I have just purchased a 1994 Geo with 125,000.Runs excellent however the suspension bottoms out.Shocks, springs are very costly. Anyone else had this problem?
No, my 1994 Geo Prizm has about 140,000 miles on it and the shocks and struts are fine--- it's never bottomed out and it doesn't bounce like crazy either. Usually, I can tell if a car has bad shocks/struts because of my driveway; my friend has a Toyota Camry that he really beats up, it nearly bottoms out when it gets into my drive way--also, one of my family members has that same exact car (Camry) and it also doesn't do the same thing that my friend's car does.
No complaints at all. I have the Geo Prism LSi automatic 1.8L and I have done a 100mph through Santa Barbara and the RPM's are like 2800. I know when I bought my car a new engine and transmission was put in and they turned the odometer back to 0 when it happened. I am at 80,000 miles and nothing wrong. get the oil changed. Replaced the corner lamp light bulb. Nothing else. I get Chevron Gas and put fuel injection fluid in the tank every other oil change. I can do about 75-80 uphill, (not on huge steep grades though... then only 60ish), but it is smooth. I love it.
I have owned my 94 Geo,prism with 196,000 miles for about 2 years and we just put in the third transmission as well as the 2nd axle I was wondering if anyone else had this kind of problem?
I agree that it's a great car. But, I also had my alternator go at 85k. Look at the other reviews---there is a definite alternator issue with the '94 Prizm. Good luck replacing the alternator. The part was only $100, but it was a real pain replacing it. The bolts are located in a very confined area and you have to blindly loosen/tighten the adjusting/locking bolts because of the limited space. Also, the pivoting bolt on my alternator was only able to be backed out 3/4 of the way before running into my AC lines. I had to loosen those lines up just to get another 1/2" of clearance so that I could completely remove that bolt. Even though an easy one hour job unfortunately became a three hour pain in the butt, I still love the car.
Why the heck (wouldn't want to use profantity...) would you buy a car with a small 4 cylinder engine and equip it with a 3 SPEED AUTO? I know its cheaper, but CMON. Automatic tranny's reduce engine power a bit and since it's a 1.6 or something, it doesn't have much to begin with. Always go for a stick or 4 speed for the extra overdrive. 3...why...
Just found out at 155,000 miles I need a new trans. The price is ridiculous since rebuilders won't even touch them since they are made from junk. Needs to be a new dealer item.
I have a 1994 1.6L and when the cops are not looking, I can do 85mph on the highway (with the feeling I have room for more). So I do not understand about lack of power. I do oil changes every 3000 miles, tire rotation, and nothing much else.
The design is perhaps a little outdated for me (I am young), but then, in spite of that, I wouldn't trade this car for another.
Well, your "outdated" design is probably what is saving you from being picked up by the police. Be happy you have a sleeper car that doesn't scream "look at me, officer!'
Just found this bulletin board. I have a 1994 Geo Prizm with 207,000 miles. Had a new transmission around 185,000. It is burning oil like crazy without any obvious leaking, so I assume the engine is getting pretty well worn out. I'm inclined to put a remanufactured engine into it. No rust at all, and I don't want the expense of a new or late model used car. Any tips on what to do or what to avoid if I decide to do this? I am in Indianapolis, IN.
I have a 1994 GEO PRIZM LSI with 147,000 miles showing on the odometer.
The sticker from the window shows a TOTAL VEHICLE PRICE of $18,025.00. The car cost me $15,548.12 and had a vehicle security on it. If you add the Document fee, Registration fee, State taxes, Finance fee and subtract a down payment of $6175.00, the GEO still cost me $18,100.12.
It will be twelve years old in October.
I put two set of new tires - $600.00.
I put new struts and shocks - $450.00.
I had both window regulators replaced at the dealer - $900.00.
I had the rear view mirror replaced twice for $100.00.
I had replaced rotors twice and front brakes three times - $200.00.
I replaced knobs on the blower switch twice - $30.00.
I replaced rear brake cylinders once, back brakes twice for $50.00.
I changed oil 49 times at $10.00 for a total $490.00.
I replaced wiper blades 5 times at $25.00.
I changed bulbs rear lamp, dome, stop, at $40.00.
I had the trans flushed for $89.0.
I had replaced hoses at $50.00.
I replaced the battery twice at $140.00.
I had the coolant flushed for $85.00.
I put $10,000 in gas over 12 years.
I paid $900.00 a year for insurance for 7 years and $580.00 for 5 years totaling $9,200.00.
The total for driving the GEO for 12 years is $40,549.00 or $3379.08 a year.
I JUST TRADED IT IN FOR A 2006. THEY GAVE ME $200.00 DOLLARS. NO CAR IS GOOD VALUE.
I have a 95 Geo Prizm Lsi 1.8. It has 280,000 miles, but still hangs pretty well with a lot of the newer cars out there. I've had a couple of things done to the engine like light weight racing crank pulley, spark plug wires, headers, cold air intake, racing slicks, custom 2.5 inch exhaust, coil-overs. Now the car handles like a real performance car, one time I raced an Audi A3 on the freeway doing about a 110mph was a close race though. I'm planning to build a turbo version of my engine for about 300hp. I'll swap out the auto transmission first though.
I love my 1994 Prizm Lsi. I purchased mine almost 6 years ago, with 47,000 miles, for $2500. I now have 106,000 miles. This car is from Michigan and has driven to both coasts: Boston and Los Angeles. Aside from regular maintenance and tires, I have only had to replace the alternator, at just over 100,000. I also put on new belts at about 85,000. One was a bit worn and squeeky, so I replaced them all at once. My only complaint is the lack of power when I've done mountain driving. Otherwise, I plan to keep this car as long as possible. It's a great car!