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#726 of 1448 2002 Prizm LSi with 40k miles- Running good
Dec 30, 2003 (1:58 pm)
i drive it 250+ miles/week. so far only replaced rear glass because of defogger problem (under warrenty). oil changes 7.5k miles. tires/brakes still good. but only ~36mpg on highway from day 1.
Had a Technical service bulletin that the dealer didnt know how to fix because the TSb didnt say how to fix it:
7. FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY:FILLER PIPE AND CAP NHTSA Number: 264478
Bulletin Number: 42
Bulletin Date: FEB 2002
Vehicle: 2002 Chevrolet Prizm
SUBJECT REGARDING DEFECTIVE GAS CAPS. *TT
#727 of 1448 99 prizm
Feb 03, 2004 (1:27 pm)
Have a chance to buy a 99 prizm that was used as a tow vehicle for 15,000 miles, vehicle currently has 73,000, vehicle was towed behind an RV vehicle. Would this make any diff. or create any future problems? Vehicle looks good except for paint pealing on rear bumper, I believe that was a problem on some of these cars. Thanks Harry
#728 of 1448 Airbag Light Blinking on my '99 Prizm
Feb 07, 2004 (8:45 am)
Since I purchased my Prizm (new), I've had a problem with the airbag light blinking. Sometimes it goes away by itself for a few months, then comes back. I read in the manual that this indicates a problem with the SIDE airbags.
Anyway, I brought it in to the dealer numerous times, and the problem always came back. I brought it in again recently for the same problem, and now they want to charge me for diagnosis. I called GM to appeal, but they said it's their "policy" and there's nothing they can do about it.
I took the advice in post #330 in this discussion group, and submitted a complaint to NHTSA. Is there anything else I can do? Have others in this group experienced this problem?
I'm also curious as to whether the blinking light problem represents an actual danger (misfiring or non-firing airbags), or if it is just a sensor malfunction.
#729 of 1448 GM Certified Prizm
Feb 14, 2004 (4:56 pm)
Anyone buy a used GM Certified Prizm? I'm curious about how the car was reconditioned...new tires, wiper blades, anything? The price seems very good...I'm seeing 01 and 02 Prizms for under $10K with less than 20K miles.
#730 of 1448 3 Speed Prizm
Feb 25, 2004 (7:53 am)
Have a shot at a 2002 Prizm at a pretty good price for a car with only 17K miles and warranty left. But it doesn't have overdrive. Engine seems to work hard at 60 mph. Should I stay clear of this one and look for a Prizm with overdrive? Thanks, donelson
Feb 25, 2004 (9:08 am)
I have a non-overdrive 93 Prizm and yes it does work hard, and get less gas millage. It also has 181k miles and the drivetrain is solid(it looks nasty though)
If your going to do a tom of freeway driving I'd opt for an overdrive car, unless you can get a really killer deal on this one.
Feb 25, 2004 (12:08 pm)
what's the price of the 02 prizm? i bought mine new, it has 18,000 miles, and it's a manual but with almost all options. i'm just curious of the price. it is a great car, but the tires aren't. i'll replace them soon.
gmcertified: ask the dealer for the 100 point inspection list. i bought a gmcertified venture last year. things aren't necessarily reconditioned-just checked. but do check to be sure things were actually checked. on mine the air and cabin filters were both filthy yet they were on the list as having been checked. i made them change both-the cabin filters would have cost me $50 from gm!
Feb 27, 2004 (9:16 am)
Dealer had the prizm on his lot at least all month at $10500. We are now down to 8500, and its the end of the month. I expect him to move more. donelson
#735 of 1448 Re: Airbag Light Blinking on my '99 Prizm [tharpm #728]
Apr 18, 2004 (11:30 am)
I have the same problem on my '99 Prism. It first happened while under warranty and their supposed fix was a loose connector. Of course it came back when out of warranty. It seems to come on during cold weather as it has been blinking for most of the winter. Two weeks ago it went out. That is also when the warm weather got here.
Don't know what I am going to do about it.