1997 Proton Tiara GL 1.1 petrol from Malaysia
A very reliable and safe car
Driver's door leaked during rain on first day of delivery, slight modification to door frame solved problem.
Air-con relay blew on third month of use, modified to Citroen's original configuration, problem solved.
Wet carpet on driver's side at most times, unidentifiable leak source by dealer servicing, and spray painter.
Front passenger door central locking gun spoilt after one year.
Unreliable alarm system.
Despite the problems faced, am rather satisfied with the overall performance of the car.
Problems lies not in the car, but on the quality control during assembly and servicing.
Powerful for a 1.1 engine, very stable in ride handling.
Economical to run, but spare parts a little expensive and hard to find especially in East Malaysia.
Front seats very comfortable, but rear seats a little uncomfortable and leg room limited.
A fun car to drive, love the dash design, easy to use and interior doesn't feel cheap to the touch.
There should be a RPM metre and the analog clock is not essential.
Cabin lighting with auto dimmer is good, vanity mirror for both front passengers rare to find in other cars.
My car ran 78000km in fours years and is still going strong, engine is still very reliable.
Low resale value is the minus point, otherwise wouldn't mind getting another unit.
A good bargain at RM30000 with plenty of accessories and features.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th June, 2002
12th Sep 2005, 01:48
Just help me please, where to get tiara club/association in my effort to seek advise or exchange view of the vehicle repair.
Osman Abdul Ghani.
6th Nov 2006, 07:50
I have a Tiara and it id not hard to find parts. I live in KK, Sabah and I have a friend that can fix this car. However, the car parts is not that cheap. The car still run like the 1st time I bought the car. The resale price is very low and I don't want to sell this car.
29th Apr 2008, 12:57
I posted this originally in 2002, and yes amazingly I still own the Tiara, but I no longer use it as I have moved away. Anyway, my mum still drives the car, but the body work is in a really bad state, and there is no resale value whatsoever. But the car still runs, except it has a problem with overheating which no one can fix, and leaking from day one since delivery in 1999. Anyone has any idea how to get rid of the car in Kuching? I am buying the new Proton Saga to replace it.
14th Mar 2011, 01:01
Please help me! I just bought a Tiara and am still new about this car.
Can anyone tell me where I can get a good mechanic to do alignment and some other problems like absorber? I went to some workshops in KK but they cannot even do alignment for the Tiara because it's different than other Proton models.
Need help in KK!
18th Aug 2011, 06:44
I'm going to buy this junk tomorrow.. RM3,000 is indeed cheap. It's a 1997 model, Wish me luck for this journey and decision. I intend to write more comments on this car once I have driven this wagon. Coming from a country where a used 100cc bike costs about the same, I think it's a steal. I intend to use my vast bike-problem solving knowledge to solve what Proton should have done long ago for this car, hehehe :-)
Fidel Catstro - firstname.lastname@example.org
Republic of Singapore / Johor.