really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
110,000 miles

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2000 Chevrolet Prizm engine problems

engine problem

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2000 Chevrolet Prizm Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 122015


  • 130,000 miles


The contact owned a 2000 Chevrolet Prizm. While driving approximately 35 mph, the contact noticed smoke coming from the front of the vehicle. In addition, the contact stated that the brake pedal was depressed and failed to respond; however, the contact was able to prevent a crash. The vehicle caught fire. The fire department was able to extinguish the fire. A police report was filed and there were no injuries reported. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #1

May 032010

Prizm 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
The piston skirts on the 2000 model were too short (they were replaced with appropriate skirts in a later year model). The very short skirt allows the piston to tilt in the cylinder much sooner than would happen in normal engines. This causes the rings to fail to seat properly much earlier than would happen in an engine with normal skirt lengths. This causes excessive oil consumption where the amount of oil consumed rises exponentially with the number of miles driven. At some point, the engine could malfunction while the driver is driving.

- Orland Park, IL, USA

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