1995 Geo Prizm LSi 1.8L
Better than you'd think
At 140,000 miles I replaced both front wheel bearings and both of the front CV axles (not a big deal for a back yard mechanic) - a total cost of about $500. I replaced the brake pads then too, at about 30 dollars. I replaced the spark plugs at the same time, and one of them had deposits on it, and the compression reading was a little low in that cylinder.
The 1.8 liter Toyota engine runs GREAT, but does burn some oil. I might have to have the valve stem seals replaced to pass my smog test for the next year.
In general a really good car. I do my own repairs, and knew I'd have to replace parts on this clean $1,700 daily driver.
Really good acceleration, through all 5 gears, good for an econo-box 4 door. I get 32 MPG in mixed driving, and have gotten 37.74 MPG in an 82 mile sprint from one gas station to another (2.17 gallons to top it off). Just wanted to see the real highway numbers.
There is some vibration up front at highway speeds; probably warped brake rotors, or a tire that is out of balance.
Used as my commuter car, and for training my daughter to drive a manual transmission, because it is an incredibly easy car to manage, great visibility, easy shifting, and the steering is very responsive.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd April, 2013