hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,500 miles

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2000 Chevrolet Prizm engine problems

engine problem

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2000 Chevrolet Prizm Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 012008


  • 94,000 miles


Chevrolet Prizm...corolla in disguise. Car drinks oil bad. Have owned a 2000 model bought in 2008 with 44,000 miles car looked and drove like new so I thought car is made by Toyota no need to check under the hood. Wrong!!! got home with the car and my dad wanted to drive it, he's a mechanic.gets back home mad. He heard a ticking noise, ( I didn't notice cause last car was wore out and noisy...this was quite for me) checked oil and there was less than a quart in the oil pan it only holds a little over 3qts. He put oil in it and it was super quite motor. Drove the car til bout 94000. At first the car needed only 1 qt every 600-800 miles. That was ok I was used to that. Then it got worse and worse. 1 qt every 50 to 100 miles. My dad tore it apart looked every where for a leak. None nothing!!! it was burning oil he found out but could not tell where it was coming from. This is very bad because the catalytic converter can only hold so much before it clogged and burnt slap out!!! almost 7000$ I paid for that car supposedly of Toyota quality, not counting all of the oil now in our O-zone. Besides the oil problem that almost every one faces when owning these vehicles including corollas same motor, best car I have ever owned. I just bought another one hoping it would be clear of engine issues. Wrong... my dad has looked it all over can't find out still what the problem is. Please research this really good and help us prism owners have restitution to see that recall envelope in the mail. Look at every car review site and yall will see that 9 out of 10 complaints are oil usage. Maybe that's the reason you don't see them much anymore. But most importantly us prism owners( that are left lol) need our cars fixed where the earth does not have suffer any more nether the less our wallets. Oil, diagnostics. Catalytic converters..etc.you have to check oil constant. Oil light never works for anyone that's why their all gone. You will see on all review sites.

- Jasper, GA, USA

problem #1

Jun 102004

Prizm 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles
Have damaged lifters in 2000 Chevy Prizm engine made by Toyota, due to a mfg. Defect, according to my Chevy dealership repaiman. He says upper engine drain holes for oil were drilled smaller than american made motors which will gum up and restrict flow of oil, causing damage to hydraulic lifters. Extent of damage until engine is torn down is undeterminable. At the least, trade in value is much dimished due to excessive engine noise. Mileage-39,000.

- West Point, NE, USA

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