I tested the IS250 in F Sport guise, and although the endowed body kit makes the car look more aggressive and sporty compared to the normal variant, somehow I still think I prefer the look of its predecessor over this new version. It's attention grabbing, but somehow looks a bit awkward.
Inside though, is where the magic unfolds. The build quality is nothing short of what you expect from Lexus, and the cabin is different from anything else out there, in a good way. The highlight would be the futuristic tachometer, which can slide around to reveal other menus.
Powered by a 2.5l NA engine, the handling is sharp and accurate while accompanied by a throaty roar when you rev the engine. While the car is not exactly slow, it does lack the torque of its turbocharged German counterparts which would have provided an even better driving experience. However, what it does well is merging both comfort and a sporty ride.
Tested the GS350 F-Sport. The exterior is pretty eye catching, especially in F-Sport guise. It portrays a sporty, aggressive look that is nothing like its predecessor. Inside, the interior is what you expect from a Lexus - top notch build quality, comfortable seats, and ergonomically located switches and buttons. There is a huge multimedia screen which controls the entertainment/navigation etc.
Although equipped with a NA engine as compared to its German counterparts, the GS350 is not lacking in performance. It accelerates briskly to 100km/h in 6 secs flat, and does it in a linear and refined manner. This variant comes with specially tweaked suspension that provides confidence going around corners and allows the driver to have some fun behind the wheel.
It comes equipped with a lot of standard features, and the ride is both comfortable and yet fun. To sum it up, I would think the GS 350 is the one to go for if you can afford it, compared to the 250.
It's a sexy looking sedan with curves to die for and will certainly stand out among other family sedans on the road. I find the rear especially captivating. The interior is refreshing with good fit and finishing. Features wise, it is on par with other Jap sedans but has a novelty item with its heads up display, which works well. The audio entertainment screen is not to my liking though, it looks a bit like an afterthought in my opinion.
I find the rear quite small compared to other Jap saloons. The engine is a perky unit that provides sprightly acceleration. However, I find the engine noise intruding and unrefined. Handling is a strong point, with accurate and quick responding directional changes and results in a rewarding driving experience
The new Koup bears a close resemblance to its saloon brethren, the K3, although it comes with 2 doors less and a different front grille. Overall, it projects a sleek and sporty stance. Inside, the rear legroom is not too shabby as it has the same 2700mm wheelbase as the K3, which provides comfortable seating for 2 persons and 3 with a bit of a squeeze. The console is similar to the K3's, with all the features and functions ported over as well. Do note though, that unlike the K3, the driver's seat can only be manually adjusted, as the designers decided to forego the electric controls in favour of tilting the seat forward via a lever to allow quick ingress and egress. Fit and finish is commendable for a car in this segment although hard plastics can still be found on certain areas.
The previous Koup looked fast but was not. This one, however, now has the performance to match its looks with the new turbocharged 1.6L engine. The acceleration is smooth and linear, almost like an NA car rather than a forced induction one. Coupled with the smooth 6 speed automatic gearbox, the car gets up to speed in a refined manner. The gearbox, while a smooth operator, could do with faster shifts, especially when using the paddle shifters.
On the go, the car feels planted and stable around corners. The flex steer function, which offers 3 different driving modes, does not really differ much from one setting to the next and merely alters the steering weight. The new engine certainly gives the Koup the much needed power it was lacking in and for a 1.6L coupe, it offers great value for money with the numerous features and improved performance. Looking good certainly helps as well.
The GLA has a pretty striking exterior, and comes across looking sleek and sporty. Size wise, do not expect too much as the headroom is limited by the swooping roof, the legroom is comparable to a normal hatchback. Performance wise, it is pretty quick although the engine does not sound refined when revved and also there is a jerky sensation when the car is coming a stop at the lights. The deal-breaker for me though is the quality of materials used in the interior and the lack of features. For this price, I would have expected more premium materials to be used and also, more features as well.
The new Altis is a marked improvement over the previous couple of generations. The design is certainly sportier, especially the front fascia and of course it features LED headlights with accompanying DRLs now. The doors close solidly with a thud, not the 'tin can' sound of the older versions anymore.
Inside, the interior is a departure from the previous staid, uninspiring designs of old, with higher quality materials being used and a much more pleasing dashboard design. Rear Legroom is good too.
It is very quiet when driving the car, and the new 7 speed CVT functions very much like a traditional AT and it is very smooth with imperceptible gear changes, although it does not come with paddle shifters, so manual gear shifting is restricted to the gear lever.
The steering is light and accurate, and body roll in corners has been reduced, with the car feeling more planted than before. Acceleration is decent as well, with the responsive engine and gearbox working well together.
This is basically your supermarket equivalent for car stuff, your so called NTUC or Giant. You can basically find almost everything and anything car-related in here, while browsing through the aisles in air conditioned comfort. Tyres, rims, head units, engine oil, car cleaning products, interior accessories, you name it they probably have it. They also provide car servicing. Only thing is, their products are not the cheapest around and are mostly priced a bit higher than outside vendors. The trade-off is the convenience of a one-in-all store. Service wise, staff are pretty pleasant and helpful, although the reviews on their mechanics has been mixed.
Headed down to Hurry last week to fix the kerb rashes on my rims that were accumulated over time. Chose them based on the good reviews in here and they did not disappoint. I was impressed with the clean and cosy showroom when I stepped in and also I was served with a warm and friendly attitude by the boss and the lady at the counter. Everything was done up in 40 mins for a very reasonable price and I was very impressed with the speed and quality of the workmanship. Will certainly consider patronising them in future for rims and tyres.
Coming to 2 years now since I started going to this workshop and I must say, they have never disappointed me during this period. My car was repaired perfectly after a minor accident and my regular servicing with them has been hassle free and more importantly, my car has been trouble free for this period. Only a few parts have been replaced due to wear and tear which they will inform me only when there is a need to change. No hard selling nor any fancy gimmicks, just honest, friendly and reliable service and of course, the excellent workmanship which has never disappointed me till now.
Have gone to them twice already, the last time just this week. So far, have been very satisfied with the speed and quality of their spray painting. Liaised with Ah Keong both times, and found him to be very service oriented and helpful. Will certainly come back in future for any spray painting jobs and recommend them to my friends!
Friendly staff and knowledgeable boss who is experienced and will give you a detailed explanation on your car. Solved my steering leaning towards the right problem and now the steering is functioning perfectly.
Friendly and honest staff. Khim explained clearly to me what the charges were and the different checks to be carried out, consulted me on my preferred engine oil and waited for my agreement before servicing my car. He asked me whether I could come back 2 hours later but when I said I was in a hurry, he replied without hesitation that he would service my car first. Went for kopi and came back about 30 mins later, half expecting that they might not have started. To my delight, all was done and he was already shining my tyres! I was told that only my engine oil was changed as the other parts were all still working well. Car felt very smooth and responsive. Can tell that is a workshop that strives to do things right, and not just out to earn a fast buck. Two thumbs up!
Hanip did a thorough check for my car when I brought my car to him due to a noise problem I had initially. He actually identified another issue which I was unaware of and was undetected by previous workshops. Did not charge me a single cent for the check. When I went back to rectify the problem, Hanip went all the way to Tuas to search for a bolt for my car that he said was compulsory otherwise it would be too dangerous to drive my car. As he could not find the bolt, he ordered one for me but it would only be ready the next day. As such, he insisted that I leave the car with him as he told me firmly there was no way he would let me drive home the car without it being safe. After picking up my car, there was indeed a great difference due to him rectifying many faults that had been undiscovered previously. Fast, responsive service with great honesty included. Hanip and his team clearly know their stuff and I am100% assured leaving my car in his hands. 2 thumbs up! Will definitely be back again!
Just changed my rims with them today. Price wise they are very reasonable considering the rims are brand new and they offset the price with my old rims. Actually only intended to walk in and take a look at the rims, but Ah Bao attended to me with an extremely friendly attitude the minute I stepped into the shop, and 20 mins later, I was already ready to change my rims. No hard sell, just the friendly service and good price convinced me to buy from them. Everything was done quickly and Ah Bao attended to me throughout as i was waiting. Left feeling very satisfied with my new rims and will certainly return again.
I only changed my number plate with them, but I saw them doing up the stickers for a few cars while I was there. They seem very experienced and skillful in doing the car stickers and I would certainly go to them if I ever want to do up my car. Pricing wise, I would say they are average but service and workmanship is good.
The place to go to do up lighting for your car. They are able to do many different patterns of lighting depending on what you are looking for. The boss, Dave is a friendly guy who you can chat with and discuss about what you want to install for your car. He will provide useful suggestions and ideas and help you to customise if you have special designs in mind.
The staff there are well trained in terms of installing lighting and they were able to do up my car quite quickly. Price wise is quite reasonable and workmanship is good. Lighted Scuff plates, DRL, Cabin Light, Legroom Light and Undercarriage Light etc are all available.
Just installed the KT 6201 DVD touchscreen player with reverse camera. Very satisfied with the player and also the service of the staff. The boss Ah Soon, is a very friendly and honest man who will give you the best advice for your car rather than just trying to earn your money. He answered all my queries patiently. Also, the price quoted for the player is the cheapest that I managed to find out there. There are no hidden charges, everything is included for the price quoted, unlike other shops where they quote you a very attractive price, but not including all the features such as GPS, installation fee etc which will actually add on a lot more to the final price. Although it is a made in China player, everything works well and so far I am very happy with it. The boss even got his staff to help me drill and tighten a couple of loose screws in my boot when installing the reverse camera without charging me extra. He also reminded me to call them up to check for updates to the GPS maps next month. Everything was installed in less than an hour and the staff were competent and friendly as well. I left as a very satisfied customer and highly recommend this shop to those who are looking to change their CD/DVD players.
I have used other fuel additives in the past with varying results, so seeing that MAZ Nitro was very confident about their claims of significant fuel savings and increased performance, I decided to purchase 3 bottles for a try.
I must say that the purchasing experience is no frills as I did not even need to go down physically to buy the items. I simply made the order and payment online, and the items were delivered to me on the same day. Impressive.
I am on my second bottle now, and the first bottle actually saw my mileage become slightly worse than before. However, engine was perceptibly smoother and more responsive. I read that it might take a few bottles to clear the carbon deposit before I can experience the stated fuel savings, so I am keeping my fingers crossed that it does. I will give this a positive review for now due to the better engine performance and will continue to monitor the fuel consumption and maybe do another review later on.
It is a simple plug and use portable vacuum cleaner with adequate power, although it is noisy. I use it once every couple of weeks to clean my car of dirt and dust. You'll be surprised at how much dust is invisible to the naked eye until you finish vacuuming. Easy to take apart and clean and put back. Cable is long enough to reach the boot as well.
Mine is a superior grade 3M car mat which is customised for my car model. So far, coming to about 3 years, the mats are still in very good condition and they trap dirt and dust very effectively.
Cleaning the mats is relatively simple but because of the thickness of the mats, they can be heavy to carry around. However, the extra thickness equates to better sound insulation as well.
Price wise, it is one of the more expensive ones in the market, but it definitely delivers as what is promised. If you are to willing to invest long term for a good set of car mats, this is the one to go for.
These are simply excellent wipers to me although they may not be exactly cheap. Installation is a breeze and is something you can easily do the very first time you try.
During rain, the wipers ensure good visibility and also virtually noise free wiping while on the go. Of course, I do make it a point to clean the wipers when I wash my car so maybe that helps too. My previous pair lasted me 2 years and are still going strong, which says a lot about the durability.
Was a bit sceptical about using this at first because it seems to have many negative reviews in the forum. However, my workshop recommended it to me and I gave it a try. Have been using it regularly for the last 2 years and I must say, my engine is still running very smoothly with decent power and responsiveness. I believe it does a good job of protecting the engine internals as well and I would certainly recommend it to anybody looking for a good engine oil to use.
I thought that using this compared to using water as a windshield cleaner would not be any different, but I was proven wrong. This cleaning solution makes my windscreen look significantly cleaner than just using water and gives me better visibility as a result. Definitely worth a try!