Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Proton GEN-2 hatchback?
Arguably the best thing to look out for is someone selling a higher mileage, yet infinitely better Ford Focus. However, if you do find a privately sold Gen-2 in good condition at a very low price, then it's worth giving it a thorough check over.
Pay particular attention to the state of the cabin. Build quality was disappointing on these cars from day one and many of the controls have an insubstantial, flimsy feel to them and may not go the distance. Electrical components such as air-con and window motors also need checking.