3rd Generation (1998—2002) Prizm Problems

This generations ranks 48th out of 85 Chevrolet generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (86%), exhaust (3%), and the interior (2%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Excessive Oil Consumption 141 complaints at an average of 93,250 miles in the 2001 Chevrolet Prizm.
  2. Check Engine Light Stays On 9 complaints at an average of 103,333 miles in the 2001 Chevrolet Prizm.
  3. Engine Burning Oil 8 complaints at an average of 142,538 miles in the 1998 Chevrolet Prizm.

What Prizm Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Chevrolet model years.

Watch out for the 2001 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2002 31 1 168 7.94
2001 111 1 146 16.55
2000 32 1 135 4.74
1999 16 1 15 1.57
1998 11 1 12 0.81

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