My Kembara to date is giving about 500km for a full tank. Calculated it to be about 12.87 cent per km or 14.7km/Lit or about 520 km (80kmh cruising mostly) for 34.85 litres of fuel. It is the GX April 2004 model. Still no problems and I mean absolutely no problems, however noticing slight wear and tear on brakes and clutch disk and will need to replace soon. Mileage to date is 43,000km. Price value for money (since a brand new Honda civic would costs about US31,000.00 in Malaysia) in the Malaysian car market is good about US14,246.58 with a RM 3.65 to USD 1.
Feel lucky to have a car with minimal amount of problems. Feel unlucky to have to buy a car in Malaysia.
Mine is a year 2000 Kembara EZ (automatic) model. I could get around 11 KM per litre. Last week I travelled from Shah Alam to Gurun (407 KM) and it cost me 37 litres of petrol.
I think Kembara is a great and elegant car. My mileage is 91,000 now. Due to the wear and tear of the transmission, I experienced a bit of 'jerkiness' when the car changes gear from 1 to 2. My mechanic told me that I should do some auto-transmission flushing to overcome that problem and that will cost me around RM 200-300. I had also installed a fuel saver device called Petro Mag for RM 250 to save some money on petrol, I think it's worthwhile.
Actually, in the UK the Kembara is called the Daihatsu Terios.
In other parts of the world it is known as the Toyota Cami. See http://www.pakwheels.com/forums/body-lights-appearance-parts/4693-looking-toyota-cami-help
Daihatsu has also made Rocky and Sportrak mini 4X4 SUV 1.6 litre engines in the 1990's, that probably can fit in a Kembara/Terios/Cami, so it would be cool if they added this option, because then it would add more vroom to the zippiness.
I am the guy above with the April 2004 GX. I am having the same problem as well. The rear drivers seat lock does not engage at times. WD-40 might help. Yes I lied, there are a few minor problems. The most annoying of all is the glove compartment. It keeps rattling and its driving me crazy. But please understand it a tough little car. I have also done some DIY. Mainly insulating the aircond hose with something called Isoflex (I think that is what they call it). Its the same material they use to insulate the house aircond unit. It seems to help a bit.
I use mainly Esso Premium. Very light on the paddle, would help a lot on petrol consumption, besides with stress at work would help to take an easy relaxing drive after. The new terios is out, but only available in Singapore and other parts of the world. Check some daihatsu websites out.
If 70% highway and 30% traffic, can get almost 14.5km/lit. If I drove to KL everyday 70% traffic and 30% highway just guessing about 11-12km/lit.
For your information, the Kembara is a permanent 4X4 where engine power is transmitted to all 4 wheels regardless of road surfaces, dry, wet, mud etc. The system is the same as Toyota RAV4 & Land Rover products. Unlike Honda CRV which has so called "Full Time or Auto" 4X4 system where power being transmitted varies & changes constantly depending on wheel slippage, acceleration/deceleration.The purpose of the "Diff Lock" button on the Kembara is to engage the transfer case (yes, Kembara has it, but no low gear!) to lock both propeller shaft going to the front & rear axle to rotate at the same speed. To experience it, try taking a turn on a cement car park (like those in shopping malls).With the Diff Lock "On",the front tyres tends to drag/scrub the floor. Never drive on open road with Diff Lock "ON"! It causes high wear & tear, and it might break something!!!
My manual transmission Kembara has reached 120,000km and is still a good vehicle. It is high for the driver to have a better view of the road and the fast response to the accelerator is also good. It has gone off road where many normal vehicle may not ever reached. This is the most outstanding advantage. In town, its compact size is most useful in the tight and limited parking spaces or spots. I live my vehicle.
I am yet to be a Perodua Kembara owner, but am looking around and trying to know more about it. I am looking at the CT Elegance because it comes with ABS and airbag. Does anyone knows how much it cost for a full tank? How about maintenance? Does it require frequent servicing? Also, I understand that there is no boot available. So how do you all manage with a car without a boot!
Just got my kembara DVVY Manual (April 2004) stolen. Please be careful in the area you park your car. I parked my at the LRT Station in Kelana Jaya to catch the LRT to work in KLCC. Came back from work and its gone. Apparently the area is known for car thefts as many people leave their car to get to work via LRT. Police are not much help except to get the report for claiming insurance. Usually the theifs know that you won't be back until evening and there is almost no patrol cars in the area it becomes easy picking. Kembara is one of the cars being considered as a good car to steal. I was surprised to hear this. Please be careful. If possible put in an immobiliser. Its worth it.
The reverse sensor is a bit short distance. can only detect an object when its less than 1 metre from your car. I wish to change the sensor to one that is more like the Toyota or Nissan one. Those have variable tones to tell you that object is far or closer. Always a problem reversing a kembara with limited rear view because of the small and high window. And the spare tire.
My Manual Kembara EX is reaching 135K Km not. Went for regular services every 5K Km. No problem with this nippy 4WD. I went places with my Kembara and easily access off road conditions. It is a great mini SUV. I believe I have many many kilometers more down the road with my Kembara! I love my car.
Thinking of buying a Kembara, but heard it is a petrol guzzler.
Would a manual be more economical than an auto one?
Can the four wheel drive be disengaged when driving around town or to get better mileage?
Your engine jerks and stops may be due to electronics. Kembara is fully electronic control. please get some one from the perodua workshop, they should know better... good luck!
The engine jerking and dying problem can be due to dirty throtle body unit. have it service and it should be OK.
Actually it's a good car especially driving in urban area. Easy to park. Very zippy.Use it almost 3 years and now it clock 70+++km.Fuel consumption not bad, normally I will travel 13.5KM /liter.
All kembara owners, yes I agree with most of your comments. it is a very reliable vehicle.
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