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 bought a new care today, so it's
time to leave my review of my faithful
Geo Prism (nicknamed "Chloe"). I
bought this car 3 years ago, and it
was simply a wonderful 1st car. It
gets amazing gas mil. and handles
well. It never once broke down on me,
and there's 150,000 miles on it now. I
got new tires for it so it actually
handles well in winter weather now.
It's roomy. It's cute (if you dig the
boxy car look). Never had to replace
breaks. The only thing that went wrong
was the coolant system. The engine
overheats in the summer unless you put
the heat on. It can be fixed with an
electric fan or something, but I was
too lazy to get that done. :o)
great gas mileage! heats up fast!
handles well. low maitenence.
air conditioner may break. door
handles may snap off in winter (and
keys may get stuck!)
...so I can buy a new car. Have had
car for 10 years and it has been
excellent automobile. Only major
repair was cracked exhaust manifold
(common problem from what I
understand.) I want to get a new car,
but can't justify selling geo.
Reliability, durability, low cost.
More power. Must turn off the AC when
getting on the hiway.