15th Aug 2005, 00:39
I just bought a proton Waja enhanced version last month. This is my third card ever since I start driving. I enjoy driving my enhanced type waja and have no regret to buy one. The only comment that I think I need to highlight is its interior part. The light color of the seat and finishing inside the car make it easy to get dirty. The color of the front dashboard make it look relatively cheap and too "plastic". I think Wira internal part is nicer and make them look expensive for its class. Proton should consider other color for the interior part in the next batch.
Overall handling, performance I rate Waja as very good.
26th Aug 2005, 11:04
I had just bought my waja enhanced version 1.6AT (got the car in June 2005), and I would have to say that it is a really good car. Real value for money.
With good handling, good torque from the engine, and really good fuel economy. I opted for the star silver color and I have to commend proton for the excellent color match between the interior and exterior.
So far I have clocked 6,000km and I had not experienced any problems. Or maybe because I'm lucky?
I used to be wary of proton and bought the car only because of my financial situation, but surprisingly I find it to be a great car and would recommend it to anybody wanting to buy a car within the RM 60,000 range.
8th Oct 2005, 18:33
Are you proton sales-reps or genuine waja 1.6 EV owners? I am hoping for the later as I booked a waja despite objections from all my friends. Asked me to buy Optra 1.6 or 1.8 instead. Hope more waja 1.6 EV will post comments. I will do so once I received my car.
7th Nov 2005, 22:10
Actually, Waja is a good car despite all that were said. I know, because I own one 1.6AT for nearly 5 years now. Apart from minor problems with the windows, the handling, fuel consumption and power (I am talking of ordinary guys/ladies that drive to work and occasionally go outstation) are good. My impression of the Waja is such that when I change my car in a year's time, it will be another Waja. What I hope in the new 2006 Waja 1.6AT is, the engine will be replaced with the more powerful Cam-Pro engine. By that time, I hope Proton will implement cam switching to boost power beyond 100HP.
8th Jan 2006, 21:18
I bought my Enhanced Waja in Dec 2004, up till now no problems and I think it's a good car to drive. Worth my money and if given the choice again with 65k at hand, I'd make the same decision. The bigger tires give the car a steady feel.
16th Jan 2006, 19:14
The Waja with Campro DOHC engine is out, with leather seats. I am going to book one now. Cheers.
18th Jan 2006, 10:18
I bought my new WAJA 1.6 AT, in Aug 2005, until now no problems, and I think is best car to use for long journeys. So far I have clocked up to 17,892km and I had not experienced any problems. Or maybe it's because I'm lucky.
Worth my money and if given the choice again with 63333k, yes the car is very good, superb handling and stability thanks to Lotus, I would to say that it is a really good car. Real value for money.
And thanks to Proton, and also like to say keep it up the good job to Proton.
10th Feb 2006, 02:14
Since it was launch in Malaysia, it has sold about 250,000 cars. In 2005 it was the best selling proton selling more than 3,000 a month. I have a WIRA auto and have book myself a WAJA Campro 1.6 manual. My wife drives a 1.3 Gen 2 auto and is as fast as my WIRA auto, but with better ride and handling. Well done Proton.
3rd Aug 2006, 07:14
I'm a 1.6Waja EV Aug 2005, so far its giving me a wonderful handling and smooth engine. Just facing a small problem with the door lights and small parts of engine. However I' m satisfied with the car.
19th Sep 2006, 20:41
I owned brand new Waja in 2001, and before I bought it, I already realised the potential of gearbox problems.
To over come the gearbox problem, I always change the gear oil every 10,000km. Then at every 50000km, I flush the gearbox.
In long term the maintenance it does cost more, but I don't want to spend my money on a reconditioned gearbox. New gear box? Too expensive.
After owning it for 5 years, no problem occurred.
6th Nov 2006, 01:08
I bought WAJ 1.6A 2002, have a good maintenance record. I also change auto transmission oil every 20,000KM which is highly cost in maintenance. Passengers sit behind hear the cow 'mooing' sound which no idea where it comes from (engine or gearbox). That's the price I pay for.
1st Jul 2007, 11:12
I own a Proton Waja 1.6 AT 2006 model.
It is not as bad as the comments made by most people like power windows always break down etc etc etc... If all of you noticed, most of these people which had made the bad comments actually have never owned a Proton Waja before. They're just merely circulating what they've heard thru hearsay to others.
Personally, I found the Proton Waja is quite a value for money car. It takes corners superbly, ride is quite solid with no rattles, the chassis is very strong. I've owned a BMW 3 series before & although Waja is nowhere near the BMW's quality & build, it is still a very solid car when compared to other makes. There's practically no vibration in this car & it goes over bumps quite solidly. However, damping bushing could have been sized up to improve the damping even further. Proton should have also use a rear sub-frame to improve damping further just like a BMW.
On the whole during the last 3 years coming to 4 years, the power windows had been working fine apart from one switch being replaced. That is all.
The only problem I had encountered so far are:-
1. Braking power not enough (Not enough grip, noisy & unusual excessive wear on disc rotors (Material used is too soft)
2. High fuel-consumption
3. On-off power lag (erratic power output)
4. Suspension parts needs tightening very frequently (e.g. struts & lower arms etc).
5. Projector headlights too dim (Not safe)
6. Slow gear changes (downshifts too slowly)
Personally, you cannot over-expect from a car which costs less than RM60K. You get what you pay for. However, a little more power would be better as the body seems a bit heavy.
So those uncles & aunties out there, please have your facts right before spreading rumours & bad mouthing a product. Make sure you own & test one before making any unfair judgement.
The handling of this car is many times better than a Perdana V6 as it has a more solid feel & tackles corners better.
It only needs more power... so that you can chase the VIOs...
6th Jan 2011, 11:03
The Waja I have now is already 8 years old. My dad bought it in 2002, and he travels 100km every day to work. Already covered almost 180000km.
Now the car is mine. Sweet!! Major problem so far is noise in the cabin above 120kmh, which I assume to be normal in all Wajas (based on previous comments posted), but totally curable with a bit of soundproofing and screw-tightening.
Engine is superb, despite being 8 years old.
Another problem I found out was the steering is a bit springy, and the clutch has a bad habit of killing the engine if you let go too early. A sacrifice I believe because the car has a relatively short clutch, making it almost ideal for spirited (insane?) driving.
If only the interior was more involved, then this would a great car (the rear door has nothing man, not even a pocket for putting stuff). The seats are hard, but this could be due to cheap materials or 8 years of usage. I hate the rotating knob to control the angle of the seats. Preferred the traditional lever mechanism.
Aerodynamics of the car is way off though... Evident when I freed the gear at 180kmh and the car quickly lost speed. Totally different from a 2007 Honda Civic, where that car only slowly lost its brute. Maybe due to lack of RNR, but hey, the car still looks OK.