My dad is looking at a used 1995 Geo Prizm with a stick and a/c. Since gas prices are soaring, he doesn't want to spend $45.00 just to fill up his 5.3 V8 Silverado LT. I only want to know if the prizm is safe, reliable, and a good buy at $3,400 dollars for A/C and rear defroster with a manual transmission. He wants this because it gets like 30 miles per gallon compared to 17 with his silverado! Please write back to tell me information about these questions. Thanks!
Homer, I bought a 93 Geo Prizm LSi with 91K, stick, a/c as my winter car. I don't know if he's looking at the base or the LSi, but the LSi has some nice upgrades over the base, my favorite being the split folding rear seat. Note that on these cars, even the tach is optional!
That being said, I highly recommend the car. As you probably know, it's basically the same as a Toyota Corolla (built on the same line, but they tend to sell for a lot less). It's pretty fun to drive with the stick, as well. A friend of mine had one with an auto and it SUCKED! I get around 26-27 mpg in city-only driving and I drive it pretty hard (my main car is a Miata, so I tend to flog my winter cars!).
Let me know if you have any other questions. I think he'd like the car--but make sure he's prepared for the fact that when people hear you have a Geo, they always think of the Metro. Even if you say it's a Prizm, they still think of the Metro. No wonder Chevy dumped the marque...
#431 of 1448 Buy New 2001 LSI Prizm (Answer to # 427)
May 11, 2001 (9:55 pm)
The 2001 Prizm LSI you mentioned with the alloy wheels and CD player as only options is exactly the car I bought in silver 6 weeks ago. I bought my 5 speed, for $13k even ($17k window sticker). Got factory rebate at that time of $1500, GM card rebate of $1400, and dealer down to a couple hundred over invoice. Purchased in the Twin Cites area. Your $14,300 deal you mentioned is a very good deal on this new car, especially if you are not using the GM card for a big reduction like I did. By the way, with gas prices heading up I am loving the mileage, which started out at 37.5 mpg, and most recently went up to 39mpg on a tank full. (Mostly highway driving.) Biggest (minor) complaint so far, is that high cross wind days seem to want to move the car around a little more on the road than ideal, but I can live with it. When I go to replace tires down the road, I will take a good look at the stability rating for possible improvement.
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I wonder if anyone a little more knowledgeable about cars than I am can help me. I currently drive a 1986 Mercury Topaz - a small (mid-size in its day) sedan that, for all its woes, is a car that I like very much. Its gas mileage is great (for a 1986 Ford), it's comfortable in both driveability and roominess, and it's a very sturdy car. However, because of its age, I can't really keep it any longer. Parts are getting harder to find and it eventually will suffer some sort of problem that will probably be more costly to fix than the down payment on a new Ferrari.
So I'm looking for a new(er) car. I'm not looking for anything auspicious. I don't want a sportscar, I don't want a luxury sedan, rather, something economical that has decent performance (i.e. won't get me killed on the highway), as well as roominess. I like the looks of the Prizm / Corolla. I figured I'd ask the usual questions:
1. Has anyone had any major problems or dislikes about their Prizm, any sticking points I should be worried about?
2. Does Chevrolet provide decent after-purchase service?
3. I attend a college that is fairly far from home, so I log a LOT of highway miles. Is it a good highway car, or should I pick up something with a V6, like a Malibu?
I bought the prizm yesterday, taupe cashmere LSI, with 5 speed, alloy wheels and cd. I ended up paying 13,100 with my gm card rebate. With the 1500 factory + gm card rebate the car ends up being a great bargain. I just got rid of my 90 prizm with 311,000 miles on it!!!! Hopefully the new one does the same. One note, The alloy wheels are not as nice looking as I thought they would be, but its still nicer than hubcaps.
#436 of 1448 Response to growling noise in front of Geo Prizm
May 15, 2001 (4:36 pm)
I own a '95 Geo Prizm with 75,000 miles on it. I too am experiencing the same growling noise on low speeds. It stops when the car completely stops. I have had no luck fixing the problem. Have you had any other responses to your dilemma?