used perodua viva start from less than rm 10k - what to look out for and which is the best variant?

Perodua is, without a doubt, the master when it comes to affordable city cars, especially for those seeking their first car. Whether as a treat for passing their driver’s license test or as an upgrade from a motorcycle, a Perodua is often the safest bet.

used perodua viva start from less than rm 10k - what to look out for and which is the best variant?

While a brand-new starts from around RM 24,000, that variant is barebones and wouldn’t really make sense if you wish to replace one after a long 7- or 9-year loan. That’s why if you really want a budget Perodua for much less, you might want to consider its predecessor, the Perodua Viva.

What variants of the Viva were offered?

used perodua viva start from less than rm 10k - what to look out for and which is the best variant?

The Perodua Viva replaced both the iconic Kancil and Kelisa in 2007 and production lasted until 2014. As such, you can get a bank loan for the later 2012-14 models since they are still less than 10 years old.

Throughout its 7-year lifespan, the Viva was offered with 3 naturally-aspirated engines:

  • 660-cc EF-VE – 47 PS/58 Nm
  • 850-cc ED-VE – 52 PS/76 Nm
  • 1.0-litre EJ-VE – 60 PS/90 Nm

These powertrains are paired to a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.

used perodua viva start from less than rm 10k - what to look out for and which is the best variant?

An ad for the Perodua Viva circa 2007

Between 2007 to 2009, there were 4 variants of the Viva which cost between RM 28.4k – RM 44.2k when new. The Premium stood as the highest variant and was only available with the 1.0-litre unit and came with power steering, ABS, and 2 airbags as standard along with a front stabiliser.

used perodua viva start from less than rm 10k - what to look out for and which is the best variant?

In 2009, the Premium variant was replaced by the Viva Elite. Two sub-variants were offered, the standard 1.0 and the top-of-the-line 1.0 EZi. The Viva Elite came standard with an anti-UV tint that gives 91% protection against ultraviolet rays but only the EZi came with the aforementioned safety features. Prices ranged between RM 25.3k – RM 44.9k when new.

used perodua viva start from less than rm 10k - what to look out for and which is the best variant?

A year later in 2010, Perodua would introduce the Viva Elite Exclusive. Priced from RM 42k, it came with an exclusive Classy Purple hue, dark grey wheels, leather upholstery, and a unique meter cluster. Even with those exclusive features, the Viva Elite Exclusive did not come with ABS or airbags.

Which variant of the Viva is the best?

used perodua viva start from less than rm 10k - what to look out for and which is the best variant?

Viva Elite EZi shown in most of the photos in this article unless stated

Considering how diminutive the Viva is and how our urban driving conditions are, it’s best to pick variants that come with proper safety features. That means the Premium EZi and Elite EZi which are the only Viva variants that come with ABS brakes and 2 airbags.

Additionally, these three variants are also equipped with power steering which makes driving less of a workout, especially in low-speed driving or when parking.

How much does a used Viva cost?

used perodua viva start from less than rm 10k - what to look out for and which is the best variant?

Unfortunately, the earlier Premium EZi variant wouldn’t qualify for a bank loan considering it’s more than 10 years old. However, prices start from RM 9,000 for one that’s in good condition based on our research.

Meanwhile, the Elite EZi starts from as low as RM 11k while the Elite Exclusive starts from around RM 13k. If you wish to seek a bank loan, 2012 and later models of the aforementioned Elite variants are priced between RM 14k – RM 18k.

How much is the Viva’s maintenance cost?

used perodua viva start from less than rm 10k - what to look out for and which is the best variant?

Being a Perodua, the Viva is a simple car to maintain and it doesn’t cost much of a bomb during those regular service intervals as shown below:

Perodua Viva basic maintenance costs
Item Cost (est.)
Service (every 10,000 km) RM 150
Tyres (165/55R14) RM 150 each
Transmission service (every 60,000 km) RM 90
Manual transmission clutch replacement (every 110,000 km) RM 750
Air-cond service RM 250
Spark plug replacement (every 40,000 km, 3 pieces) RM 30 each
Battery RM 180

What are the Viva’s problems and issues?

used perodua viva start from less than rm 10k - what to look out for and which is the best variant?

As reliable as the Viva is, it is a car that is more than 10 years old so wear and tear are bound to happen. Many owners have said that one of the issues concerns the rubber on the rear left door which would make it eventually hard to open.

This is due to the rubber material being not compatible with the other parts that are in contact. Replacing the rubber would cost less than RM 80.

used perodua viva start from less than rm 10k - what to look out for and which is the best variant?

Another issue concerning the Viva is the factory radio unit itself which tends to fail after 6 years from new according to some owners. As such, you might not be surprised to see many used Vivas having an aftermarket single DIN, but replacing one with Bluetooth and USB start from RM 300.

used perodua viva start from less than rm 10k - what to look out for and which is the best variant?

Besides replacing the head unit, do check if the A/C blower works as some owners reported needing to replace even for models that are less than 9 years old. Replacing it outside the official service centres cost around RM 250.

used perodua viva start from less than rm 10k - what to look out for and which is the best variant?

Then we come to the major part replacements. The Viva’s steering rack which would have issues around 70,000 km and replacing it for a genuine Perodua part costs at least RM 1,500. Instead of forking out that much, we recommend replacing it with a used or recon Daihatsu part that lasts longer and costs less than half as much at around RM 550.

used perodua viva start from less than rm 10k - what to look out for and which is the best variant?

The automatic gearbox can also experience some failure, but this is mainly due to owners using non-certified automatic transmission fluids (ATF). Based on our research, repairing it costs RM 1,000 while overhauling the transmission can cost around RM 1,800.

If worse come to worse, replacing the transmission itself can cost around RM 2,000 and this is the most expensive replacement cost for the Viva.

used perodua viva start from less than rm 10k - what to look out for and which is the best variant?

Engine oil leakage is another common problem that is seen in models with a mileage of around 200,000 km. This is usually indicated by a low-pressure engine light glowing up when you start the car. To remedy this issue, you might have to replace the worn valve cover, top cover, oil cover, and gasket which will cost around RM 1,600 to replace.

used perodua viva start from less than rm 10k - what to look out for and which is the best variant?

We’ve rounded up the issues mentioned and the cost of replacement in the table below:

Perodua Viva common issues
Issue Solution Cost (est.)
Difficulty in opening the rear door Replace door rubber RM 80
A/C blower not functioning properly A/C blower replacement RM 250
Inoperable radio Replace head unit RM 300
Squeaky and noisy steering Replace steering rack RM 550
Inoperable automatic gearbox

Replace flywheel oil seal, driveshaft

oil seal and rocker cover

RM 1,000

Engine oil leaking

(Low engine pressure light)

Replace valve cover, oil cover,

top cover and gasket

RM 1,600

Conclusion

used perodua viva start from less than rm 10k - what to look out for and which is the best variant?

To sum up, if you’re looking for a cheap and reliable city runabout, the Perodua Viva makes sense. While regular maintenance is fairly affordable, do make sure to put aside some money when it comes to replacing parts as used cars often come with the additional cost of wear and tear.

used perodua viva start from less than rm 10k - what to look out for and which is the best variant?

Compared to the larger Axia, we think that the Viva is also more comfortable to be in and its small size makes it easy to manoeuvre around the city as well. Carsome has a few later units available for sale so why not check them out if you’re seeking something simple in your garage?

TECH NEWS RELATED

3 Most Reliable Lexus Models

While there are a few automotive brands out there known for being reliable, one of the top companies with several durable models in its lineup is Lexus. Which vehicles are the top three for being reliable rides? Why does reliability matter? Lexus logo | Getty Images When you buy a ...

View more: 3 Most Reliable Lexus Models

The Cheapest New Dodge Charger Is a Versatile Sedan Option With One Big Issue

The Dodge Charger offers everything from a sensible V6 and all-wheel drive to supercharged tail-happy sports sedans. Better yet, the cheapest offering in the model’s lineup, the SXT, is versatile and well-suited for daily driving. However, the 2023 Dodge Charger SXT has one glaring issue: it’ll be the last car ...

View more: The Cheapest New Dodge Charger Is a Versatile Sedan Option With One Big Issue

Cheapest New Audi Is 1 of the Best Small Luxury Cars, Says Car and Driver

Audi has a solid lineup of luxury vehicles — with their good driving dynamics, premium features, and attractive designs. Also, compared to some other luxury brands, Audi models are relatively affordable. This includes the 2023 Audi A3 subcompact sports sedan, which is the cheapest new Audi car. Also, according to ...

View more: Cheapest New Audi Is 1 of the Best Small Luxury Cars, Says Car and Driver

GM Just Announced An All-New Small-Block V8 Is Coming

The electrification zeitgeist is in full swing, but gasoline-powered engines won’t disappear overnight. Nor will V8 power, as GM just confirmed a new small-block V8 engine is coming soon. This will be the sixth generation of the legendary small-block V8 that has powered so many Chevy and GM products since ...

View more: GM Just Announced An All-New Small-Block V8 Is Coming

Best car tool kits 2023

Whether you're looking for an emergency set of basic tools or something more comprehensive, a good tool kit can save you lots of stress – but who makes the best?...

View more: Best car tool kits 2023

The Lectron Adapter Will Let You Charge a Ford Lighting at a Tesla Station

Electric vehicle charging ports are mess. Some use one type developed in Europe, others use a Japanese system, and then Teslas use their own. But, what about those who have access to a Tesla charger, but want to charge something else, like a Ford F-150 Lightning? The Ford F-150 Lightning ...

View more: The Lectron Adapter Will Let You Charge a Ford Lighting at a Tesla Station

How Much Does a Nissan Tune-up Cost, and What Do They Do?

Keeping up with your Nissan‘s regular maintenance means you get optimal performance and fewer chances of major breakdowns. With that, you save on fuel costs and significant repairs and avoid the inconvenience of your car breaking down or stalling in the middle of the road. Naturally, tune-ups are a considerable ...

View more: How Much Does a Nissan Tune-up Cost, and What Do They Do?

How Does the New Corvette E-Ray Stack Up Against Hybrid Hypercars?

The new 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray isn’t just the latest stage in the Corvette’s evolution into a world-class supercar. Instead, it’s a reminder that the latest generation of plastic fantastic can punch well above its weight class. For instance, the new hybrid Corvette is quick enough to compete with several ...

View more: How Does the New Corvette E-Ray Stack Up Against Hybrid Hypercars?

4 Snow Plow Safety Tips When Encountering These Vehicles on the Road

Alpine is Coming to the U.S, but it’s Not Bringing the Goods

What’s the Toyota Highlander Hybrid Towing Capacity?

1990s GMC Typhoon: There’s Never Been an SUV That Can Beat It

Your 2022 Ford Maverick Might Have Faulty Airbags

This Older Porsche Infotainment Upgrade Helps Modernize Your 911 and Cayenne

Only 1 Type of Buyer Should Even Consider the 2022 Jeep Compass

3 Most Common GMC Sierra 1500 Problems Reported by Hundreds of Real Owners

5 Used Cars with the Biggest Price Drops

Incredibly Rare and Awesome Pontiac GTO Judge Sold for $1.5 Million

Is the 2023 Toyota RAV4 Too Old to Keep Up?

Carroll Shelby’s 100th Birthday Honored by Centennial Edition Mustang

OTHER TECH NEWS

Top Car News Car News