2000 Chevrolet Prizm Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2000 Chevrolet Prizm

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2000 Chevrolet Prizm Problems

Rough Idle and Backfiring Engine with Check Engine Light

The Chevrolet Prism has a known issue with the valves that if left unchecked, will cause burned valves and engine performance issues. This issue does not affect the Geo Prism.

The engine ‘breathes’ through valves that are pushed open by the camshaft, and closed by springs. When valves are closed, they seal against a valve seat. In this vehicle, the valve seat is too soft, so after the valve contacts it thousands of times, it becomes crushed. Once it is crushed, the valve can no longer make a proper seal, and the valves erode due to extreme temperature (burnt valve).

Symptoms related to this issue:

To repair the burnt valves, the cylinder head must be removed and rebuilt, which is a costly internal engine repair, however, this issue can be prevented through inspection and adjustment of valve clearances every 40,000 miles.

Check Engine Light Due to Gas Cap Issue

A Loose or worn gas cap may cause Check Engine Light to illuminate.

Replace spark plugs every 100,000 miles

The spark plugs should be replaced every 100,000 miles. Our technicians recommend replacing the spark plug wires also at this time.

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2000 Chevrolet Prizm Questions

Check engine, code PO420?? (1 answer)

About 125,000 miles on it. Owned it since 90k roughly. Every once in a while the engine light would blink on, seemingly random (solid 55 straightaways, usually), then on next day startup or so, would be off. This time it turned on about a week after my last oil change (due for another soon), and ...

My A/C turns on and blows fine but its hot. Tried freon, says it's full and its still blowing hot air. How expensive is this fix and whats the issue (2 answers)

The first 3 numbers on my heat knob doesn't work. Only works when on 4 (1 answer)

This this something I can fix myself and what is the problem

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2000 Chevrolet Prizm Reviews

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based on 3 customer reviews
This car rules! Toyota hearth inside a Chevrolet body.
I love my Prism and after 10 years with no problems, I am now experiencing some issues with oil leaks, suspension and emissions EVAP sensors. This car has served me well and I like many others, I regret that this Toyota twin is no longer being manufactured. For the price of the vehicle, I have certainly gotten a good value!
Great car. Bought it new and have had no regrets. The vehicle has a manual and I still gets an average of 33 mpg. Pity GM and Toyota ended their joint venture. This is my second prizm

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