2001 Chevrolet Prizm Consumer Review: weak econobox

2001 Chevrolet Prizm Sedan - Consumer Review

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weak econobox
By Bob on


2001 Chevrolet Prizm 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


Base model with a few options. Looking for Totota reliability, but used car dealer can't seem to fix horn/cruise control issue (they don't work, and need a new relay). Low seating. Checked oil after 1 month, 3.5 quarts low! Yikes, that doesn't leave much. After filling oil, a month later it needs 1.5 quarts. Another reviewer noted his mother ran her Prizm 3 times with no oil; maybe because it burns. Someone else said it burns oil at highway speed. Could be. I don't see any drips in the garage. 3- speed auto stinks on the highway, car really doesn't like going over 60. Engine is making lifter noises. If engine holds up, this will be good around-town econobox for my HS kid.

Best Features

Small, good gas mileage.

Worst Features

3-speed auto is bad idea.
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