2002 Proton Impian GX 1.6 MPI
A good saloon, but lack finesse
The car's suspension system emits creaks from day one.
Fogging on the inner side of the glasses during cold night drives.
Emblems were defected and service centers refuse to change them.
The car surely handle better than most Japanese or Korean makes. Though it has the ability to handle like a dream, the creaks and cheap interior plastics bring the whole ride down.
More sound proofing is needed, especially near the tire wells. Suspension noises are as loud as a truck on rough roads.
Overall design is attractive. It does not look too Japanese.
Seats are hard, but on long drives, our body aches less.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th July, 2002
I find it strange that you equate "not looking Japanese" as a plus. Surely this must reflect a strong prejudice against cars from a certain region from the onset. Can you truly say that a BMW 1 series (minus its badge) is nicer looking than a Mazda 3? Or were you one of the herd awed by the looks 1990's MB S-class during it's heyday, surely then, and more so now, one of the most hideous looking cars in recent memory. Yes, yes, I know, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder...
I agree, it doesn't in some angles look as bland and boring as most japanese cars. European cars are much more stylish. You can obviously see how they tried to copy the look of Alfa Romeos, a very stylish make. It's a shame they couldn't carry the design through the whole car, or use decent materials to build it with, also with decent quality control. Although this really is a bargain basement car. Not something you would buy to do any real mileage in apart from the weekly shopping, 90% are probably bought by over 65 year olds.
Proton... "copied Alfa Romeo's looks"...?! Not a chance! Alfa do not make and have never made a car remotely similar-looking to the Impian. (IMHO, of course!)
From the rear there's a touch of Mercedes Benz 190E perhaps, but from the front it's reminiscent more of a Volkswagen than anything else.
Unfortunately, Protons of old (including the Impian) DO share the legendary Alfa Romeo electrical infidelity problems, the lack of residual value and too few dealers, at least in the UK.
Shame. Without these few faults, the Impian might have been a brilliant car.