Proton Savvy Reviews from Malaysia - Page 2 of 3

2007 Proton Savvy Manual 1.2

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired15 kilometres
Most recent distance34826 kilometres

Summary:

Excellent

Faults:

So far I have no complaints at all with the Savvy.

Only thing that happened is the car was 'jerking'. Took it to Proton Service; they said that the fuel pump sensor was giving a problem, so changed it, and now until today, no problem at all.

But I wanted to ask a question, where I need expert advice. My car is going for a 40,000 km major service. I went to a Proton Dealer Service center, and they are using Mobil Engine Engine Oil, whereby, Proton Service Branch is using Petronas Syntium Engine Oil. I am confused because do not know which Engine Oil is better for my car. I have asked people, they said Mobil is better. Can someone please advise me?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th October, 2010

2007 Proton Savvy AMT H-Line 1.2 D4F 16v

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.2 D4F 16v Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.8 / 10
Distance when acquired50 kilometres
Most recent distance26000 kilometres

Summary:

A malay proverb comes to mind "biawak hidup"

Faults:

I was looking for a safest car possible with my puny budget. This was the best at that time, but I have regretted it since then.

1) Overheat, fan failure, replaced under warranty. Difficult to start, Proton knew about it, but didn't change it until I came twice to the service center. A TDC sensor was bad, replaced under warranty

2) Steering airbag warning light lit on dashboard, replaced under warranty.

3) Replaced 3 times the power window switch under warranty.

4) Overheat, fan failure again. Note that the 1st was replaced new, no more warranty, I have to replace a new fan with my own money, all below 20k on the odometer.

5) Power steering switch is leaking, a typical problem with the Savvy according to a fan website. Proton wants RM800 to replace.

6) AMT problem, several times while in D, the system resets to N, and free gears on the road. Imagine while we're doing 90km/h, suddenly it goes to false N.

I didn't bring the car to the service center, but saw most owners of the AMT have the same problem, some are really bad. Proton wants 15K for the gearbox, as they are incompetent to fix the problem.

General Comments:

Nothing special about the Savvy, very typical, don't even get a remote switch for the rear power windows for the H line model.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd October, 2010

2005 Proton Savvy 1.2

Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 kilometres
Most recent distance97000 kilometres

Summary:

Low installment, low consumption and low maintenance. El perfecto

Faults:

The car is difficult to start sometimes due to the TDC sensor. I manage to clean it myself.

General Comments:

I bought my Proton Savvy in 2009, and until today it's still running strong. Since my work involves traveling a lot, I was looking for a small car with low petrol consumption.

Initially I wanted to get a Perodua Viva. However the price was beyond my budget, and I wasn't really impressed by the quality of the body parts, which was too soft. I don't think I will survive if I get involved in an accident. Touch wood!

A lot of my friends advised me not to get a Savvy, but due to the low price and petrol consumption, I decided to bite the bullet and buy a Savvy. And so far I have not regretted it. Even my friends who initially advised me not to get the Savvy were impressed; so much so one of them also bought a Savvy recently.

The petrol consumption is so bloody low that it's ridiculous. I have saved thousands in petrol and my installment is also extremely low (about RM200 a month). Really good value for money. Get a Savvy if you are looking for a cheap car with low petrol consumption.

Just a word of caution, don't send your car for servicing at a Proton service center. They are not good in handling the Savvy as its using Renault technology. You can service it at tan chong, or find a Renault specialist.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd April, 2010

2005 Proton Savvy

Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance40000 kilometres
Previous carProton Waja

Summary:

Not a driver's car

Faults:

Problems with the AMT version immediate after purchase: bad gear change and slow response.

Problems with the AMT version after 2 yrs: unstable rpm, fluctuation rpm during idle, difficult to start.

General Comments:

No matter how great its handling and the advantages are, avoid this car at all cost.

There are many more choices out there with less problems and at the same price bracket.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th June, 2009

16th Jul 2009, 21:26

Why is my AT Savvy free from defects until now?? Yeah.. this not a driver's car.. it's a pilot's car for someone like me.. fast and furious...

29th Jul 2009, 19:22

I bought a secondhand 2005 Savvy MT from my neighbour who used it trouble free. I enjoy driving it.

12th Aug 2009, 00:48

Unstable RPM could be due to faulty ignition coil.. Replace it and everything will be fine...

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 11 reviews