Proton Perdana V6

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng says when the time comes for the state’s fleet of Proton Perdana V6 cars to be replaced, the new cars will not be Protons. He added that foreign imported cars like the Toyota Camry are an option but the new choice of car will only be evaluated when the time comes to replace the Perdanas.

He continued to say that Proton’s service was “abysmal“, and that even though Penang State Secretary Datuk Jamaludin Hasan had written in an official letter of complaint, it went unanswered. Penang’s Proton Perdana V6 was quoted to be able to rack up more than RM30,000 a year in maintenance costs. Perak quoted RM1 million over 4 years for its entire Perdana fleet, and Terengganu quoted RM1.15 million for the same time period.

From a personal experience, my 7 year old Proton Perdana V6’s gearbox (shown above) just started experiencing problems a couple of months ago and was quickly rectified for a little over RM2,000. Other than a few cases of the suspension arms and bushes wearing out, it’s still serving me well. Sometimes it’s how you drive it and how well preventive maintenance is done. If you intentionally let things go really bad before you fix something, costs can bloat up way over the top.

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