Proton Satria Reviews

2004 Proton Satria GTi 1.8i 16v from UK and Ireland

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.8i 16v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired27000 miles
Most recent distance34725 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta


Warm rather than hot


In terms of starting first time every time, and getting me from A to B, it's been faultless... so far.

There are a few issues though.

Both rear wheel bearings needed replacing when the car was bought, and there was also a fault with the driver's side electric window. This taught me not to use the local Proton dealer ever again, as it cost nearly £400! I've just used an independent for servicing/MoT's since.

I had to get a Thatcham approved immobiliser fitted, as my insurance wouldn't cover me for theft without one. That cost £140, and anyone considering buying a GTi should bear this in mind.

Noisy, ticking fan belt. WD40 helps.

Turning the air con on really does KILL the performance.

For me the most irritating fault is when you drive over a bump at speed, it throws the speedo off (eg. you're doing 60 and it's reading 80), and it only rights itself when you slow down and go to 2nd gear. Strange noise behind the dash while this is going on.

Paint gets chipped easy.

Rattly interior, cheap plastics and iffy build quality, but it's a Proton, so what do you expect?

General Comments:

To be honest, it's not quite as fast as I'd hoped. Between 4500-6500rpm, it goes really well, and it's got a decent 0-60 time of about 8ish seconds, but at lower revs it's as flat as a fart, and it does struggle past 100, although it does cruise quite nice. Apparently the older GTi's (1999-2002 I think) are a bit quicker.

It's still a nice car to drive though, with well weighted steering, slick gear change and a light progressive clutch. You can tell Lotus were involved with sorting the suspension and chassis; it goes round corners very well.

Lovely Recaro seats.

Standard stereo and speakers are a bit crap.

Fuel economy is pretty dire. On a long steady run, it's not too bad, but on short trips and B road blasts, it just gulps it. I struggle to last a week with a full tank.

Overall, I'm fairly satisfied, and plan to keep the car for a while. One of the reasons I bought this car was because they're rare and I wanted something different, but I do sometimes wonder if I'd have been better off sticking to mainstream Ford/Vauxhall.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd December, 2011

2000 Proton Satria GLi 1.3 GLi petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.3 GLi petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 kilometres
Most recent distance106000 kilometres
Previous carLexus ES


Reliable little Gem


Nothing went wrong except a flat battery.

Changed before they went:

CV joints $300 at 90000kms.

Changed timing belt at 95000kms.

Clutch needs changing from today at 106000kms, July 2011, $600.

General Comments:

Serviced every 5000km and according to book on my own, sourcing parts from ebay and online.

Brakes, belts etc all very cheap.

Not the most comfortable car, but the best and most reliable car ever, and my missus has also owned a 2007 Satria Neo with no problems since 2007.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th July, 2011

1998 Proton Satria Gli 1.5L from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.5L Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 kilometres
Most recent distance230000 kilometres


Good car that lacked in quality


New radiator at 130,000kms.

Rust wherever glue had been used ie all through the roof where the braces attacked.

Some weird thing where the accelerator wouldn't work (fuel inlet related).

Batteries would last about a year.

General Comments:

This was my first car, and despite its continual need for repairs, I loved it.

The back seat is quite small for a tall person.

Had a build up of wax in the injectors due to supermarket fuel. I really suggest using Vortex98 with the added efficiency; it worked out cheaper for me.

I wouldn't buy another because this one caught fire at a petrol station while I was inside it. This was caused by leaking O rings.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th November, 2009

1997 Proton Satria GLi 1.5 SOHC from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.5 SOHC Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired104000 kilometres
Most recent distance108000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore


Small, fast and cheap to run!


I got the car with a cracked bumper (it's got a body kit), brown coolant (looked as though it had been through some red dirt) and a scratched dash insert and they were all easily fixed.

General Comments:

This car handles awesomely, has firm suspension which means there is little body roll around corners (took a 90* corner the other week at 60km/h with no complaints from the engine or tyres).

The engine on mine is fairly gutsy for a 1.5, but this could be due to the K&N Air Filter, extractor and larger exhaust. Also, it runs nicely, uses no oil or coolant, but doesn't really like high revs.

On the inside there is a real drop in quality, several rattles and squeaks that will drive some people nuts, but they don't really bother me. The air conditioner is nice and cold even during 35*C days. The visibility is great with nice big windows all round.

So to finish up, the car handles and look good, good on fuel and maintenance, but a cheap interior does ruin a potentially great little package.


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

Review Date: 16th December, 2008

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 15 reviews