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#1 OFFLINE   Prote

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Posted 20 August 2018 - 04:39 PM

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Well, got it the end of May....

 

I put my troublesome Subaru Legacy diesel into an auction (DPF andEGR valve failed plus other emissions stuff was constantly going wrong), and bought this old 1993 1.5 Proton from Gumtree with 12 months MOT and 43k genuine miles as a runaround. Except the runaround is so fun I'm keeping it a while.

 

The Proton Owner's Club is amazingly helpful and I got a new cambelt, waterpump, 2 x belts, tensioner for a giveaway price. There's still a Proton dealer (Maple Garage) in Sproatley, near Hull, who got me a new window lifter rail for £14 from Malaysia.

 

The car hadn't been driven for a long time so as it's my only car and a daily driver, I also gave it new plugs, rotor arm, distributor, new CV gaiter, oil and filter change and new air filter. Probably equalled the car's value now in parts but it's reliable and runs/starts faultlessly. Nice to have a car I can tweak :-)

 

It's amazingly comfortable and a two-hour drive across London went without a hitch.

 

Loving the HubNut videos - my latest time-loss activity :-)

 

Cheers :-)

 

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Posted 20 August 2018 - 04:46 PM

Welcome. I suspect you're going to fit in well here.


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Posted 20 August 2018 - 04:47 PM

Welcome! I absolutely love these. There's a house near us with an immaculate one, similar spec to this. Wouldn't hesitate to have one as my next car. 


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Posted 20 August 2018 - 04:55 PM

Welcome. I suspect you're going to fit in well here.

Hahaha! Glad I fit in somewhere. My girlfriend's neighbours said "We drove up and wondered what that piece of s*** was on the driveway..." :-D  My girlfriend isn't fussy and likes me and the car!


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Posted 20 August 2018 - 04:56 PM

Welcome, top motoring right there!
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Posted 20 August 2018 - 05:00 PM

I absolutely love these. There's a house near us with an immaculate one, similar spec to this. Wouldn't hesitate to have one as my next car.

I vaguely remembered them when they were new. Love the fact it's the tough old Mitsubishi 4G15 engine and mechanicals underneath - makes it easy for parts shops to cross-reference. Parts cost pennies too. Oil filter was £4, air filter was £9. After owning a 2010 Subaru where every cost made my eyes water, the Proton is great :-) I'd certainly recommend them.


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Posted 20 August 2018 - 05:02 PM

Welcome! Car looks like a good one ^^


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Posted 20 August 2018 - 05:04 PM

Welcome, top motoring right there!

Cheers! A grin a mile :-)


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Posted 20 August 2018 - 05:10 PM

It's so nice I'm even willing to overlook those wheel trims.


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Posted 20 August 2018 - 05:11 PM

Hi and welcome along.

When i met my now wife 18 years ago her mother (MiL) had a H reg auto in blue but without the boot spoiler,4 door i think...

 

At the time i had a Clio 172 but I liked  driving the Proton.

 

But,and this is a big but.. You MUST post more photo's.3 just isn't enough..lol


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Posted 20 August 2018 - 05:13 PM

Swans in here with his triple valve and Malaysian upholstery and claims the internet for the day.

That looks resplendent in dark blue.

Well bought, and good to hear the owners club are being helpful. I always got the feeling it was full of adenoids and arrogance.
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Posted 20 August 2018 - 05:14 PM

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Posted 20 August 2018 - 05:22 PM

Welcome! Car looks like a good one ^^

Thank you!! Hope so. When I'm done with it, I want it live on a few more years!


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Posted 20 August 2018 - 05:24 PM

It's so nice I'm even willing to overlook those wheel trims.

Hahahah. They're brutal aren't they? The owner supplied them free as it only had two rather tatty silver Halfords trims.  I believe these cost about £8 from carparts4less.co.uk. I'm trying to find the original Proton ones but they're a bit rare, or if available, very tatty :-(


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Posted 20 August 2018 - 05:27 PM

Hahahah. They're brutal aren't they? The owner supplied them free as it only two rather tatty silver Halfords trims. I believe they cost about £8 from carparts4less.co.uk. I'm trying to find the original Proton ones but they're a bit rare, or if available, very tatty :-(


We’re pretty worldwide on AS - so stick an eBay.com search in your saved searches and I would wager someone will post for you.
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Posted 20 August 2018 - 05:29 PM

Swans in here with his triple valve and Malaysian upholstery and claims the internet for the day.

That looks resplendent in dark blue.

Well bought, and good to hear the owners club are being helpful. I always got the feeling it was full of adenoids and arrogance.

Hehehe. There's one guy there who is parts man for the old Protons like mine. He drives one and stockpiles bits when he finds them. I got a Proton Haynes manual from Amazon for £2 so I'm all set...


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Posted 20 August 2018 - 05:29 PM

We’re pretty worldwide on AS - so stick an eBay.com search in your saved searches and I would wager someone will post for you.

Excellent :-)



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Posted 20 August 2018 - 05:30 PM

That looks top, great purchase. Welcome.


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Posted 20 August 2018 - 05:30 PM

Absolutely outstanding shite!

It's even an auto as well! Brilliant! You've done very very well. You have found your people here.
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Posted 20 August 2018 - 05:30 PM

APPROVAL GRANTED. Nice work.

Cheers! Loving your videos on YouTube .



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Posted 20 August 2018 - 05:32 PM

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Posted 20 August 2018 - 05:33 PM

Absolutely outstanding shite!

It's even an auto as well! Brilliant! You've done very very well. You have found your people here.

Yep - a two-pedal delight. Really smooth changes too. Every journey is now a sedate meander.



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Posted 20 August 2018 - 05:35 PM

That looks top, great purchase. Welcome.

Hopefully it'll march on for a few years until the MOT emissions or something kills it off. Still, it's cheaper than hiring a car and it can't really depreciate in value much more!


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Posted 20 August 2018 - 05:36 PM

Hi and welcome along.

When i met my now wife 18 years ago her mother (MiL) had a H reg auto in blue but without the boot spoiler,4 door i think...

 

At the time i had a Clio 172 but I liked  driving the Proton.

 

But,and this is a big but.. You MUST post more photo's.3 just isn't enough..lol

You sound like a Proton addict... I don't want you to overdose on pics... :-)



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Posted 20 August 2018 - 05:39 PM

Welcome, top motoring right there!

Thank you :-) Open-top motoring too with a Webasto Top Slider!!

 

Unfortunately, the original owner didn't get the aircon option, but the wiring in the engine bay is there...



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Posted 20 August 2018 - 05:40 PM

Auto, hatchback, triple valve - you sire are a winner.


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Posted 20 August 2018 - 05:41 PM

Thank you :-) Open-top motoring too with a Webasto Top Slider!!

 

Unfortunately, the original owner didn't get the aircon option, but the wiring in the engine bay is there...

Mil's car had a webasto as well.


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Posted 20 August 2018 - 05:45 PM

Mil's car had a webasto as well.

According to the Proton Club, new sunroof seal is £54 from Germany but I've been told but most owners silicone seal them at that point.


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Posted 20 August 2018 - 05:46 PM

Auto, hatchback, triple valve - you sire are a winner.

Triple-valve triple whammy :-) I'm a vehicular leper in my own town so it's nice to feel the love here!


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Posted 20 August 2018 - 05:58 PM

This is peak autoshite.  The only thing that could be better is video footage of you scraping off underseal and changing wheel bearings...!


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