Exterior in good condition * paint is starting to thin out * interior has minor problems esp with interior plastic trim above windows * not available * Cup holders weak as are the plastic door knobs * 2 lights on console out * expensive to replace * I use it for short trips * performs well * overall Prizm is a low cost car to own 96,000 easy miles... I'm 87 years old so I find entering / exiting Prizm requires physical yoga. Designers were remiss when it came to the "soft" parts like upholstery / plastic / headliner / etc. Dome light on / off for years warranty guys couldn't ensure its operation.
I bought this car used about a year ago, and its been nothing but a headache. I got the car at 141k miles and the ac compressor was shot, fuel pump was shot, struts are bad already, 3 broken door handles already (even if your gentle they're very weak. The worst part is this car burns oil like no tomorrow. The motor has a weak start, i can rely on it to start, but im not sure how far it just might go.. the only really positive thing i can say is that its decent on gas, but its a very tiny car. Im 6 foot and i hate getting in and out of it, it feels like your pressed against the steering wheel. I wouldnt get this car unless your 4 foot 2 and like to put more in oil then you do in gas.SeriouslY
The Stock stereo sounded pretty good believe it or not, but it had to be replaced with a system to make it better.
Needs better door handles, if you have friends you want to take somewhere, i suggest either stack them in the front seat, or tell them to simply just walk. Unless they're in a car seat i dont see anyone fitting back there, and im being honest my friends all complain about theres no room, and if i move my seat up i cant drive because the seat doesnt go far back at all, and my foot gets stuck sometimes by the gas pedal. In all seriousness, if your atleast 5'8 i wouldnt get this car, if your looking for something a little more reliable get a newer model, 98-02 have the crappy motors that are notorious for eating oil. if anything get a 03 corolla and up if you like this car
Overall a good car with a variety of small faults: 1-upholstery gets holes from cigarette ash too easily. 2-headliner becoming unglued front/back windows. 3-rear cup holder flimsy. 4-dash light between tach/speedometer out very expensive dashboard dis-assembly to replace. 5-all dash lighting is terrible*too faint/hard to read. 6-center storage box*awkward to use. 7-window mechanism: driver's replaced* passenger's sticks [slam door]to un-stick?! 8-interior plastic strip above left rear door slowly shredding pieces. 9-Dashboard arrangement is poor, e.g., have to look to operate radio selections. 10-rear wiper a +. 11-bumper paint if 'touched' flakes off to reveal black undercoat.
Reliable + economical + nice body design. UNFEATURES: 1-costly A/C repair @ 65,000!* not repairable, must replace! 2-car noisy. 3-driver's seat poor comfort/bad seating angle. 4-dome light works/doesn't dealer could not fix! Wheels collect dirt/hard to clean*smooth surfaces better.
NOTE ABOVE COMMENTS FROM A DESIGN ENGINEER. also: ash tray/lighter*take eyes off road to use. A/C unit works well. Bought used with 35,000 K miles. Plastics/interior not as good as mechanical. Solid construction* better than Aveo [a poor] car. Paint peel after 9 years in sun. heavy hood*use Au?