The Worst 1998-2002 Prizm Problems

Excessive Oil Consumption

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Stuck oil control rings, insufficient crankcase seals, and too much oil in the combustion chambers are just a handful of reasons Chevy engines seem to be consuming too much oil.

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What Owners Complain About

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

By the Numbers

  1. 5 model years

    Grouping all models by their year can reveal some baddies.

  2. 202 complaints

    Running tally of owner grievances filed to CarComplaints.com.

  3. 40th in reliability

    Overall reliability rank out of 80 eligible generations.