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#387 of 1447 New 2001 Prizm
Mar 23, 2001 (6:29 am)
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!
#388 of 1447 New 2001 Prizm Deal & Questions Answered
Mar 23, 2001 (6:32 pm)
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.
#389 of 1447 Thanks kunze1 !!!
Mar 26, 2001 (11:23 am)
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!
#390 of 1447 Prizm-97, LSI
Mar 28, 2001 (8:56 am)
Does anybody know how many up that car has? It was the last version before the re-design.
#391 of 1447 Prizm-97, LSI
Mar 28, 2001 (8:57 am)
Sorry, meant to say 'Hp' (horsepower)...
#392 of 1447 Prizm 97 HP?
Mar 28, 2001 (9:17 am)
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 -
#393 of 1447 Prizm Rebates
Mar 28, 2001 (9:29 am)
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-
Mar 29, 2001 (9:35 am)
#395 of 1447 Thanks to all!
Mar 30, 2001 (5:35 am)
Mar 30, 2001 (5:59 am)
Hit enter by accident, sorry.....
Anyway, thanks for all the information!
Well, I don't have to worry about the POS Kia anymore--although, kunze1, I did try everything to sell this thing, flyers at my work, and everyone else I know--their work too, flyers in the window, autotrader.com and the magazine, all local newspapers, etc.....
I picked up my new Prizm last night--from a different dealership than in Ann Arbor. To think of the mess I could have gotten into with those people! And, now I KNOW for a fact that they were lying to me--they told me that the rebate didn't START until the 1st of April--and come to find out here that it ends on the 2nd!!! I came sooo close to being screwed! Thank GOD I found a good dealership--and this one is right by my house, so I'll be close by for oil changes and such (hopefully, not much more than that!) I'll have to update in a couple of months, because of course, everyone loves the car brand spankin' new.....
Thanks to everyone for listening to my grumblings, and for all the help and advice. This site is great!