Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Carless in KL

We have been without a car, our own wheels that is, for a good part of the month now, ever since it stalled in heavy traffic in Ampang on the first of July.

It was then towed to a workshop nearer home in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, but broke down again just hours after we collected it. 

Taken back to the same workshop, it remained there for three days whilst the mechanics fiddled with it. Again.

I was completely pissed when they told us they couldn't put a finger on the problem. I felt they didn't look hard enough.

I guess an old Merc didn't interest them as much as all those luxury makes clogging their space. There's definitely more money to be made from such marques.

In frustration, we had the car moved to another workshop, a place we had patronised a couple of times, in Kg Sungai Pencala.

And there it remained for a week, until last Wednesday, when the mechanic informed the car was ready for collection. 

We thought that was the end of our misery brought forth by this car. How wrong we were! The tin can wasn't finished with us yet.

That same evening, on the way home from Lake Club, it stalled five times along the highway, finally giving up right smack in the Touch 'n Go lane at Bukit Kiara toll plaza, just metres away from Pencala Tunnel.

As it was already late in the evening, almost 11pm, we had no choice but to leave the car there (after notifying the toll plaza personnel, of course) until a mechanic could be summoned to it the following day.

The plaza security guy was kind enough to help push the car out of the lane and to the side of the road. [I think I have bad karma with cars; I always end up pushing them somehow..]

This morning Pak Abu called to check on things, and was told that they were making a thorough inspection of the wirings. We'll follow up again tomorrow.

I don't know how long more do we have to put up with this inconvenience. Carless in KL isn't fun, not when public transportation leaves much to be desired.

To move around we have had to borrow our daughter Ann's compact Viva. Thankfully, the journo is office-bound for now, although I hate to impose on her all the same.

Sometimes I wonder just what exactly is wrong with the blinking Merc....


koolmokcikZ said...


Kama At-Tarawis said...

nyawa-nyawa ikan is more like it. KM.. hehehe. time to look for new wheels kot.. :D

Ezza said...

merc macam tu kira timbang kati je kak...nak merepair nya kemain banyak duit yang keluar tapi elok nya tidak.

so get a nice proton or imported car that suits you both. lepaih tu boleh ler round 1 malaysia , ye kak!

Kama At-Tarawis said...

dalam perkiraan ni, ezza.

AuntieYan said...

Salam Kak Kama,

Kalau kereta 'sakit', rasa macam kita pun sakit jugak...apa lagi kalau itulah satu-satunya kereta yang kita ada...patah kakit dan tangan dibuatnya!!!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Puteri,
Dia nak bermanjalah tu...sabo jelah. har har har *evil laughs*

Adrenaline Junkie said...

May..I know how it feels to be "carless" in KL - rasa macam patah kaki. My car is still in the workshop (2.5 months after the accident) and repair work has just started as the approval has just been given by the insurance company. In the meantime, I am renting a car. It's additional cost but I just cannot do without a car as my son is always out and I need transport in case mum needs to go to hospital...

Kama At-Tarawis said...

Yan, kereta sakit 'badan'.. kita sakit jiwa dan poket.. nasib la labu.. :-)

cat - i'd rather manjakan si brad yg hensem tu.. kan? kan? (this is lillie speaking, tau!)

Nori - kesian u, dahla accident, kereta pulak begitu lama tersadai dlm workshop. good idea to sewa, but i dah putus cinta with this car.. heheh.. nak beli baru..

Pak Zawi said...

If you are selling, will you auction it among friends on facebook? I think that car need to be rewired.

zaitgha said...

Kak Puteri,

Kalau dekat i recommend the mechanic yg i selalu hantar my old junk to....i was told he specialized in old mercs ......but then, the new SAGA or Persona pun cantik jugak.....or Myvi he he

Wan Sharif said...

Nok kabbo pun dok reti.. kalu sorrang boleh gagah naik bas..
agree with pak Zawi.. it might need rewiring

Anonymous said...

jgn pandang bintang dilangit aje...tengok rumput di bumi gak...mcmana org yg tiada kereta kat stinggan tuh.....u tinggal kat ttdi..boleh le ckp mcm tuh...muhasabah diri...taxi ade..lrt..

Kama At-Tarawis said...

pak zawi - tak auction kot..lol.. kita perbetul lepas tu jual aja..

zai - insyaallah kalau ada rezeki.

ayohwang - tu la the mechanic dok tengok the wiring now.

anon - wow, you are dripping with venom. mulut kena baik tau.. kalau tidak saya dapat pahala free jer.. hehehe..