2001 Proton Waja 1.6 petrol from Malaysia
A good bargain that comes with some headaches
Right front signal light suffered water leakage after 1 week, had it replaced by the dealer at no cost.
Brake squeak at one of the tyres while braking hard after 2 weeks, dealer not willing to replace/repair it.
Brake oil leaks at the master pump after around 5 months, dealer replaced 2 rubber seals at no cost. Understand that this is a common problem in the Waja from the repair man.
Battery dead and towed to workshop. Due to a loose wire which connects the generator and battery. Had it fixed at no cost.
Left front window rattles at bumpy road. Not fixed.
Right front door rattles almost always. Not fixed.
Lock cover at the rear trunk dropped after a few days. Unable to put it back due to lock alignment.
Plastic cover at the left front above the dashboard is loose, I need to tug it with a rubber tug to secure it.
This would be a dream car if the quality control is not overlooked by the manufacturer.
Great exterior design, I love the new logo, and the classy look.
I like the 15" sport rims which come with the standard package.
The car body is rigid enough, it makes me feel safe while driving it.
It is stable and not bumpy.
It is spacious and comfortable.
Realised that the air conditioning outlet design is tilted towards the driver, which makes the front passenger really warm, and, of course, complaints.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 10th January, 2002
The Proton Waja seemed to be the ideal car for me. I was planning to purchase a Waja as my family required a second car as an everyday runabout. We also wanted to be less conspicuous when going about our everyday business. However after reading a number of reviews on the vehicle and getting feedback from people who have the car, I have decided against it. Besides this, I have also tried out the car. There is no doubt that the chassis is quite good. But it all falls to pieces from this stage on. I found the quality of the vehicle to be incredibly poor. there seems to be a an underlying cheapness about the whole vehicle. Materials used seem to be of sub-standard quality and the car seems to be put together by 5 year olds. Proton should not rely so much on protectionism and try to to challenge other makes based on their own merit. It is an embarrassment to the nation that the national car maker is unable (unwilling) to put the extra effort into building a quality product.