Malaysiakini Letter

Proton cars: Enough is enough

Simon Chew  |  Published:  |  Modified:

I refer to the letter titled Proton owners 'gullible fools' and would like to share my experience. Like most Malaysians, I played my part in supporting the local auto industry and used to own a Perodua Kancil and a Proton Satria.

The Kancil was a convenient and economical little car and I had no major complaints but the Satria was another story. The central locking system broke down on the third day I took delivery. Fortunately, being a handyman, I managed to get it fixed myself.

I opened up the driver's side window panel and guess what? The hook connecting parts of the motor or actuator was loose and all I did was to hook them up together and tape them up to prevent any dislodgement. I was perplexed that Proton failed to see this simple mechanical weakness.

My repair worked well until I traded the car off after two years of unsatisfactory usage. Other complaints are its poor handling and rough engine. Within the short span of time, I had to replace the air-conditioner compressor, rear suspension and battery.

I also own a Japanese car but I never had to change those parts until after five years and the suspension still works fine after 12 years. When I traded the Satria about four years ago for a second-hand continental car, I promised myself that I would never take another look at Proton cars. Enough is enough.

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