Proton Putra Reviews

1997 Proton Putra 1.8 DOHC Naturally Aspirated from Malaysia

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.8 DOHC Naturally Aspirated Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired190000 kilometres
Most recent distance210000 kilometres
Previous carPerodua Kancil


You'd forget how bad it is when you're outside the car


Temperature seems to risen when the A/C isn't turned on.

Both windows have problems with closing properly straight up.

Water have entered in the floor under the door.

The lack of the rear wiper is just so wrong in all kinds of ways.

General Comments:

Love the sporty looks.

The handling is satisfying.

The seats are comfortable.

The brake pedal is just too near the accelerator.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st April, 2010

22nd Apr 2010, 21:59

The temp probably rises because the A/C is on a separate belt, and therefore drives a second thermo fan.

1997 Proton Putra EXi 1.8NA from Malaysia

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.8NA Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired16 kilometres
Most recent distance195000 kilometres
Previous carProton Iswara


Not bad at all


The c.o. mixture was found to be too rich, easily solved by a competent mechanic!

Some squeaks from the suspension when the weather's cold.. but this stopped when the car clocked +30,000km.. I think.

Never liked the 4-spoke steering wheel, so I replaced the wheel with a sportier 3-spoke Momo!

The interior is neat but far from plush.. lots of plastic, standard Recaro buckets match well with the car's lines though.

The engine, 4G93.. a tough gem, pulls 7000rpm without problems.

The back-box (muffler) had to be replaced in less than 2 years.

General Comments:

It's a good car, faster than most in its class, in the same mold of the older Ford Laser TX3.

Pretty reliable engine & gearbox. Yes gearbox.. the ratios are my favourite aspect of this car, perfectly sorted to match the engine.

Build quality is average with so much plastic.

Handling is.. acceptable with medium understeer in tight corners. Beware of fish-tailing when braking hard downhill, the rear can bite! This can be lessened with some toe-in at rear.

It's a budget sporty coupe&good bang-for-the-buck. Too bad it's out of production. I'm still keeping it despite many offers.. so I suppose I like it!

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

Review Date: 21st December, 2008

1997 Proton Putra from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Distance when acquired0 miles


A complete waste of time


This car is a joke. It is weaker than the Perdana, but more expensive than the Waja. The Waja will take its place in the market.

It is meant to be a sport car, but it looks like two different Mitsubishi models sandwiched into one.

The 2 door design is meant to give it a sporty look, but its engine is lack of power.

No airbag too.

General Comments:

This car was designed to be a sport coupe, but it looks just like the Wira except the rear looks like a Lancer.

A complete waste of time.

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

Review Date: 10th September, 2002

23rd Dec 2002, 04:41

For your info, the proton putra is actually known as the Mitsubishi Mirage Asti. Only the front portion of the car had been changed i. e Front fenders, bonnet, bumper, head light and signal lamp.

3rd Jan 2003, 12:34

Little do you critics know the Proton Putra/M21 coupe has got the same engine as seen in the Proton Satria GTI. The coupe has the lancer rear end and lancer front quarter panels. Proton only came up with the design of the grille and bonnet, let that be food for thought. Its not a complete waste of time for the extras of rear 4 wheel discs equiped with ABS. drivers airbag, recaros, and electric mirrors and windows not to mention central locking makes it worth while to own. Its better than its previous form of the cc lancer stock! Really the GTI is a waste of time your paying double the amount and your getting the same car, but hatch, big deal! The GTI lotus handling is bull for if measured the suspension is just lowered with hardened springs part numbers on shocks are the same as the Putra.

1997 Proton Putra exi 1.8 (m) from Malaysia

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 (m) Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 kilometres
Most recent distance40500 kilometres
Previous carHyundai Coupe


A value for money car


Interior of the car was not so impressive and the Paint work a bit cheap, But with a bit of modification it is not a problem. Also the dash board assembly not very good.

General Comments:

The car handling is verry good.

Performance is overwhelming.

Generally is a value for money car with a bit of modification.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th September, 2002

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 7 reviews