Thank you murray head for the thread!
Having visited Thailand once a few years back (well outside of Bangkok) I was quite interested in the specification of vehicles for hot climate.. no heater matrix, no heater controls, no vents to the windsceen or to the feet, just a big dial for the AC that goes from cold to colder.
I tried having a drive. The RHD-ness of everything was nice and familiar, but that was about it. My host over there, who spoke precious little English was trying to give me instructions in Thai. About the only thing I could guage was the tone of his voice.. when it went up about three octaves, I realised we might be in a bit of danger!
I couldn't pass up the opportunity, could I?
I can imagine how our spec is quite weird to you guys. Many older cars don't even have heating matrix or any sort of heat at all due to cost cutting. While air-conditioning is always standard in the whole range since the late 80's. My W124 also had it's heating system entirely removed by the previous owner. But newer cars are becoming more and more common with proper climate controls. (with heat!)
People often said "If you can drive in Thailand, you can drive anywhere and be safe." I guess that's true. I've once compiled my dashcam into a video pointing out how terrible the traffic is.
Yeah maybe people who say I'm crazy for buying a manual does have a point.
Welcome and hope your introduction of the word "chod" to Thai language spreads widely.
I don't think I would be able to express "chod" quite correctly in Thai. But "Autoshite" is spreading around my circle for sure.
Wow, what an intro! Welcome along, you'll fit right in.
Good start, proceed with as many pics of Thai-chod as you wish.
To give us an idea of things where you are, how much is petrol, a year's insurance on your Corolla and what is the road tyre of the discerning motorist?
As of today, our standard petrol is RON91 with 10% Ethanol which as of today cost £0.68 per litre. RON95 with 10% Ethanol cost about 0.005 more per litre. Pure 95 cost £0.85. And 20% Ethanol cost £0.62, but it's a bit of a roulette as to what RON you're gonna get. Yes it's very cheap to fill up here. But of course the salary isn't as high. Diesel is capped at 0.67 per litre.
A year's insurance on my W124 was £100 per year. Which stayed the same since I was first driving. It also covers theft and fire. The Corolla's insurance isn't renewed yet (it's not mandatory). But to renew it would cost about £40 per year. But only covering the accidents and not theft or fire. Take that England insurance pricing!
Road tyres are of course always on summer. No All-Season crap over here. I tends to just buy whatever the cheapest that's not Linglong Ditchfinders. I had Falken ZE912 on my W124 and that was barely above that.
Oh and I also have to tell you guys about yearly inspection (MOT).
The process goes like this. If your car is nice, even a bit old. They put it on the brake test machine, put some prong in the exhaust pipe maybe. Then you pass. But if your car is obviously a bit shit (like my mate's '85 Corolla). They'll just drive it around a block and then you pass as long as you pay. My mate's Corolla passed inspection with it's taillight not working and everytime you turn on the indicators the opposite one lights up!
By the way. Our chods are also a lot more valuable than on your island, obviously. Even the choddiest piece of tin box that's barely holding up by it's paint and have maybe 3 and a half wheels on would fetch at least £600 if it has inspection and taxed. (Which as I've told is a joke anyway). My Corolla was purchased for a princely sum of £1,500. And yet people would still look at me with eyes wide open and imagined it's as something ready for banger racing (which incidentally is not a thing that exist here) before seeing in metal and remarking at how good it looks for being 29 years old. My W124 was £3,800 2 years ago and people considered it a daylight robbery! Lost about £200 selling it which means I'm definitely not good at wheelin dealin yet.
EDIT: One guy also tried the idea of roffle-ing his W123 off over here. It didn't worked as there was not enough interest. Maybe shite culture isn't ready here?