Thursday, June 11, 2015

2k: You're About To Want A Geo: 1990 Geo Prizm GSi

The car you're looking at is the best kept secret in the used car market. If you scrolled past this post without clicking, you have proven my point. Actually, if you scrolled past this, you're no longer with us and I can say without fear of repercussion that your mother is a woman of ill repute. Unlike other Geos of similar vintage leaving oil stains at the Salvation Army parking lot, this one revs to 7,600 RPM like a puppy earnestly tugging at its leash. You see, this generation Geo Prizm was the only four-door sedan or hatchback ever sold in the U.S. with the venerable 4AGE twin-cam engine. Find this 1990 Geo Prizm GSi hatchback for sale in Vancleave, MS for $1,650 via craigslist.


Following a new partnership with Toyota, General Motors offered the first-generation Prizm as a badge-engineered Corolla. Based on the E90 Corolla, the Prizm was available in two body styles for a discount price against the 'Yota. This is already more information than you thought you needed to know about a Geo, but it's necessary to understand why you could walk into a Chevy dealership in 1990 and buy a car with the sex appeal of a manila envelope that used the same engine as the white and black car that would soon become famous in that show that the kids like. Toyota stuck the 4AGE in the MR2 and a variety of Corollas, but never a sedan destined for the States. GM did, and from 1990-1992 offered its Prizm with the red top 16-valve 4AGE 1.6-liter, worth 130 horsepower. The GSi package also boasted four-wheel disc brakes, aluminum wheels, and ABS, because those were things to boast about in 1990.


With a clean title and a similarly clean yet uninspiring body, this particular Prizm is in relatively good driving shape. The A/C "ran when parked," which are the three most terrifying words you can find in a craigslist listing besides "manual boost controller" and "Volkswagen Phaeton W8." Fortunately, the sitting interval is just six months. Nothing can completely deteriorate in six months, right?


You won't see these in this condition much longer, but that isn't the injustice you think it is. Here's why: it's a 25-year-old Geo. You know, the automotive equivalent of an ear wax removal kit; beyond not wanting one, you don't even want to hear about its existence. Congratulations on even making it this far into this insufferable learning experience. You're either a hopeless 4AGE fan, or a car enthusiast mildly interested in a simple, lightweight, five-speed hatchback with a high-revving twin-cam engine for the price of a college girl's annual frappe budget.



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15 comments:

  1. You just got me.

    I had NO (the next word needs to be deleted, because it relates to an act involving friction between two somewhat lubricated bodies that might result in...ah...ahh...yeah, that.) IDEA that there was ever a 4A-GE stick hatchback of that platform.

    And apparently a thousand other potential buyers were as clueless as I, 'cause the listing is gone.

    I should have been emailing the bastard instead of posting here, 'cause at $1650 I'd have bought the thing in a second.

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    1. Or calling, you know, voice, which none of us do any more...still, yeah, this thing. 2000 miles away, spouse attacking me with knives, but this thing ...

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    2. Why do I keep posting on this? I live a couple miles from where these were built and I have never seen one, but it's everything I really need in a daily-driver.

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  2. Wow, I am pretty sure we never got these north of the 49th parallel. This, and the coupe from earlier in the week, are nice looking cars (well, until you get to the front of this one, which is just dull). In the future, I shall temper my GEO jokes appropriately, out of respect for these two. I promise.... seriously, I will.....

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  3. PhiLOL -- you really knocked it out of the park with this one. Even I didn't know of the existence of the 4AGE powered Prison...errr Prizm..and I spend more time reading wikipedia for wackadoodle cars (and facts about Greenland) then I do grooming my ear hairs. Did you know that there was an apartment building in Nuuk that housed 1% of the population of the entire country of Greenland for a number of years before it was torn down. Known as Blok P, it had sewage problems due to the unexpected volume of coagulated blood in the drains from the sheer volume of fishguts being tossed down the drain.
    DT E-i-C Vince

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    1. Really? They should let you out of your cage every now and then, El Jefe. Did you know that the cars pictured below (among others) all have a connection to the Geo Prism GSi?

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/Yi1Pk5s.jpg?1[/img]

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/jJWOJO4.jpg?1[/img]

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/X7JgJQp.jpg?1[/img]

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    2. The SHO and the XC90 V8 both have Yamaha built engines, Yamaha having sifignant involvement in Toyota engine development back then. Don't know what the swoop thing is.

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    3. Vince: Did you say Blok P was in Greenland or New Jersey?
      mrkwong: These indeed are prime daily driver material, if you can find one.
      K2: Duratec!

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    4. PhiLOL; the B8444S isn't a Duratec, is it? I wasn't aware that it was but maybe I'm wrong.

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    5. Well I'm way off then, and also stumped. I was just thinking Taurus in general.

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  4. Ok, so i have a ke70, and i work at a junkyard. I am now praying that someone wrecks into one of these (parked, by the side of the road of course).

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  5. Don't forget the 1988 Nova Twin Cam. Basically the same car as a proper sedan.

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  6. Ah yes, the later NUMMI twin cam. As anonymous noted above, the older version was sold as a Nova. The combination of the Geo name and hatchback body style add plenty of street cred to this one, though it lost some of the boxy "sleeperness".

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