Used Car Guide: RM 20k for a used Proton Preve, should you consider it?

When it made its debut in 2012, the Proton Preve was the most affordable C-segment sedan on the market and the spec-sheet was rather impressive as well. So, is it worth your consideration as a used car?

During its 8-year run, the Preve was updated twice. It also helped Proton reach numerous milestones such as achieving the brand's first 5-star rating at the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP).

The Preve was also well-liked for its 1.6-litre CamPro CFE Turbo engine, Proton even cashed in on the hype with a Proton Preve R3 concept for those who are huge fans of Proton's racing team.


Proton has since discontinued sales of the Preve in early 2020, and the only market that you can purchase a Preve is on the used car market. So, for RM 20,000 is the Proton Preve a car you should consider?

Proton Preve through the years

From the start, Proton has had plans to market the Preve in the global market, hence the name "Preve" which means "proof" or "to prove". It was based on Proton's next-generation P2 platform and designed by Italdesign Giugiaro S.p.A, a design and engineering company under the Volkswagen Group.

The first model came in 3 flavours with 2 engine options:

  • Premium CVT (1.6-litre CamPro CFE Turbo)
  • Executive CVT (1.6-litre CamPro IAFM+)
  • Executive MT (1.6-litre CamPro IAFM+)

In 2014, Proton gave the car important safety upgrades including 6 airbags and ESC across the range. This was when the Preve became the safest car you can get at RM 73,000.

No changes were made to the variant line-up, neither were there any cosmetic changes during this update.

For the 2018 update, Proton has notably dropped the manual transmission option leaving the Preve with only a CVT. The company had also dropped the naturally aspirated engine in the Executive variant so both variants were powered by the 1.6-litre CamPro CFE turbocharged engine that dispenses 140 PS and 205 Nm.

Other than that, the Preve also gained a new all-black grille and they even added a black roof, black wing mirrors and a black rear spoiler to match the new grille. This update also introduced daytime running lights to the Premium variant.

Proton also claims that they have made updates to significantly improve the cabin's noise and vibration levels.

Common problems in the Proton Preve

Other than the usual wear and tear problems, earlier models are also victims of the well-known power window issue. Meanwhile, later models face the common issue of warning lights flashing on the instrument cluster.

More common problems listed in the table below. We suggest heading to the nearest Proton service centre to make a full check.

Accessory Comments Price
Oil cooler hose Needs to be changed every 40,000 km ~RM 150
Steering rack Not exactly a problem but the noise that the rack issue can get rather annoying, repairs depends on how severe the problem is Depends
Fuse box  Usually causes the air-cond to stop working properly or headlamp (one-eyed jack) problems ~RM 600
CVT Some owners have report CVT failures at 50,000 km mark, needs to be well-maintained

RM 2-3k to repair

RM 4-5k to change the unit

Estimated cost of repairs of a second hand Proton Preve

Item Mileage Cost
Engine oil Change at every 5,000 km/ every 3 months Depending on service centre
Engine Mounting Usually needs to be changed around 100,000 km mileage/ every 5 years ~RM 150 per piece
Timing Belt Change every 80,000 km/ 100,000 km RM 700 original Proton parts
Water Pump Change every 80,000 km/ 100,000 km ~RM 600
Brake pads When the brakes starts squeling RM 150 - RM 400
Tyres  According to driving style RM 240 and above for 16-inch rims

Proton Preve used car prices

The first version of the Proton Preve sold between 2012 to 2014 are now going on the used-car market for around RM 20,000 and they are usually past the 100,000 km mileage mark.

Preves registered between 2014 onwards, meanwhile, are listed between RM 25,000 and RM 40,000 depending on the car mileage and registered year.

Note that the prices stated on used car websites are usually not the final cost and might be subjected to many hidden costs. If you want to play it safe, you can head to used car websites like Carsome to purchase your used Preve.

Of course, when buying a used car, always make a check list to make sure there aren't any unseen damages like flood damage or even unpaid summons to make the transfer process easier. 


Reviews of the Proton Preve are mixed, there will be the group that have absolutely no complaints about the car while there are those who have much to say.

Either way, for a C-segment sedan from Proton of less than 10 years priced at RM 20,000, it would be classified as quite a steal especially for those who would like a family sedan with Proton's well-known ride and handling along with a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine.

It also perfectly fits the family lifestyle thanks to its spacious interior and large boot space (508 litres). The sedan also has the added security thanks to its rather abundant safety features.

From what we know, the Proton Preve club is also a friendly source of information if ever you need help with your "new" used car. Perhaps it's because Preve owners are usually more mature and lack the need to show off their cars. Just search up any Preve club on Facebook and hop in. 

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