Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Proton Satria hatchback?
One thing in the Satria's favour is that it's quite reliable, despite its shoddy build quality and cheap materials.
The most likely source of an expensive repair is a head gasket failure, although cases of this are few and far between. However, it has been known to affect even the newest examples, so check the underside of the engine filler cap for water or white residue, and for oil in the coolant. Any sign of these is a warning that head gasket trouble is coming.