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Chevrolet Prizm, Geo Prizm, Sedan
#389 of 1448 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 1448 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 1448 Prizm-97, LSI
Mar 28, 2001 (8:57 am)
Sorry, meant to say 'Hp' (horsepower)...
#392 of 1448 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 1448 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 1448 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!
#397 of 1448 I love my 2000 Prizm...
Mar 30, 2001 (1:02 pm)
I bought a 2000 Chevrolet Prizm with a lot of apprehension. This was my first brand new car purchase. I wanted to make sure that it would be the right one. I already owned a 1994 Dodge Caravan SE and needed a car with good gas mileage to get to and from work.
I looked at the Saturn S wagon, Ford Focus Wagon and Ford Escort, Dodge Neon, and Chevy Cavalier, before I looked at the Chevy Prizm. I wanted to look at the Toyota Cars, but my wife did not want anything from Japan. So to appease us both, I went with the Prizm.
I got a 3 speed automatic for $13,800 with a five year 60,000 mile warranty. I have 9500 miles on it now, and life could not be better. After the last oil change (at 9000 miles), the oil was almost like new. The car drives great, and has surprising power for a 4 cylinder engine. The engine is quiet, even at start up, and I get around 25 miles to the gallon in bumper to bumper Houston traffic.
I have only have two complaints about the car, but they are my own fault. One, a rear window defogger. I did not know it was not standard on the car. And two, power door locks. It is a pain to reach around to unlock doors for kids. Other than that, I am 100% happy with this vehicle. I hope that this will be my son's first car when he turns 16, 10 years from now.
It is a shame though that Chevrolet is phasing this car out. I think it is the best car they have. It makes the Cavalier look silly.
I hope this helps anyone thinking of buying a Prizm.
#398 of 1448 Ramona - Tell us about your Prizm (and my new one)
Mar 30, 2001 (11:18 pm)
Whew!!! That was a close one Ramona! Close, concerning your factory rebate situation and the April 2nd expiration date. Glad it worked out for you! Typically there will be other rebates offered later in the year, but " a bird in hand is worth more than one in the bush". Did you trade your Kia in? (Couldn't tell for sure from your post.) Hope you unloaded it OK. What Prizm and equipment did you get?
I just picked up my new silver with alloy wheels Prizm LSi 5 speed tonight, celebrated at Chi Chi's with my wife, and then drove home 60 miles. Sharp looking, and wow, what a smooth running and driving little sedan! More impressed now than my initial dealer test drive, and very peppy too! I like the way the RPM's drop down low at highway cruising speeds (did not do this well, on a Mazda Protoge I test drove, so no wonder the Protoge is only rated around 30 mpg on the highway). The new Prizm gas gauge was still above full when I got home, so that is a good sign. Concerning tires, before purchase, I had noticed some LSi's on the dealer lot had Firestone, and some had Goodyear Integrity tires. I then looked at the Tire Rack web site to compare the ratings of the Firestones to the Goodyears. The Goodyears were rated a little better in just about every category (wet and dry traction, snow, etc.) so I requested they swap out wheels, tires, and all from another Prizm to get the Goodyears. This they willingly did, and gave me the Goodyear warranty paper work. With the LSi (and with either tire) one gets little wider tire P185, instead of the P175, so road handling should be a little improved, over base Prizm. Since I put on at least 145 miles a day (4 day work week) I should have on about 600 miles by this time next week. (Unless I just go out and drive it around for fun this weekend!!!!) Found out the Chev dealer has factory mud guards available, so may invest in some soon.