1993 Geo Prizm Base from North America
I love my Geo Prism (with a Toyota engine)!
Replaced fuel tank.
I have a 1993 Geo Prism (with over 170K) and I am the original owner. Given that it cost less than 10K in 1993 I feel like I have really gotten my money's worth out of it and I love not having a car payment. I have done all of the regular maintenance (including replacing the timing belt twice now), and the biggest surprise was having to replace my fuel tank about 4 years ago due to a hole/leak. I just took my car in today because I don't seem to be getting as good gas mileage and I noticed some fluid leaking in my driveway. So I'm worried I might have another rusted fuel tank. Is there a comparable car available out there today that could replace my Geo Prism for reliability and value?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 8th August, 2006
Roofing tar is a bad idea since gas would dissolve the tar and would incorporate in the gas probably causing damage to the engine. You can use epoxy such as JB weld or another product that will seal the hole and will not dissolve in the gas. You can do this as long as the hole is not extremely large; you just have to make sure that you clean the area really well.
A little more than just a Toyota engine. The entire car is a Toyota Corolla clone! That's why these Prism models were so special. I had a '92 and my dad had a '94. Neither of us had ever owned a better, more reliable vehicle. And neither of us have yet to own one just as reliable to this very day. I don't even think that solid, reliable, affordable cars even exist in today's market. Shame.
I have a 94 Geo Prizm. I bought it off this guy for $800. It seems to get great gas mileage still. About 30 MPG.
I had to replace all THREE serpentine belts, windshield sprayers, trunk lock, and a signal lens. I may have to replace tie rods, since I have a swerving sensation when I hit a bump. All inside handles need to be replaced, as well as one outside door handle. Probably needs all new gaskets everywhere and a tune up, but I can tell that this car is going to be great. In 2013 it has 240,000+ miles on it and still has great gas mileage. The engine is sound, but does need some exhaust work.
Another great thing about this car is, it came with a $300 stereo with all new speakers inside, and wires ran for a subwoofer. I definitely got my moneys worth. For a twenty year old car, it's still great.