|The Nissan Grand Livina|
|Simple audio system with a single Audio CD player and radio (No MP3, No USB) |
2) The noisy air-conditioning system
There are 4 speeds available on the air-conditioner. The lowest speed is quiet, but I can hardly feel the wind even when seated on either the driver or the front passenger seat. The middle aircond vents take some getting used to to adjust and you really need to fine-tune it carefully to direct the wind. On a cool day, this level is sometimes nice. On a hot day, at least a level 2 is needed to make the cabin more comfortable. Level 2 gives you stronger wind, however, it also creates more noises in the cabin. Level 3 or 4 shoud only be used for a short period when you just want to 'turbo' the fan in response to passengers complaints.
Oh and note that there are only 3 positions in the air cond flow paths on the knob (compared with 5 positions normally).
|What, only 3 positiosn on the direction control? Even a MyVi has 5. Note that the windscreen vent is not available|
|That's right. No holes on the 'vent' under the windscreen|
3) The irritating safety seat belt
I was so disappointed to realize that the seat belt on the front seats cannot be height-adjustable! I think such design only exists in the 1980's, when I saw often during my taxi rides in an old Nissan Sunny.
So the problem with this is that the belt does make me feel very uncomfortable. The belt rubs against my neck and shoulder too often during ride, causing irritating skin rashes. I had to use a belt clip to loosen it but doing this will reduce the effectiveness of a safety belt.
|Non-height adujustable seat belt! This will be first in my not-to-buy checklist when shopping for cars in the future|
4) Narrow opening angle of the back doors
|This is as wide as it can open|
5) Lack of convenient storages for the driver
The car has 1 glove box too deep for the driver, one covered storage (on a 1.8l model) under the cockpit, one door pocket, one small storage on the door which also serves as a door handle, one center storage placed with the hand brake.
Where are the cup holders? They are combined with the covered storage under the cockpit. If you have a water bottle, you lose your storage to store small notes, sunglasses, receipts, ...
The glove box is deep, and its door cover has a strange design where there are openings on both side where the hinges are. Small items will drop off, or get in the way between the hinges to close the door.
|The covered storage. Looks OK so far |
|A cup holder and an ashtray |
|The cup holder tray with the ashtray can be removed, which gives you more space. But you'll lost cup holder on the front|
|The cup holder tray with the removable ashtray|
|Deep glove box. Openings on the sides for items to fall off|
|The center storage where the hand brake is|
|Driver side door pocket and door handle/storage. A Touch N Go Smart Tag will most likely be stored here|
|Door pocket on the back door. Narrow - enough to fit small thin items only|
Price of this car: RM 97,300 OTRI have more to complain but I'll leave this for now. Until next time. Do drive safely!