The Perodua Myvi (dubbed as ‘King’) does not need any introduction here in Malaysia. It was the best-selling car in Malaysia for eight consecutive years in a sedan-dominated market since the first generation Myvi was launched. By the year 2017, the Perodua Myvi sold over one million units and by 2019, it was crowned again (not literally) the nation’s best-selling car – this is no different in 2021 despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first generation Perodua Myvi (M300) made a debut in 2005, followed by the second generation (M600) in 2011 and the third generation (M800) in 2018, which is the current generation Myvi on sale. Each generation went through a facelift, so this is something to consider when surveying for a used Perodua Myvi.
Check out the evolution of our nation’s best-selling car here.
Perodua Myvi Listing on CARSOME
1. Pros and Cons
|Reliable (regular service and maintenance will keep the car problem-free) ✔||Poor sound insulation especially the whining noise from the engine but this is improved on the third generation (M800)|
|Petrol efficient – a full tank can travel approximately 500-kilometers ✔||Getting up to speed is slow, especially on an incline|
|Spacious cabin for a family of four with plenty of legroom, headroom and storage compartments for a road trip ✔||Interior build quality is poor, using cheaper plastics but it has improved on the third generation (M800)|
|Comfortable ride as it absorbs potholes well ✔||Ride quality is not smooth over rough surfaces|
|Usable boot-space at 277-liters, expandable up to 832-liters with rear seats folded – it’s enough to fit a family of four luggage ✔||Rear seats used to fold flat on the third generation (M800), this will make arranging items slightly harder when loading|
|Low maintenance costs ✔|
|Small vehicle size (easy to park) ✔|
|Brakes are well-calibrated, it’s not jerky like the second generation (M600) ✔|
|Seats are supportive for the lumbar ✔|
|Full size spare tire ✔|
|Built-in SmartTAG reader on the third generation (M800) – no RFID complications ✔|
|Advanced Safety Assist (A.S.A) on the third generation (M800) – an advanced driving aid in case you fall asleep at the wheel ✔|
It is clear that the third generation Perodua Myvi (M800) is a significant upgrade over the predecessor it replaces. The body is less boxy and more sharp looking, with a lower and wider stance, making the car feel more stable.
Furthermore, there are more standard features now on the third generation Myvi such as keyless entry (which allows you to lock or unlock your car by pressing the button on the door handle), push-start button (starting the car with a push button instead of the outdated “insert and twist” method), full size spare tire, LED headlights and taillights (LED combination), acoustic windscreen (blocks ambient noise from outside), Anti-braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) [prevents the tires from locking up and skidding], Vehicle Stability Control and traction control (stabilizes the car if it loses control), four airbags (predecessor only had two) and a five-star ASEAN NCAP crash test rating (improved over the four-star of its predecessor to ensure safe design standards in crashworthiness).
For the six airbags, you need to step up to the Perodua Myvi 1.5 High variant and while you do get the Perodua’s version of ADAS (Advanced Driver-Assistance System) or in Perodua’s marketing terms – Advanced Safety Assist (A.S.A), you need to get the top of the range Perodua Myvi 1.5 Advance variant for that. At the time of launch in 2018, the third generation Myvi was the cheapest car to receive such an advanced driving aid system.
Here’s everything you need to know about Perodua’s Advanced Safety Assist (A.S.A).
2. A Fair Price to Pay
From our website, the price for a used Perodua Myvi ranged from RM20,000 to RM50,000 depending on the year, variant, condition, and mileage of the car. A fair price to pay would be around RM48,000, that can get you a 2018 Perodua Myvi 1.5 High with a mileage of 65,277 KM. With a 10 percent down payment, the estimated monthly installment cost RM519 per month.
Alternatively, if that is out of your budget then take a look at the 2016 Perodua Myvi 1.5 SE for RM39,500 with a mileage of 101,461 KM. With similar loan calculations, you’re looking to pay an estimated sum of RM432 per month.
On the other hand, if you are looking to spend less than RM400 per month then take a look at the 2014 Perodua Myvi 1.3 EZI priced at RM32,500 with a mileage of 65,627 KM. You’re looking to pay an estimated sum of RM355 per month after factoring in a 10 percent down payment.
3. Which Variant to Buy?
We recommend the third-generation Perodua Myvi 1.5 High variant as it gets you the six airbags, a more refined engine with higher power output (same as the 1.5-liter engine found in the Toyota Yaris) and sportier trims such as larger dual-tone rims, body kit and a spoiler.
A 2018 Perodua Myvi 1.5 High sold on CARSOME for RM49,900
4. What Are the Common Problems?
The Perodua Myvi has been Malaysia’s best-selling car for so many years and you do not get such standing without its reliability. Despite the fact that the third generation Myvi is fully-designed locally without being based on the Toyota Passo/Daihatsu Boon, reliability has always been a part of the Myvi.
Mechanically speaking, there are no common problems here except for the first generation Myvi (M300), which is known for air-conditioner compressor issues. Due to poor lubrication in the engine, the oil in the compressor can turn black after some time and will damage the air-conditioner over time.
If you plan to get the first generation Myvi, it is recommended to service the air-conditioner immediately after getting it. Other than that, regular service and maintenance will keep the car problem-free.
Do note there was a recall by Perodua for the Myvi’s fuel pump replacement, affected models were manufactured between late-2018 to 2019. Therefore, this is something to keep in mind when surveying for a used Perodua Myvi.
5. How Much to Maintain?
|Road Tax||RM70 (1.3-liter)
|Tires/pc (~)||RM120 – RM250|
|Minor service (Engine oil and oil filter) [~]||RM200 – RM400|
|Air conditioner service (~)||RM250 – RM280|
The Hatchback That Aids Inability
Whether you’re a fresh graduate looking for a car or a person looking for a daily vehicle or even as a second car, the Perodua Myvi is a great choice as it’s reliable, it’s practical, has a low maintenance cost, and most of all it is value for money. The Myvi is suitable for anyone from all walks of life.
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Louis is a motoring journalist whose background was in the legal industry. Jumping from law firms to car dealerships, he finally found a career he loves and will never have to work a day in his life. He enjoys detailing his car and going to the gym during his free time.