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Hi all

I'm moving to Kuala Lumpur from the UK in the next few weeks and I'm thinking to buy a car.

I thought i would say hello!

Hope to meet you some day and learn from this community.

:biggrin:
 

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Welcome. May I suggest a Lotus Elise? It's hardly a car, but since you can drive it on public roads it qualifies. It's Brit and Malaysian, soon to be Chinese, so more reason to get it now.
 

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Hi all

I'm moving to Kuala Lumpur from the UK in the next few weeks and I'm thinking to buy a car.

I thought i would say hello!

Hope to meet you some day and learn from this community.

:biggrin:
howdy. And why would you want to come to KL when you can earn GBP in UK?
 

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welcome bro!


Welcome. May I suggest a Lotus Elise? It's hardly a car, but since you can drive it on public roads it qualifies. It's Brit and Malaysian, soon to be Chinese, so more reason to get it now.
i cannot stop laughing!!
 

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howdy. And why would you want to come to KL when you can earn GBP in UK?
Expatriate posted here? My ex colleague hubby is from UK, work here 2 years, then Australia 3 years not back in UK......lol:rofl:
 

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Welcome. May I suggest a Lotus Elise? It's hardly a car, but since you can drive it on public roads it qualifies. It's Brit and Malaysian, soon to be Chinese, so more reason to get it now.
Very good suggestion and I'll take a browse at some. How much are they selling for out there?

Does it have air con? :stupid:
 

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howdy. And why would you want to come to KL when you can earn GBP in UK?
Because I chose not to prioritise money for this particular move. I was willing to take any pay reduction for the life experience.

But Alhamdhulilah (thanks to God), the money came my way in the end anyway.
 

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Welcome. May I suggest a Lotus Elise? It's hardly a car, but since you can drive it on public roads it qualifies. It's Brit and Malaysian, soon to be Chinese, so more reason to get it now.
Brilliant idea! :driver:
 

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Most people convert their foreign earning sto their home currency and make a direct comparison, but as you say, the living expenses can often be different in the foreign country.

Other factors are leaving behind family, friends, and the support network etc. Most people are not prepared to take the plunge, or arn't even programmed or have the perspective to do so.
 

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Welcome bro g-forced. And uhhh...judge the KL traffic by your own eyes before decide any car to drive.
Thought u a nvidia gforce at first...lol
 

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Hi mate

I am from the UK, I live in Thailand now but like this forum because it is mostly in English unlike the Thai forum's, but the scene in Malaysia is more similar to Thailand than the UK.

I am actually here in the UK now for a short trip to visit friends and family.

Enjoy living in SE Asia!
 
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Hi all

I'm moving to Kuala Lumpur from the UK in the next few weeks and I'm thinking to buy a car.

I thought i would say hello!

Hope to meet you some day and learn from this community.

:biggrin:
I would suggest a small, comfortable, safe and economical car. A Honda Jazz, Proton Iriz or something like that.
 

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I would suggest a small, comfortable, safe and economical car. A Honda Jazz, Proton Iriz or something like that.
Sounds boring, but the OP will have a shock if he wants a sports car, in the UK and Western countries we are spoiled because sports and luxury car's are not taxed so heavily. I owned several car's that were fairly powerful and sporty stock in the UK that would not be able to afford in SE Asia, because they would attract 300% tax.

The difference in SE Asia is you can take a boring car and turn it into something fun if you have the patience and are interested in cars, because of the availability of JDM parts, engines and half cuts, as well the labor cost being much lower. In the UK a good mechanic will be charging 250+ Malaysian ringgit per hour to work on your car so to do big mod's like an engine swap it is just not worth it when there are used stock sports car's for sale for affordable prices.

To the OP, if you want a fast sporty car in Malaysia, but if you are not a millionaire who can afford to pay crazy high prices, look at the JDM scene. Many Proton's are built based on Mitsubishi, and there are many quick Mitsubishi's that get imported to countries like Malaysia and Thailand as half cuts (officially as scrap to get round the tax issue) allowing you to build and run a quick and sporty car without paying crazy high prices.

I maybe oversimplifying things, and my personal experience is in Thailand not Malaysia but I am sure other BM's here can advise you more.

If you wanted a quick Jazz or a quick Yaris you could swap the stock engine to a K20a (Honda Jazz) or 2ZZ (Toyota Yaris) but I think almost every performance shop in Malaysia know's how to work on Mitsu/Proton, so I would research what JDM engine goes into what local car model more easily and choose what car to buy based on that.

Regarding the driving licence, IMO it is worth getting a new international permit while still in the UK, you can get one by showing your UK driving licence, and giving a passport style photo and a small fee in any major UK post office. I don't know about Malaysia but in Thailand they swapped my international driving permit for a full Thai driving licence without me having to do any test or exam, except a colour blindness test and perception test. I still have my UK licence which is registered to my families UK address and I have my Thai licence which is registered to my Thai address.

Hope that helps!
 

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Import car prices is more expensive in Malaysia compared to the UK. For example 2017 BMW 318i price starts from RM209k in Malaysia and RM157k in the UK. That's about 33% more. However, labour charges are much more expensive. As jay_lancer mentioned, it costs about 250+ per hour there compared to about RM60/hour here. That's about 400% more expensive!
 

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more like 5x2, 2x5. hahahaha....
There's no best of both world.

extra 400% labor charge, easily outnumbered rm209k if frequent visit to workshop. I mean in UK.
If engine swap in malaysia, labor charge rm1200-1500. No daily charges even take 1-2 months to complete the project.
 
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pro and cons. Labor charge is expensive vs asia.
BUT car price is cheaper vs asia.
That was what he meant, because he is in car mod scene so labor expensive is out. In UK buy a stock car you like that is it. In Thailand he can soup it up, swap engine and so on......lol:biggrin:
 

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Hi mate

I am from the UK, I live in Thailand now but like this forum because it is mostly in English unlike the Thai forum's, but the scene in Malaysia is more similar to Thailand than the UK.

I am actually here in the UK now for a short trip to visit friends and family.

Enjoy living in SE Asia!
good to know Jay, please enjoy your stay here