Sunday, May 24, 2009

An experience with technological disaster

I had to wake up at 3am this morning in order to travel to Wakaf Tapai, Trengganu with my directors in his Harrier. We started our journey at 4.30am and reached Wakaf Tapai at 9.30am.

By 1.30pm we were to depart Wakaf Tapai for Machang, some 30km away to meet our client. When we start the car the alarm blasted. There was a "Panic Button" to cut off the alarm. It did not reset. The car was installed with the immobalizer from Captor-RF/GPS/GSM technological system and the fuel were cut off instantly. We called the stations to reset the GPS system and then tried to restart the car. Unfortunately, the car couldn't move as it was still immobalized. We then bought a new battery to replace the existing, after being told by the Captor people that it could be due to it. It wasn't. We tried calling every possible experts who had knowledge on Harrier and the immobilizer system to find an answer to our predicament but to no avail.

Finally, we decided to borrow a staff's car to Machang to meet our client and thereafter rush to the airport to catch the late flight back to KL. Luckily the flight was not full and we managed to check-in at 9.10pm.

My buddy Raymond pick me up at the KLIA airport and then sent all three of us back home. By the time I got home it is 12midnight. It was a damn tiring day and I am totally exhausted. I am going to sleep now. Good night!

BTW, technology and security features have its good and bad. The insurance company would imposed a high levy on an insurance policy if the Harrier is not installed with immobilizer. But the electronic and GPS system can give you a bad day if it screwed up. We had to tow the car back to KL Nazaworld to get the expert to make good. Huh, what a system!


william yeoh said...

have a good rest, still lucky to catch a flight back to klia. take care.

Hope said...

You poor thing. Hope you've got a good rest. Technology could spell disaster especially when you least expected it.

Anonymous said...

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bayi said...

The Toyota Harrier is a wonderful car. If the captor system cannot match this tech wonder, insisting on its installation would only serve to deter people from buying the car. Toyota should look into this.

Maverick SM said...


Thanks and I have a lot to do.


Thanks Hopeful. Ya, Technology do cause hardship at times.


I think the captor system is good but the people who manage the system should be more helpful at times like this.

samson said...

Any news on what was the cause of the problem? Was it the SUV itself or the alarm system (as I am thinking of installing it one day)? The SUV has a lot of intricate elec systems and the local installer should have extensive training with different makes of cars as not 1 car has the same elec system. People should chose their installers carefully if they want to install their expensive vehicles as most installers are school dropouts who learn by experience...if they were elec. experts (E&E degree or wat not) they would not be working as a blue-collar tech. Would you trust yourself to a quack instead of a qualified physician?

My 2 cents...this morning.

Maverick SM said...


I have not been informed of it as yet. I will append it when informed.