1997 Geo Prizm 1.6L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual Consumer Review - Positive+
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1997 Geo Prizm - Consumer Review

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Base Sedan (1.6L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Bill Golden on

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1997 Geo Prizm 4dr Sedan

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This is the best car I've ever owned by a long shot. It has almost 194,000 miles on it, and I bought it used in '98 with a little over 5,000. These are some hard earned NJ miles with generally bad road conditions and extremes in weather. I love its reliability! In fact I'm replacing the timing belt this week -- overdue, I know -- with intentions of taking it as far as I can. But a word of advice: if you have an automatic, get the differential oil checked as well as the transmission. I've learned very little about cars since I've had this Prizm, but that was one big expensive lesson.

Favorite Features

The motor: almost 200,000 miles on it, and I don't even hear it running. Of course, that could be my hearing but I don't think so. A friend who knows cars said the engine could run 95 mph for five hours, and he's probably right.

Suggested Improvements

My one bad experience with this car was having to replace the transmission because the differential went after 110,000 miles. That was my fault because I never changed the oil in the differential. The manual should clearly state the need to do this.
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