26th Aug 2009, 22:46
I have a 1994 Geo Prizm LSI 1.8 engine automatic... rusting out, looks cheaply made (compared to a 1990 Audi double galvanized metal with only tiny rust spots).
Anyway, so I was taking off the left front steering knuckle to get the wheel bearing pressed out and a new bearing pressed in... and busted the ABS speed sensor wire.. part costs like $300!!! So BIG qt.. anyone know what fuse is for the ABS to disable it? Actually how do you disable the ABS??? I've driven plenty of cars without ABS and don't feel like spending the $300 bucks for something that; yeah, it's good to have, but not a necessity. Thanks!
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13th Dec 2009, 00:41
I have a 1993 Geo Prism with about 240,000 miles and haven't had any problems until recently. It was running well and took it for the emissions test, but it failed and I had to get a tune-up. The shop did a complete tune-up. I drove it about 28 miles after picking it up, and it suddenly dropped into low gear and could not accelerate. Pressing on the gas pedal would race the engine, but it would not go faster. I pulled to the side of the road and continued to travel, hoping that I could get the next 3 miles home. After a short time, the engine returned to normal like nothing had happened. I later went to the grocery store and it suddenly died... but started right up with no problem and ran fine. I took it to the shop and they kept it to test drive it for a couple weeks to see if they could get it to perform the same. It did not, so I retrieved the car the next week, drove 2 miles when it shifted in neutral. I was able to pull off the road, turn it off and call the shop. When I started the car, it ran fine, but I was freaked out that it would fail me unexpectedly. The shop decided to replace all the parts for the tune-up again, but could not guarantee that they had fixed the problem.
I love my Geo, it stills gets 32 miles per gallon and is quite zippy. I haven't had a chance to take it to a transmission shop to have them check for that. Somehow it seems to me strange that it would begin right after a tune-up... it had been running fine before. The problem has not occurred since they changed all the tune-up parts, but I am apprehensive about driving it any distance especially on the beltway. Any thoughts from anyone as to what the problem could be?
13th Mar 2010, 19:14
It could just be bad gas. I have a 1993 Geo Prizm that I bought a year ago for about 700 dollars, and I haven't had any problems with it.
I also was driving on the highway, and it would just slow down and speed up like it was running out of gas, but it turned out to be bad gas for me.
Just always do regular maintenance, and put in fuel injector cleaner; it's cheap, a couple of bucks and you're good. You shouldn't have to worry about bad gas again.
13th Jul 2010, 17:29
Well whoever posted this original "review" years ago must have gotten a lemon. I have owned four Prizms and all of them except the "Chevrolet" 1999 model has been terrific. I've owned a 1990 that accomplished 268,000 miles before the transmission went, a 1994 with 197,000 miles before some idiot crashed into it, a 1999 with 130,000 miles; this was the redesign that resulted in the Geo name being removed.. this was not that great of a car, the valves locked up in the engine because the oil couldn't get to it. I've heard that the 1998-1999 Prizm had this issue. Now I own a 1995 and it's been great.
7th Mar 2011, 21:52
I have a 1994 Geo Prizm LSI 1.6 that I bought for 300.00. It has 125,000 miles and runs like new. I have only replaced the battery and alternator. This is the best car I've ever owned and I'll have it a long time even though it's already 17 yrs old!