by 4hudsons on Jul 17, 2012 Vehicle: 2000 Chevrolet Prizm LSi 4dr Sedan
The Prism is a great around town car, but NOT for traveling. I have 260,000 miles on my manual shift and lost 4th gear last September and I am still getting over 34 miles to the gallon.
The throwout bearing went bad at about 220,000 miles and we went ahead and rebuilt the motor since it was out and was losing compression.
It runs like a new one except for the pesky 4th gear.
The interior is very cheap and the door handles break easily.
We bought this car new with only 11 miles on it, 8 we put on during the test drive. The car is great for around town and short trips less than 2 hours but uncomfortable on any further distance, especially in the back seat.
The suspension is very cheap.
by jayk on Jul 6, 2010 Vehicle: 2000 Chevrolet Prizm LSi 4dr Sedan
Bought the car used with 16k on it in 2002. Had previously owned a Geo Prizm with very few problems, which is why I chose this car. It now has 130k on it and has only needed routine maintenance. I haven't had the oil-guzzling probs others mention, & it gets great mileage too. My only complaints are the cup-holder blocks the radio if its holding a drink, and the black rubber trim on the window borders is peeling off. Suppose I'd settle for that any day over major mechanical malfunctions. If they still made this car, I'd absolutely buy it again.
by Rick on Jul 21, 2009 Vehicle: 2000 Chevrolet Prizm LSi 4dr Sedan
Generally a reliable vehicle. But the following problems have surfaced in the past 2 yrs. 1) Check engine light analyzed but repair didn't fix the problem. 2) Seatbelt light flashes sometimes for no reason. 3) A/C stopped working - too expensive to repair. 4) Cruise control works sometimes and sometimes doesn't work. 5) Transmission linkage shifts out of drive into neutral sometimes. Considering this is a Toyota Corolla with a Chevy nameplate, I am rather disappointed in this vehicle which has had good reviews elsewhere.
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