1996 Geo Prizm Reviews - Page 4 of 6

1996 Geo Prizm LSI 4 cylinder from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 miles
Most recent distance199025 miles

Summary:

This car is worth every penny I spent for it and then some

Faults:

My starter needed replacing after running the car for about 3 years.

Hood is rusting due to salt and sand in winter.

Doors are starting to fall apart inside, rear driver door does not open at all, 2 other doors are starting to go.

General Comments:

This car handles great in any weather.

Very reliable.

Great on gas.

Very forgiving when regular maintenance is not kept up with.

May out live me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th June, 2005

1996 Geo Prizm hatch back 1.0 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired111000 miles
Most recent distance119000 miles
Previous carGMC Jimmy

Summary:

Got M.P.G

Faults:

I had to replace the muffler, it had a tractor muffler on it when I bought it.

I had to replace one headlight.

Front brakes around 113,000 miles.

The dome light doesn't work anymore and I have tried everthing to fix it.

The hood and driverside fender was replaced do to deer VS GEO if you can believe the GEO won.

General Comments:

I loved this car even though it only has 55 horsepower.

The car was my dads car before I bought it. He bought it brand new and never had a problem with the car till he hit the deer.

It's very fun to drive and it's great in the snow.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th May, 2005

22nd May 2005, 17:34

This is not a prizm, you drive a metro... the prizm didn't have a hatchback in 1996 and it either 100 or 105 hp.

1996 Geo Prizm LSi 1.8 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired97000 miles
Most recent distance123000 miles
Previous carGMC Yukon

Summary:

A wonderful commuter car that just won't quit

Faults:

I have had virtually no problems with this car.

Other than normal maintenance I haven't had to do anything to this car.

General Comments:

This is our work commute car. It has plenty of power while getting fantastic gas mileage.

The engine is silky smooth.

The transmission still shifts firm and perfectly every time.

The quality of this car is as good as it gets at any price.

The a/c works flawlessly and is ICE cold.

The only complaint I have is the limited legroom. I wish the drives seat went back further.

This car drives like it is still new.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd November, 2004

1996 Geo Prizm 1.6L from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6L Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired10600 miles
Most recent distance135500 miles
Previous carMercury Cougar

Summary:

The Prizm is reliable and cheap to drive

Faults:

Driver side seat belt broke at about 120000 miles.

A/C went out at about 120000, but I repaired it ($600+). It was not the whole compressor that died though, just some electrical part.

(Stock) Radio speakers have all blown.

Standard maintenance (Oil, tires, brakes, tune up <-- 1st tune up was at 125000 miles!).

The exterior paint is flaking off all over the car. However I live in sunny south Florida, so the sun may have something to do with it?

General Comments:

This car is awesome. I have over 135K miles and its just getting broken in! This car starts everyday, has no transmission problems and overall is a great car. She purrs like a kitten. I get good gas mileage (about 26 MPG). I would buy another Prizm again in a heart beat. Nothing has broke on this car with the exception of the seat belt and an A/C part.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th October, 2004

1996 Geo Prizm LE from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired52000 miles
Most recent distance138000 miles

Summary:

An exceptional car. I would buy 3 more

Faults:

Had to replace the starter at 78000 miles, guzzles oil like water, now in the shop for distributor at 138000 miles.

General Comments:

Besides burning quite a bit of oil, this car is a dream.

It has taken me on numerous road trips that extend over 1000 miles twice a month and has been the most reliable car I've ever owned.

Great gas mileage, almost no maintenance costs along with a price tag that cannot be beat.

Been in a few fender benders where bumpers and doors should have fallen off The exterior held up beautifully.

Been parked in the sun every day since I've owned it and the paint looks like brand new.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th April, 2004

1996 Geo Prizm LSi from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance78000 miles
Previous carIsuzu I-Mark

Summary:

A great and reliable car at a fair price

Faults:

The radio knobs and the heater control dial has fallen off and had to be replaced several times.

General Comments:

This is the best car I have ever owned. It drives well and is so reliable. The only thing I don't like is that a few months after buying it I realized it had no rear defrost.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd March, 2004

Average review marks: 8.9 / 10, based on 34 reviews