The chances are you've never even heard of the Impian and you've probably never seen one either; virtually none ever found owners in the UK. However, if you're skint and you need family transport, the Impian makes a great used buy thanks to decent reliability, plenty of space and generous equipment levels. Just expect looks of bemusement rather than admiration when you're driving.
7/01: The Impian is introduced with a 1.6-litre Mitsubishi-sourced four-cylinder engine. There's 102bhp on tap and a choice of standard or X trim levels.
9/04: Two new trim levels are introduced; the GLS and the GSX.
4/05: A facelift brings a new design of alloy wheels for the GLS and GSX (now 16in instead of 15in) plus extra standard equipment.
11/06: The GLS and GSX both get a power boost to 110bhp.
Proton Impian (2001-2008) Checklist
- See what state the exhaust is in; it can fracture or even snap altogether as it's not especially well supported along its length.
- The heater controls can jam, so make sure it all works properly.
- The build quality is none too hot, which is why some cars have lots of squeaks and rattles.
- The seats aren't especially supportive and the driving position isn't quite right, so make sure you can get comfortable.
- Rear visibility is poor, so check the car's back end for scrapes.
- The remote central locking sometimes refuses to activate on all doors.
- Equipment levels
We Don't Like
- Hardly any around
- No diesels
- So-so interior
- Only saloons offered