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Chevrolet Prizm, Geo Prizm, Sedan
#1402 of 1448 Re: My First Geo [salami1947]
Feb 06, 2011 (8:21 am)
You're going to love this car. I bought a '95 Prizm in 1996 with 3000 miles on it, and now my college student uses it, it has 110,000 miles on it. Rattles like crazy but it gets her from point A to point B reliably.
Then in October I bought another '95 Prizm for my soon-to-be 16 yr. old. It had 191,000 miles on it! Like you, I bought it for $750. It needed a new windshield and I had the oil & trans. fluid changed, new rear struts, put snow tires on it, some hose leaks fixed, new battery, and around $1000 later it was on the road. Runs great. It gets up my driveway in the snow while my 2002 Sable wagon is marooned for the winter. Really came in handy this winter. And these cars are fun to drive - very responsive. (Oh yeah, it does have a power steering fluid leak right now, but I have a feeling that will be easy to fix)
#1403 of 1448 Re: 1997 Geo Prism check engine light [joebert2]
Feb 26, 2011 (10:03 am)
Thats not true.
#1404 of 1448 Re: squeak6 [goose1207]
Feb 26, 2011 (10:26 am)
Autozone cannot do this in older model cars, usually 95 and less
Feb 28, 2011 (7:32 am)
Hi skb4e - you might want to check the dates on messages you're responding to. This one was from 2003. I suspect the member has already figured out the problem by now!
#1406 of 1448 need help trying to find owner manual
Mar 30, 2011 (4:34 pm)
#1407 of 1448 need help trying to find owner manual
Mar 30, 2011 (4:34 pm)
i'm trying to find me an owner manual for my 1995 manual geo prizm the owner before me didn't give it to me and also i need to get another key for it so do i have to order a new key or what
#1408 of 1448 Vibrations in prizm
Apr 11, 2011 (8:51 am)
I have a 1995 Geo Prizm. It has run 99K miles. The car is vibrating now and different mechanics suspect different problems about the car. I got one mechanic who asked me to replace the following parts
1. Rack and pinion.
3. Lower Control Arms.
The estimated cost was around 1000 bucks. is it worth getting it fixed with a uncertified mechanic for 1000 bucks, from a dealer for 2300 bucks or is it worth selling it off and buying a new one?
#1409 of 1448 vibrations inprizm
Apr 11, 2011 (9:30 am)
I have had three of these things and never replaced a rack and pinion or lower contol arms. Unless the rack is leaking or the control arms show serious visible wear I cant believe those are your the problem (My last one had 250,000 hard miles before it retired & my current one has 160,000 hard miles on it). The fact that his guess is that "wild" tells me he does'nt know what is is and may be wasting your money by trying a shotgun approach to fixing it.
most likely (depending on when the vibration occurs) it could be struts, or a bad cv joint (drive axle) or potentially a wheel bearing (but unlikely). For that matter it could simply be bad or out of balance tires (or if you live where it is muddy or snowy mud or snow can pack up on the inside of the wheel and throw the balance off making it vibrate), If it had more miles on it and the vibration only occurred at really high speeds it could be transmission output shaft bearings (but this is probably unlikely).
If you hear a kind of slight clunky noise or feel more viration when turning the wheel it might be a cv joint.Take a look at your front tires for uneven wear patterns. this can indicate a bad strut. If you feel the bumps a little harder than you think you should, or hear clunk when you hit potholes then most likely Struts. (struts will also sometiems leak oil when they are bad) There are a lot of little things as well that can cause vibrations.
Find someone who has a good idea of how to troubleshoot your problem.
I definitely wouldn't spend $1k on speculations. These are pretty good cars. take the time to figure it out. Mechanically this car is an exact twin of a toyota corrola (except for body and trim)and when taken care of can easily exceed 200,000 miles.
I hope this helps.
#1410 of 1448 Re: Vibrations in prizm [ucfknight1]
Apr 11, 2011 (3:03 pm)
Vibration is felt exactly when? While driving slow? Driving fast? At idle?
It might be engine mount/s if you see the engine shaking when it is running.
But like the previous message said, these cars run forever if you do the basic maintenance. When something breaks it is usually easy/cheap to fix.Things do not break easily.
#1411 of 1448 A/T Drain Plug
Apr 11, 2011 (3:06 pm)
Now my question:
What is the size of automatic transmission drain plug? What is the tool to use for drain&refill service? An allen wrench? Sockets?
Car is 1994 Geo Prizm with 4 speed auto. (158K miles).