1995 Geo Prizm Base 1.6L from North America
Toyota reliability; Chevy price
Starter had to replaced at 180k.
Replaced the clutch right below 190k.
Speakers were poor and blew out in rear deck. Replaced radio with aftermarket Xplod Cd player (tape deck went out).
Though I was skeptical to purchase a Geo at first, I wanted to live below my means and avoid financing. Few cars were available in the 1500-2k price range that didn't look terrible and run bad. Notwithstanding, after much prayer to God, I was able to purchase the car for $1750. Unfortunately it was wrecked. The insurance company gave me more than I paid for it! In fact, the repairs total were less than the difference... I made money on the car!
Engine is very quiet; though at high speeds it hits over 3000 rpm. Road noise is moderate. Seats are adequate. A little tight if you are over 6 feet. Rear seat does not fold down. Trunk somewhat small.
No cruise control. No tilt wheel. Paint was just starting to lose clear coat; at a distance the car looked OK though.
Gas mileage was around 33mpg- an excellent way to save money. Handles very well.
This model was a standard- had excellent shifting and suprising power for such a small engine (relatively speaking- you won't outrace a Corvette)
Since it was a base model, there were no power features that went out.
As far as I know, this car started up every single time I tried. I changed my own oil most of the time; either way it was changed every 3k miles.
Great economic car- highly rated by Consumer Reports for reliability.
These are not made any more... Chevy took them in 98, and phased them out in 01. Or maybe 02.
The secret of this car is that it has a Corolla engine... this is one of the few ways to get a cheap Toyota!
Buy one if you can find one.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th April, 2008