2003 Proton Waja 1.8 from Malaysia - Comments

3rd Dec 2012, 00:35


You can try to send your Waja to Mr. Ho, I discovered him in this blog too, he is good with Renault. His shop is located in Puchong. I have the same car too - but I consider myself a very lucky owner - those problems, which all our friends on this page have mentioned, I faced the same, but only happened after 6 to 7 years – I change the gear oil very often (or on time as never missed).

I do not know if I can publicly mention Mr. Ho's workshop address and contact or not? But, one thing about this mechanic – since there are not many people like him in Klang valley, obviously he is busy. Sometimes he is so busy that he cannot answer your call, or even if you want to make appointment to have your car check or diagnose, it's difficult.

19th Dec 2012, 09:43

Hi. My car has got a similar problem too. What did you do to fix the problem? I went to the Proton service center.. they said my car TCU/ECU was spoiled and I needed to change it. A new set is rm8370... WTH!! And they said can find a secondhand part for about rm1k plus. Currently my car still can move in reverse, but the gear never changes at all... very super risky now. Urgently need help to get the part changed as soon as possible. Tq

24th Dec 2012, 10:43

I have been using a Waja 1.8X 2002 model for 4 years now.

Being serviced by this very good Che Wan @ Subang Bestari. Specialist in Renault & Conti Car. Give him a call HP 019 329 0515

Have a nice day... :)


26th Feb 2013, 01:30

Dear all,

Can anyone share a little bit on the changing of the engine mountings? I have used my 1.8 for almost 9 years now; not much of a problem if you maintain it well (of course stick to a correct workshop).

The engine now is very noisy and vibrates during idling. Must be a mounting, because I almost forgot when my last change was. Should I change the whole 4 pieces?


15th Aug 2013, 08:31

Dear Waja 1.8 owners.

I've owned a Waja 1.8 since new. Now the car is more than 10 years old and has clocked 130k km. This car started to give problems after the warranty period of 2 years expired. I've encountered all the problems as mentioned by other 1.8 owners.

Engine spare parts prices are more expensive than most Japanese car, but if you can find a good shop, the price is reasonable.

I have also encountered a gearbox problem a few times with the GB indicator on, and the gearbox goes into the safe mode. Most of the electronic parts related to the GB have been replaced like TCU, solenoid valve etc, and the transmission is OK for a few years. Lately the problem occurred again, and the mechanic told me that the GB is fine and he needed to check the wiring/grounding on some of the electrical parts that send the error code to the TCU. Now the car is fine.

I have also checked on the web the battery spec for the Renault f4p engine, and the capacity is much bigger than what Proton specified for the Waja 1.8 (65 amp vs 55 amp). I strongly feel that all the electrical related problems with the Waja 1.8 started with this underrated battery, which damaged many electrical component like TCU, ECU, ABS module, and all kinds of engine sensors.

I hope other Waja 1.8 owners can share my experience with this car, as I am still keeping this car till today. You can email me at azlanhssn@yahoo.com if you wish to contact me.

18th Dec 2013, 20:17

I too have the same problem with my Proton Waja. The engine will stop at low speeds or at traffic lights. Sometimes I have to start the car about 30 - 40 times a day to reach my destination. I came to know that it is a manufacturing defect, but Proton does not want to do anything about it. My power windows are down too. Nonstop problems. My car is a brand new 2007 model.

7th Jan 2014, 20:58

Happy New Year to Waja 1.8 owners!!! Most of our cars are considered as 10 year OLD cars. Just to share with you, for those who have never changed the fuel pump, get ready for RM850.00 (Waja 1.8) and above. The syndrome is it died suddenly while driving, like it had no fuel.

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