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#4668132 - 02/16/18 06:47 PM I bought the last Geo ever made for $275.
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 32631
Loc: ME
Ok, so maybe it's not THE LAST GEO but it's a 2002 Chevy Prizm in Grandma Beige. Last year for the Prizm line.



GM finally thought it over and pinned their headliners up preemptively so I don't have to staple them. Ok, maybe this is a Toyota idea.



Speaking of Toyota, everyone stopped caring by this point so they stuck a Toyota symbol right on the keys you can proudly acquire with the rest of the car at the Chevy dealer in your heorin-infested small town.



Most pressing issue was how the inside door handle broke. I had to roll down my window like a knuckle-dragger.



Investigation found a failed plastic hinge pin in there. I searched high and low (< $5 on ebay shipped) but then discovered the EXACT PART I needed three feet aft serving lighter duty on the rear door. Pulled the ol' switcheroo!



So I dragged this thing home on my sketchy tow dolley then tried to find it space in my driveway. Parked it in front of the plow but it was sorta sticking into the road so I backed it up real slowly. Turns out snow plows are sharp and pointy and don't give much. Heard a little crunchy creak and I busted my own tail light ever so slightly! But in good news no passers-by hit my car!



There's a little rust but it's not too bad. The fender kinda looks like a zipper!









The seller (a real college fool) said the thing needed some brake lines. I could only find one inch under this stupid clamp. I had a corolla a few years ago that also needed all the fuel and EVAP lines in this bundle but these knock wood still look okay.



Taxachusetts started worrying about out-of-state students conning them out of fees so they seem to have issued these stickers.




Speaking of stickers, the inspection is so out-of-date the color came around again on the rainbow and looks legal from 50 paces!



Where the action is. Seller said he used to add oil. My corolla took a quart every 350 miles or so! All this Vtec VVT-i power goes through a 3 speed automatic!



Everything in this picture except a couple letters on the PRNDL are a greyish color beige!

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#4668139 - 02/16/18 06:52 PM Re: I bought the last Geo ever made for $275. [Re: eljefino]
TinyVoices Offline


Registered: 09/12/16
Posts: 480
Loc: Vienna, VA
My fiancee used to have a 2001 prizm in that deep blue green color. Lsi model with the alloy wheels and all.
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#4668143 - 02/16/18 06:55 PM Re: I bought the last Geo ever made for $275. [Re: eljefino]
SatinSilver Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10128
Loc: OH
What color is the atf? Engine bay looks decent. The rust around the rear arches would be enough to scare me off.

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#4668146 - 02/16/18 06:56 PM Re: I bought the last Geo ever made for $275. [Re: SatinSilver]
dishdude Offline


Registered: 11/14/08
Posts: 8730
Loc: Phoenix
Originally Posted By: SatinSilver
What color is the atf?



My guess is beige. LOL
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#4668154 - 02/16/18 06:59 PM Re: I bought the last Geo ever made for $275. [Re: eljefino]
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Registered: 10/23/07
Posts: 565
Loc: TN
Still have a 2001 Chevy Prism my mother bought new. It has about 85K on it now and is driven a couple of times a week. My doorknob broke recently and I replaced it with a new one found online.
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#4668167 - 02/16/18 07:09 PM Re: I bought the last Geo ever made for $275. [Re: eljefino]
SubieRubyRoo Offline


Registered: 05/14/12
Posts: 1125
Loc: Winchester, Indiana
My condolences. smile

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#4668174 - 02/16/18 07:13 PM Re: I bought the last Geo ever made for $275. [Re: eljefino]
Timo325 Offline


Registered: 08/31/14
Posts: 338
Loc: AL,NC,TX,Germany,Korea,Italy
Congrats?

Good luck with that..


Edited by Timo325 (02/16/18 07:13 PM)
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#4668178 - 02/16/18 07:17 PM Re: I bought the last Geo ever made for $275. [Re: eljefino]
Rolla07 Offline


Registered: 11/05/11
Posts: 4732
Loc: MTL, CANADA
Those are great little beater cars! My independent mechanic loans me one when I have work done, although its the Toyota Corolla brand! (no difference at all)
The only major thing I noticed compared to my 2007, was that braking was very very weak on it! As in, much longer breaking distances.. and my 07 has rear drums..
You might be surprised to hear this but... I drove a 2018 Corolla the other day, and that key picture you posted... its the exact same today as on the base model Corolla! LOL. Those little 3 speeds can move alright too. I know rust is a major issue on these, as is the known oil burning issue. If the rust isnt too bad, I am sure you will get some good use out of it! The front engine layout is also pretty much identical to my 2007, which is hilarious.. Toyota really doesnt mess with things much once they find a working formula! Enjoy smile


Edited by Rolla07 (02/16/18 07:18 PM)
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#4668183 - 02/16/18 07:19 PM Re: I bought the last Geo ever made for $275. [Re: eljefino]
Nick1994 Offline


Registered: 02/19/13
Posts: 10097
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
How come when you find a decent car you sell it and get another junker? Rather than keep the nice ones?
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#4668185 - 02/16/18 07:20 PM Re: I bought the last Geo ever made for $275. [Re: Rolla07]
SatinSilver Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10128
Loc: OH
Originally Posted By: Rolla07
Those are great little beater cars! My independent mechanic loans me one when I have work done, although its the Toyota Corolla brand! (no difference at all)


Your mechanic probably checks the oil level very frequently, maybe every time it returns from a customer. Tops it off as necessary and keeps it running. Which will probably be a long time.

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#4668190 - 02/16/18 07:22 PM Re: I bought the last Geo ever made for $275. [Re: eljefino]
MONKEYMAN Offline


Registered: 06/24/04
Posts: 2222
Loc: St. Louis
So what are your plans? Drive it, flip it, etc.

You have a gift for making the mundane exciting! grin
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#4668195 - 02/16/18 07:24 PM Re: I bought the last Geo ever made for $275. [Re: eljefino]
NormanBuntz Offline


Registered: 07/27/13
Posts: 2121
Loc: Outer Banks, NC
eljefino, you are a glutton for punishment!
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#4668199 - 02/16/18 07:28 PM Re: I bought the last Geo ever made for $275. [Re: eljefino]
DutchBrad Offline


Registered: 04/24/11
Posts: 303
Loc: Holland, MI USA
Love it! I love old beaters. So much fun. Congrats!
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#4668201 - 02/16/18 07:29 PM Re: I bought the last Geo ever made for $275. [Re: NormanBuntz]
SatinSilver Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10128
Loc: OH
I remember some of his previous finds like the $750 Prius and a rusty 02 Camry for $250 or so that was flipped for post-dated checks. Which did work out in the end.






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#4668228 - 02/16/18 08:00 PM Re: I bought the last Geo ever made for $275. [Re: eljefino]
AZjeff Offline


Registered: 01/14/11
Posts: 2630
Loc: PV Az
Originally Posted By: eljefino



There's a little rust but it's not too bad.


You're joking right?? This car should be crushed.
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