Used 2002 Chevrolet Prizm LSi 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M) Consumer Reviews

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PrizmGurl, 10/04/2017
LSi 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
2 of 2 people found this review helpful

I reviewed the '93 Prizm, but since we have an '02, here I am. We had 2 '02's (both dark blue green metallic) but the stick one was totaled when my dad hit a snowbank after hitting another car with it. It had about 70,000 miles on it and the only non-maintenance mechanical repair it needed was a wiring problem and valves in the evaporation system. We got the stick after the '93 Prizm was taken off the road. The '02's were 3 years old and the stick had just shy of 10,000 miles when we got it in April '05. Our automatic '02 has almost 129,000 miles and according to a local garage, needs a catalytic converter. Previously, all it's had done is maintenance and some evaporation system repair, like vent valve, in terms of mechanical work. It's a little rusty, too. Due to a deer hit and what looked like a previous deer hit (the dents looked the same), both front fender have been replaced. The hood's been replaced, due to ice falling off a truck onto the car. When it was parked one time, someone bumped it and it needed a new light. Even today, if it had an inspection sticker, we'd trust it on a long drive. Some of the miles on the car are mine, as it's the first car I ever drove. This car became my mom's once we had the stick, since she can't drive a stick. We've had almost exactly 16 years, as we got it in late October '01. My mom loves the car and wants a Corolla next. The resemblance between my mom's car and a blue Corolla the same design as '93-'02 Prizms is striking. I have to look at the front, door handles (to see if they're colored) and rear. The front has the symbol, some Corollas have colored door handles and the rear tells the make, model and what the taillights look like. Corollas have red and white in the taillights and Chevy Prizms have red and orange. Geo Prizms have all red taillights, but I haven't seen a Geo Prizm in my area in a few years. Just an occasional Chevy Prizm or Prizm-like Corolla. Today (6-20-18), with a little over 136,000 miles on the odometer, our automatic '02 Chevy Prizm was swapped for a 2016 Corolla. Best Feature Hard to pick one. Maybe reliability, if I absolutely had to. Worst Feature Why did GM and Toyota break up their joint venture so they can't make Prizms anymore? Best little car we've ever had. All of ours, except the stick (didn't get high enough mileage), developed the oil using issue.

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My 02 Prizm LSi

Ralph0722, 05/21/2010
LSi 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

I bought this car used last month. I must say im very happy with this small zippy car. 1.8L VVTi is noisy but runs economical. 4AT shifts smoothly. Interior room is tight, back seat has no leg room back there. I consider this a 2 people car or a college student car (i am one). Trunk size is ok for class. Design is clean and simple, very Toyota like. Since this car is the same as a Corolla parts are available everywhere.

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the perfect first car

chloe, 08/15/2019
LSi 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

i bought my 99 prizm lsi for $300 from a close friend. this car came with rust patches, bumper stickers, cracked hubcaps, and a lovely dent on the drivers side door surrounded by dried superglue rings that resemble bulletholes. it is the best car ever. i drive to and from work every day and usually make at least one other trip, and i pay $25 for gas no more than 2 times a month. the speakers are great and no one would have known had i not replaced the broken radio with an aftermarket bluetooth one. the braking system has never failed me, the size of the car is perfect for zipping through traffic and tight parking spaces, while still having plenty of room in the trunk and backseat to pack for a camping trip. these cars are mostly all little beaters now but they still do their job, and that’s why there’s so many of them. i hope to drive my ugly car all the way through college, and i am so grateful i got her for so cheap!

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I love my Prizm!

ninachi, 06/29/2005
LSi 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
0 of 1 people found this review helpful

I bought a used 2002 Prizm (with 19000 miles on it at the time) in 2003. I have never had a single problem during my cross country drives, long work commutes or short errand drives. It starts up perfectly and held up remarkable well when I slid on some ice and nailed a parked car at about 30 mph. It had only a crack in the fron bumper. Reliable is what I was looking for and that is just what I got. I am very happy with my car and see no reason to get anything else.

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The Maytag of cars

morin2, 08/16/2008
LSi 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
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Bought this car slightly less than 3 years old with 25K miles on odom, a local car traded at a new car dealer. Now have 83K miles on it. The car is my commuter & driven 107 miles/day. Utterly reliable appliance but somewhat bland and boring. Have only done routine maintenance - replaced the awful original Firestones with Bridgestone Insigna and done the easy oil changes, coolant flushes & trans flush. Use Toyota filters & red coolant. This car will be soon passed down to my daughter & will be her first car - good for a new driver, slow, safe, and all controls very easy. I get about 31-36 mpg.

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