My Naza Forza

oie_png (1)It is never a  good idea to fall in love at first sight, but then again, humans are well-known for their irrational passions. It sure looked shiny and in good condition. Ok, I had done some preliminary research. I had read that the Naza Forza featured standard Bosch fuel injection, a simple and very economical 5-speed manual 1.1L engine that would require as little as  5L/100km, handling/suspension was tuned by no other than Lotus, designed by the Italian powerhouse Pinifarina, featuring dual airbags, aircon, CD player, and all the other modern goodies one can expect these days. When I saw the car that I was about to buy, it showed 45K km on the clock and was registered in Thailand for only three years and it seemed to be good condition. I knew that it was out of production, but then the Malaysian manufacturer Naza Automotive Manufacturing (NAM) was still building cars, so I could not possibly envision that obtaining parts and service for a three year old car would pose any challenges. Would a car manufacturer risk to tarnish its reputation by not supporting a car that was sold only a few years earlier? Unimaginable. It sure didn’t start out well. After the car was transferred to my name and I made the payment at the Land Transport Office the dealer told me to add some brake fluid. He didn’t lie. There was actually none left and the brake pedal went all the way to the floor – obviously endangering not only my life but everybody else who happened to be on the road! Luckily a garage nearby could temporarily fix the leaking brake slave cylinder, as replacement was impossible. Why? Apparently, replacement parts were not available in Thailand! Desperation set it – until I began to research the history of the car. It was actually a Hafei Lubao or Hafei Lobo built for about 10 years by Harbin Hafei Automobile Industry, a subsidiary of Harbin Aircraft Industry Group that had initially built aircraft and had expanded into automobiles to become one of the largest Chinese car manufacturers. The car was sold under different names to Russia, South Africa, Romania, Sri Lanka, Singapore, and even Iran and Syria, among other developing countries. And while no longer in production, plenty of spare part suppliers in China were offering everything from timing chains to body parts. I was saved! All what was needed now was a parts manual, a reliable supplier of parts, and above all a patient and skilled mechanic. Independent mechanics are often more motivated, more skilled and more willing to take on tasks than fancy repair would shun, as there was not enough money in it for them and they would rather not waste time on a car unknown to them.nazaforzacarwash One of the endearing – and frustrating cultural traits of Thailand is the prevailing ‘sabai sabai’ attitude.  At its best it means to have a relaxed ‘take-it-easy’ attitude and avoid any kind of challenge or stress – at its worst it means cutting corners and doing sloppy work. One definitely does NOT want a mechanic with a ‘sabai sabai’ attitude. I was lucky again. Then, a meticulous street mechanic was recommended to me  – and  he exceeded all my hopes! A first inspection led to a detailed list of 15 tasks to be attended. He definitely had not succumbed to the dreaded ‘sabai sabai’ attitude! The next piece of the puzzle was solved when I contacted a reliable aftermarket and spare auto parts supplier in China.  brace-order Within seven days a DHL package with my first order with all the parts needed arrived and the supplier had made sure that the correct parts were shipped and more orders followed as I wanted to make sure to have a reliable car on my hands. There was no problem replacing the belts, brake pads, wheel bearings, a new waterpump and thermorstat,  and just in case i would need it in the future, a clutch cable, motor mounts, silicon engine cover, timing chain, pistons, cylinder head covering.  As the car is not widely known outside China and Malaysia, many will shy away from buying the car that can often be found at budget prices, For car enthusiasts who have a basic understanding of cars and who don’t mind ordering parts, the Hafei Lobo / Naza Forza may not necessarily be a bad choice.

3 thoughts on “My Naza Forza

  1. sudath

    Hi, I have a car, it names as MICRO TREND in Sri Lanka.
    Car is good. but finding spare parts is giving a headache. (Company sells parts with very high prices).
    So I want to know, how to find proper seller and logistic sites for ordering parts from china

    thanks

    1. admin1 Post author

      Hello Sudath
      I order all my parts from China as the Hafei Lobo / Naza Forza / Micro Trend is actually a Chinese car.
      The parts are inexpensive, but shipping adds to the cost considerably. Also, not all sellers in China know the car well and sometimes send out parts that do not match your car, so it is best to stick with a company that you can trust.

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