I have driven my Proton Automatic Impian for 6 years and 116,000 miles. Nothing has gone wrong with it - apart from normal wear n tear items like tyres and brake pads. I have kept it regularly serviced and I always use Mobil 1. Why, because I beleive good healthy will lead to a good and healthy life.116000 I rest my case! This car is a wonderful drive, it is very 'pointy'and will go exactly where you place it. If it had a Mercedesbadge people would rave about it. I have driven to Scotland and back (from London) in one day (800 miles) and no back ache or stiffness. I CANNOT do this in my £28k Suburu Outback 3.0 litre 250 bhp!! People do laugh and sneer at the Proton....and the likes of Clarkson and co are complete idiots (He must be he has a Ford GT40!!!! - say no more) BUT the car is an absolute joy....People forgethat the steering and suspension are pure Lotus and this gives it its terrific handling. Even in stormy wet conditions - great traction and NO leaks. I cannot say this about a Ford Focus I once owned...it was like a sieve....but then the Proton is built in a country where they have monsoons! The model does need replacing now....and I fear that before that happens Proton will be dead in the water in the UK. Shame....from this car they should have made a 'GTI' version - a 6 cylinder one and continued the development. Alas probably the accountants got in the way!
I have read so many reviews of the Impian by "professional reviewers” and by and large I cannot recognize the car I own from the descriptions.
I purchased my Impian in 2002, I have now done nearly 70,000 miles in it. Whilst there were the odd initial minor faults, it never once let me down, all were covered by the excellent three year warranty, and supported by prompt, always friendly and responsive After Sales Service by my dealer.
There will always be room for improvement in any car but the Impian represents great value for money in comparison to the range of vehicles that the "professional reviewers" say are its competitors.
My Impian has always been a comfortable ride, performing and handling well whether I was driving on my own on business trips, around town shopping, or motorway cruising both here and abroad with my wife and family - not to mention all weathers including both thick and hard packed snow.
The 1600 engine performs very well for the size of car, and “yes" you can tell the difference in performance on ‘A’ roads with five adults on board, and the air conditioning running, but interestingly that is when I have received comments about how well the car performs and handles.
I have been so pleased with my Impian that I took advantage of the additional three year warranty as I did not feel the need to change a car that is running so well.
I agree with Mark Nelson about the Boot Struts but I am told the same problem exists in the LEXUS
Malaysia's ford escort: Out of its 175000 kms on the clock, i've driven this car for about 150 000 kms, so i'm fairly qualified to comment. The drivetrain is solid (From Mitsubishi, after all), the rattles, squeaks and bangs will drive you round the wall, but if anything goes wrong, its really cheap to fix. Power windows and door handles break often, but again, cheap to fix. Decent second hand buy, don't even think of buying new - its been on sale for over 6 years, and in terms of model life span from the Pacific Rim - this is way beyond its best before date.
This is a very good handling and driving car. It looks great and people shouldn't judge so easily. I may now trade it in for something smaller, mabye the Savvy or new Satria neo.
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