For reasons unknown, the insurance industry rate this car as a 12/20 group, yet it is revving at nearly 4000 rpm @ 70mph - so I cruise it at 65, and get passed by trucks! Fuel consunmption is around 26 mpg, which for a 1470cc car is thirsty. It has only 3 auto gears, which probably explains the lack of mpg and performance - the worst of both worlds. At 64 years of age, I no longer have a heavy right foot!! The ride is stiff and is a very hard ride on most secondary roads. Road holding is quite good, as is the steering. Brakes are "adequate"! It is reliable, but mine has had niggles - electric window switch u/s etc. Spares hard to find. I will get rid of this car shortly - you can do much better - say a Honda Civic or an Audi A3 - both better on fuel, Insurance, tax etc.
Bought this car secondhand. It's a great little car - nothing hardly goes wrong with it. I've only had 1 or 2 problems. It's not true what they say about Protons - they're good, reliable cars. Don't let people put you off. This is my 3rd Proton and I would buy from them again.
This was the very first car I managed to buy brand new (it was named the Persona Compact at the time) - basically a Mitsubishi Colt put together in Malaysia and hence the Proton badge.
Many years on, when our second car bit the dust I suggested to the wife that she get one of these as they were so cheap second-hand. She reluctantly agreed but now loves the little devil and she's been happily driving it daily for the last two years.
It’s nippy, the boot size is good for a small car and rear seats fold down to make it a good carrying vehicle to take things to the tip (had a double mattress and a tumble dryer in there)!
The best thing about them is they don’t seem to go wrong. They just go on and on…
Don’t let the badge put you off – they’re cheap, reliable and a worthy second vehicle in any household.
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I have owned this car for almost 2 years, bought from a used dealer with 60k on and later found it was a ex rental car.... the insurance was cheap…
Ive had this car for one year now and so far has exeeded my expectations. The car is great at overtaking lorries on the motorway and handles very…