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Chevrolet Prizm, Geo Prizm, Sedan
#287 of 1448 timing belt
Sep 18, 2000 (5:14 pm)
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.
#288 of 1448 99 corolla use timing chain
Sep 18, 2000 (9:51 pm)
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.
Oct 05, 2000 (11:49 pm)
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!
#290 of 1448 Thanks for the tip!
Oct 06, 2000 (7:20 pm)
Corolla and Prizm owners have both complained about dash squeaks. Maybe you've found the cure (why couldn't the dealer?!!!).
#291 of 1448 99 Prizm CD Player
Nov 13, 2000 (2:53 am)
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.
#292 of 1448 No sqeaks here!
Nov 15, 2000 (11:46 pm)
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.
#293 of 1448 CD Player
Nov 20, 2000 (6:54 pm)
How about an auto salvage place to get the OEM unit a lot cheaper?
#294 of 1448 Timing Belt for '96
Nov 24, 2000 (1:51 am)
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?
Nov 24, 2000 (2:12 pm)
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.
#296 of 1448 Maintenance
Nov 28, 2000 (2:50 am)
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.