Proton Gen-2 Reviews from Malaysia

2005 Proton Gen-2 Hatchback 1.6 campro

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.6 campro Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired15 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles
Previous carPerodua Kenari

Summary:

The best Proton car ever!!

Faults:

Rust on the exhaust muffler tip.

Door handle is too tight and easily broken if you are a hard type of person.

Reversing is dangerous, because you have to be careful, because it's hard to see the oncoming obstacles.

Power windows problem (rear left) after three month of purchase, solved by the sales and service centre (warranty claim).

Alarm problem after three years.

Beware of speed bumps because the gear box oil is quite low and the gearbox did leak once.

General Comments:

Hello. I am the user of Proton Gen2 2005, bought it brand new, the colour is purple...

Love it very much, although the acceleration is quite low, it will drive you crazy when it is at high speed.

But beware, you better choose MT, because the AT usually has problems.

One problem I encountered when I received the Gen2 is the back power window.

For the exhaust problems, I changed to another sporty muffler, which is very attractive.

For the door handle, it takes some time to wait for the spare parts, but I don't mind because waiting for a Toyota Rav4 (2003 model) did take more than one month and was expensive.

For the alarm problem, I changed to an aftermarket alarm, which is more secure (it will beep if the car receives vibration). Now no more problems thank God.

The car must be well maintained, serviced at every 5km, and if you feel something is wrong, please go to your mechanic ASAP. Because problems must be rectified ASAP before it's too late...

If you are going to buy one, pray first. Hehehe

because I got the best Gen2 with minor problems.

Although I owned a Toyota Rav4 (haven't sold it yet) I still prefer using the Gen2 because the fuel consumption is lower than the Rav4, and it's more stable thanks to Lotus. Also, the speaker sound is nice (changed the boring Blaupunkt audio system to Sony DVD player), however it will be more attractive if it's equipped with a sunroof like my Rav4 hehehe.

Best of luck...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd December, 2008

2007 Proton Gen-2

Year of manufacture2007
Engine and transmission Don't Know

Faults:

I sat in a lot of proton cars before, but never bought one. I drove a few proton models before, but never considered one. I wanted to get a proton now, but there are other imported models that are more reliable... so how?

Not that I don't want to support my country, but their Proton personnel with their luke warm attitude towards the customers made me mad. The quality made me mad. 22 years of proton and now its going to the grave. Please do something...don't let proton die... lets revive it. Maybe can rename it Putu. (Mayam)

I was proud when Malaysia roll out its first Proton Saga...20 years ago. I am shy when Malaysia roll out its Waja some years ago. 22 YEARS and still not able to rectify much of its problem..

My advice, keep the proton. Maybe value will rise after 50 years if the car still runs as it will be considered an antique.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 11th April, 2007

15th Apr 2007, 21:53

There is nothing to be proud of, there is nothing that we missed. However, we can consolidate all the models that we built and put into the Museum Negara and show it to the nations that how shameful are we as a Malaysian. Malaysian BOLEH??? Really BOLEH??? I am sure you know what I mean.

2006 Proton Gen-2

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Previous carProton Perdana

Summary:

The car is good value for many, but can't even identify there is a problem in the side mirror design

Faults:

The manufacturer is spending millions of Ringgit for R&D, but cannot even solve the simple blind spot problem. The BLIND SPOT is huge for Gen2. Very prone to accidents. Can the manufacturer take the responsibility for causing accidents because of their stupid design?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 6th December, 2006

8th Dec 2006, 00:13

I think there is no problem with the design. Gen 2 is a very nice car, good to drive and the 1.3 is economical too.

19th Dec 2006, 01:42

The A-Pillar is a problem for any car manufacturer. Until now they are trying their best to minimise the blind spot. One well know European car manufacturer did design a car without A-Pillar.I don't know how they do, but it is like replacing the steel pillar to highly structure glass so the driver can see through the pillar. Well it is just a prototype.

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 12 reviews