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#277 of 1448 Breaking in my 2000 Prizm
Sep 10, 2000 (3:27 am)
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.
Sep 10, 2000 (5:42 am)
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.
#279 of 1448 '98 prizm check eng light
Sep 11, 2000 (5:08 pm)
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?
#280 of 1448 Gas Cap
Sep 14, 2000 (2:24 pm)
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?
Sep 14, 2000 (10:51 pm)
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.
Sep 15, 2000 (3:45 am)
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?
#283 of 1448 Long Live the Prizm
Sep 15, 2000 (4:43 am)
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.
#284 of 1448 98 Check Engine Light
Sep 15, 2000 (11:07 am)
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.
#285 of 1448 2001 Seat back Problem
Sep 15, 2000 (10:01 pm)
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.
#286 of 1448 Prism Information
Sep 18, 2000 (10:37 am)
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?