I got "Marie" from my grandma my senior year of college in 2009 with 40k miles. After sitting for 2 years it started right up after being jumped. All Marie needed was a battery, dist cap & tires. Did the driver axle at 50k. Drove from Cleveland to Denver with my life inside - she didn't miss a beat. Did the exhaust at 55k, timing belt, h20 pump and radiator at 70k and passenger axle at 75k. Maintenance + Repairs averaged $80/mo. Great in the elements. One icy morning I got rear ended while sitting at a stop light by a 02 Outback Wagon going 25mph. Outback suffered massive damage and was totaled. Marie drove away with a busted taillight. Her bumper sticker says "Now Salvaged Subaru was Here".
mpg, reliability, basic design, inexpensive parts, easy to work on, infrequent maintenance, steel is real
Bought this car used from sister in law in 2002. Have put very little maintenance into it but it seems like the engine will run forever, never fails even in cold desmoines winters. Great gas mileage, only thing is need to replace exhaust pipes cat converter, just can't seem to justify getting a newer car when this keeps going and going, I love my geo!
Gas mileage, reliability, low cost to maintain.
Inside door latches tend to crack, wish it had more power, not so good for long trips.
I had this car for over 3 years until I decided that I had enough of taking it to the garage. I bought my Prism when it was 7 years old with 79,000 miles. When I got rid of it, it had 133,000 miles on it. Right away, the exhaust needed to be replaced. Then I had a stream of minor to moderate repairs to be made during the 3 year period including replacing the ignition, starter, and radiator. Also, from day one the rear view deforosters never worked. Towards the end I had a few too many minor problems. The car made far too many creaks & squeaks while on the road. I also felt too much like I was in a tin can. I guess I expected more from a Toyota twin.
Cute styling. It was actually quite roomy for a small car. Powertrain seemed to be bullet-proof.
Body quality. I guess that's common with Japanese cars. On a windy day, you felt like you were about to go into orbit.
This is quite possibly the greatest
car ever built. It handles like a
Porsche, and has the sophistication of
a Crown Vic. I will continue to buy
these cars for the rest of my life,
even if they are now made by Chevy. I
do wish that Geo was still around,
because there is much pride beaming
from the faces of Geo owners when they
look at their grill and see that
geodesic-esque symbol that
sreams, "Hey look at me! I am
The best part about my Geo Prizm is
that I have turbo boosters when I turn
my air conditioning off. You see,
if I need to get out of somewhere in
a hurry, I simply just turn off my A/C
and I fly out of there like a bat out
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