Perhaps one of the reasons why there are still many Proton Wiras on the road today is because there are OEM replacement parts available for owners to keep their old faithful running. But all good things come to an end. The Star reports that Proton and local third-party manufacturers have stopped manufacturing Wira parts for good.

“It has been 10 years since the last Wira was rolled out and 25 years since the first model was produced. The original equipment manufacturer (OEM) companies found it no longer economical to make Wira parts and they are concentrating on newer models,” the report’s unnamed automotive industry source said.

He added that although the Wira shared identical components with the Mitsubishi Lancer that it was based on, spare parts from the Japanese model is also no longer available in the market, as it has been more than 30 years since that generation of Lancer was produced. The source said that new Wira parts currently available in the market are the last remaining stocks.

This piece of info coincides with the daily’s recent report that the Wira is a hot target of car thieves. General Insurance Association of Malaysia (PIAM) statistics show that 654 units were stolen last year, and these are just the reported cases. The insurance companies say that the old cars are stolen and cannibalised for parts, which can be found in “potong kereta” yards.

According to the report, a total of 952,216 units of the Wira were sold from 1993 to 2009. It has been estimated that of the nearly one million Wiras sold, at least 85% of them are still in service as we head towards “Wawasan 2020” (get it?). It might be hard to spot one in the city today, but the good old Wira is a common sight in smaller towns – for instance, they’re everywhere in Rawang, usually with loud exhausts and/or windows down.