10.0

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
112,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. replace transmission (1 reports)
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problem #1

Dec 052004

Prizm

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles

Probably nobody is driving these anymore, but you never know. This car had a broken dipstick in the transmission, broke right in half. I don't know how it got broken and I should have replaced it but I didn't expect it to lose all the transmission fluid. At first I noticed it would lurch a bit every now and then when driving it. I had no idea what that was but I thought it was something simple like bad gas or something. Shortly after that I was going down a highway at about 55mph when the front wheels suddenly froze. Thank goodness it was winter time and the roadway was icy. The car slid across the ice into a snowbank/ditch.

I had to have it towed home and then towed to a repair shop. They said the transmission had seized up and would have to be replaced. The car wasn't worth the cost to replace it so I sold it for $75. The person I sold it to said they had a garage and equipment to change it out so it was probably a good deal for them since it didn't have any other problems. So it was partially my fault for not getting a new dipstick but I do have to wonder how all the fluid just ran out of it? A broken dipstick would not cause that. It was one of the scariest things that ever happened to me. I think the car would have flipped end over end had the road not been icy.

- mjw22, Traverse City, MI, USA