Vehicles we have owned – Pros and Cons

This is the first vehicle 2004 we owned in the Philippines. Kawasaki Barako 175 costing around P71,000. I liked this vehicle it was strong and had a good engine. It was a little hard to start some thimes although I suspect it just needed a tuneup. These are built for tricycle use which is the reason you see double shocks on it. I suggest removing the additional shock so the ride is not so solid. Be careful with this Motorcycles are inherently dangerous as they offer little protection in a collision.

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The Second vehicle 2004 we purchased was this green Suzuki Multivan it is called. This one has a 660cc three cylinder engine. It is not air conditioned but gets us around just fine. This is not an especially safe vehicle there is virtually nothing up front to protect you from a collision. In the event of a head on collision the entire front caves in. The engine is situated between the frame and under the seat area. To access the engine you simply raise the seats in front. These are very economical as they go a long way on a gallon of gas.

We spent a lot of cash on tires and alignment problems with this one. One good thing is they are cheap maybe P150,000 to P160,000 and up depending on which model you choose.

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Next we had this 4 passenger sidecar built for the Kawasaki Barako 175 for around $400 in 2004. This is the primary transport in the Philippines and they are used everywhere. It is also extremely cheap to operate. Each area has it’s own unique style of tricycle. This one is how most look in Bogo area. Tricycles are dangerous in any situation where you have to stop fast. Often these will spin around and flip over. The side car itself has no breaking so when you hit the break the weight of the sidecar and it’s occupants causes it to make a right turn which can cause it to empty it passengers onto the pavement. This happened in Bogo recently coming down the hill going into town someone pulled in front of a tricycle causing it to flip and all passengers went sliding down on the pavement.

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The next purchase for around $895 or so  in 2004, now around $1,200 to $1,500 a Honda wave 100.

It has a 100cc single cylinder 4 stroke engine and was adequate even with my weight. Marianne and I could easily get it up to 60K. This motorcycle is in La Carlata Negros Philippines as it was given to her brother. It now sits there not being ridden.

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Then only a week later we purchased this yellow honda Wave 100 for my wife. This one is still in the family however the family members have recked it repeatedly it is not in good shape has lost it’s fearing in one wreck. It is still on the road and in the family.

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Next in October of 2005, we purchased this Ford Escape. That is supposed to be gold but looks more like silver. We paid #25,000 and sold it in 2008 for $15,000. This was my all-time favorite vehicle. I really liked this SUV it handled like a sports car and took the mountain roads and hair-pin turns at higher speeds then others could do and it did not lean going into the curves. It has a V-6 engine and was a bot of a gas guzzler. The V-6 made this great at overtaking slow trucks and other vehicles on the mountains. It was all wheel drive all the time and had a switch you turned to 4×4 and it would lock all the hubs so you had true 4×4 good for getting out of the mud, I know I did it once. We went to Texas in 2006 and stayed 4 years so it just sat there in Bogo so I sold it to a guy in Bohol. I really miss this one now.  If I can get my XANGO business going again it is my dream to purchase a new one at the Cebu City Ford Dealer. This Ford was a pleasure to drive and if you can afford the 25K to 27K price tag I recommended getting one.

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Our next vehicle was this 2010 Zuzuki Celerio, costing P599,000. This is Marianne’s car thus pink, she put half down and payments for the rest for 2 years.  It has a 996 Aluminum block 3 cylinder engine up front with front wheel drive. It runs well and is good on Gas. We drove it from Mactan to Bogo on one quarter of a tank. We live on a steep hill and this car can stop on the hill and restart again without getting stuck. We still have this vehicle the safest of all the vehicles we own. When you drive this car the interior makes it look like it is bigger than it really is. Small cars in the Philippines are at the bottom of the status system here in the Philippines. Buses are at the top then trucks and on to SUVs and Vans. Multicab and small cars are at the bottom. What this means is if a vehicle higher in status wants you out of his way you are left with the decision of finding out how to avoid them. I have been cut off repeatedly since we got this car. One reason I travel often by bus now. Here is one situation that happened to me. I was driving on a 2 lane road in rush hour. the oncoming lane was at a stand still but my lane was empty except for me. This jeepney decided to get out of his lane and headed head on towards me. I know he was going to force me out of the way and I had no other place to go except hoping up on the sidewalk. Fortunately for me the curb was only around 3 inches high and there was no pedestrians on the sidewalk. I did sustain minor damage to the plastic hubcaps, but had no choice. This car also has low profile tires so it is closer to the ground. I am OK with this but I suspect many Americans would have problems in these situations maybe lots of road-rage one thing I avoid. My suggestion to you is one grow up, two get a SUV and be in that higher group. When I drove the Ford Escape the road was a lot more friendly than it is with the small car. We now only drive it here in town and an occasional trip to Cebu City avoiding the 2 lane roads whenever I can. Most of the major roads in the city are 4 lane.

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And the most recent purchase was this Honda 110cc Dash. Marianne got this for my birthday April 6th 2011. It has a newly designed 110cc 4stroke engine and disk break in front. I like the stronger alloy wheels and new younger looking design. Marianne and I take it out often mostly at night. I always wear my helmet when riding even at night when most people do not use a helmet. I have been caught in rain once but really do not mind that, I just go home and take a shower and change into dry cloths.

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One comment

  1. I just sold my Toyota drop side. Bought this car surplus for $4200 in CDO, 7 years ago. It is a 2000. Best truck I ever owned. Got 45 MPG hi way. Carried 1.5 tone with ease.

    Had battery trouble, tire trouble, accident troubles, rebuilt the starter, in the 7 years I owned it. It had been modified to left hand drive so the shift linkage was messed up and in constant need of adjustment.

    Other than that, great truck.

    Had a jeepy before that. I think I paid $1500 for it in 94. This looked like a lot more car than it was. it was just drive train, some sheep metal, a windshield, 2 surplus seats and a speedometer… almost nothing else. The windshield wiper was hand operated, but because of the design when it rained mist was sucked in from the back and coated the windshield with mud on the inside. Had a Toyota 5R engine, a Honda rear end, never knew where the radiator came from, Filipino body and frame, often they were at war with each other.

    I used it to go to the very most remote places, it simply was impossible to get stuck as if you lost traction you simply went outside and picked it up and moved it to where you could go again. I think it got 35 MPG.

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