2010 Proton Saga M-Line 1.3 from Malaysia

Summary:

Would have been better off with my old WIRA!

Faults:

1. Left rear door is not aligned with the body, and you always need to bang it hard to close it properly.

2. Fog light switch stopped working at 7,000KM.

3. Cheap interior plastic started making noises at 12,000KM.

General Comments:

I bought the car brand new in August 2010. The car is severely under powered, especially with A/C. It consumes a lot more fuel than it should. Gives me 7 KM/Liter on city roads and about 10.5 KM/Liter on the highway. I checked with the dealer and with other unlucky Saga owners, all of whom confirmed that the consumption is somewhat like that.

Engine:

The engine is very loud, and make sounds like a jet engine. The car makes sounds like it's struggling to run, and it actually needs a lot of rpm to reach a higher speed. If you drive it without A/C, then the drive is a little better and the car feels light. But, how many of us who have office jobs drive a car without air conditioning? You do not want to buy a RM 45,000 car, and go to work every morning sweaty without switching on air conditioner.

Transmission:

You feel a jerk each time when the automatic transmission shifts. It's not only uncomfortable, but embarrassing if someone else is sitting with you. Feels like a donkey ride!

How I feel:

It's not even one year that I have been using this car, but every morning when I sit in it to go to work, I wish to change it as soon as I can afford it. I am saving money to pay the difference and get some other car.

I am very disappointed with the car, and kind of feel angry seeing it parked in front of my house. I want to change it as soon as possible.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th June, 2011

16th Jun 2011, 22:30

This new car is supposed to have gone through various QC and PDI inspections, but still has issues.

It has been decades since the first Saga was introduced, but the same lackadaisical mentality still exists.

24th Jun 2011, 06:09

People like me are only buying this car, because there's no other 4 door sedan available in the market that comes under the same price bracket.

The Malaysian government has imposed high taxes on imported cars, which has made them very expensive. The same cars are available in many other Asian countries at much lesser prices.

26th Jun 2011, 23:55

While the new Saga BLM or FL have numerous negative issues to start with, it is just a little simply better than the old Juara, Tiara or Savvy.

The new FL's LED tail-lamps replace the old layered-cake-type found on the BLM.

Other than that, it is nowhere as frugal as the old Megavalve Saga.