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A Multicab, which is sort of a mini-Jeepney plies the traffic through the busy Davao City streets.
Bob, I noticed that these little sonavaguns are proliferating in the Philippines and might one day replace the classic boxy jeepney. That would too bad Bob because I love those classic jeepneys. Perhaps we should start a SAVE THE JEEPNEY movement to prevent that from happening.
Hi FOB – It’s true – the multicab is slowly replacing the Jeepney. I agree with you, it’s a shame!
I believe the Jeepney will still last. Multicabs? I doubt it. In the 60′s Honda introduced the air cool engine passenger vehicle as big as the Multicabs.However I haven’t this in Davao. Then in the 70′s they again introduced a small car called the Minica. This was use as taxicabs and lots of these were operating in Davao. Where are they now? Gone. But the old and the reliable are still here.
Hi Robert – Nice to hear from you. I hope you are right about Jeepneys! It would be a shame to see them disappear from Filipino Culture! The Jeepney is practically a national symbol of the Philippines!
hi, i’m a resident of general santos city, and i believe you have visited the city. anyway onto the topic at hand.
here in gensan, multicabs are seen alongside jeepneys, especially in the downtown main street pioneer avenue, unlike in davao. to make my point, here’s my observation as a 13 year old student.
jeepneys, act as minibuses for communal transport between the urban part and the suburban and rural parts of gensan. they can also act as school buses (i.e. mindanao state university has a fleet of public jeepneys that shuttle college students to its main campus outside the city from the high school campus inside the city). they provide low-cost, and long-range service from the city center to the outlying districts, or to districts that are distant from each other.
the multicabs, act as mini-jeepneys. however, they emphasize the point to point travel which jeepneys, cannot make. since many gensan residents live on suburban subdivisions, multicabs are an effective method of transportation between these subdivisions. they also cross the city to pick up passenger heading to these subdivisions. they can also commute students to the main high school in gensan, which unfortunately lies 10 kilometers from the city centers (casa luisa-cahilsot route).
it can be said that jeepneys will coexist with multicabs, and therefore will still remain here. at least here in gensan. i don’t know if that happens in davao, where urbanity encroaches where it should be rural here in gensan.
thank you very much,
proud MSU student
Hello proud msuan – I was just in GSC yesterday, as a matter of fact. Personally, I feel that the trend is toward the multicab, and that the old style jeepney is fading. I hope you are right, though.
hi, do you know a best buy car dealer in davao for multicab?
I had searched all over Davao for weeks to find a clean cut Fully Restored yet used Multicab. Make note that almost all seem to be surplus from Japan or this is my findings. Many I found were poorly restored still having the old rubber seals which are somewhat rotted. Most are repainted and you can see the bad masking job just by looking around the rubber seals of windows where there did not mask with tape professionally. Obviously showing it was in fact repainted poorly! I passed up any that had a badly worn steering wheel, shift knob and seats, as this is a #1 sign to me of a car more likely having more than 200k kilometers on it regardless of what they tried to tell me. Moreover, you may be aware of the stories on how they try to spin back the odometers on these so one must use great caution. Nevertheless, my staying away from the units only having 5 digits on the odometer helped weed the garden in my search. Finding these as the older models bothered me as you couldn’t really know if it had more than 100k kilometers on it no matter what they tell you it has.
So after I figured out which models were the much older ones, those being the ones with just 5 digits on the odometer, not 6, I found one here they call the big eye due to the larger headlamps in front as one of the more newer models. These have in fact a digital odometer too. So I ended up buying from a new seller I found out in Mintal as he is working with a seller from Cebu that gets these from a dealer that professionally restores these surplus mulit’s from Japan and let me tell you that the difference is in the professionalism of their more experienced workers that restore them there in Cebu before shipping them to CDO. First look up this listing at ayosdito.ph 2794383 which is one of a few he has left. When you see this unit, you cannot tell it was repainted, you will find all new rubber seals around all windows and doors and an immaculate interior with very nice pleated leather door panels, new dash, not modified or repainted and you’ll find nicely upholstered seats and floor pads not to mention a well running mechanically sound machine with a 6 digit odometer to at least help indicate how much wear and tear is on the drive drain and motor. This unit has the typical 12 valve 660cc motor and only 105k kilometers (impressively like new) and although I wanted this for the mere 200k pesos price tag on it, I bought his other unit that had an automatic trans in it with only 122k kilometers on it for just 150k pesos. Yeah, way under price from all the Davao dealers selling lesser quality for over 250k pesos. I did find a couple in Davao with original paint and my required 6 digit odometer in a Jeepney type unit for under 170k pesos but I am a 100 kilo man and you can’t adjust the seats in those types.
Good luck in your search for a best buy dealer and if you can find a better restore than the example I mentioned from the units coming out of Cebu, let me know. I’m very pleased with my new find.
WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE JEEPNEY
hi i have plan to buy multicab, can you suggest where to buy a quality multicab here in gensan thanks
Hi I want to know if how much the brand new multicab in davao city , and where we can buy, please email me coz we planing to buy one. Thanks
Where can we have a best buy of multicab in Davao or Cagayan de Oro City? I do have in mind why multicab proliferate in the Philippines than jeepneys. I think is the less fuel consumption considering that its piston is small having 6 valves only. the more valves the more consumption, the bigger piston the bigger fuel consumption. Jeepneys have bigger piston, i doubt if its more numbers of valves and I’m sure, jeepneys have more power than multicab. We don’t need more power because we don’t involve in car racing. jeepney technology has to evolve then to cope with the changing customer demands. Otherwise, jeepneys will be lost in the market someday, and it will become like vintage cars displayed in museums. Why don’t jeepney technology will evolve into electric powered. I am thinking of having a small power battery, just an ordinary car battery, then using a transformer to step up the power, then recharging the battery or using a magnet to turn the engine and so forth. these green technology- our answer to help mitigate climate change and our lifestyle adaptation at the same time.
i do have jeepney for sale if someone interested 200k pesos in general santos city, good condition trying to sell it so we can buy rice field.
Pls email me if you are interested firstname.lastname@example.org and i do have the pics for sharing.
Where is a good place to buy second hand Multi cabs in Davao and what price should I expect ?
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