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Autotrader Find: One-Owner 1996 Geo Prizm With 77,000 Miles

If you’re interested in buying what must be the most perfect Geo in the world, here it is: it’s a 1996 Geo Prizm LSi, offered for sale by Randy Wise Chevrolet in Flint, Michigan. More importantly, it’s a 1-owner car with just 77,000 original miles. See the Geo Prizm models for sale near you

Yes, that’s right: here’s a well-preserved Geo Prizm. This is, of course, a big shock, since Geo was famous (or infamous) for manufacturing cheap commuter cars — the sort of thing nobody would ever save. And yet this one was saved, brilliantly so, to the point where it’s almost a perfect time capsule with only a few dents and scrapes on the outside after 21 years of driving.

And so, you might ask, what does a perfect 1996 Geo Prizm sell for? Just $2,900. A bargain price for a historical specimen.

And a historical specimen indeed it is, because the Geo Prizm was quite an unusual car. Sold from the late 1980s through 2002, the Prizm was a rebadged Toyota Corolla. And I don’t mean General Motors decided to create a vehicle to rival the Corolla — I mean they literally made the Corolla, then slapped a Geo badge on it. Beginning in 1998, with the dissolving of the Geo brand, it became the Chevrolet Prizm, but the idea was still the same: a Toyota Corolla, but … from General Motors. And it was called a Geo.

The whole thing was odd, and — as I discovered recently — Geo Prizms are kind of a deal now, selling for less than comparable Toyota Corolla models even though they’re basically the same. This one’s especially a deal, as it’s basically just a Toyota Corolla that’s traveled 77,000 miles, meaning it has oodles of life left in it. The only problem, as I see it, is location: This Prizm spent its whole life in Michigan, where the owner was probably proud to purchase a General Motors vehicle, rather than an "import" from Toyota, so it could be rusty. If not, though, it’s a window into another era. Find a Geo Prizm for sale

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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6 COMMENTS

  1. I own this car, 1997 model, single owner, bought with 109k. Never stepped foot (tread?) in MI. Same color as in the photo. That’s not tan, that’s gold baby! One difference is that mine has power windows. Best car I ever owned, considering the price. I hope to drive it until it quits.

    All cars produced in the NUMMI plant were great: Prizm/Corolla, Vibe/Matrix, and the “YO” Tacoma.

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