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Chevrolet (Geo) Prizm



  • Will the 2001 Prizm get a re-freshing? I checked out the Chevrolet Web site and It looked the same.
  • that Corolla in those pictures makes the one we have now look like crap.

    Why does the U.S. always get the shaft when it comes to good global cars?
  • was designed in Japan, and the European version looks worse. Don't worry, our version will look as good or (hopefully) better. I don't mind the front end treament, I just don't like the high profile and those wimpy wheelwell openings. It makes the car look like a transportation appliance instead of something you wanna get in and DRIVE. The interior is gorgeous, though.
  • I bought a new '00 Prizm about 4 months ago. It just sat around for a while though while I knocked out the last few miles on my 1984 Chevy Cavalier (it had 140,000). I sold my Cavalier then for $400 and started driving my new Prizm for work a few months ago. I drive a route for my company and I put on about 4-5000 miles a month. My Prizm now has 8,000 miles on it and it runs like a clock. I enjoy spirited (hard and fast) driving very much and my Prizm with it's vvt-i engine delivers without a missing a beat. Even after the torture I put this car thru, the idle is still silky smooth and the car rides and handles great. The only minor thing I have noticed is significant fade in the brakes after extensive use of them. I also average 30mpg with the 3-speed automatic. I see the news that Chevy is getting rid of the Prizm in 2002. Too bad, because it seems to be the most reliable car in their stable so far.
  • do everything in their power to not have to sell GOOD cars.

    They'd much rather sell hump-back NASCAR wanna-be's (Monte Carlo's), poor man's Lexus LX wanna-be's (Escalades), and hermaphrodite van/SUV's (Aztek). They abandon and fail to update potential gold mine car lines like the Impala SS, and Camaro, so they can divert resources to building cars no one really gets excited about.
  • just bought a '98 prizm, 3 spd auto with 28k. have now taken it in to the dealer (still under warranty) for the 3rd time for this "check engine" light. 1st time they said "replaced transmission switch." 2nd time "adjust parking gear lever." waiting to see what 3rd time yields. anyone had similar problem or suggestion i could pass on to the dealer?
  • shishi Posts: 6
    I have a 2000 Prism. On the gas cap, a car usually has a gas cap and a spring loaded "flap". On mine the "flap" is not there. Dealer told me there is none for the 2000 Prism. Should I believe them? Do you guys see this also?
  • no flap, but there is a nifty slot on the fuel door for your gas cap when you take it off. Try it next time. Fits real nice but is sometimes subject to falling off.

    Most would agree a tether is better.
  • I have a 2000 5 - speed Prizm, with cruise. When I come to a full stop the cruise completely cancels out and will not resume when I get back up to highway speed, and I have to reset it. The dealership tells me this is the normal design. Other vehicles I've had will resume on command. I think I'm getting a hose job? Or are they right?
  • If Calty is designing the face-lift for the next
    Prizm, then we are in very good hands. Although
    not the same class as this car, they did an
    incredible job with the '00 Celica.

    If GM ditches the Prizm eventually, it is 100%
    their loss. Somehow, I think we will always be
    able to buy a Corolla. I don't see Toyota canning
    the undisputed, bulletproof, King of Reliability.
  • I just had my 2000 prizm in for the 3rd time in 5000 miles for the check engine light. First 2 times they blames the gas cap, yesterday they did a vaccum test and found no problems, so they called GM and there is a technical bulletin saying that they have been having problems with the evaporation canisters letting out pressure. So the ordered one for me. Maybe its the same for your problem.
  • I just bought a new 2001 prizm sedan. The driver's seat hurts my back. There's a bar or something across the seat back near the seam. Has anyone else experienced this problem? And was the dealer able to fix it? This is my 3rd prizm (own a 91 & 96) and never experienced something like this before.
  • I just purchased a 2000 Prism LSI. There is no reference in the owners service manual to replace the timing belt at a specified mileage. When they went to variable valve timing for 2000, did they add a timing chain? Also, Toyota has as an option for an all weather package which includes a heavy duty starter, heater, ventilator and rear heat ducts. Does the Prism LSI which contains rear heat ducts, include these heavy duty items?
  • Boris2Boris2 Posts: 177
    juniek1, I am not sure about the 2000 model, but in my '98 they did use timing chain. As for the maintance requried for the chain, when I asked chevy dealer, they were not able to give me a good answer. They said that according to the experience on the "old V6 Buicks" (I'm quoting them) the chain might needs to be replaced at 120K mi. It seems to me that you can get better answer to any Prizm related questions at Toyota dealership :-)
    I've never heard about all weather package for the Prizm.
  • wenyuewenyue Posts: 558
    I know for a fact that my 99 Corolla use a timing chain. But corolla did go to a VVt-i engine starting 2000 model year. Maybe they changed the timeing chain/belt thing, but I don't think they did.

    The corolla engine is tune up-free for the first 100,000 miles. You don't have to do a engine or transmission tune up until then. The prizm should be the same thing.
  • I purchased a 2000 Prizm in August and really like the car one problem that drove me crazy over time was a squeaking noise comming from the dashboard. Took it to the dealer after driving it for a month. Service dept heard the problem at first then couldn't find it told me i'd have to leave the car with them (they already had it 2 days!) Took the car back home and proceeded to remove the panel beneath the steering wheel to gain access to area where I thought noise was comming from. Lo and behold there it was..a bundle of wires wrapped in electrical tape rubbing against the inner dash behind the hazard/rear defroster switches. I moved the wires away from dash..No more squeak!! (it only took me 5 minutes to locate the problem.) Now I can say I'm 100% happy with the car!
  • Corolla and Prizm owners have both complained about dash squeaks. Maybe you've found the cure (why couldn't the dealer?!!!).
  • 39043904 Posts: 16
    I recently decided to replace the AM/FM cassette player in my 99 Prizm with an AM/FM cd unit BUT due to it's double DIN size, all I can locate on the internet are $$$ priced units -- in the $300-$400+ range. The local Chevy dealer quoted me a price of $400+ (incl. installation) for an original equipment Delco unit. Does anyone know where I could find a quality cd unit (double DIN)in the $100-$200 range?? I did find some that fit that aren't double DIN but you have to use filler panels.
  • I own a 1990 Geo Prizm GSi (4 door). It has about 135000 miles on the odo but is still as tight as new. No sqeaks, rattles, clicking sounds ... whatsoever. And in general, it has been the most reliable car I have ever owned. I owned a Volvo 245 station wagon before and had a few repairs performed on it now and then. However, the Prizm has NEVER been in the shop for ANY repair, except for the muffler and brake pads replacement which is normal wear and tear.
  • lallylally Posts: 5
    How about an auto salvage place to get the OEM unit a lot cheaper?
  • fatoufatou Posts: 2
    I just purchased a '96 GEO Prizm with 86,000 miles. I bought it from a dealer and there was only one previous owner. I do not know if the timing belt has been changed. How often do the older models like this need the belt replaced? I am concerned because of the number of miles and I had a belt brake on me before- not good news. Any ideas?
  • enetheneth Posts: 285
    Under "severe" service, 60,000 mile replacement. Under "normal" service, 60,000 mile "inspection", with no specified replacement interval.

    Since you're headed for 90K, I would suggest getting it replaced - if you can find a Toyota dealer (it's a Toyota engine), they'll sometimes have a special offer to do the job for $200 or less.
  • I have a 99 prizm lsi
    Is it safe to say that:
    1. Tune up is at 100,000 miles
    2. What about timing belt, when should that be changed?
    3. How often should I change the anti-freeze?
    Thank you for your advice.
  • enetheneth Posts: 285
    The 99 Prizm has a 1.8L engine and a timing chain, not a belt - the chain does not need periodic replacement.
  • We have a 94 Prism LSI . It has never been in the shop for any repairs. Just the normal new tires and brakes I'd reccomend prism to anyone
  • 39043904 Posts: 16
    The other day I noticed something strange about the AM/AM CD player in my 99 Prizm. It always has played well and the sound reproduction is relatively good BUT I noticed upon ejecting the cd from that player (after about an hour's worth of continuous playing) that the cd was rather hot to the touch. I also noticed that the digital display (shows the track playing, the time, elasped playing time, etc.) also gets rather warm. Is this normal?? This condition doesn't appear to damage the cds in anyway I can tell.
  • malibu99malibu99 Posts: 305
    I believe the CD player radio your Prizm has is teh same one that was offered in the early malibu ( 97-99). The hot radio is normal and it will not damage the cd. Touch the memory setting numbers and tehy should also be warm to mildly hot to the touch, it appears to be the way the radio works and there should be no cause for worries.
  • ckeemckeem Posts: 6
    I recently purchased a brand new 2000 Prizm LSI with 3 sp auto. One of the reasons for my purchase was its reliability, refinement and value (rebates). But from the first day I got the car, my prizm seems to emit lot's of engine noise. It produces a growl (reminds me of GM's version of sporty exhaust tune) during acceleration, and emits lots of engine booming at 65 mph plus, it feels like there is a hole between the firewall and the interior. Not the type of noise one relates to refinement. I took my car to the dealer twice to check whether there is improper sound seal in the firewall or transmission tunnel. The dealer could not find anything and told me that the sound is normal in all prizms. I have a driven other 2000 prizms and they don't have the growl or booming that my prizm has. Is this a unique problem to my car or are there other owners with similar noise problems?

  • enetheneth Posts: 285
    Have the others been 4-speeds? A 3-speed transaxle will force the engine to run at higher rpms at highway speed - the overdrive gear in a 4-speed allows the engine to run slower and more quietly at speed. That's true of any car.
  • ckeemckeem Posts: 6
    Others were 3 speeds also. All cars ran at same RPM at highway speeds, although the 3 speed causes higher RPMs most of the noise was muffled, none seemed to have the booming sound that mine has. I wish I had sound meter to measure the decibels.
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