2000 Chevrolet Prizm Base from North America
Don't buy one that uses oil...
So this car has the infamous oil-consuming Toyota 1zzfe engine. Basically the piston skirts don't have enough holes for oil to drain, so the engine might* use oil. I say might* because some people seem to have no problem at all.
This is my 2nd Prizm, had a 2002, bought this 2000 cheap around the time my 2002 threw a rod. This engine is more likely to use oil if you rev it high a lot... like I do. I have a long commute and beat the tar out of the car. Both started using oil at ~110k. My 1st one used 1QT of oil every week or two... hood latch stopped working, so I neglected to check oil one week... HUGE mistake, heard the slight sound of metal-on-metal, pulled over and got oil in, then took it to the shop for an immediate oil change and detergent engine cleaning. 3 weeks later threw a rod doing 75 on the highway, end of car. Super embarrassing for someone who has been driving/maintaining old cars since I was 15... bottom line, if you buy this car, treat it with kid gloves. My 2nd one uses about 1QT every 1000 miles since I switched to synthetic. I have 130k on the 2nd one, just going to run it into the ground, only have had to do basic maintenance.
Basic, cheap, treat it well.....
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 3rd November, 2016