hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
89,346 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Prizm exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2001 Chevrolet Prizm Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 132007


  • 43,000 miles


2001 Chevy prism; check engine light continues to be on. I have put two oxygen sensors on at a cost of over $200, and light still comes on. Mechanics tell me the code says "lean mixture" but don't know what is causing it. Car hesitates when cold, almost throwing you into the windshield, unless you repeatedly pump the accelerator. Mechanics told me that maybe fuel pump is going bad, but it's been three years now, and this hasn't happened. The head liner in vehicle has totally torn and disintegrated, even tho it has been garage kept. GM will not even consider investigating this problem. No more Chevy's for me!! the hesitation in traffic could create a real safety issue.

- Eleanor, WV, USA

problem #3

Jun 132010


  • 200,000 miles
I own a 2001 Chevy prism lsi. It has always experienced a number of annoying issues that I've had mechanics inspect/diagnose that never seems to get correctly diagnosed. It uses about a quart of oil a month (but never smokes out of the exhaust pipe), has always had a hesitation problem, and has a weird problem with noisy 'exhaust' sounds that sound like they are coming from the front of the car and are worse (very loud) in wet conditions. Upon cold start, the engine hesitates pretty badly when pressing the accelerator pedal. The hesitation gets much better once the engine has warmed up, but still has minor hesitation upon initially pressing the accelerator pedal. Mechanics have said they think the fuel pump may be starting to go out (I was told that 5 years ago and it has never gone out) and they said there was a 'lean mixture code' when my check engine light was on at one point but were unable to determine what the official cause of that code was and implied it was probably the fuel pump slowly going bad. They ran a carbon clean which shut off the service engine light but the hesitation and oil consumption has always remained. Numerous times, the hesitation has been an issue in traffic when I press the accelerator pedal and the engine does nothing until I pump the pedal a few times to get it going...leading to a possibly safety hazard in certain traffic conditions. Nobody has been able to figure out why it hesitates and fix the hesitation problem and I've read this is a very common problem along with the oil consumption problem for Chevy prisms/Toyota corollas (especially the 2001 model). Mechanics have also inspected my exhaust system to try to find the issue with the noisy exhaust but have found no leaks. I'm hoping a recall can be issued to help fix some of these issues since mechanics can't seem to figure out these common problems. It seems that Toyota and GM are both aware of most of these issues and have done nothing to resolve them.

- Eau Claire, WI, USA

problem #2

Jan 012007


  • 65,000 miles
Leak from transaxle valve differential - plastic plug feel out. Ruined transmission and engine. Engine burning oil like mad. Leaks oil all over the place. Started at about 65,000.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #1

Apr 172003


  • 49,385 miles
Problems with fuel system on 2001 Chevrolet Prizm. The vehicle's oxygen sensor, fuel filter inside the tank and spark plugs were replaced.

- Maonaca, PA, USA

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