"I purchased a used 1994 Prizm with 160,000+ miles. The car has purred like a Singer sewing machine. The manual transmission and engine are solid. The air conditioning is cold, and the car gets great mid to upper 30's MPG. The car has great power. This car is well worth the used car KBB value. It runs like a new car, but at a fraction of the cost. Prizm's were built by Toyota for Chevy at the Toyota Corolla assembly line in Fremont, CA, and are a Toyota Corolla with a Chevy name. If you are looking for inexpensive, but a quality gas saving used commuter car, this is it. The only slight drawback is tall people have a tougher time in the back seats."
"If there's nothing else I can count on, I know I can count on my car to start and drive off into the possible sunset. It's like a tiny tank, it just goes. I've had small problems here and there but still chugged on during it all; it's a 22 year old car with almost 300000 miles and I'm not the original owner. I bought this car for $500. I've put the best new tires($450), changed the alternator($35), changed fuses($10), changed spark plugs($40), put in a new fan($120), put in a new battery($50), and replaced the gas tank because I hit a bump($80). Total cost of my first car to run perfectly~ $1350. Learning from my dad how to maintain a car; Priceless.
This car is great, everything is easy to fix because everything is easily accessible. But realize that if you buy an old car, any old car, you may have to put work into it. I suggest you do the work yourself because the price to have it done is ridiculous. "I think I can, I think I can. Choo-choo!""