Solomon Had been is a proud proprietor of a 2005 Volkswagen Golf MK5, which he purchased in March 2015. Whereas test-driving the automotive, the aspect mirror fell off and changing it value him Shs100,000. Aside from that, there was a defective airbag sensor which was rectified as a part of routine service. With that have, Had been named his automotive, Madonna, after the artiste as a result of like her, he calls it materials lady.
“Additionally, just like the artiste, it’s a timeless automotive and might have a thoughts of its personal at instances. As an example, there was a time she had an issue of tough idling and the mechanics did all they might to repair it however it continued. Lastly, Had been learn someplace that the problem may very well be that he was utilizing adulterated gasoline and when he modified, the issue stopped.
“At that time, I knew that it was going to want above common upkeep,” he says.
Had been says his automotive requires minimal upkeep so long as service is completed on time.
“The automotive will remind you when service is due which saves me from forgetting or frequently checking on the tag normally put beneath the steering wheel for mileage. You may as well immediate the dashboard to let you know how a lot time you will have left earlier than the subsequent service,” he says.
He provides that service is normally after 3,000 kilometres to 12,000 kilometres or 180 days to 360 days and can also be decided by a mix of your driving model and the consumables-oil, gasoline you employ. It prices him anyplace between Shs200,000 and Shs400,000.
“She has a two-litre engine that takes round 50 litres of gasoline to fill and that ought to be sufficient to cowl a distance of 450 kilometres, say Kampala to Mbale and again. That comes right down to 9 kilometres per hour,” Had been says including that one’s driving model may even decide consumption. “It additionally has a show that exhibits common consumption as you drive permitting you to alter model in case your present model is consuming a lot of gasoline,” he provides.
Had been says his Madonna is a snug experience. “The chairs are very agency and cozy that my aged father at all times jokes that they’re good for his aged again,” he says, including that they’re made of material, which is simple to wash. Security can also be paramount with airbags for all occupants.
It’s put collectively effectively and may be very practical with related controls inside attain. The format is barely totally different from the Japanese setup so it takes some getting used to. For instance, Had been says, the indicator buttons are on the left aspect of the steering and never the suitable aspect as it’s in Japanese made automobiles. One other distinction is that the headlights change is near the dashboard and never on the steering wheel.
The general physique has a curvy sleekness to it. Nonetheless, the experience peak is low and this will get difficult on bumpy or tough roads if a driver is careless. To resolve that, Had been says greater profile tyres are the higher choice versus adjusting experience peak with spacers.
“Spare components will normally value me twice as a lot because the Japanese equal however will final there to 4 instances as lengthy,” he says. He provides that the majority spare components for his automotive are simple to search out however he leaves the sourcing to his mechanic. “I solely checks on-line to get an thought of the costs in order that I make sure that I’m not cheated,” he says, including that typically they purchase the half from Kenya and barely from Asia or Europe. “Nonetheless, that’s as a result of I favor new components to used ones,” he confirms.
Recollections with Madonna
“After I purchased the automotive, the air conditioner was not working. We delay the repairs due to the anticipated value with estimates going above Shs3m,” Had been says. The mechanics lastly received spherical to doing the job final yr and it took them shut to 2 weeks however they managed to get it to work once more.