2002 Proton Wira Reviews

2002 Proton Wira Li 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance67500 miles
Previous carHyundai Elantra


A much underrated motor



General Comments:

I'm genuinely mystified as to why these cars are rated so badly. I paid £600 for my Proton with service history and a year's MOT. In that time it hasn't cost me a single penny in unexpected repairs.

The car is basic, only having power steering as an option, but I can live without toys. Fuel economy is excellent; I can achieve just over 50 MPG on long journeys, which is amazing for an old 1300cc petrol engine allied to quite a large car, although I would prefer more torque for hills and overtaking.

The ride is a little crashy over bumps and potholes, but I find the seats comfortable for long trips and there is decent leg and head room, and the boot is also a good size. Visibility is superb all round due to the large glass area.

I have been all over the country in my Proton, and it has never let me down (six monthly services do help, but I do that with all my cars). It's also of no interest to thieves or vandals. I once left it unlocked overnight on a South London street, and it was still there the next morning.

The only reason I am selling is the cost of tax. Because of the age of the engine, it is quite a high polluter and the tax is a hefty £143 for six months, a figure that will only rise in future. A shame really, as it has been the cheapest and most reliable vehicle I have owned. The motoring websites and magazines that reviewed the Wira have either never driven it, or are just slaves to anything German; I can't think of any other reason why it is so maligned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th September, 2013

2002 Proton Wira 1.3 Gli Aeroback 1.3 petrol from Malaysia

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired35000 kilometres
Most recent distance44700 kilometres


GOOD enough for me!!!


What has gone wrong??? Well, in the 7 months of my ownership, nothing has gone wrong I should say except for the fact that I got the car from a lousy car dealer in Cheras area... The right rear tyre was almost blad and all the tyres alignment was off!!! And I only found out about it after I did 5000 kms!! Well, anything could have happened and it could have been bad... OK so I HAVE NO PROBLEMS wait... just some MINOR NIGGLES perhaps. The dashboard and the loose parts in the cabin would vibrate kinda strongly when I turn on the air-cond system (when the car isn't moving). and when I asked the mechanics... He said "Oh well, it's normal for this car..." So what else could I do? What can I hope from a CHEAP car such as this? So my message is... Just appreciate what this car has to offer.

General Comments:

What can a car such as this offer you might say... First, I got it for RM 28000, not expensive then, and what's included in the package?

EXCELLENT FUEL ECONOMY, just enough room for 4 people (tight for 5), ride that is acceptable, and kinda nice styling heh heh (the car dealer gave me a facelift so the car now looks like the year 2006 WIRA), the boot is enough to take my weekly shopping and so...that's about all I need as a student.

I hope my car will be reliable and won't fail on me in the future because I plan to use my lovely WIRA for some years to come!!!

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

Review Date: 22nd September, 2006

26th Sep 2006, 08:53

HAHAHA!!! I can't stop laughing brother... buying a proton wira for 26K is considered cheap!! you better prepare another 26K to get it repaired and plus some headaches and my advised is buy a hughed personal insurance too...

26th Sep 2006, 23:35

Seeing the comment, as a student, I can say agreed enough for you to have a this car. At 26k, it is a second hand car which I suggest to look into the maintenance. Unless you bought with a car full of service history.

Just be careful with the throttle body. Not only wira, other certain Mitsubishi engine models do have this problem.

Average review marks: 4.7 / 10, based on 6 reviews