2008 Proton Saga BLM 1.3 Gasoline from Malaysia
Best value for money car for the Malaysian market
1. IAFM actuator rod wear after over 10000km causing unwanted noise. No unusual power loss observed & was replaced free of charge by the service centre. Repair works done within 30 minutes. Service centre replaced old metal type with a new plastic type (surprisingly it's quieter)
2. Driver side power window button faulty (not sensitive, require extra force to operate). Problem was detected by service centre personnel (I don't even know it was faulty) & replaced accordingly free of charge.
3. Driver side rear drum brake hydraulic actuator (cylinder) jammed after over 25000km; although rubber boot still in good condition, suspected due to my driving habits (sudden pull of handbrake to perform short drifts). Problem detected when rear brake emits unusual noise when cold. Service centre replaced actuator free of charge.
Poor cabin insulation of engine noise. Proton please add insulator mat on firewall for newer models.
Engine is very capable at mid range rpm, however generally poor at lower end and tops at around 6000rpm.
Transmission is designed for city driving, generously boost low end acceleration at the cost of poor fuel consumption & engine noise at high speed. My engine runs at 3800rpm while cruising (120km/h) on the highway. Very noisy at this speed.
Suspension is very well tuned, does not jerk at bumps (unlike Myvi) & almost no undesirable rebound at high speed cornering. I must say the handling is fantastic for a car this cheap, grabs the road very well on DRY loose asphalt/light gravel. It saved my life once when I had to make an emergency 80 degrees turn at 60km/h on an unfamiliar dusty road, I had a little understeer after jamming the brakes, but in a controlled manner.
Brakes are horrible, this car seriously needs ABS. On hilly WET roads this car is susceptible to unwanted & dangerous skids. Sudden braking on a wet road would bring your steering to no use (complete understeer, although better than an oversteer, but still is dangerous).
Bumpers are very tough, I crashed into a Proton Wira, completely wrecked the Wira bumper, but my bumper only suffer 2 tiny (2mm diameter) paint chip-off & a little almost unnoticeable deformation. Good job on this!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th March, 2010