22nd Sep 2013, 10:50

I'm getting my Tiara from my uncle soon... he said this car was rubbish. But I drove my friend's Tiara and ended up falling in love with this little car. Any experienced people or clubs I can join here? I hope to know tips and maintenance tips for my Tiara. I will be driving this car regularly to school... maybe to hangout with friends. And might use it for longer trips too. Please add me on FB : Silver Elgrand Low and I hope we can discuss it.

Low Xiu Yin, Silver.

Ipoh Malaysia

16th Feb 2014, 18:59

A Proton Tiara was my ride from 1997 until 2004. I heard deprecating comments about build quality and the so-called Tiara's 'ability' to easily breakdown. Do you know many Tiara deriders call it the Proton Tiarap? Tiarap means falling flat on your belly. Which is strange considering the pedigree of the car, as it's cloned from the Citroen AX, which is an excellent small compact from France.

Me? I have only praise for the car. The Tiara was (then) bigger than the Perodua Kancil/Kelisa/Kenari series. The ride, comfort and safety level is fantastic, and surprise (!), it needs little by way of repairs. It takes a lot to stop a Tiara engine. It is that tough. My 8 years of ownership saw me just changing the radiator and the DIN-type batteries. Repairs (then) were not cheap, but were readily available. If you still have a Tiara or are thinking of buying a 2nd hand one now, there are plenty of scrap yards with Tiara 'carcasses' in Malaysia. A/C was good too.

My advice? Buy a Tiara if you're short of cash. It is a car with good handling, yet is cheap to own and repair (trust me).

Note:

A guy I know used to work for DRB Hicom car assembly plant in Pekan when the Tiara was launched. He said most complaints about the Tiara poured in only for the first year or so, when the assembly workers then were young and had trouble working to Citroen's standards. The Tiara became trouble-free after that difficult start.