2005 Proton Savvy MM 1.2 from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Nice car, parts expensive, costs too high, wait until Proton has been in Australia for a while

Faults:

Initially this was a great little car; not much in the way of power though since it is only 1.2 litres.

Noise issues as mentioned in many reviews, but acceptable, and comfort was also acceptable.

Easy to start every morning, cold or warm mornings, one touch on the ignition and away it went, sitting around 750 RPM. Then out of the blue after putting around 13000km on it, it became difficult to start, and when it did, it went to 1110 RPM for around 30 seconds, then jumped to 1400 RPM, before slowly falling down again, and when it reached 1000 RPM, the whole car began to shake, but again it dropped back to sit around 800 RPM and was easy to drive from then on. The whole process would take around 3 minutes.

Found I had been sold tyres on the car that were 8 years old. OK, my fault for not checking, but on inspection they looked real great with little wear. When I went to purchase some new ones, I found the size wasn't available from any of the large tyre companies, although I did find some new ones from Hankook (remember this if you want tyres for this model).

Changing the wipers front and back, spares cost the earth, and I found purchasing from a third party better.

Servicing the car was initially a nightmare, as where I lived (Central Coast NSW), no one wanted to touch it for service, as from what each one told me, we can change bits and pieces, but we can't hook it up to our computer to see if anything is wrong. The only two service centres near me were over 100km away, until one of the local dealers took over the dealership of Proton, so I am hoping that when I take it in, I will get some answers. I am worried that because this is only a sideline for them, selling new Protons, I am hoping the expertise required to service my Proton will be professional, and not one geared towards replacing everything, and will not cost me the earth. Irrespective, I will get it repaired, but will look to offload within the year, as when I tried to earlier, no one wanted to take it, and when they did offer, the trade price was terrible.

General Comments:

I think Proton had better get their act together and make spares cheaper if they want to break into the Australian market. Make communications with customers more direct, and make sure that the cost of a service is reasonable, so as not to make those who purchase want to dump it after a short while. In saying that, the car, when everything is going fine, is satisfactory to drive; after all you are not getting a V8.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th December, 2014

18th Dec 2014, 00:53

Just an update. The problem was diagnosed as being in the spark plug and coil leads. OK, no problem, it cost $1060 for parts; just a new updated coil, four leads attached to the coil, and four new spark plugs... not bad Proton, just under 25 percent of my initial purchase cost. Next issue and I dump the car with only 72000km on the dial.

Proton, if you are really serious about breaking into the Australian market, the more you make Proton only parts specific for the Proton, and not interchangeable with other manufacturers, and charge like the Lighthorsemen, the less you will do just that. Value for money is not something you should ever use in any of your advertising.

Disappointed and Angry.

2006 Proton Savvy 1.2 AMT from Malaysia

Summary:

Acceptable, not bad

Faults:

Radiator fan stopped working. Replaced it with a new one from Proton, and have not had a problem since (1 year running).

Temperature sensor stopped working. Replaced it with a new one, which cost around RM260 (original Renault), but it has since started to wear out when I checked it during a service about a month ago. Still working though.

General Comments:

I've had no major problems with the AMT. The only problem I had with it, was that it started jerking in the 2nd gear, which I got fixed at a Renault specialist shop. But after fixing it, the car still started to jerk in 2nd gear after a few months. The problem seems to be fixed after I turn off the ignition and turned it on again (no more jerks after "restarting" the car).

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

Review Date: 13th November, 2012