the differential button and you're on totally 4X4.
Fuel consumption is about 400KM for a full tank of gas. Road tax is a dream at RM70 (due to recent 50% discounts by government).
It jumps out of traffic lights like a rabbit out of hell outrunning even some high end SUVs, but it doesn't have the staying power on the open road.
Perfect for short fishing excursions and city tight parking spots.
Perodua is always improving its models so mine does not have the air bags and ABS that the most recent CT Elegance models have now, but I put in my own CD changer and it's a steal.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th September, 2005
My Kembara EX is without DVVT can give up to 450km per full tank. That distant is about from KL to Alor Setar with a few stops along the PLUS highway plus the trip around Alor Setar to search for petrol stations! Great SUV!
I found that the manual Kembara has better mileage (yes, about 450km for full tank) than the automatic versionthe manual version has better pick-up response to the accelerator too. Anyway, due to its height and less broad wheel base, it is not wise to take cornering at high speed like a formula 1 racing car even though it sticks to the road! Overall it is a good car and it can bring you a few steps further where normal car cannot reach the off road.