1998 Proton Tiara GL 1.1 from Malaysia


Value for money


Normal problems would be drive shaft(s) replacement, overheating, wiring and soft body panels.

Only thing I hated most is the dashboard display. No RPM, no temperature meter (once red is too late) and extremely inaccurate petrol readings.

Making me have to fix external RPM meter and temperature meter. But it looks cool anyway.

General Comments:

I bought my Tiara back in March 1999 brand new.

However I noticed a lot of Tiara owners in Malaysia don't know how to take care of the car. Or should I say they have no idea where to go to repair and do enhancements to the car.

But I am glad to once lead a club of more than 100 Tiara in Malaysia under AX Tiara Auto Club Malaysia (AXTAC).

Anyway, if you need help or parts, do let me know and drop me an email: rickwong@zerotohundred.com

Would be glad to assist fellow Tiara drivers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd April, 2004

22nd Dec 2004, 13:03

You should have let me know earlier. I sold my Tiara for a really dirt cheap price as I was facing continuous overheating problems and gearbox 2nd gear problem. Send back to Proton only to be ripped of by them and they can't even solve the problem.

17th Feb 2005, 21:01

I Will contact you if I had problem with my lovely Tiara.

1996 Proton Tiara 1.1 from Malaysia


Wonder if when I have done the overhaul... this Tiara will be much better... handling wise, good!


The drive shaft found damaged the second day I brought the car home.

It was leaking every heavy rain and the rear seat soaked with water.

The engine top cover gasket leaking causes the engine oil to spill all over the engine.

The engine is noisy and rough.

Difficult to start the car in the morning.

General Comments:

I bought my Tiara last November 2002 and I am the second owner. I bought it for RM9100 since it was in the original condition without any touch-up from the used car dealer. The exterior was poorly taken care of and so was the interior. The rear and front bumper seems to nearly fall off.

What I did was, when I drove home the car, I washed it clean, the whole body and the inside, though there are still scratches and stain spots all over it. I repaired the bumpers myself and checked some of the engine component which I know a bit about. I have changed the drive shaft which cost me RM265 each (L & R) and the front engine cover gasket unit.

I recently noticed that somewhere near the carburetor unit there is petrol leakage. When I drive to and from work from Sentul to Subang Jaya with the air-conditioning on... it costs me RM10 for 3 trips to-from-to work... there is a water leakage found at the rear of the car which causes the rear seat to be soaked with water whenever there is heavy rain.

Further more, the engine is sounds rough and noisy though I am inside the car with all windows closed driving 100km on the freeway. I read some of you guys comment, which claiming that the car is smooth and quiet... correct me if I'm wrong. I was thinking to overhaul the engine and lower the car which right now looks like a 4 wheel drive! Please advise.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th November, 2002

7th Mar 2006, 10:36

I hope all owners of Proton Tiara Cars should be compensated with a higher trade in. Most of the owners regretted very much when owning this model. I hope the manufacturer of this car should do something to make the Tiara Owners happy!.

21st Apr 2007, 11:03

I own a proton tiara since 2001. recently my car has a problem with air-con system. when the car is on the road, sometimes air con work with cool air ventilating around the cabin, but sometimes only ambient air coming out. I remembered last time I read a comment from the forum claiming that the wire connecting to the air con system is a bit thinner. suggestion is to change a bigger wiring to the air con system. Is it true enough to believe? I need some experienced expert to give a comment.

Thank you very much.