1991 Geo Prizm Reviews - Page 2 of 5

1991 Geo Prizm Base 1.6 from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired3500 miles
Most recent distance185000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Prizm

Summary:

Prizm Owners Unite!

Faults:

My radiator blew at 60,000 miles and now again at 185,000 miles.

The door handles "sank" in the door frame and became harder to pull up on.

The key broke off in the ignition and needed to be replaced (although I've never bothered, the broken part of the key still fits when I put it in and the car has always turned over).

The drivers side window broke and would not role up flush with the window frame, (had a breeze for several years).

The starter wore out, was replaced at 100,000.

The battery that came with the car wore out at less than 10,000 miles.

The front wheel alignment goes out of whack easily and needs to be adjusted on a regular basis.

Had a problem with the electrical wiring to the brake lights (bulb would not light up, replace wires and bulb).

Brakes have been replaced once because I didn't replace the brake pads soon enough and the brakes wore out.

CV Boots have been replaced once and need to be replaced again at 185,000.

Tempurature gauge broke for the radiator which tells the fan to turn on to cool the engine. Overheated so I got the gauge replaced.

General Comments:

I have not driven my car for 7 months because I haven't had the money to fix the radiator and get the CV boots replaced, but hopefully I'll get that together this month. I miss my car!!! It's been an extremely reliable, very easy to drive little car and it hasn't gotten nearly enough credit for the great car it is!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th April, 2004

1991 Geo Prizm LSi from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired124000 miles
Most recent distance140000 miles
Previous carGeo Prizm

Summary:

Best purchase anyone could ever make

Faults:

Timing belt/chain went out in 2003.

Blown gasket.

General Comments:

This car is awesome!

I don't know of the problems the previous owners had, if any.

This is by far the best car I have ever owned.

It runs great.

The seats are comfortable, very roomy inside for being a small car.

This car is perfect for teen/college aged kids to drive.

Very reliable.

This car has the get up and go on the highway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th March, 2004

1991 Geo Prizm Base 1.6L Fuel Injected 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6L Fuel Injected 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired163000 miles
Most recent distance263404 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

An amazingly reliable bargain.

Faults:

The transmission needed to be replaced at 230,000 miles. The clutch was replaced twice before that, once at 75,000 miles, once at 155,000 miles.

Both CV Axles needed to be replaced at 170,000 miles.

The starter needed to be replaced twice; once at 40,000 miles, and again at 160,000 miles.

It no longer passes New York State inspection. I'm told this is due to a problem with the EGR Valve. This also interferes with the car's performance to a small degree.

The radiator rusted through at 240,000 miles.

The entire exhaust system rusted out and was replaced in sections between 252,000 and 262,000 miles. The muffler, replaced several times before that.

Inside door handles are snapping at the hinges.

The dome light is very dim.

The power steering rack is slowly leaking fluid. The power steering pump has made a whining sound since I first bought the car.

Front right wheel bearings went at 233,000 miles.

General Comments:

For a small car, it handles exceptionally well.

On rainy days; however, it will hydroplane easily since it is so light.

Overall, it performs amazingly well.

For the high miles it has and the way the car still looks, it is an amazing bargain (the new list price was $11,000).

I've taken this car on many long trips (over 3 hours.) and have never had any major problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st March, 2004

1991 Geo Prizm 1.6 High Output SOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 High Output SOHC Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired134000 miles
Most recent distance140000 miles
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

It's a good little car and belongs in the Toyota family

Faults:

The alternator has been replaced.

The door handle in the back passenger side has broken.

Two of the vents have broken.

The oil pan has a small leak.

There is rust around all the fenders and the bottoms of the doors.

The oil pressurizing sending unit needs to be replaced.

The exhaust system had to be replaced at about 130,000 miles.

The radiator needs to be replaced at 140,000 miles.

General Comments:

The car has been a good little car so far. It has quite a bit of power for a 1.6 liter 4 cylinder engine. It runs almost just as good as my Camry without the comfort.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th December, 2003

28th Apr 2004, 23:48

I have the same problems with my Geo too. But I did not have to change the vents, alternator, or radiator. My Geo is standard and I love the way she drives. But I have been wondering is it really worth putting money into? Or should I just get a new car? If you can help me with that I'll be more relaxed.

1st Feb 2006, 17:22

I am having radiator problems with my '91 Geo. Despite having been drained a couple of times and coolant replaced, it continues to boil over with rusty water. I am curious to what problems you were having to make radiator replacement necessary.

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 25 reviews