2001 Proton Waja 1.6AT 1.6AT

Summary:

Buy if you can't afford the extra taxes

Faults:

Driver side power window failed after 1 year. Fortunately still under warranty.

Have the car for 4 years now. I have replaced all 4 power windows. The problem part is the ridiculously expensive ABS plastic that probably cost RM30 to produce, but cost dear me RM400 (front door) and RM250 (back door).Why can these people at Proton just strengthen or thicken the plastic at the problematic area? You don't need a genius to figure that out.

I have also change all the 4 door handles. The second round of change has just started, this time around I will just change to the black one. In 6 months' time, I should have all 4 handles in black as they are 'cheaper' at RM30 compares with RM70 for the coloured one.

The next item on the list will be the 4 absorbers. Will go for Japanese absorber this time, no more playX2 with Proton parts where possible.

I guess Proton is not in serious business of making good cars with good and reliable parts. I think they are more interested in the parts replacement market or the plastic recycling.

The Waja is not a bad car to start with. It has great driving dynamic and quite a fun car to drive especially cornering. Unless you do not mind visiting the 'sour face' receptionist at the service center every now and then and pay for those cheap plastics, I would recommend this car to you. Otherwise you should just buy a Toyota Altis and pay the government an extra RM50,000 in extra sales tax (Aren't we paying too much for this supposedly 'the most reliable' car around - remember the alien advertisement?).

Maybe it is still cheaper to change the power window casing and the door handles many times over (also one way to clear the annual leave) than pay the taxes??? and the same time "Let's Recycle". Hmmm, something to ponder.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th November, 2005

2001 Proton Waja GX 1.6

Summary:

A good performer with trivial problems

Faults:

Driver's side power window failed just after warranty lapsed.

Squeaking sound during cornering on rough surface. Dealer cannot rectify and blame the manufacturer.

Seats fabric is uncomfortable.

Radiator leaked and rectified during warranty period.

General Comments:

This car's handling is very good and stable. Have no fear on the fast lane.

Fuel consumption is reasonable, 12-14 km per liter, but lower than what claimed by the manufacturer (16km per liter).

So far, problems have not hurt performance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2004

2001 Proton Waja x 1.6

Summary:

Its even worst then wira

Faults:

Glove box handle broke twice and I never want to repair it again. very cheap and lousy plastic.

Left sunshade mirror fell off without any reason.

Knocking sound underneath the steering wheel when run into uneven road.

Radio reception very bad when in city. changed once, but did not solve the problem.

Steering vibrate when stopping at traffic light.

Gear slipped when going off in the morning.

General Comments:

The car handles very well with less body roll.

Aircond vent in the center is meant for 'driver only' so passanger need time to cool off.

Body scratches and dent easily.

Seat is stiff and tiring during long driving.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th January, 2004

2001 Proton Waja 1.6

Summary:

You get what you pay for

Faults:

I feel the seat cushion is a little too stiff.

The front suspension gave squeaking sound when cornering (never fixed).

Poor design, if you wear long sleeve shirt, your cuff can easily pull off the audio control located on the driving wheel. Had it happened to both the controls, but replaced at no cost under warranty.

And MOST IMPORTANT of all: the engine can stall especially if the car is still warming up when driven. I had this problem several times, brought back to dealer and they just rev up the idling RPM, but problem still comes back after a few weeks. This is a major safety issue, and is the one of the main reasons I sold the car.

General Comments:

I understand quite a few of Waja on the road have these two problems:

1. Suspension squeaking.

2. Engine stalling.

There seem to be some problems with the engine, and Proton almost always just rev up the engine idle RPM, thus wasting more fuel for you. Mechanics' explanations ranged from failed computer chip, electric circuit board, fuel injection, to simply engine need tuning.

And what is the deal with the dealer technicians now being able to decide how much to charge?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th August, 2003

26th May 2005, 00:46

Engine stalling-Are you referring to manual or auto transmission? so far that I know, the waja is just the car for me!