2002 Chevrolet Prizm 1.8 from North America
This car, so far, has done its job. 2 years and no repairs other than brakes
Nothing has gone wrong with the car so far, as it needs to be repaired for me to keep driving, but the car uses a quart of oil ~500 miles.
Oil burning is an almost universal problem with the 1.8 engine from this year and previous years (same with the Corolla as it turns out). I expect the problem will get worse over time, and according to what I've read, will cause other problems like catalytic converter failure. I got the car for a reasonable price ($5,000), so if I can get another couple years at about 25,000 miles a year, I suppose my money will have been well spent.
I get between 36 and 38 MPG driving ~ 100 miles a day on the 405 freeway. If you're thinking about a purchase, beware; if the owner before you wasn't quick to notice the oil burning problem, and let it run nearly dry a time or two, there could be some serious damage.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th October, 2012