Proton Mpi Reviews - Page 3 of 3

1993 Proton Mpi SE 1.5 12valve MPi from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.5 12valve MPi Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired84 miles
Most recent distance134526 miles
Previous carCitroen BX

Summary:

An absolute bargain car, provided its been looked after.

Faults:

I have had this car for ten years and everything that has been done to this car has been to do with normal wear and tear i. e headlight bulbs, oil filters and the exhaust has been replaced twice.

Interior starting to look a bit worn and body work is surprisingly easy to dent!

General Comments:

I have had the car since new and it has been brilliant, it handles well, drives well and in my opinion I think it looks good.

The car has, for the main part of its life been used for motorway driving and has been hammered by me and yet it still drives well, although I do look after it. I have had the speedometer needle off the clock (130mph) on many occasions and I love it to bits.

I will keep on driving this car until she finally dies on me, which in all sincerity I hope is never.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th December, 2003

1995 Proton Mpi S 1.3 from Malaysia

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.8 / 10
Distance when acquired3 kilometres
Most recent distance115000 kilometres

Summary:

A low performance basic car

Faults:

Firstly it was the fishtank tail lamp, then the trim started falling apart.

The engine is basically from Mitsubishi and has had no problems.

Other than that, occasional problems like trim falling off, wiring problems, fading interior, gear lock broke, petrol warning lights fail etc.

General Comments:

It is not a high performance car. The basic model is OK as most of the additional accessories which come with the car will fail later.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th August, 2000

1994 Proton Mpi SL 1.5 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.5 petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance67000 miles
Previous carLada Riva 1.6

Summary:

Excellent value for money

Faults:

This saloon has a design fault where a lead to the engine was too short and the wires snapped inside the insulation, making it difficult to find. The symptom was the engine cutting out when pulling away from stationary slowing, and the engine torque rotated the unit away from the bulkhead, parting the two ends of the wire. Since it was fixed, there has been no further trouble.

The clutch mechanism frequently makes a popping noise when depressing the pedal but I am assured (by the RAC) that this is common across all makes, not just Proton.

General Comments:

There is a huge (well, 4" diameter) plate glued with sealant to a drain(?) hole in the spare wheel well which frequently comes away - this could be the cause of the water ingress mentioned by the reviewer of the Aeroback. Otherwise, it is a well-presented, comfortable car.

Service costs are quite reasonable. The dealer scores I've given aren't really representative - the dealer I bought the car from was a cowboy and Proton removed the franchise from him - he then went bust, and the dealership subsequently appointed was also given the boot!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd July, 2000

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