10 reasons I need a new ride

#1 My current one is getting a little long in the tooth

long in the tooth

I own a Toyota Vios 1.5G which I bought in 2006 and from the multiple accidents that its been through…well, it doesn’t handle as good as it used to.

#2 It’s My Life

…and I did it my way. I’m 29 and I’ll be purchasing a condo in a couple of months. The next step is getting a new car. I like to think that I’m still young (oi, at least I’m not 30 yet okay?) and I want a performance car which handles well on the road but won’t make me file for Chapter 11 just for gas. I come from a family of Toyota owners (my dad has a Land Cruiser and Lexus, which is not technically Toyota but same company) so when I trade in I’m gonna get me a Vios 1.5G TRD Sportivo.

#3 Steer me up Scotty!

central panel

This the redesigned steering wheel in the new Vios. I love steering wheels with integrated controls. It just helps prevent #1 – accidents. You know how it is when you’re driving your friends. Everyone with different music tastes and so forth. Switch channels? Volume up? Sure!

#4 Reat flat floors

flat seats

You will not appreciate this until you come to that hallowed time when you really want a flat floor. I won’t elaborate further. The official SPL is that you can…er, recline and just chill like you’re the King of the World (or at least the King of the Backseat).

Erm, it kinda sleeps two at the back too – one on the backseat and one of the floor. No…ah, backache to worry about. πŸ˜‰

#5 Big Pimpin’

vios g trd

You want a sweet ride, right? Nice, sleek and new with perhaps that extra boost to get you from Point A to Point B a little bit faster.


TRD decals on everything would do wonders too!


Pick up chicks as easy as ABC. By chicks of course I mean baby chickens (the poultry, the white meat we eat).

#6 You’re hot and you’re cold

hot cold

Okay, this is one of my pet peeves. Not everyone is created equal…at least not with regards to cold tolerance. Some people just feel chilly at a relatively warm 18 degrees Celcius. Of course, being the courteous driver, you have to accomodate for them…and this is where the centre instrument panel with brand new aircond control dials comes in handy.

#7 Red is the new black


Check out the new red stitching on the seats, shift and steering wheel of the Vios 1.5G TRD. It’s subtle but it’s noticable. I feel faster already!

#8 God is in the details

The new Toyota Vios 1.5G and 1.5G TRD Sportivo has design and performance changes which makes one of the best selling cars in Malaysia all the better (better-er?).

vios g front

There’s a new grille

vios g back

A remake of the rear combi lamp

An all new combination leather seat in addition to the other details in this Vios makeover documented above

#9 Economical with the truth


If you noticed (which you won’t) the new Vios 1.5G varients have concealed front center storage. I love this. Anything with the word “concealed” appeals to me…until the 5-0 learns about it of course. πŸ™

Otherwise, you can just put whatever you want inside there and there’s no one to stop (and search) you.

…and another thing about (fuel) economy, the VVT-i engine will get you far. Take it from a Vios owner. It’s easy on the wallet when you pull up to a gas station.

#10 Fast and furious


Well, at least look the part – with the new TRD Sportivo aerokit, seat fabric and suspension kit.


Now the latter will really help a lot when that ciplak car beside you with its big modified exhaust and boosted up sound system makes the driver think it has +666 HP – until you leave him in the dust. πŸ˜‰

I kinda feel bad after going for that test drive with the Toyota Vios 1.5G TRD Sportivo coz it makes my current ride feel…so old. And I don’t like being reminded of my age. :p Time to save up then for an upgrade!

i want

Desirability…do you have it?

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62 thoughts on “10 reasons I need a new ride”

  1. i like vios design as if add on some outlook modification it will look very nice…ur car 4 yrs consider old den mine 20 yrs conside ancient… πŸ™‚
    btw the red stitches from chair n steering copy frm Honda Civic Type-R… :O

  2. If you are going to buy a new car, you should retain the car number. At least the memories of the old car is still with you.. and (four one one four) is a good number!

  3. ah nel: Heh! Well, my car has been through a lot of accidents so I’m looking for purchase a new one after I get my condo.
    I like the Vios TRD Sportivo though – it looks good and it drives well. πŸ™‚
    Aaron: Haha! I was planning to get 666 or at least 4444 for the number. πŸ™‚
    KY: Heh! Age ain’t nothing but a number. πŸ˜‰
    debbie: Yup, I prefer the Vios TRD Sportivo too. I like the performance and it’s the one I took on a test drive. πŸ™‚

  4. clement: Heh! I come from a family of Toyota owners. I really like the new minor design changes, it looks better than the previous Vios. πŸ™‚

  5. YSMM: Yeah, the Vios TRD is priced higher than the others but I totally agree with you – quality and performance comes at a price!
    I much prefer the Vios TRD. πŸ™‚

  6. Was comtemplating to get a Honda City when the previous Vios came out. But I like the new Vios. Better than the previous one for sure πŸ™‚
    Just like you, i come from a family of Toyata owners too! Dad owns a Camry and we have another Avanza which both were great cars. Love the 5 star Toyota service too!

  7. yuetmui: Yeah, the design changes does a lot for the latest Vios eh? I think it’s better than the previous one too. πŸ™‚
    Heh! Yeah, the best thing is the service centers, just drop off and everything is done for you. πŸ™‚
    eiling: Haha! Yeah, I agree, my car has suffered enough indignity during its lifetime. πŸ˜‰
    I can only get a new car after I get the condo though. πŸ™‚

  8. aud: Haha! Yeah, I can imagine. A flat floor would be much more comfortable for you if you’re sitting in the middle. πŸ™‚
    crappy booze: Cheers mate! πŸ™‚
    Heh! Well, different strokes for different folks. I like it. πŸ™‚
    Lainie Yeoh: Haha! I really like the Vios TRD and I think it looks better in white than in black although I tend to prefer black cars. πŸ™‚

  9. I like Vios new design compared to the old one too πŸ˜€
    Get the new sporty type HB.. go visit Uncle Lim few more times then you can buy a Vios edi πŸ˜€

  10. binny my intern asked with big wide eyes if you’d bought the new vios hahahahaha.
    and why do you sound like you’re suppressing your laughter in the video !hi

  11. lol after Toyota having so many problems and ugly designs and you still want a Vios huh? i used to be a Toyota fan too but recently their design sucks so bad that I’ve convert to a Mercedes fan. Anxiously waiting for the next SLK design, will be out around 2011 maybe.

  12. Jeff: Haha! That’s not my legs, this is Malaysia so the driver seat is on the right. That’s Jerine’s legs. πŸ™‚
    ShaolinTiger: Yup, I would love the TRD, prefer it to the regular version, it drives really well and I love the handling. Cheers! πŸ™‚
    ahlost: Yeah, the new ones look better eh? I like the TRD, must get a condo first though and then I’ll visit Uncle Lim for this car. πŸ˜‰
    fresh: Haha! Which one? Veen Dee?
    I don’t have enough money to buy a new car yet. πŸ™
    Heh! I don’t know, it’s just the way I sound I guess. πŸ™‚
    napzzz: You seriously want to buy it? I wouldn’t mind. What’s the going price? I’ll sell it and get the new TRD. πŸ™‚
    Jason Chow: I think they’re going great with the new design. I didn’t quite like the older one but the latest redesign has made me a fan again. I like the TRD Sportivo, suits me. πŸ™‚

  13. e: Haha! I guess that’s why we get along so well. πŸ™‚
    WEEN: Heh! Nah dude, it’s just your country that has the steering wheel on the wrong side of the car. πŸ˜‰

  14. I came from a family of Toyota too! (and Mitsubishi!) Always think they are better than Honda – even tho i don’t know the technical, engines .. and what not about cars. Hehe

  15. get a ford focus. with the new warranty/maintenance from them, u wont have to pay for a single thing when u service. toyota trd is the suckey

  16. Dude
    You seriously need to come back to reality! You are buying a crib in a couple months, and you have your existing for like 4 years and probably paid off by now right? Why the fuck you want another car payment? Fuck car payment really

  17. I would very much agree with the fuel saving part of this car. a full tank can yield over 600km on highway.Im not sure about the price in Malaysia but if its over 80,000 MYR i would say not cheap considering its price in overseas! or blame the government. lol

  18. chefmel: Heh! Yeah, same here. It’s solid and it has great support. There are Toyota Centers all around, which is why I like it/ πŸ™‚
    j3ff: Ford isn’t big over here, would think the support would lack a lot. I don’t like Ford cards…too American. πŸ™‚
    Devil/Kazu: Yeah, looks good eh the TRD?
    It’s the one in Petaling Jaya. πŸ™‚
    Paul: Yeah, I’ll be getting a condo in a couple of months. Hmm…I don’t know, I just feel like getting one coz my current car is getting a bit wonky. πŸ™‚
    ALEX: Yup, that’s why it’s practical – it’s very fuel efficient, I love the milage I get on my car. πŸ™‚
    The pricing is due to the taxes in our country, unfortunately. I’m still in love with the white TRD though – never thought I’ll like a white car. Heh!

  19. HB: As a regular reader of your blog (and from Sibu as well), I highly recommend you take a look at Kia (Naza) Forte.
    You’d be surprised, with prices lower than the Vios Sportivo, you’d be getting something similar, if not better than an Altis.

  20. Stanley Carter: Heh! Thanks for the tip bro, but I don’t like KIA cars. It’s not one of my labels. πŸ™‚
    I prefer Toyota.

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