2003 Proton Waja Reviews - Page 2 of 4

2003 Proton Waja 1.6 gasoline from Malaysia

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 gasoline Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10

Summary:

Don't buy it!!!

Faults:

Power windows malfunction after 3 months.

General Comments:

Basically, this car is not too bad. Interior and dashboard are neat.

But when it comes to comfort, it really ruin everything. The engine is very unrefined. Noise level from the engine and tires are rather high, even at low speed!

The seats are hard especially the rear seats. Its also positioned slightly too upright, therefore it won't be comfortable for long trip. However, the interior space is rather decent for a 1.6 car. But seriously this car is not worth any of your money. So if you are planning to buy a car or change a car, please do not put Waja as ur choice. You will regret!

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

Review Date: 2nd September, 2005

2003 Proton Waja 1.8X 1.8 from Malaysia

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired6 kilometres
Most recent distance15000 kilometres
Previous carFord Ranger

Summary:

Comfortable and safe family car

Faults:

There is some slight squeaking in the dashboard when driving over uneven roads, but this only occurs 60% of the time. Turning the radio on eliminates the noise from being heard.

General Comments:

The 1.8 engine is not that much more powerful than the 1.6. From 0-100 kph there's virtually no difference in pickup. The difference comes in after the 100 kph mark, where the extra torque and capacity starts to pull the car away very sufficiently. High speed overtaking is a pleasure and cruising at 160-170 kph is effortless. I've only managed a top end of 190 kph, then the car stops pulling forward and maintains speed quite effortlessly.

Handling is the best point of this car. It will take corners without the feeling of being thrown and grips the road like its on rails! The brakes are excellent with EBD and ABS.

Safety is good and you will feel very safe and in control with this car. The car stops almost as fast as you can think and the dual airbags add to the safety measures, should anything unprecedented happen.

The 1.8X or premium has full leather seats which are very comfortable. I added in V-Kool tinting to add to the comfort and am very happy with the car.

Engine noise is quite high when accelerating hard, otherwise its fine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th July, 2005

2003 Proton Waja Auto 1.6 1.6 from Malaysia

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired5 kilometres
Most recent distance31000 kilometres
Previous carProton Waja

Summary:

Elegant and handles well

Faults:

Fortunately, nothing much.Driver's side windows jammed 3rd year of use. Handles well.Minimum problem. Service your car according to schedule and it will serve you well. It is recomemnded you read the instruction manual carefully before you drive the car.Don't rely on other people's opinions;especially those who do not own a Waja, but who knows someone who does.

General Comments:

Seats are comfortable, firm and good for posture. Plenty of leg room for driver and front passanger. Back seat passengers only complain about the air-con which is tilted towards the driver. For a car that is voted "the greenest car" in a first world country, it is certainly a great buy. The exterior slender, interior roomy and safe handling are features enough for anyone with the budget to put their money into this car.

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

Review Date: 9th June, 2005

23rd Jun 2005, 23:55

I don't like waja. because I'm new buy the car. mean one month. until now big problem.why.gear, disk brake.

11th Jul 2005, 23:05

Good car.I'm owner of Waja 1.6 (m) 2001 use car. the problem is the power window near driver not perfectly functional. but I think Waja is the best car that proton ever build (sedan).

2003 Proton Waja 1.8 1.8 vvti from Malaysia

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.8 vvti Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired300 kilometres
Most recent distance40000 kilometres

Summary:

Good car, but there is still room for improvement

Faults:

Nothing major happened so far.

Gear shifting at low rpm sometimes jerking, but was resolved by the dealer.

General Comments:

Acceleration is good. The overdrive button is very useful when over taking.

Adaptive gearbox (fuzzy logic) is very nice.

Handling is good.

Suspension is a bit hard on bumpy road.

Cabin noise could have been better.

Maintenance is expensive.

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

Review Date: 30th March, 2005

8th May 2005, 23:06

Hi everyone.

Am from Singapore.

I bought a Waja 1.6 (M) on 2004.

Overall, the car performed well, handling and fuel economy.

Only problem so far - can't operate the rear right power window from driver's door console. OK if operated from passenger's console.

Happy with the car - absolutely.

Previously owned a 1.5GXL (M) from 2002-2004. Also happy with it.

I sympathise with owners who faced countless problems!

Someone told me the export versions have better quality and reliability?? I hope its not true, or else Malaysian owners are being shortchanged by their own national car company!!

Best wishes to fellow Proton owners!

Ng C H

Singapore.

Average review marks: 5.9 / 10, based on 12 reviews