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Chevrolet (Geo) Prizm



  • k33k33 Posts: 1
    I own a 1999 Chevy Prizm without ABS.
    Is it possible to put ABS on it? If
    so, any idea what the cost would be
    to have it done?

  • wenyuewenyue Posts: 558
    I doubt it. ABS is extremely complex, and it's a factory option. I don't think any ordinary dealer could do the job. :(
  • even if u could get abs aftermarket youd probably pay dearly for them try trading in on a lsi which iccludes abs
  • fluid on the manual 5sp 95 prizm??it looks like u have to vacuum it out and pump i back in the same hole !!???. this car has 90k and never changed and my bro learned to drive o this car lots of gear grindidng and it seems its getting harder andharder to shift now imagine the fluid is really worn out, on that note can u chqange the power steering fluid,clutch fluid, is there any need ? thanks, brett
  • the spark plugs on this there also 90k miles old (nowonder im only getting 200 miles ona full tank of gas i hope) i cant even fit a spark plug remover past those stupid sleeves at the top of the engine, nay ideas
  • How worth it would it be to buy a '93 Prizm, 80000 miles, with no body problems for $5495?

    Please let me know at

  • although thats lower miles for any 93 car, but there one for sale here a 95 with 90k for 5k, depends if its an lsi or base with 5sp or auto,the main dif is the passenger airbag added in 1995,let me know if u have any questions about this car. later, brett oh i own a 95
  • snitssnits Posts: 1
    I am looking at purchasing a '93 Prizm LSi that has less than 24k miles for 4995. It's very clean (almost flawless)...does this sound reasonable?
  • thats extremely low miles and at that price its a steal, i still would make sure it had its reg mainance though, some parts are more affected by just sitting and not bein driven, like exhaust, rotors, body drain channels, i bought my 95 with 80k for more than that, would be excited on having a very low mleage one like that, it will take care of u , good luck these are very reliable trouble free cars!! oh u mentioned lsi it should have the 1.8 motor and some power options even makesm it a better deal
  • kat47kat47 Posts: 1
    Bought a used 94 Prizm with just 6200 miles (standard/3 spd) for $6000. Two things -- is there no trunk light? and rear window defogger isn't working (replaced fuse but that wasn't the problem). Where do we look next to fix this thing? I don't have a repair manual yet with the wiring layout. Thanks.
  • akb1akb1 Posts: 5
    In 1999 I bought a 96 Geo Prizm with 33,000 miles on it. I commute on freeway. Now this car has about 47,000 miles. I noticed that engine is pretty noisey at about 75 MPH.

    I also have a 94 Sentra that has been extremely good to me for 130,000 (I will put another 30K - 35K by end of 2002 And perhaps retire it and start using Geo). The Sentra with its high mileage is still less noisy at the same speed.

    Do Geos make more noise than Sentras?

    I have been thinking to take it to the dealer or auto shop?

    Any thoughts?
  • enetheneth Posts: 285
    Automatic or manual, and if automatic, is it a 3-speed or a 4-speed. The 3-speed auto forces the engine to rev higher at highway speeds and as a result is noisier.
  • akb1akb1 Posts: 5
    It is a 3 speed automatic.
  • pshockpshock Posts: 2
    I bought a geo tracker in 1999 and was about to sell it to a private indivual and found out through prospective buyer that my car was involved in accident prior to my buying it from dealer and was never disclosed... now my transmission is failing as a result of prior undisclosed accident...according to mechanic... can I give the car back to gmac now without repercussions...pls advs asap...thku...
  • pshockpshock Posts: 2
    how do I lower my beacon score if I have located errors in my credit report... or is there a different credit report the dealers based their apr rate on...pls ads
  • capie41capie41 Posts: 3
    for four thou from a dealer..

    i traded in a 93 maxda protege LX that had the clunking problem (when you shift gears) that a lot of them have! even the new, new proteges.

    anyway, the prism only has 63k on it, and it looks like new. it's not the lsi and i miss the lux of the LX, but this one also has a "roadier", more sporty feel that is hard to explain, but i like driving it better.

    i hope this car is as reliable as it's cracked up to be. has anyone switched from mazda to geo and happy they made the change?
  • kneehowmakneehowma Posts: 17
    Hi y'all,

    I am a proud owner of a new 2001 Prizm. Put up 2000 miles in less than a month and did an oil/filter change around 1500 miles. So far so good, the car runs fine with no problems and engine noise is non-existance even with 3-spd automatic.

    However, I noticed that the coolant level is kinda low and I am wondering what type of coolant should I use? After doing some research, I narrowed down to either GM Dex-Coolant (orange color) or Toyota red coolant. Since Prizm is basically a Corolla, should I go with the Toyota red coolant? Also should I flush the coolant and place it with regular green coolant when that maintenance schedule come up? Thanks for any help!
  • enetheneth Posts: 285
    Use the Toyota coolant. It is not the same formulation as the green stuff (Prestone, etc.), nor is it the same as in true GM vehicles.

    If you don't get discount coupons, find a friend who has a Toyota - they send discount coupons all the time, which make the cost of routine parts (antifreeze, filters, etc.) just about as inexpensive (or cheaper in some cases) than you'd find by buying decent aftermarket maintenance items.
  • sighsigh Posts: 2
    Hi, I just purchased a '93 prim psi 1.6l 3 up auto. When I am going over 50mph and accelerate there seems to be a shaking coming from the front left side. It gets a lot worse if I am going around a right turn. If I let off the gas the shaking goes away. I originally thought front wheel bearings but once it gets up to speed it's fine and doesn't rumble like I'm used to with bad bearings. The car is going in the shop tomorrow but any help would be appreciated.

  • enetheneth Posts: 285
    Has the car been aligned, and have the wheels been balanced lately?
  • sighsigh Posts: 2
    I don't know if it's been aligned lately but it goes down the road straight as an arrow with no pulling what-so-ever. I don't think it's a tire balance problem either because the guy I bought it from just put new tires on it, also unbalanced tires shake at certain speeds whether you accelerate or not I think, mine will shake the whole time I accelerate...

  • shishi Posts: 6
    How about the universal joint on the axle
  • ravramravram Posts: 7

    I have been reading all the posts, and this sounds like such a great little car! No wonder I'm buying one on April 2nd..... :-)

    Anyway, please bear with my stupidity, but when you get ANYTHING done on these brand new cars--you take it back to the Chevy Dealeership, right? I'm only asking because of post #380 about the coolant. I hate to feel like a retard, but I have never had a brand spankin' new car.....the closest I've had was a 1999 bought in 2000 with 14K miles on it....

    Also, another weird question, does anyone have (or know where to find) written down, blow by blow maintenance schedule (for dummies like me!)??
    For example, it would say like:

    1,000 miles Oil Change
    3,000 miles Oil Change, radiatior flush,
    5,000 miles Whatever.....

    And on, and on, and on.....

    Any advice/help would be appreciated. Thanks!

  • kunze1kunze1 Posts: 19
    Ramona - Hi! I too am joining your new 01 Prizm club. Picking up new LSi up in 4 days. Great deals available out there (Twin Cities area). Got a silver $17,000 LSi (window sticker) for $13,000 even. Got the $1,500 factory rebate (good till April 2), dealer down close to invoice, and then another $1400 off with the GM card. All stock LSi 5spd., with CD and alloy wheels as only options. This one has Goodyears on it (not the less desirable Firestones). Looking forward to driving this reliable sedan, hoping to get 37 to 40 mpg (41 mpg highway rating) on my daily highway 142 mile round trip commute (4 days/week). Also, considered the Mazda Protoge, but the so/so mileage was the turn off, and then the Corolla quality won me over to the well made Prizm. Ramona & others: - The low coolant situation should be taken care of under warranty by dealer. The owners manual should list the maintenance schedule for oil changes etc., in the back somewhere. With my 98 Geo Metro I had been going 6k to 7k miles between Mobile One changes. Used no oil at all with 78k miles on the clock. Reliable car, is up for sale now. Concerning the question of the 93 Prizm with shaking - Get it up in the air and spin all tires by hand and observe for a rim wobble or tire wobble or bobble. Likely is one of these two, even with the new tires mentioned. Also, try to shake all wheels back and forth and up and down also, to check for loose joints or excess bearing play. You should find the problem. If not have balance re-checked, and go from there.
  • ravramravram Posts: 7
    Thanks for the response!

    I am so fed up with my current car--a 1999 Kia Sportage EX, 4X4. I bought it last July and have had nothing but problems with it! It has been in the shop at least once a month.... What burns my a** is that I was stupid enough to believe that I was buying a "reliable" automobile--yeah right! I can rely on seeing the service department once a month! Anyway, to make a horrible story even worse, I am "upside down" on the payments--meaning I still owe 13K on the car, and the most I have been able to find a dealership to give me for my POS is 10K. Sheesh! The Chevy Dealership here in Ann Arbor MI is really great, and they are trying really hard to work with me--the Prizm has the best lease special that I can find right now. I have been trying to sell my car by myself for almost three months now--NO CALLS!!! So, I am cutting my losses.....Then, even WORSE, my car totally would not start at all last night--I ran errands all day, came home around 1 pm, then had to go back out at 5 pm, and surprise, surprise, my POS wouldn't start! I had this problem last November and December--I would go somewhere and come out 5 minutes to an hour later, and it wouldn't start. They fixed it before Christmas, and now, it's acting up again. I CAN'T WAIT TO TRADE THIS IN!!!!! I don't even want to list all the things that have gone wrong with this car (at only 22K miles no less!) because I will just work myself up into a rage and go postal on a co-worker!!! Suffice to say, I will be sooo happy when I get into another car!

    Also, you mentioned the special only going on until April 2nd??? I was told by Rampy Chevrolet, here in Ann Arbor, that the special is STARTING on April 1st. Are they lying to me?

    Thanks for reading and sharing!

  • uis00snuis00sn Posts: 18
    Does anybody know how many up that car has? It was the last version before the re-design.

  • uis00snuis00sn Posts: 18
    Sorry, meant to say 'Hp' (horsepower)...
  • kunze1kunze1 Posts: 19
    I believe it was right around 120 HP in 1997. I know that I was told by dealer that the new variable valve timing technology in the newest Prizms added 5 HP making the current 125 HP. Makes for a pretty peppy car, since it only weighs in at 2400 lbs. - Dave -
  • kunze1kunze1 Posts: 19
    Ramona - I checked the rebate and incentive section of this Web Site, and it still says $1500 until April 2. However, your dealer may know about up coming rebates (not announced yet) and be basing his statements to you on that. If I were you I would just phone another Chev dealer in your area, express and interest in a new Prizm, and inquire about current and future rebates. Ramona - Sorry to hear about your Kia Sportage problems. You may need to advertise it in a wider area, and with different mediums (Web, Auto shoppers, another big paper, for sale signs in window and park at local mall as much as you can). If it is still under warranty, I would stress that in your advertising. -Dave-
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