These links might go dead. Over the past 2 weeks I was in the market for a Protege, so this car is fresh in my memory. This ad, appearing today, is for a red 99 Protege. $4295 http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/ctd/800763449.html This ad, is the same car, from 8/13, $3300 http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/cto/795190291.html There was another ad for it prior to 8/13. I'd guess the car was most certainly bought at an auction, which while I'm partial to red, I passed it over. It's also an auto, and I wanted a stick. The car may not necessarily be bad, and the price isn't out of of line. I had a heck of a time finding one. 02's and 03's tend to go for about $6k, and those are often low grade DX models with crank windows. I ended up getting an 00 ES, with all the power goodies, 5-speed, and moonroof, at a price in between the two prices above, and with slightly lower mileage. Its a very tight market for used small cars. I had 2 Proteges and an Escort sell out from under me because I didn't move fast enough. One I missed by mere minutes. In the DC area the supply is low because a lot of people take vacations in August, so not so many private sales being listed at the moment. But still, the least they could do is clean up the grubby interior and wipe the soda spilt on the driver door and the console. Caveat Emptor!