So I just purchased this car used with just a little over 96,000 miles. Gotta say great choice. We've been having a hellish winter here -20's not uncommon followed by 6-12 inches of snow when it warms up. This car has never even hesitated. Mine is the 5 speed and I love the gas mileage. Awesome heat!!! A/C works too. Mine had the usual door handle break off, but the previous owner fixed it. I can't believe I actually enjoy driving this car. I wish the new Corolla wasn't cvt then I'd buy one next year.
5 speed, great heat, good a/c. Peppy fun to drive and zip around town.
Better seats and a good arm rest. Could also use a tachometer.
I bought this car new, ordered it in fact, down to every feature. It was my very first new car. Fast forward 12 years and my baby has 120,000 miles on her and has never let me down. Ever. I replaced the tires a few times, the compressor on the air conditioner and a few minor things, but this car has never left me stranded at the roadside. I still get 35-40mpg. I will drive this car till the wheels fall off. I expect to put on another 100,000 easily.
Definitely my favorite feature of this car is the mileage.
It is awesome.
I also like the position of the cupholders, and that they disappear when not in use.
My hubby has a Hyundai Elantra and the cupholders are in such a place that you have to take your eyes off the road to grab your cup.
Not in my Prizm!
The back seat is roomy enough for anyone I've ever had in the car.
My only gripe about this car is that at the 11 year mark the weatherstripping around the windows started to crack off.
It has made no difference not being there, tho.
Also, the driver side visor will not stay up.
I currently use a binder clip to keep it up, but have a replacement on order from eBay, which cost $20.
I bought this car from a family member, with 14,000 mi. on it. I've followed the maintenance manual and have had NO problems! I've had to replace the tires, oil, spark plugs, serpentine belt and battery; the normal maintenance stuff. I had to have the A/C charged a few times - but that only $20. It now has 115,000 miles and has NEVER broken down. It's been a fabulous car! I was informed that it is really a TOYOTA COROLLA with a Chevy name plate on it. Chevrolet and Toyota entered into a Joint Venture and produced this wonderful, dependable car - I wouldn't have purchased it otherwise. And it's great on gas.
I bought this car for easy commuting for good fuel economy. It was essentially a Corolla. This means I thought I wouldn't have to put a bunch of cash into it for repairs. WRONG! I have only put 38,000 miles on it and have had to put brakes, a starter, new strut on it. Now the power steering is leaking and transmission are gone. And when I had it at the mechanic the door handle went. I'm so disappointed because I've maintained it. Not to mention that every time I put the air or heat on the noise from the blower is an annoying high pitched whistle! Get blown all over the highway,I'm an old lady and old lady blow by me. Just a hazard. I should have bought the Corolla.
Bought this car at 150,000 miles in fall of 2008. The ONLY reason I don't have it now is cause a freakin' unoccupied moving truck backed into my poor baby while it was parked. I had to replace the motor mount and compressor. A few months later replaced the front brakes. The engine light stayed on, but I never had any serious issues (gas cap). When I got it scanned the first time it also said the 02 sensor needed replacing, but when I got it scanned again, it said nothing about the 02 sensor, so who knows? put about 14,000 miles on this car. The speakers up front blew, but everything mentioned is nothing too serious My only complaint would be space.
Mine had auto start and an mp3 player radio. Loved that I never had any major issues with the car. The only costly repair was the compressor and you don't NEED air conditioning. Didn't accelerate as quickly as I'd liked on the expressway, but it's just a 1.8 liter engine, so that's to be expected
Gas mileage wasn't as great towards the end. NOT ENOUGH SPACE. I have a child in a car seat, and her on top of her stroller and other accessories took up alot a room. Would definitely recommend if you don't have a child or have to haul around alot of crap.