1997 Proton Putra exi 1.8 (m) from Malaysia


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

1997 Proton Putra EXi 1.8 DOHC from Malaysia


Good performance coupe with cheap price


Whistling sound from the engine bay at 150,000 Km

Leaking head gasket at 120,000 Km

Steering strange sound when do some cornering

Aircond Compressor give problem at 80,000 Km

Recaro seats started to wear badly.

General Comments:

This is good in terms of speeding. No other seems faster than this comparing with the price.

Simple and nice looks, but again better if touch-up with nice body-kit.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th June, 2002

31st Dec 2006, 23:46

What is your price on that's putra??? is it less than 20k?? My h/p 0176282970.

8th Feb 2007, 02:26

The Putra/Wira 1.8 (M) uses the Mitsubishi famed 4G93 engine. It's a reliable & POWERFUL engine for a normal 1.8 BUT sadly, owners often abuse it and come back to say it's a lousy engine! Believe me, this is the best model from Proton esp; the Wira 1.8 95-97. Its like buying a 4 door GTi, but pity Proton produced only 2,500 units. It's economical for a 1.8 provided you do not exceed 120 km/h, but damn, THIS car is tempting & that's why you "overuse" it. In standard form, it can reach 200km/h without struggling, but how often can you do that. PLEASE Don't! It does 0-100km in 9 seconds if that is NOT fast for street application, then you must be in a TERRIBLE hurry. Please don't, PLEASE! Enjoy your drive, consider others, if you think you are fast, someone will be faster... faster to the grave!! Thank for reading this. I own a WIRA 1.8EXi (M) DOHC LAST batch bought in Nov-2001.

2001 Proton Putra 1.8 EXI DOHC 4G93P N/A from Malaysia


Good project car with a basic chassis


The anti-lock braking system did not work. A trip to the Proton Service Outlet revealed that the wires were clamped between the relay bracket and the computer box. Fixed with no charge.

Paint-job was poor, running clear coat under the side indicator lamps.

Clutch pump failed at 35000 km mileage. Fixed at about RM150.00.

General Comments:

Despite the poor workmanship and malfunctions, the car has good acceleration and power.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th December, 2001

16th Feb 2006, 00:22

Wished they had a cheaper 1.3 and 1.5 SOHC version. Like the looks.

10th Mar 2007, 01:56

Basically the Putra is the cheapest sport coupe you can buy in Malaysia. Yet it is fully loaded with performance and style. good buy!!

1997 Proton Putra Exi 1.8 DOHC from Malaysia


Easy to maintain and great performance for the price!


There was a manufacturer defect: the clutch pump only lasted 24 hours after I took delivery of it brand new from the dealers, but this was replaced under warranty.

Apart from that niggle, there were never any more problems encountered.

General Comments:

Personally I'm very happy with the car.

It fits my lifestyle very well and has ample storage space for those outstation trips, and when required is able to deliver serious performance (after performance mods of course).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd May, 2001