22 November 2012

Uganda: Sentamu Loves His Escudo but Dreams of a BMW


Timothy Sentamu is an ICT technician at the Makerere University library. He drives a 1993 Suzuki Escudo Nomade that is red in colour. Isaac Musimenta caught up with him for a brief chat about his car.

Give me some car history:

My first car was a tuned Toyota Levin with a noisy muffler; my mother could always tell when I was coming home. When I moved to the UK, I got a Proton, a Volkswagen Golf then a Honda Accord before I came back.

Tell us about your current car:

It is a 1993 model Suzuki Escudo Nomade. It has a 1.6 litre engine, automatic transmission, part-time 4WD and a five-seating capacity. It is a five-door compact utility vehicle.

How much did it cost you?

I bought it at Shs 9m from a woman who had taken good care of it; it had an excellent maintenance history.

Does that mean you haven't had any problems with it?

Nothing really. I have driven it for two years now and nothing bad has manifested.

What fascinates you about this car?

The fuel consumption is exceptional. It is a 4WD with great ground clearance; so, I can tackle almost any terrain and it is spacious.

There must be a low point, something you do not like.

The only thing I can think of is that it is pretty unstable at high speeds on open roads, which gets worse when it is windy.

What is the fastest you have driven it?

150 km/h on Jinja road in the Mabira section. It was a bit scary but I had no winds to worry about because of the trees.

Any plans of replacing the Suzuki?

Yes, I want to upgrade to a 2004 Suzuki Escudo. I fell in love with the car.

Do not tell me your dream car is a Suzuki!

(Laughs) of course not. It is a BMW, especially a 3 series.

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