Wow, this board gets a lot of traffic. My local Mazda dealer has several 2000 and 2001 used Proteges that I am considering as a 2nd car to my 2002 Miata LS.
They have a 2000 LX (I think) with a 5-speed that I am really interested in except that it is white (yuk). Edmunds hits it at about $5,000 trade-in and about $7,500 retail, does this sound right for a car with about 75,000 miles on it?
Thel, you want some advice? Ok, I feel you can find a 2000 PRO-ES with less than 75,000 miles. That's about 25,000 mile per year, alot of miles for a three year old car. I do and can recommend the 2000 PRO-ES, my wife and I both have one. Our PRO-ES's have about 46,000 mile on them and are great little racers! Keep looking for a used Protegé with less miles in the $7,500 price range.
BTW, we would need to know more about any specific car, to answer your main question. RE: options, condition, what part of the country are you from, does the car come with a dealer warranty. If I was in your shoes, I would look for a Protegé with some of the original manufacture warranty left. Mazda has a 3 year/50,000 mile warranty on pre-2003 models. That way, you have several months to discover any potential problems while under the Mazda warranty protection? Good luck Thel!
#18885 of 24043 What were you all doing at 1AM, 2AM and 3AM here?
Dec 08, 2002 (6:12 am)
Let's talk about the wonderful world of tires (hey, don't complain: it could have been this or brakes)
I put 33PSI all around this week, and the PRO handles much better on the highway - goes faster I think, with less noise - but is rough in the city. I think I'll go and adjust it today: I'll leave 33 front and lower the rear to 32.