- A Kenyan car enthusiast took to social media to show the transformation of a 1987 Mazda 323 BF car he bought for KSh 30,000
- Erick Wokabi revealed that he bought the over 30-years-old car from Kariobangi scrapyard in Nairobi early in 2023
- Wokabi said he used 10 times the purchase price to give the car a facelift, after which he undertook a trip with it
- The post sparked debate among social media users, with some asking how much he used while others estimated the repair price
A Kenyan man has wowed many people after he shared images of a 1987 Mazda 323 BF car, which he bought and transformed.
Eric Wokabi, a car enthusiast, said he bought the model from Kariobangi scrapyard early in 2023 for KSh 30,000.
What changed in Mazda car model
Wokabi shared the parts of the car that need attention, noting that the frame was significantly intact.
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“The specific model, a 1987 Mazda 323 BF, It was first registered on 7th October 1987. We decided to give her a 2nd Mazda 323 BF facelift and to achieve that we had to change the bonnet, fenders, bumper bracket and radiator panel,” he said in a tweet.
Kenyans ask about car facelift cost
The transformation explained in the photo thread on X.com, formerly Twitter, sparked debate among Kenyans who wanted to know the cost of restoring the car.
Wokabi noted that it took him more than KSh 300,000 to store the car to a point where it participated in a 700km round trip to Mt. Ololokwe on Sunday, August 27.
“Well, one thing about projects is that most times, they do not make economic sense. Projects are mostly for satisfaction. It costs around 10 times the cost of purchase..or even slightly more,” he explained.”
“How much are these machines? I can buy one fairly niiamshe polepole.”
Cost of fuel for Mazda 323 BF
“This must have cost more than 10 times the actual price to restore it… therefore it must consume much fuel?”
“Budget yes, fuel no… it gives me 13km to the Litre on average.”
Wokabi noted that the car is cost-effective in terms of fuel consumption, even as pump prices remain relatively high in the country.
According to the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA), a litre of Super Petrol, Diesel, and Kerosene currently retails at KSh 194.68, KSh 179.67 and KSh 169.48, respectively.
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