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Toyota Wish - Parallel Importers vs Authorised Dealer

By Blogger on 16 Dec 2009

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For those who are considering the latest Toyota Wish that was recently launched from Borneo Motors, there might be some things you should take note before you sign on that cheque book.

Although the Borneo Motors (BM) Wish does come with seemingly better interior equipment, when you go chassis deep, it might be a different story.

The BM Wish might come with higher quality leather and a high-end audio system but transmission wise, it is equipped with a 4-speed automatic while the Toyota Wish 1.8X from the Parallel Importers (PI) is equipped with a silky smooth 7-speed CVT gearbox.


The engine in the BM Wish might have a higher capacity but it produces less horsepower than the PI Wish. The torque figures are a little higher though not significantly so. The 200cc difference in capacity has a great impact on the Wish’s fuel consumption (FC) figures. While the 2.0-litre equipped BM Wish gives a FC of 12km/litre, the 1.8-litre PI Wish gives a claimed 16km/litre. Even better than my little Swift!

I think that besides the huge after sales service support infrastructure, the better quality leather and entertainment system. The BM Wish doesn’t have that much on the PI Wish afterall. A savvy family motorist might go for the PI Wish while the cautious (and probably kiasu) would head straight for the BM Wish despite its inferior specs.

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Darryn Dec 17 2009 03:54 PM
I am looking for a PI wish to test drive - both the 1.8 and the 2l version. I think the 2l should be a reasonably spirited drive.

But seriously don't discount the dealer support too much - especially considering that for the PI versions there won't be "factory" support for the transmission, and at the end of the day its still an unproven transmission. It doesn't have the long and solid history of the four-speeder.

Having bought from a PI for my Wish, I have no regrets and would do so again. BUT the situation has changed since then - now there is an "official" version. I am not sure that a CVT is enough of an attraction to eschew the "big mountain" at my back that is Borneo.
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