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Chevrolet Prizm, Geo Prizm, Sedan
Jul 26, 2000 (3:56 am)
My 2000 Prizm (bought new, April 2000) also has a squeak. My squeak appears to be coming from the left-hand side of the dashboard. I am fairly confident that my squeak is not coming from the suspension. I also have a rattle coming from my turn signal stalk. Of course, 2 Chevrolet dealers I have tried won't even look at it without charging me. I have a 3-speed automatic, and get 32 in mixed city/highway driving (28/32). Other than that, it's a great car!
Jul 26, 2000 (6:55 pm)
the dashboard squeak is a common complaint. I think the dash assembly itself is a problem -- it needs to be more secure.
With a 3spd auto, your mileage is right on the money. I have a 4spd auto and get a consistent 31-32 mpg, due largely to the wider, softer tires (205/16ZR45s). Before I added the new rims and tires I got 35 mpg in mixed driving here in LA.
Jul 28, 2000 (7:34 am)
from a 900 mile trip in my 99 Prizm.
first long trip / needed to break it in.
5 speed - mpg results 36.2 mpg at speeds mostly 75-80 mph and a 70/30 hwy/city split. In 90-95 degree weather no less.
Nothing to gripe about except lack of cruise control-damn my right foot and toe hurts.
#241 of 1447 okay one complaint
Jul 28, 2000 (7:39 am)
and I have said this b4.
The stock tires suck.
I can not express how much they suck.
I am gonna be calling the tire rack soon to get some real tires. Dennis, what size are the TRD alum. wheel and tire upgrades?
Jul 28, 2000 (7:31 pm)
205/16ZR45s (just like mine, only Nittos). However, based on input from my buds at c*three racing, try Sumitomos or Kumhos -- cheaper and much better handling. They hate Nittos. I'm switching over to Sumos myself this weekend -- probably 40s, though.
Jul 28, 2000 (9:35 pm)
I know your a CA guy?
I have the incredible joy here in MN of looking forward to snow in the winter. The stock tires are unsafe in winter. Are the tires you're reffering to at least all-season?
#244 of 1447 y'know, I haven't a clue.......
Jul 28, 2000 (9:47 pm)
Haven't lived in the white stuff since I moved out here from Detroit in 92. I doubt that a wide, low-profile tire is a very good idea in the winter, even with a FWD car. I'd check the tire reviews in the enthusiast mags before proceeding further. Or, just buy another set for winter (personally, I think that's the best way by far. As they say, anything worth doing is worth doing to excess!)
Jul 30, 2000 (6:33 am)
bought blizzaks for my last thunderbird.
didn't think i'd have to do it for a FWD car
the thought has crossed my mind because the blizzaks are phenomenal
Aug 07, 2000 (6:16 am)
Just bought a 94 Prizm, car seems great, runs good and on first hiway trip got 37mpg+, can't complain except for one thing. Is the loud road noise and engine noise normal for these cars. The more we drove the car the more we noticed the noise is really annoying and to crank the radio up to drown it out would make you go deaf. Actually at 60+mph it is the quitest per say as the engine rumbling is smoother, but the tire and road noise is still bad, unless you hit a hiway that is smooth blacktop and it is better, but if you hit hiway with a rough texture it's pretty much of a constant roar. At low speeds from 0-45 you hear the engine rumbling. We can live with it as the car was bought just as a work car, but was wondering if they all are noisy and if so does anyone know of any solutions to reduce it? In case anyone needs the specs, it is a std 4 door sedan, with the 3 speed auto basic model and a/c, with new Yokohama tires and drives perfectly straight and smooth.
Aug 07, 2000 (3:56 pm)
Replace 'em. As far as the engine goes, you shouldn't even hear it unless you got the 3spd auto, which is entirely unfit for freeway travel, IMO.