My Waja wet carpet problem is sorted out or to be exact it sort out itself. The drain pipe is plugged in properly all these while and the shop i went to could not find the cause as now the water is dripping properly though the drain pipe. I just let it be then.
Yesterday i went to my parents house ( dont worry i dont violate any NRP sop here ). I walked past my brother Iriz and the state it in just bothers me. It was not so dirty on the outside but inside is a mess. After talking to him i took his car home and left my BLM for him to use. Too bad i dont have the before pic. Last night i washed it and on goes first layer of Perma Glass and this include the rims and the door sill area. For such a small car, its tiring to apply esp at the front bumper area. While waiting for the Perma Glass to dry, on goes Rain X for all exterior glass except side mirror. While waiting for that to cure, on goes plastic shine thing for all black exterior plastic inclusive of the wiper frame and door weather strip thing. After everything is wiped off i decided to call it a day at midnight last night.
This morning, i vacuum the car and apply the plastic shine thing to the interior plastic. Then, on goes another layer of Perma Glass to ensure proper coverage. While waiting for this layer to cure, i touched up whatever plastic part i missed last night due to lighting condition permits proper coverage. Below are the results;
This car is bone stock. The rear left bumper at the corner was damaged and touched up after it involved in a collision when my brother was doing Grab. The paint is not so 'metallic' at that area.
The front bumper is the most difficult part to work on.
lots of plastic trim inside thus this car consume lots of the plastic shine thing. Interior was vacuum cleaned. Those fabric seats are in need of cleaning but that is for another day.
Will be handing the car back either today or tomorrow.
Anyway, just to share. This Iriz is the first variant model and mileage is still below 50k km. Its a decent city car with good fc. Its good enough for long distance but fc is higher compared to its rival due to the cvt gearing ( most of it ) and the hatch design (aerodynamic). Handling is solid yet comfortable.
The CVT is reliable despite my brother driving habbit. Yes there are people whom said the CVT gearbox in proton are problematic but those are reserved for the cfe powered model. I guess CVT are not meant to handle power and weight. I know of one Preve CFE owner with kaput gearbox at 250k km and another Exora CFE owner with kaput gearbox at below 150k km. The difference between those 2 is the Preve is maintained according to the recommended interval at Proton while the Exora maintenance is questionable. My advise, 1/2 the fluid change interval. CVT fluid is cheap. Those whom DIY the fluid+filter change will know how much 'material' stuck on the pan or the magnetic drain plug.
Built quality for the first model is still questionable but its much better than older gen Proton. Only thing that rattle in this car is something inside the gear lever console. Both side rear wheel bearing has been replaced. I guess this is down to the FGK bearing installed from the factory. BLM suffer the same issue. The replacement bearing we used on this car is from NTN. Another problem this car face now there is a sound and play from the steering rack but i think this is down to user and not problem from the part itself. Not sure if electric power steering rack can be adjusted for play. I let my brother handle this.
What i like about this car;
1.Good ride and handling
2.Decent build quality
3.Cheap maintenance ( i know this coz this car is DIY maintained )
6.USB ports for charging...hey, both of my cars are old junk, so having this is a jackpot for me..hahaha. Will retrofit on my waja and BLM soon.
7.Safety unlock where we can configure it to only unlock the driver door. Most new car have this but i believe this should be a mandatory safety feature regardless of the car price segment. Proton start this on the Exora.
What i dont like;
1.Blind spot..try driving out of a junction. The A pillar might be on the way. Good thing the nose is short so u can creep further forward.
2.Rear leg room is too small. Yeah i know...its a small car.
3.Huge glass area...require decent tint
4.CVT not refine, not much can be expected from clutch based CVT. It will jerk under certain slow movement. Some claimed newer version had this resolved.
Thats it for now...at least for the Iriz.