"Reliability" is the key word when
discussing a Prizm. I now have owned
five of them, plus a Corolla and a Chevy
Nova ('87). In all these cars the only
mechanical problem I ever had was a
clutch slave cyliner ($40.00) in the
Nova. That is amazing. GM's decision to
stop making the Prizm will send me to
Toyota for a Corolla. However, my most
recent 2002 Prizms (Yes I bought two of
them this weekend before the rebates
ended) enabled me to save over $4,000 per
car compared to the Corolla.
The peppy 1.8 liter engine zips the car
along famously, and if you can find a
manual transmission (difficult at this
point), the performance is even better.
The gas milage with the manual is 40 mpg.
I don't like the radio being situated
behind the cup holder; however that is a