Thursday, March 30, 2006

Da Pixs!!

Upon request, I uploaded some of the pictures of the 240. Yeah!! This is how beautiful my dad's sweet heart. Remember the first Monday I took this car from him; he called me very early in the morning, "Assalamualaikum, hi, how are you?? Everything is fine?? I am driving, on the way to office, just call to say HI".....I started to think why he act weirdly, he never called me before. Then he continued the conversation, "The car (VOLVO) is OK?? No problem??" I got it, he called me because he missed the car; for a week he keep updating on the car in the morning. Then for months he keep asking about the car now and then. Come, enjoy what my dad enjoys.

This picture taken on 2003. Nothing changed except for steering, now have to put on plain black steering cover. The original steering started to crack, hot!!

The engine bay. Also took on 2003. Some changes occured. Have changed new plug wires to OEM Bougicord (RM150 for 6 wires) and the expansion tank (RM120 ORIGINAL).

This is latest engine bay picture during recent aircond service. With new black plug wires, new plug wires holder (RM7). New battery, AAM with free delivery on Hari Raya Aidil Adha (RM160).

Posing outside the house :)

Suffering from the high petrol price!! No just kidding, this picture taken just after it got started. Add 100,000km to the one you read on board. I managed to repair the ODOMETER only after 5 years of disfunction. So promotion, anyone have ODOMETER problem just contact me, I may guide you. Regret I did not take any pictures when I got them fixed.


Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Extracted from REUTERS

By Stephanie Nebehay

GENEVA (Reuters) - IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad, ranked 4th richest man in the world, drives a 15-year-old car and always flies economy class, in part to inspire his 90,000 employees worldwide to see the virtue of frugality.

The billionaire Swede, who turns 80 on March 30, explained his legendary habits during a rare television interview in Switzerland, his adoptive home for nearly 30 years.

His fortune was recently estimated at $28 billion by Forbes magazine -- trailing only Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, U.S. investor Warren Buffett and Mexican industrialist Carlos Slim.

"People say I am cheap and I don't mind if they do. But I am very proud to follow the rules of our company," Kamprad told French-language Swiss Broadcasting Corporation.
Asked to confirm he drove an old Volvo, he said: "She is nearly new, just 15 years old, or something like that."

Interviewer Darius Rochebin teased that Ikea employees were always told to write on both sides of the paper.

"Why not? If there is such a thing as good leadership, it is to give a good example. I have to do so for all the Ikea employees," Kamprad retorted. "Everything we earn we need as a reserve. We have to still develop the IKEA group. We need many billions of Swiss francs (dollars) to take on China or Russia," he added.

Ikea is the world's biggest furniture retailer, with 202 stores in 32 countries.
Known for its inexpensive self-assembly furniture, the family-owned business claims its hefty catalog is the most widely read publication after the Bible.

I searched the Googles and good to know he rides on 240!!!

Tuesday, March 28, 2006


This is my fuel consumption, recorded last week. This might not be accurate because I just took it once, should repeat few times and take average. But its OK, just for rough idea.

I filled in with ESSO brand petrol, alongside Federal Highway Shah Alam;

Initial odometer reading : 264587km
Final odometer reading : 264667km
Distance travelled : 80km

I filled up RM20, with current petrol price RM1.92 per litre;

RM1.92 = 1 litre
RM20 = 10.416667 litre

Therefore my km/l will be;

10.46667 litre = 80km
1 litre = 7.68km
thus, 7.68km/l

My cent/km;

80km = RM20
1km = RM0.25
thus, RM0.25/km

These readings obtained from 'light footed' style of driving, morning, evening, and night drive, mostly in jams and slow traffic (going to and back from work). Seldom touch 110km/h or 3000rpm, mostly 2500rpm and below. I think it is OK. No need to worry :)

Monday, March 27, 2006

When it get wet.... for years, we suffer from water pouring off from the aircond linkages behind the center dash; again FOR YEARS!! I tried so many air-cond shops, and their answers are; "your air-cond is just too cold", thats why the hoses condensate, maybe. Until one last visit to Ah Ming, Sri Muda (tribute to him) recently, he adviced for complete servicing and cleaning of the cooling coil, and also the a/c drain hose.

Initially I am a bit worried of his capability; is he familiar enough with VOLVOs as they deal mostly with local and Japan made cars. And throughout the work, I know he can do it, he know his stuffs well. Upon dismantle the cooling coil, you can expect a problem from a bunch of wires that located just next to the coil. This is quite a challenge, to slowly bring out the cooling coil, without damaging the wires; and this took most of the time!!

Upon cleaning and all that, everything was fine, no leakages nor clogs. Everything assembled properly back. He checked the drain hose, yeah got crack on the nipple that goes to the chassis. He took one straight hose, tape it together; a creative work. AND NO MORE WATER!!!

After few weeks, I noticed water started to come back. Know what?? I took out the rubber mats, replace with newspaper only. Then I can clearly see where is the water came from. I am surprised!! My windscreen!! It leaks!! For both sides!! For driver's and passenger's side :(

What more?? It RUSTING THE FLOOR BOARD!! OMG.... speechless when I saw the rust under the car. Yeah, thats mean a big project is on the way!!! Next tough job is to 'seal' everything in the car, make it totally DRY is my next mission.
How do I celebrate life; for 3 years NOW!!

Here comes a story of me, myself. I have low back pain problems for years. I was diagnosed with prolapsed disc on L5 and S1 (for those who have spine problems will surely understand L5 and S1). As this is not a medical class, so no explanation on spine itself :). Find it from Google, easy.

I have difficult time driving on my dad's car, my back will start to complain every time I drive the car. Wonderful enough, I found that 240's seat is very comfortable and supportive. Sometimes, I even jump into the car when my back hurts. And it healed!!

During weekends, after morning prayer, I love to sit down on the seat, sometimes even got slept on it; soundly. Then I started my research on 240 seats, why they can suit me while others can't. I found out that during the design process, VOLVO man and medical practitioners worked together for the seat; or for me!! Enjoy the seat :)

Sunday, March 26, 2006

LAMAN WEB VOLVO MALAYSIA dengan ini ditutup dengan rasminya. Implementasinya nampak kurang praktikal lagi buat masa ini. Saya mengambil keputusan menggantikannya dengan cara blog, blog pengalaman sebenar sendiri. Atas kelemahan saya mengemaskini LWVM, adalah lebih baik jika blog digunakan. Saya cadangkan tuan-tuan menyertai VOLVO OWNERS CLUB MALAYSIA (VOCM) untuk menyatukan pengguna VOLVO di Malaysia.

Please be informed that LAMAN WEB VOLVO MALAYSIA will be off from now on. I came to a more practical way of giving out infos on VOLVO, especially 240 which I am interested on. The e-group is still ON. I would like to suggest that we used the VOLVO OWNERS CLUB MALAYSIA (VOCM) platform to discuss and find answers. Its great to continue LAMAN WEB VOLVO MALAYSIA through blogging.

Lawat VOCM :

This blog is dedicated for 240 fans, owners, or drivers, as I will put my 'real-life' experience writings on this 240. Being a VOLVO driver; you will know that what a car is all about, nah I mean a REAL CAR. I never owned any car, nor a VOLVO, I just DRIVE one. The ultimate driving machine; the 1989 B230K VOLVO 240. It is a great honour for me to be able to drive this machine, honour that not all could get. THANKS ALLAH.

The car has been rolling around the family for 10 years now. Bought on 1996, a well maintained company car that went on an auction, we got it cheaper. The car came with great package; small dents, expired road tax, door bottom trim disappeared, no stereo, 'artistic' painting with scratches and abstract designs on it!! That was our first VOLVO in the family (in fact the only one unil now). Thus, it is quiet a challenge for my dad to find a 'true' VOLVO mechanic until one day, while queing in a traffic jam, he just saw a petrol station service bay with a lot of VOLVOs. Then was the time he met the ex-VOLVO man, Mr. Ng who serve the car until now. All in all, my dad work it out, installed PIONEER RADIO CASSETTE STEREO a year later, get it resprayed two years later. The most important is that we do not have problems on engine, good news :)

Aged 13 years on 2002, still rolling strongly. By that time, my dad decided to buy another car, a local Malaysian car. Not to mention the car, it was a good car though, level of silence is significantly better than 240, handling is quite good (cannot compare it with a VOLVO). Unfortunately, the quality is not that good. Accecories broke easily, and we enjoyed the frequent and long visits to service center :). The main objective of buying the new car is that to let 240 relax. But whatever happens, 240 wins!! The new car parked in the porsch, 240 being driven here and there, rolling tough.

And 2004, I am 20 years then. Studying in a large campus, I need transport to move. My dad suggested I took that car, hence he hardly drive the new car when 240 is home. Then, my journey as a 240 driver started. I felt the dark and bright side of driving a 240, the fun and joy moments, the hard times, the headache I have to face, unforgettable. This is my third year of driving it. Guess what?? I never think that a student with RM500 monthly pocket money could afford to drive this car. I solely depends on that RM500 for my life; books, foods, stationary, basic needs, petrols, tolls, VOLVO. Of course regular services and road tax borned by the owner, my beloved dad :)

And here, my blog START!!