Friday, June 29, 2012

Porsche Optional Equipment - Full Color Wheel Centre Porsche Crest

This Optional Equipment cost BND$370++ for all four wheel centre badges to be fitted with Full color wheel Porsche crest.  Standard wheels center does come with the crest but only in mono-tone colored. 

Mono colored wheel centre Porsche crest

Full Color wheel centre Porsche crest  

An option which will not be in use soon when the new 19" wheels arrived!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Porsche Boxster S EXCLUSIVE Equipment - Illuminated Door Entry Guards in Stainless Stell

 This Porsche EXCLUSIVE Equipment is a pure eye candy for me and my wife.  We kinda got turn off by the original door entry guard that is fitted in the Boxster so decided to optioned this to spice up the entry of Porsche Boxster S.

There are several types of door entry guard to choose from the catalog.  One of them is this stainless-steel door entry guard with illuminated logo. It costs BND$1300++ for both side of the door entry sills.

Standard door entry guard

Stainless-steel door sill with illumination

Factory fitted!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Porsche Boxster S EXCLUSIVE Equipment -Storage Lid with PORSCHE Crest

 This Porsche EXCLUSIVE Equipment cost me BND$600++.  Why did I get it?  Let's just say I can't get enough of the Porsche crest.  Apart from that, it is leather stitched to match you interior compare.  Normal lid does not have the Porsche crest and is made of normal synthetic interior material.

The pictures below are from my car. (I have no idea why the pictures turn up grey in color instead of my ocean blue color. LOL)

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Which One II? Pt.3

Hi there again!  Finally got my new ride!  I am sure some of my readers can figured out what car this is by just looking at the photos.  Yeap, my new ride is the latest face-lifted DODGE JOURNEY!  I will keep this post short for some light tease.  The next few post in the coming days will be all about my Porsche Boxster S Optional Equipment and Porsche EXCLUSIVE Equipment.  I am trying to finish off the list so that I can link to the said label on the right hand side of my page.

I will be flying off this coming week for business trip so post on new Dodge Journey R/T will be put on hold until I return.  Have a nice one people!

 My new In-Car Entertainment, by U-Connect with ALPINE Sound Systems

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Porsche Optional Equipment - Universal Audio Sound

This here is called Universal Audio Interface or in simple Layman's term, auxiliary input.  As you can see from the picture, it has a AUX input with no USB connection. This little thing cost me BND$260 to optioned, and cable is not included!!!  And the worst part is I never use it.  LOL.

Most cars are fitted with USB connection for MP3 compability as standard! Hey even my previous Peugeot 5008 comes with AUX and USB connection!  The reason why my car doesn't have one is because I didn't option for the high-end Porsche car player called PCM. If you must ask, the price for PCM cost BND$6000++ and.....wait for it........USB connection is an extra cost for $760! Hehehe.......Now you know why car journalists always remind readers that Porsche is the most profitable car manufacturer in the world.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Porsche Optional Equipment - Park Assist

This is Porsche ParkAssist.  Yeap another expensive non standard Porsche Optional Equipment.  BND$1170 to be exact and will buy you four reverse parking aid sensors. There is no display to tell you how far to the rear object, you judge it thru the beeping tone coming from the speakers.  Yes I know many cars has this as standard.  Well thats the price to pay for owing a Porsche brand. As a 16 years experienced driver's, parking aids does help a lot especially in tight parking situation!  You don't want to bump into other cars do you?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Which One II? Pt.2

OK readers I will cut to the chase.  We had decided which car is the next replacement for Peugeot 5008.

It is a CUV(Crossover Utility Vehicle) from Detriot!  Any is one of my favorite brand! Can you guess what car?(No prize for guessing it right :P)

Will be announcing very very soon!  So stay tune!


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Which One II? Pt.1

Here we go again in "Which One?" post.  As this is the second time we are searching for new car under this category, I will name this labels as "Which One II?" being "Which One?" belongs to my Peugeot 5008.

This time we are again sticking to either MPV, SUV or CUV type models. The last time on Which One?  we limited ourselves to any brand except Japanese brand.  This time it is still the same concept, no Japanese brand and we also set our budget to maximum $60k.  Here are the list of cars that we checked the past few days.

Mercedes Benz B-Class
Reason To Buy - Automatic parallel parking system and Auto Braking Technology

Hyundai i40 (Highest Spec)
Reason To Buy - Coolest Sport-wagon in Brunei at the moment!

Chevrolet Orlando
Reason To Buy - Cheapest 7 seaters  

Other cars that we look into was Chrysler Caravan - BND$65,000++,  Ford Mondeo Wagon - BND$40,000 and Mini Countryman S - BND$69,000++.   These are either too expensive or infamous for their unreliability.

Will update more news on our next post.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Project N.E.S II - 2-Piece Forged Aluminium Wheels Pt.1

Hi again readers,  enough news on my Peugeot 5008.  Let's jump to good news on Project N.E.S II!  As you can read from the title of this post.  Yes, I had decided to upgrade the stock 18" wheels to a customize 2 piece forged 19" wheels!  Remember the previous post?  

I am currently in the process of dealing and customizing the wheels below with the manufacturer.  You read that right.  It will be a "customize" wheels with special offset and colors just for my Porsche Boxster S, direct from manufacturer!

I am not going to name the brand just yet but this is the wheels I am going to be customizing.  The wheels shown below are the same, only different in colors scheme. As you can see it can be painted or chromed!  The spoke can also be customize with my own special offset for that deep concave looks! 

Which one do you guys prefer? Please vote for the poll!

 Polished Lips with Chrome Black Spokes
 Painted Gloss Black with Brushed spokes
 Painted Gloss Black with Chrome Black Spokes
 Paint Gloss Black with Painted Gloss Black Spokes

Will update soon!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Peugeot 5008 Confirmed WRITE-OFF!!!!!

THE BAD NEWS!@#.....

I kinda see this coming.  I was at TAIB and they had informed me that they had decided to write-off my Peugeot.  It is a very sad day and angry day for me.  I am sad because I will miss my car and especially that panoramic roof.  Now my son will surely miss looking at the sky inside the Peugeot.   I am angry at the same time because I was told even though it was insured as first party insurance, there is a big chances that I might not get a single cents after the insurance cover this and that.  In another word, the $10,000 we deposit for the car is gone and the one year monthly payment on the car which had been paid is all gone to waste thanks to a bloody idiot drunk driver!!!!!

Total sum down the drain is near $20,000.

Sigh. I can only say this, "Money, we can earn back.  Life, we can't".  I have to really thank God that I am OK after the accident. I did go to the temple to pray for my safety.   It could had been worst, luckily it was only bruises.....


Now, here is some positive news.  I am currently searching for my next family car. ^_^ I am always on a happy mood when looking for a new car. LOL.  We will be going to showroom to check out all the possible model to replace our Peugeot 5008.

Will keep you guys posted very soon!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Accident in a Peugeot 5008....Pt.3

Here you are guys,  better quality pictures of my poor Peugeot 5008.  You can click on the photo as it is in HD.  I will just let the pictures do the talking.  If you guys want to ask anything please feel free to do so.   At the moment, I am still awaiting the TAIB insurance company to decide whether to repair or declare it write-off.  I really have no idea how they can repair the car as the engine compartment is badly hit by the black Mazda Astina.  The whole front frame of the car was totaled!  The mechanic can't even open the bonnet because the latch was jammed somewhere inside the car.   I can no longer see the turbo as it also had been squashed!  The driver's side wheel was hit so hard that it got pushed further to the end of the wheel arch.

Everything underneath the bonnet had been pushed into the firewall of the car

As you can see the interior is a mess, I am sure the gearbox is also screwed

The windscreen was damaged by the deployment of the airbags

I should be getting the decision from TAIB very soon regards on whether to repair or write-off this car.  I will update more soon....

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Accident in my Peugeot 5008....Pt.2

The day after I had an accident, I borrowed my in-law MB C180 for temporary uses.   While driving down the street for no more then 15mins, the car was shaking so badly.  The RPM of the car was unstable and I was so worried the RPM will drop and stall the car.  A few second after my thought, the worst happened!  The car just came into a complete stall right in the middle of the Beribi roundabout.  Luckily it was public holiday so there weren't much traffics around.  I called my in-law and they told me that the fuel gauge is screwed and they haven't pump the car yet!!! WTF!!!  They came half an hour later with a 2 litre fuels.  Thanks goodness the car started after the fuels was put in.  Sigh!

How bad luck can one get after a major accident ?

Monday, June 11, 2012

Accident in my Peugeot 5008....Pt.1

30-05-12, WEDNESDAY

9:45PM - I was driving at Jalan Rimba (near i-Lotus restaurant area) to pick up my wife and son from BBQ at a colleague house.  I was driving at cruising speed.  There were lots of traffics due to public holiday the next following day....

- The road is a small one way per lane road

- I saw from afar a black sedan signalling to turn into a Simpang from the opposite lane.  The car was stationary awaiting for passing traffic.

- Suddenly, the black car zoom out to my lane and hit me head on.  My first reaction was "SHIT!!!!", both my hands were immediately on the steering wheels and within that split second, "BAMM!!!!", the only thing I can remember was the force of the accident causing my car to fly up a few meters, the explosion of the airbags and things flying off from my dashboard.

- When the impact stopped, I knew this is a major big accident.  My head hurt due to whiplash,  my chest also hurt due to the tightening of seat belt,  I can smell chemical from the explosion of the airbags and I did recall seeing fire inside my car which was due to chemical reaction to deploy the airbag.

- I jump out of my car immediately worrying that my car might explode anytime.  When I was outside my car, I can taste blood in my mouth.  I also heard a lady crying from the other black car.  At the time, I was disoriented with a very painful chest.  I noticed my car was rolling backward, without second thought I jump back into the car and press the e-brake.  Surprisingly I found my glasses and my phone.

-  I got off the car again and the lady is still crying near the driver door of the black car.  Judging from the way the lady cried and screamed, I thought the driver of the car was not responding or probably dead.  I screamed and said "How is the driver?".  And the lady said "I am the driver".  Still crying loudly, I asked her if she was OK and said to her "How you drive??????"  At this point I looked at my car from front view and saw the extend of the damage on my car.  I just shook my head and said to myself  "This poor car is a goner...."

9.47PM -  Someone who were near the simpang approached me and said "Hey, you are ERIC right?".  At this point I was like who the hell are you?  I have no idea who he was but he saw the whole accident and he told me there was a third car involved in the accident!  I have a quick look around and found a white Toyota Kijang parked not too far away from my car.  

- I immediately called my wife.

- I have a look at the scene and this is what had happened,
  1. Black Mazda Astina awaiting at the junction to turn into the Simpang
  2. Toyota Kijang did not notice a stationed Black Mazda Astina
  3. Toyota Kijang was traveling at full speed (maybe at 60-70km/hr) rammed the rear of Black Mazda Astina
  4. The impacted by Kijang was so great that the Black Mazda Astina flew toward to my lane
  5. Peugeot 5008 head-on collision with Black Mazda Astina at speed of 60-70km/hr
So there you go, an unfortunate event that caused by a stupid idiotic driver who I was told was on way back from Temburong.  The families of the owner of Black Mazda questioned the Toyota Kijang driver and I was told maybe alcohol was involved.  Worst of all, the Toyota Kijang is over well over 60s or older and he is a Muslim(no offense to my Muslim friend) who is not suppose to be drinking!!!!!

09:59PM - Called the Police about the incident

10:15PM - My wife arrived with a few of her JPMC colleague. 

10:20PM - Police arrived to assist the scene.  Not sure whether they test the Toyota Kijang driver for driving under the influence of alcohol.

10.30PM - I left the scene with my driver and the Peugeot 5008 was towed to a workshop
The Black Mazda is a total write-off.  Front section totally smashed by my car and rear section totally squashed by the Toyota Kijang!

The stupid f!@king idiot Kijang

My poor Peugeot, totally toasted!!!!

Deployed of both front airbags

To be continued....