PROTON Wira (2000 - 2004) Fault Guide

Evolutions

Year Change or development
2000 Front drive saloons and hatches: 1.3 Li, 1.5 LXi/Lux, 1.6 LXi/Lux, 1.8 Lux/SRi.

Bodywork and External Checks

Area What to look for What it means What to do
Paintwork Inspect the paintwork. A small number of Protons leave the factory with poor paint coverage. Check that the paint is of an equal quality all over. If the paintwork is not of a good quality, but the previous owner has not noticed or always lived with the fault, there is little you can do. Decide if you can live with the fault for the price of the car.
Central locking Check that the central locking system works. Unlocking the drivers door should unlock all the doors, not just that door. If the central locking isn't working, the relay or lock will need replacing. Negotiate a £50 discount or have the repair completed.

Engine Checks

Area What to look for What it means What to do
Cam belt Check the paperwork to see if the cam belt has been changed on schedule. On most engines the cam belt must be changed within 5 years or 60,000 miles. If the cam belt and associated parts (such as the water pump) have not been changed, and the mileage is over these boundaries, the cam belt is likely to fail soon. Usually the engine has to be replaced or at least re-built after a cam belt failure. Ensure that the cam belt is changed before the car is driven anywhere if it is coming close to its interval. Changing the belt will cost £150.
Head gasket Open the bonnet and look at the front of the engine. Check that there is no oil weeping out of the engine. In particular, look around the (spark plug) leads that plug into the front of the engine. Oil weeping out in this area indicates that the engine needs a replacement head gasket. Negotiate a £270 discount or have the repair completed.

Interior Checks

Area What to look for What it means What to do
Water leaks The boot and sunroof are prone to leaking. Inspect the boot and cabin carpets and all the seats for signs of water damage. Smell for damp and feel the carpets for dampness. Most leaks can be cured by replacing the seals (sunroof, rear lights and boot lid) or having a specialist seal the car with silicone. Negotiate a £50 discount per seal or have the leak repaired.
Switch gear Check that the switches all work correctly. In particular, test the hazard lights and rear window de-mister. These are known to just stop working. The switches often stop working due to a lack of use. So test them periodically when you own the car. Faulty switches need replacing. Negotiate a £80 discount per switch or have the repair completed.
Gearlever Ensure you spend some time during the test drive cruising on main roads in 5th gear. Be prepared that the car may suddenly lose drive as the car jumps out of gear. If the car jumps out of gear, the syncromesh and 5th gear will need replacing. Negotiate a £300 discount or have the repair completed.
Handbrake cable Check that the handbrake doesn't feel notchy or stiff. When it is safe to do so, test that the hand brake will hold the car on a hill. If the handbrake is very notchy or won't hold the car on a hill then the handbrake cable is usually seized. Negotiate a £70 discount or have the repair completed.
SRS Check that the SRS light comes on with the ignition and goes out a few seconds after you start the engine. If the SRS light doesn’t come on with the ignition, it may have burnt out or been removed to hide a bigger fault. If the SRS light flashes, the problem is usually a clock spring behind the steering wheel. This will need replacing. Negotiate a £200 discount or have the repair completed.

Wheels, Brakes and Suspension Checks

Area What to look for What it means What to do
Brakes Look through the middle of the rear wheels to the brake discs. They should have uniform wear all the way round. They should not be pitted. During the test drive if you brake from 60 m.p.h. to 30 m.p.h. you may feel judder in the brake pedal. If the brake pedal judders or the disc is pitted, it needs replacing. Negotiate a £160 - £240 discount or have the repair completed.
Wheel bearings During the test drive, listen for a droning/rumbling noise from the wheels. You are most likely to hear this noise above 30 m.p.h. or as the car corners. The droning/rumbling noise indicates that a wheel bearing needs replacing. Negotiate a £105 discount or have the repair completed.
Anti-roll bar bushes As you drive the car over rough surfaces or bumps (e.g. speed bumps) listen for a squeaking or groaning noise coming from the suspension. A squeaking or groaning noise from the suspension usually indicates that the anti-roll bar bushes need re-greasing. Negotiate a £40 discount or have the repair completed.

Recalls

Date Model Recall
29 Jul 2004 1.5 MANUAL The target wheel may give the ECU a false misfire signal. In extreme cases this could lead to a loss of engine power and poor drivability. VINs: B5964420000000000 to B8594610000000000 and B04374B0000000000 to B0607770000000000.

Recommended Garages

Name Phone Address Website
MOT ANGEL (Nationwide) 0800 131 0030 3 The Minster, Portman Road, Reading, RG30 1EA. http://www.motangel.co.uk