Tag Archive | Geo Prizm

Hatch-sclusive! 1990 Geo Prizm For Sale

Geo Prizms have featured prominently on these pages – they’re regarded with nearly godlike status around these parts. Reliable, flexible, economical and surprisingly quick, the Prizm represented a good value when new, and due to it’s lack of a Toyota badge, a fantastic value on the used market.

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But lets face it – most Prizms were used as a transportation appliance – poorly maintained then discarded with little life left. So when one in nice shape shows up for sale, it’s a fairly rare occurrence – and usually those nice rides are hobbled by the truly horrible 3-speed automatic. But for today, when Lee from Portland Oregon left a comment on a post here, letting us all know of his well kept, 5 speed Prizm… and again caused your humble correspondent much angst.

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Tease! 1990 Geo Prizm GSi For Sale

There’s something to be said for being blissfully unaware.  Like if I were to not know that this rare Prizm GSi existed and was for sale.  But my buddy Larry from the Stick Figure/Volatile RAM racing team – you may remember this – just had to send me this link and get me all interested.  While the price on the dealer’s website shows a $2950 asking price (a ridiculous amount for a car with over a quarter-million miles, rare or not), the Craigslist ad that Larry provided showed a significant mark-down to $1700.  If not for a fairly recent, ill-fated fly-and-drive, those sorts of numbers get a man thinking…

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LeMons Bait: 1990 Geo Prizm

If you’re familiar with this blog, you probably recall my love of my first car, and have read of my exploits as a real-life race car driver.  So it would be only natural that those two would eventually collide in a NASCAR-worthy explosion of racing fuel and poor decision-making.  In my dreams at least.  So when I see things like this…

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Hatches In Motion: Geo Prizm

You may have read that a 1990 Geo Prizm was my first car.  Here’s something that neither you, fair reader – nor myself knew about the Geo Prizm: it was capable of a 9.4 second 0-60 sprint.

Yeah, I’m just as shocked as you.

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1990 Geo Prizm

March 7, 1992 was an unseasonably warm day in Kansas City, Missouri.  As often happens, those early season warm spells make minds turn to summery pursuits – lawn mowing, rec room pool games, late evening backyard football… I was 17 at the time after all.  It was the spring of my junior year in high school and life was carefree and easy.  Except for one thing:  I had no car.  Unfortunately for my mom, the location of our suburban house honestly offered no way to get around without one.  I say unfortunately because just a couple of months earlier, I had failed to yield the right-of-way while driving her car and wrecked it… pretty good.  That car was fixed, but I still had to get to my grocery store job somehow and the family taxi service didn’t enjoy the 11:30 PM run after work.

Something had to give.

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