Thursday, 9 May 2013

First MOT

Been far too busy lately. This has meant I have missed a few posts, so heres a compilation.

Quite some time ago FTP had his 40,000 mile service - no issues. Still have the original brake pads (scheduled says check from 20.000 miles), I do use the brakes less than most, using the gearbox predominately instead for slowing.

FTP Passed his first MOT (Ministry of Transport Test), first time without any problems. I had forgotten the MOT was due, and so did not have time to check the lights, etc. Thus, I was concerned that he may fail on something silly, but FTP sailed trough.

The MOT certificate is shown below. At one time MOT certificates looked like official documents, with official rubber stamps and watermarks, but now that everything can be checked instantly on-line, the certificate is just a shoddy piece of A4 paper!


Problem: Some time back the air conditioning stopped working. We thought it must need re-gassing because it had only been used a couple of times in the first year of having the the car.

I tend to open a window if below 40mph, or not bother, but very occasionally Denise will want it on. Because this is the first car we have had with air conditioning, I did not know that you need to run the system regularly to stop the gas leaking. My view on air conditioning has always been, why add another thing to a car to go wrong?

Denise decided that we might as well fix the air conditioning. Because the garage that does my servicing could not re-gas I took FTP to a local Suzuki dealer, Coop Motors , Kettering. When they tried re-gassing they found a small hole in one of the aluminum air conditioning pipes. The pipe runs behind the front grill, and Co-op Motors believed that the pipe may have been hit by a stone thrown up by a vehicle in front. However, they thought I was very unlucky, because the pipe is protected by the grill.


Not being Perodua dealers, Co-op Motors contacted the nearest Perodua dealer, the Garage at Blakesley, who supplied the part, so that Co-op Motors could restore our air conditioning.


  1. Two and a half hours of marathoning your blog. I must say, yours is one of those very few authentic webblogs. There's simply too many out there to blog mainly for the ad profit.

    Well its common knowledge here that the Myvi, being at 40k miles (64k kms in metric) will start giving you small problems from now on.

    Im surprised your air-con lasted so long without problem... over here just 2 years of hard use and we will eventually have air-con related problems.

    The good thing is, these problems are common of any cars. And if im correct the only 'major' thing you will need to worry about is the eventual death of your shock absorbers.

    In anycase i'll look forward to any updates (big or small) from here, its refreshing to see such a cute blog about a NORMAL car. Unlike the rest which is all about insane horsepowers and 'sporty handling'.

  2. Hi Andrew,

    Thank you for your positive comments on the blog.

    I assume you are in Malaysia, air conditioning does not get heavy use in the UK! Today, the demister is all thats required.

    I expect that I will need new shock absorbers at some point, because I tend to carry lost of heavy things. Currently clearing my in-laws house, I think everyone at the recycling center knows me, they come over for a chat.

    Not actually sure why we do the blog, but we started so we may as well continue. Possibly, its because no-one does "normal" car blogs. I hate it when car salesmen try and impress you with things that do not matter -and do not listen enough to work out what does. It always amazes me when car magazines give a Lamborghini 9 out of 10, and only 4 out of 10 for a small hatchback!

    I hate blogs and websites with lots of advertising, it detracts from the site; although it amuses me sometimes Google places inappropriate adverts for the site content! There is a banner for Opera browser, out of the way at the bottom of the blog, but thats just because Denise and myself like Opera. Also, if you look at the number of hits we get, I doubt we would earn much! I think having the site in an open tab on this computer accounts for a large proportion of hits - sometimes I remember to check to see if anyone has commented.

    Again, thanks for you comments. Should you wish to do a blog item on the Myvi in Malaysia that would be great; or even the Viva or Alza, because neither are available in the UK.

    All the Best