Lim Thiam Eng

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Lim Thiam Eng
1.3 rating based on 12,345 ratings
Overall rating: 1.3 out of 5 based on 9 reviews.

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Waste of money & nothing learnt

First of all, appreciated he is very patient. But everything is money for him. He charged me $89/session ($51for class & $38 for circuit) expensive than SSDC. Charged me $408 for practical test ($250 for car rental, $100 for warm up & $58 for circuit charge on the test day). Ended up 76 demerit point. Attended about more than sessions.... Totally waste.
- RSkumari

Not a good experience

Language Barrier - I'm not very good at Chinese but he speaks mostly Chinese. It's made worse by the fact that he often mumbles, making it even harder for me to pick up what he's saying. Often cancels your classes - This was especially a problem when I first started, because he prioritises lessons for students who are about to take their TPs. While I understand his rationale, it was extremely frustrating to have so many of my pre-arranged lessons cancelled, especially because I was rushing to get my license asap. That being said, he does give some good tips here and there. So he's not the worst. But I still wouldn't recommend him.
- b

Do not engage this driver!!!

I contacted this instructor 2 months ago teach me driving and he said we can start on 1 oct. When this date came he claim that I didn't book with him and said to postpone to 7 November. 2 days ago he called to change timing from 4 to 1. Today he called again to change so he has wasted 2 months of my time! Do not engage him
- Angry person

Bad Experience

He is friendly. Too friendly, couldn't keep his hands to himself. He doesn't teach you how to drive, everything is about 'feeling'. No proper technique was taught. Incorrect road safety techniques given was pointed out during my TP. He has a habit to mumble and cancel lesson last min as he prioritized students who's sitting for TP since he earned more cash. In terms of fees charge, I was charged $50 for each lesson on weekdays, circuit was $90 p/l and warm up & car rental for TP was $440. Only attended less 4 circuit lessons as according to him I was doing fine. Attended less than 14 lessons excluding circuits. Failed my TP terribly with 78 demerits. All in all, not someone anyone should consider to engage.
- Sarah

Irresponsible & unprofessional

Just took my TP test recently and failed miserably under him. He was never punctual for any lessons and was always late by 10 to 30 minutes. There was one time when I was already in his car, expecting the lesson to start, but he just stood outside his car, talking to his friend for 10 minutes. Upon confrontation, he became defensive by saying that at least he bothered to tell me my mistakes while other PDI won't?! In addition, he often went for coffeeshop break and it is considered lucky if it only lasts for 10 minutes. There was a time he used my time for lunch and it used up to 40 minutes! He is also very money-minded, collecting money for 5 lessons in advance first.The fee he charged is exorbitant at($52/class with an addition of $38 for circuit) and $448 for practical test.In addition, he often cancels lesson, telling us to consider in his position that he needs to take new students etc. To illustrate this, he cancelled 2 of my lessons I booked with him prior to the day I was taking my TP. Often pushed the blame to students when he gave unclear instruction and when he change timing without telling the students. Nothing else to say, but unless you want to have a ride to hell, do not engage him.
- A disappointed student

Unpleasant Experience

Had my TP and failed terribly. My experience was pretty much similar as all the other reviews. He has a habit to mumble, which is not a good start as I struggle to understand him at times. Always never punctual. Even when he is, he would make me wait for him in the car while he chats/smokes with his friends for usually 10-15 min. He never fails to go for coffee break, no matter what time. That takes another 10-20 mins. Considering the fact that I paid $50 per lesson & $90 for circuit for 1.5 hour lesson, he eats a lot of my time & money honestly. At some point, I've had the last time slot with him & that was the worst of all time, he ended the lessons 30 mins earlier. He said he would extend the next few lessons but it never happened. The most frequent yet frustrating thing that he did was he cancelled my lessons on so many occasion during the last min. It gets on my nerves as I'm a working adult & I'm required to reschedule my lessons based on his available timings. With regards to his teaching, I believe in the term 'learning on the go'. I basically learned everything on my own from steering the wheel to knowing how many turns to steer the wheel when I U-turn etc. Literally no actual practical lessons was provided. He enjoys chit-chatting more than anything else, really. For those who are taking private lessons, I would suggest to read reviews online about all PDI and decide from there. Attempt to go for more than 5 circuits once you are confident with the roads, that will help you greatly in TP. Good luck!
- Unknown

Not recommended

Same as the other reviews, he's money minded and no proper techniques taught.. everything is based on "feelings"..Failed my TP TWICE under him..wasted a lot of my money.. He mumbles a lot and he pushes the blame to the students too. There's one time I clearly booked my circuit lesson on Saturday,i even recorded it on my phone but he called me on Thursday in the middle of my work and told me the lesson was on that day..i was shocked.And when confronted he pushed the blame to me saying I'm the one who's at fault here...we exchanged words for a while on the phone and finally he changed my circuit lesson to Saturday.. Oh and that's not the shocker..apparently I had to pay for that "missed" lesson in full plus the fee ssdc charged for that "missed" circuit..when it's not my fault at all.. My 2nd TP was also coming so I had to pay $600 in total inclusive of those "missed" lesson fees.. Wow just wow that was the last straw but I kept a straight face and told myself never mind this is my last time with him, I'm going to pass my coming TP.. Well turns out I failed miserably 30 demerit points and the tester said I'm apparently not ready to drive whereas this instructor said I was..Definitely not recommended and extremely dissapointed..felt that I was cheated..wasted a lot of money..i am currently searching for a new instructor
- A very disappointed student


Worst instructor ever. Mumbles alot, talk about his personal life and problems the ENTIRE LESSON. Goes for smoke breaks which lasts for more than 10 minutes, ends lessons 5 minutes early and uses about ~20 minutes trying to book future lessons with you. Very very money minded. Was supposedly only to be charged $54/lesson which is already very expensive and he increased it to $56. During lesson, he even drove me to the nearest ATM so he can be paid immediately, ALL DURING PAID LESSON TIME. No proper techniques taught. Answered all my questions with "Don't ask me this type of question." WOW, how am i supposed to learn then?
- J

Long Breaks

He likes to take breaks during the lesson which usually lasts 15mins. In the circuit, he sometimes alights the car to chat with the other instructors, leaving me to drive on my own, under his watch. However, he does give good advice especially for circuit. Failed the first time with 20 points and managed to pass my second attempt.
- annoyed

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