1998 Chevrolet Prizm base 1.8 from North America
This Prizm gets good mileage and is reliable, with some small issues
Bad spark plug wire at 73,000 miles.
Interior driver's door handle rattles when the door is shut.
Exhaust strap broke around muffler.
Many of the bolts and screws under the hood look rusted, maybe this was a car from the northeast.
The interior and exterior scratch very easily.
The rear headliner is starting to fall down.
Radiator replaced before I bought it do to a small leak.
Exhaust canister replaced before I bought it, source of a check engine light.
The gas mileage is good, I get around 28 MPG in mixed driving with the 3 speed auto. I got 36.5 MPG on the last out of town highway trip I took.
The car seems to be built well for the most part, I don't care for the seats on long trips. It seems Chevy/Toyota built this car well in some areas and cut some corners in others.
Since this car only has 75,000 miles on it and it's been maintained well I'm looking forward to getting another 75,000 out of it.
This Toyota engine (1.8) uses a timing chain instead of belt, which is nice.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th January, 2008
7th Jan 2008, 17:54
The exhaust strap breaking on these cars is very common, don't know why. A well maintained Prism should run for a very, very long time. The only thing I would recommend is changing out the tranny fluid, and differential too.
8th Jan 2008, 15:01
Differential??? You have a 4 wheel drive Prizm there buddy???
27th Aug 2009, 20:55
All cars have a differential. It's just not always in the back like in a rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive vehicle. In a front wheel drive vehicle it's connected directly to the transmission.