Last month marked an important milestone – my faithful Toyota Vios (“VIOSer”) reached 10 years old.
For a 10 year old car, it’s still rather in good shape. Granted, for the first few years it wasn’t used as much (I had a company car then) but it has been regularly used for the past 7 years it was heavily used. I doubt had I bought a Waja or Wira it would still be on the road now.
I remember the time we were planning to buy the car. We went round 7 different showrooms – Nissan, Toyota, Honda, Kia, Hyundai, Chevrolet and Ford. Nope, no Proton. We test drove all the sedan models around the 1.5 class (only the Nissan Slyphy was at 1.6). At the end, it was between the Vios, City and Hyundai Accent. The City had this ugly back (remember the first gen Darth Vader look?) and I wasn’t entirely sold on Korean cars yet, so it was the Vios. I wasn’t entirely crazy about the Vios’ look (especialy the back), but I guess it was my choice by process of elimination.
This was the first gen Vios, just a few months after it was launched in Malaysia. Remember the ad featuring (a young) Britney Spears? Some of my friends who bought the 2nd and 3rd gens reported lots of problems after 5-6 years.
So ten years, baby. This is by far the longest I’ve used a car. I doubt there are many more years for it, the stock engine parts are beginning require replacing due to age.