Chevrolet Prizm - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Chevrolet Prizm owners have reported a total of 159 problems for their cars built in the
6 model years
listed in the chart below.
The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Chevrolet Prizm.
The 2001 Chevrolet Prizm cars have the most problems reported (44 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Chevrolet Prizm

The following chart shows the 19 most common problems for Chevrolet Prizm cars.
The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling
(33 problems).
The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (26 problems).

Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Chevrolet Prizm of an older model year to newer model years
since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems.
In order to compare the reliability across Prizm model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the
problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year.
A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Chevrolet Prizm model year;
S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Prizm Model Years