Just had my car polished for the first time in 7 years for rm88. Totally worth it.
Im more towards replacing parts and fluid before the parts totally breakdown though. Same mindset, I want to be able to drive the car in tip toe condition for the next few years. The plan was to be at least 3 years car loan free. Mine was just just paid up late last year.
Few things I did recently after it reached 100k:
Changed serpentine belt.
Changed and bleed brake oil.
Cleaned throttle body.
Changed fuel filter.
Plan to do the following this year:
Change atf filter during next atf fluid change.
Use seafoam on engine oil and fuel.
Try spray wax diy after every car wash.
Buy a cleaner and DIY clean MAF sensor.
1) front dash cam - getting one with budget around RM200.
Depends on your preference. Do take note if you are to record when car is parked and off, these rm200 cams might not do. Night time recordings also might not be clear depending on placement. Dash cam also some have both front and rear if accident recordings are your need. Xiaomi have rear ones? These cams can be bought over to your new car so u might consider better featured (and consequently more expensive ) ones like blackvue/ thinkware/ iroad. Wiring should be done proper and not half hanging. Don’t plug to cig lighter if possible.
2) back/reverse cam - don't really need this
Many countries have/ thinking of implementing regulations for cars to have these cams. As these usually have wider view of the rear cross traffic compared to just rear view mirror. Fully support to install.
3) android 10" player - still considering - around RM1000
If budget issue, can skip. Live with hits.fm until your new car comes.
4) polish and wax the car - have never really done this. - RM???
If diy is your thing, get rotary machine and diy polish and wax your car, these stuff can hasten your hand polish work and with it knowing these are done yourself, you might sleep well. Can be used on your new car as well these stuff.
5) LED headlight - I am not into LED headlight shining a people
If headlight is not reflection type and more like projector type, HID with proper adjustments to not blind people is a better option. If the size of bulb fits your new car later, can reuse. LED might not have the correct throw nor the light pattern which suit your car easily.
6) Car balance bar - good for when cornering...can consider if cheap enough
Rear sway bar if you must, front strut will cause understeer. Ultraracing are quite expensive if you think about it, painted steel bar also cost few hundred ka..... finish repair/ refurbish your car first.....
7) Better rim and tyre? Currently using stock 15" rim
Forget about rims, bigger rims on your 09 city won’t bring in the wooo.... waaa..... effect amongst your family/ friends/ ladies/ crowd in general. Bigger tyres for comfort if you may, and target your budget to your new car later.
8) Better suspension system? Currently using stock.
10 years absorber need to replace, spring might not have the tensile strength. Change to thicker suspension for better comfort through Malaysia crap roads, not lowered. 09 city takkan u want to say...... lowered car for better turning at high speed etc...... cmon maybe your new car la....
I can say u underestimate the cost of a 10 year old car in terms of maintenance. The most basic stuff I can see u need to change are the tyres, suspension, engine mounting, bushing. These are not including your major maintenance like engine cleaning ( maybe overhaul?) spark plugs, all type of oil like hydraulic power steering, atf, engine. Baring any issues with electronics like power windows (yes even the best cars might have issues after 10 years), ecu( Honda ones quite expensive), wiring if they hardened and break( these are expensive)....