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1997 Geo Prizm

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 26/Hwy 31/Comb 28 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, 1.6 Liter Transmission: Manual, 5-Spd
Country of Origin: United States Country of Assembly: United States

1997 Geo Prizm Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 284 Ratings for the 1993 - 1997 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.4/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

Bought new 20 years ago, still going.

By on Friday, July 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 285,400

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Economical, reliable."

Cons: "No longer being maunfactured."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car has 285,400+ miles on it. I'm trying to take it to 300,000 miles. I think I'll make it. I love this car and will be sad to see it go. I've owned it for 20 years. Put a new and better radio and CD player in after the radio went out. It still gets 33 miles per gal. Has gotten 40 mpg before on a long highway trip. Manual transmission. I've had several things replaced in the last couple of years, but the car went for about 10 years with nearly no repairs or service. The interior still looks good. Exterior rust appeared after this past very bad winter. I'd buy another one in a heartbeat if they still sold them."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Excellent value, reliable vehicle

By on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 175,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Good fuel mileage, low price, comfortable ride"

Cons: "transmission design"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've owned this car for 3 years and over 40,00 miles, it is an excellent vehicle. I am a mechanic and would rank this as above average reliability (better than Honda) and performance, and it is much easier to work on than the majority of cars in it's era. The vehicle is manufactured by Toyota so it is nearly identical to a Toyota Corolla (engines and many parts are interchangeable). The worst flaw this vehicle has is that the some models that had the 1.6L engine have a separate differential oil compartment from the transmission (which most technicians are not aware of) so differential failures are more frequent from lack of service, which unfortunately requires transmission replacement. If the differential oil level is checked periodically then this failure will not occur. Overall this car gets good fuel mileage, has a powerful engine, handles good, and rides very nice. Cost of ownership is very low. It is a very solid car for its size and is a safe car. I have been impressed with its reliability."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great car at a excelent price!

By on Monday, May 05, 2014

I owned and sold this car
Reason: engine died.

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Cas Maleage, amount of total milage they go."

Cons: "They don't last forever."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love the Prizm I had and am trying to get another one. I absolutely loved the handling, gas mileage, and reliability! I never had problems with it till the engine dies due to a mad mechanic. Great car to own!"

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

solid, reliable transportation, nothing sporty

By on Thursday, May 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 205,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Reliability"

Cons: "trim - poor quality"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This has been an incredibly reliable car. Bought it new, when the Prizm was still essentially a Corolla with Chevy interior trim. Very few repairs it's entire life. Changed tires, oil/filter, and typical maintenance (timing belt at ~120,000, replaced other belts once, replaced plugs, wires, cap & rotor 3x in it's life) is all it's ever required. It's been a real gem. Not sporty, small 4 cyl, is slow on acceleration, but is adequate (manual version is spunkier), and that just translates to decent gas mileage. The only annoyance with this car has been some minor trim issues -- driver's lock broke early on, as did several interior dash lights (low gas) & light for shift console. As it's aged, some of air control knobs also broke."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Best car ever. Minor repairs, just keeps on tickin

By on Sunday, April 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "I paid $7,000.00, it was 1 yr old, fun,reliable,"

Cons: "no stereo or cassette player,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"If I could give this car a report card, it would deserve all A's and A +. I hate to see it get old because I would hate to have to say good-bye."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

LOVE IT!

By on Monday, March 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

only damage when hitting a deer at 60 MPH not bad at all VERY SAFE!

"these are for sure the safest car i've seen, I hit a deer this morning at 60 MPH and only damage was a broken headlight and dented up fender so very safe car."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

only damage when hitting a deer at 60 MPH not bad at all VERY SAFE!

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