1999 Proton Persona GLi 1.5 from Australia and New Zealand
A good car all round
Speedometer works intermittently.
Paint fading in some areas, clearcoat coming off on bonnet.
Several trim rattles in interior, mostly in dashboard.
Fuel gauge inaccurate.
Carpet detaching from the floor in some places.
Rear drum brakes repeatedly fill with dust and impair braking performance, as well as creating a terrible noise.
This car is more reliable than it's reputed to be.
Despite the (relatively) minor problems listed above, this car has no other issues. It is utterly reliable and has never failed to get me where I needed to be.
It is comfortable and well-equipped, with good seats and excellent controls. I'm disappointed with the rattles in the dashboard, which do not always go away.
However, it is not the most exciting car to own. The handling is soft and hardly thrilling, and the design isn't passionate. When working, the brakes are excellent.
It isn't very fast either: 16.2 seconds to 100km/h or 62mph, and it shows especially at low speeds and I highly recommend not overtaking on two lane roads. It seems to be fairly quick in the mid range though.
Even though it is an automatic, it can get extremely good fuel economy by taking it easy. I got 7.4 l/100km, or 38mpg without trying too hard. Hard driving will raise this somewhat.
Servicing is cheap, and so far I've never needed to get it repaired apart from the brake problems, which I intend to get fixed for good soon.
Overall, I like this car very much. With a limited investment this car could be in excellent condition, and is a testament to how well an older car can be if it is looked after well. It is cheap, and some parts feel it. A lot of small parts haven't lasted as well as I think they should have. But it is a solid, reliable, and comfortable car that is cheap to buy and run, and could keep going for years. I only want better performance and better quality.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th January, 2010