1992 Geo Prizm Reviews - Page 3 of 4

1992 Geo Prizm LSi 1.6 (6) L4 from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 (6) L4 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired7000 miles
Most recent distance113000 miles

Summary:

Awesome!

Faults:

Multi metal radiator blew. New all copper from GEO cheaper then aftermarket.

Alternator and batteries twice each. 1st time due to accident and tech left wire twisted and bare. Shorted to radiator and blew. Pretty sure the batteries and next alt went bad because they are the wrong part.

A/c compressor and drier (110,000) Seal on compressor , but after 10 years! :)

Door handles. ALWAYS due to guest yanking the crud out of them. $16 replace (x2).

Windshield eyelets due to lime in water (use bottled now on all cars!). $34 in '95 <$20 last year.

Tranny started leaking. Found bolt missing and others loose. Probably lube shops fault.

2nd starting to shutter, but not till 105000.

Headliner fell in TX heat (removed) ;)

Ground on brake lights is mounted to plastic and loosens up ONLY when I go to get it inspected. LOL. Soldered and fixed!

General Comments:

The only trouble not caused by a repair tech was the radiator!

Everything else was normal wear and tear and environment.

I love this car and drive it everyday. No leaks no smoke.

Fixed a/c my self for $350 to R134. Just as cold as before.

Friends make fun of me, but I tell you for 11 years and still going strong I just give them the finger. Not to mention I know have remote start on the car to cool it down ahead of time and just laugh cause they can't afford or know how to do it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th September, 2003

1992 Geo Prizm from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired21000 miles
Most recent distance47000 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Galant

Summary:

An excellent school car or work car for anyone

Faults:

The car needed the heads fixed. It was a fluke and the dealership paid for nearly all of the repair costs.

The back seats are small.

General Comments:

The car is very reliable.

It has excellent gas mileage, 300 mile to one tank of gas.

I love the car. I never had anything terrible go wrong with it. I would be driving it still, if I hadn't been in an accident.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th February, 2003

1992 Geo Prizm from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance145432 miles
Previous carFord Mercury Topaz

Summary:

An A+ for this long lasting car

Faults:

Had to have radiator replaced at 103,000 miles.

General Comments:

Love this little car.

Very dependable and gets great gas mileage.

Car is quick and quiet.

Paint job has held up great. Minimal interior damage except roof cloth is coming off. I tacked it with upholstery tacks and it's fine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 2002

11th Mar 2004, 12:07

I love my Geo it gets me where I want to go and it is a fast car (being a teenager, this is important)

My Geo is a '92 it has been in my family all this time, it has little to no rust the interior is in very good condition, and very few things have had to be replaced. I really love my car.

1992 Geo Prizm LSi from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired98000 miles
Most recent distance114256 miles

Summary:

A great little car when it has no problems with it

Faults:

Front passenger door handle broke.

Alternator went, antenna broke, the hood latch gets stuck everytime it opens.

The driver's seat belt gets caught often when it gets wound up.

A great car that has very few problems that can be dealt with.

It is extremely hard to install new speakers in both the front and rear, also changing parts.

Tends to be more difficult than usual cars.

General Comments:

The best little car a person can drive. The worst possible car to repair, although repairs are seldom, they are a pain.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st August, 2001

31st Dec 2003, 17:51

I know what you mean about replacing the speakers. It looked like the stereo shop had to disasemble half of my car to replace the rear speakers. That's an exaggeration, but it was a two-hour job. Great little car though.

16th Mar 2004, 10:45

I agree, this is the best little car I have ever owned. I drove it to Canada last year (April, 2003) and had to replace the alternator and 1 belt. A year later I had the head gasket blow (That was fun to replace), had to replace the front wheel-bearings, and both trans-axels. So not a lot of repairs for a 14 year old car. I've still spent a lot less in repairs on this car than I have on some of the new model vehicles that I have owned.

16th Jun 2005, 16:21

I've owned a 90 and now a 92 Prizm and before that an 86 Nova. I've done 90% of all the work on my car and have found that the belts and the exhaust are the only somewhat hard things to replace, but more time consuming than hard. Only pain in the butt part is correcting what the average joe machanic fixes incorrectly.

16th Aug 2006, 14:32

My mom's car is a great smooth drive, but replacing the alternator in it is a pain in the____. It's starting to give us problems more often maybe, because it getting old and we were not the first owners. Overall, the car was a great experience while it lasted.

27th Feb 2008, 13:44

I owned this car for 8 years. Put on 126,000 miles. And aside from the normal wear and tear, this car rocked! So small and nimble, I could outmaneuver just about anyone on the roadways. I'm talkin 5 boroughs of NYC and Jersey City and Bayone. Just a pleasure to drive. I only WISH cars were made more reliably now. The problem now though is that even the simplest cars have so many bells and whistles, that there is always something going wrong. It is going to be quite a chore finding a new car. I just don't trust any manufacturer, and that includes Toyota and Honda.

30th Nov 2008, 18:22

My alternator AND front passenger door handle died as well!

Other than that...it's been a great car for the price I paid. Peppy.

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 17 reviews