2002 Chevrolet Prizm Consumer Review: A first year release?

2002 Chevrolet Prizm - Consumer Review

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A first year release?
By GoldSilver on


2002 Chevrolet Prizm 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


Needed a car, couldn't pass up the $5k rebates for the last model year. Ordered silver, surprised me with red (changes colors in different light) :) Overall it's been a dependable fuel efficient car. Great hwy car and efficiency. Invokes little passion but does it's job well. Oil changes and maintenance are a snap - 1st winter - engine hammered at startup- found out local chain was putting in 10w-30, now I chnge it and use 5w-30, makes a big diff! Powertrain still feels bulletproof, but trim (interior door panels, carpet, paint) seem decontented compared to past 2 Prizms - hopefully Toyota has reversed this - feels like a 1st yr release because of it - no real problems to report at 40k.

Best Features

Fuel economy - 32 avg, 35 at low shift pts, 40! on highway trips, rotors have yet to warp (at 40k), dual stabilizer bars, ac works very well, 15" alloys improved the appearance, sporty shifter, GM stereo (upgraded speaks) low mntnance - timing chain, stainless exhaust, titanium plugs, hope it lasts!

Worst Features

Struts, tach, feels decontented, poor engine mngmnt - hot weather moodiness and programmed too lean causes: stepping on the gas the car is initially hesitant/unsure - spark knock briefly at 25 & 35 mph(mostly solved by using non-ethanol gas). Yes, cool weather is back, and so is the performance.
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