1991 Geo Prizm Reviews - Page 4 of 5

1991 Geo Prizm 16v EFI from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 16v EFI Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired138675 miles
Most recent distance139439 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

A nice reliable car for your money

Faults:

Nothing major has gone wrong with it, except I bought it with a rusty muffler and popped speakers.

General Comments:

This has been good to me, it's quick, handles like a dream, and can keep up with many newer cars.

However the air conditioning robs way too much power on the automatic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 24th August, 2002

1991 Geo Prizm LSi 4 Cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 4 Cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired130410 miles
Most recent distance133504 miles
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

A surface-street only car

Faults:

The headliner has fallen.

The car clicks when you make a sharp turn.

The car burns gas fast.

General Comments:

The speedometer hides behind the steering wheel. (Hard to see)

The car eats gas rapidly when you have to give it gas.

The forced shoulder belt doesn't lock, so it is unsafe in an accident.

The car shakes on the interstate.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th August, 2002

1991 Geo Prizm Notchback Sedan 4D 1.6 liter from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 liter Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired139000 miles
Most recent distance169000 miles
Previous carToyota Pickup

Summary:

Good economy car (while it's working)

Faults:

Cup holder handle broke off.

All four interior door handles broke off.

One window handle broke off.

Parking break handle cover broke off.

Glove compartment handle broke off.

Ceiling padding fell off.

Seats are wearing badly.

Vent fins snapped off.

De-fogger vent curling up.

Some rear de-fogger lines no longer work.

Windshield washer nozzles quit working.

Windshield washer pump quit working.

Entire exhaust system rusted out twice.

Transmission locked up at 169,000 miles.

Timing belt broke at 140,000 miles.

Shocks wore out at 145,000.

Hood separated from support framing.

Some body panels, especially around the fenders and doors, is rusting.

General Comments:

This car has good handling; even in mountainous territory.

The gas mileage can hardly be beat by any gas-only vehicle.

However, the acceleration leaves much to be desired.

The cheap construction of the plastic parts is a constant worry.

Also, the tiny interior and trunk is difficult on taller people and larger cargo.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th May, 2002

1991 Geo Prizm Hatchback 1.6L from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6L Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired111500 miles
Most recent distance122000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Spectrum

Summary:

A solid little car with a great engine

Faults:

The headliner was hanging down when I got it.

The tailgate was leaking quite badly when I got it. I've got it down to a slow drip now.

The clutch slips and goes into 2nd gear very hard on cold days.

The door handles are very cheap plastic. The previous owner had to replace them before I picked it up.

The red paint oxidizes continuously.

The A/C needed a recharge.

General Comments:

This car has a great Toyota engine. Plenty of pep and still not burning or leaking any oil at 122,000. I get about 36mpg.

Very comfortable seats.

The dome light is very dim.

The car's exterior appears to not have been very well cared for, but still there is next to no rust, even underneath.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th September, 2001

1991 Geo Prizm Base 1.6 L from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership1997
Engine and transmission 1.6 L Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired74000 miles
Most recent distance160000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Caprice

Summary:

Very very reliable

Faults:

The windows became impossible to roll up or down.

The brake lights developed a short (I noticed a lot have this problem).

The exhaust manifold cracked.

The A/C blower fan speed switch shorted out, only works on high now.

Overall this car is solid!!!

General Comments:

The car is now driven by my sister. It almost has 200,000 miles on it.

It starts on the first try and the A/C works great still.

The tranny was redone around 25,000 miles ago also.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st August, 2001

1991 Geo Prizm 1.6 from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired63500 miles
Most recent distance75000 miles

Summary:

Runs just like a Toyota Corolla, but cheaper

Faults:

The starter slowly went between 67,000 and 70,000 miles, it took a few months before it got too bad.

The driver window does not closely completely.

The dealership painted over the rust, which has now come through the paint.

The radiator either came with a leak, or acquired one.

The thermostat was replaced around 65,000 miles.

The car tends to run too hot.

At 75,000 the brakes need to be replaced.

General Comments:

The gas mileage is great, I get between 30-42 miles per gallon.

The air is ice cold.

It doesn't have many problems for the year.

The car handles snow and ice with ease.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th August, 2001

1991 Geo Prizm LSi 1.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired10000 miles
Most recent distance238968 miles
Previous carGeo Metro

Summary:

Geo goes FOREVER..

Faults:

1) Head-liner has fallen.

2) CV Joints had to be replaced.

3) Tie-rod ends had to be replaced.

4) Alternator every 2 years since 1995.

General Comments:

Excellent service from this car, I could not ask anything more from it. I had a Metro previous to this and kept it for 2 years before I got the Prizm, it was also a very reliable car.

After getting behind the wheel of the Geo Prizm, I knew that was the car for me, everything was perfect, the ride, power, view.

I can say that I expected a lot more trouble from a car with this many miles on it, but nothing so far, it cranks the first time, always has and hopefully always will.

I am considering trading it in for a new 2002 Geo "Chevy" Prizm next year or maybe just keeping it, I don't know yet. I still have half a year to go to make up my mind.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th August, 2001

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