Proton Satria Reviews from UK and Ireland

2004 Proton Satria GTi 1.8i 16v

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.8i 16v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired27000 miles
Most recent distance34725 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

Warm rather than hot

Faults:

In terms of starting first time every time, and getting me from A to B, it's been faultless... so far.

There are a few issues though.

Both rear wheel bearings needed replacing when the car was bought, and there was also a fault with the driver's side electric window. This taught me not to use the local Proton dealer ever again, as it cost nearly £400! I've just used an independent for servicing/MoT's since.

I had to get a Thatcham approved immobiliser fitted, as my insurance wouldn't cover me for theft without one. That cost £140, and anyone considering buying a GTi should bear this in mind.

Noisy, ticking fan belt. WD40 helps.

Turning the air con on really does KILL the performance.

For me the most irritating fault is when you drive over a bump at speed, it throws the speedo off (eg. you're doing 60 and it's reading 80), and it only rights itself when you slow down and go to 2nd gear. Strange noise behind the dash while this is going on.

Paint gets chipped easy.

Rattly interior, cheap plastics and iffy build quality, but it's a Proton, so what do you expect?

General Comments:

To be honest, it's not quite as fast as I'd hoped. Between 4500-6500rpm, it goes really well, and it's got a decent 0-60 time of about 8ish seconds, but at lower revs it's as flat as a fart, and it does struggle past 100, although it does cruise quite nice. Apparently the older GTi's (1999-2002 I think) are a bit quicker.

It's still a nice car to drive though, with well weighted steering, slick gear change and a light progressive clutch. You can tell Lotus were involved with sorting the suspension and chassis; it goes round corners very well.

Lovely Recaro seats.

Standard stereo and speakers are a bit crap.

Fuel economy is pretty dire. On a long steady run, it's not too bad, but on short trips and B road blasts, it just gulps it. I struggle to last a week with a full tank.

Overall, I'm fairly satisfied, and plan to keep the car for a while. One of the reasons I bought this car was because they're rare and I wanted something different, but I do sometimes wonder if I'd have been better off sticking to mainstream Ford/Vauxhall.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd December, 2011

2000 Proton Satria Lxi 1.5 sport

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.5 sport Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.6 / 10
Distance when acquired113 miles
Most recent distance32000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 400

Summary:

Mutton dressed as lamb

Faults:

Needed a new coil assembly pack. 32,000 miles.

Have lost count how many times I've replaced my spark plugs.

New crank shaft (recently) 32,000 miles.

Its now in need of new dials (rev and fuel) 32,000 miles.

Seats and dash board have started to make a creeking sound. 32,000 miles.

This point is the point I wanted to post a a main fault with the car, "THE CAR HATES RAIN", if you drive this car in the rain or after a heavy down pour, the rain itself or the water from the road seems to get to the engine to easy and wets it all, causing it to misfire every time... so a can of wd40 is needed in the glove box at all times... very annoying!!!

General Comments:

Even though its quite lively for a 1.5, its fails to represent the cars looks, as it has the gti's body kit and not the power, in short, its in fancy dress really.

It does sound like I've ripped the car to bits, but until this year after driving it for 4 and a bit years its been great, now the cars faults are starting to show.

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

Review Date: 28th March, 2006

2000 Proton Satria GTi 1.8 supercharged

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 1.8 supercharged Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired17 kilometres
Most recent distance2300 kilometres
Previous carHonda Accord

Faults:

Back noise and aircon noise.

When I first got the car, the alignment was not fixed.

General Comments:

Generally the car is great. The cornering and the handling is great. I never had a car that is so stable whilst at high speed. It is the best car that came out from Proton.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2000

4th Dec 2000, 15:39

I am from Malaysia and I was an ardent Civic fan until I saw the GTi. I think I did swear that I would not be caught dead in a Proton until I test drove the GTi.. the performance is so-so but this is forgotten once you turn the corners at pin point accuracy at about 140kms an hour and with minimal body roll.

Then I had the problem of dealing with all the other Proton owners trying to race, tailgate and even trying to talk to me about the GTi at lights.

I went on to transplant into the GTi a Mitsubishi Lancer GSR 1.8 turbo engine. Nothing sounds better when you are picking up and the roar of the Kakimoto exhaust system coupled with the turbo wheeee type of sound is music to my ears..... the blow off valve gives me a small rush everytime I change gear...

My next aim.. instrumentation and possibly an Evo 4 powerplant...

Overall.. I'll keep this car for ages... it attracts more attention than a souped up Vtec or CR-V in Kuala Lumpur.

Average review marks: 5.7 / 10, based on 3 reviews