2000 Chevy Prizm - every time I fill up I have.

Tiny
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2000 Chevy Prizm - every time I fill up I have run through a quart of oil. When I accelerate I can see smoke in my rear view mirror. Could it be something with the emissions or could the engine be on it's last leg?

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Sunday, March 31st, 2013 AT 3:08 AM

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Tiny
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SOUNDS LIKE YOUR RINGS (AND PISTONS AND CYLINDER WALLS) ARE SHOWING THE INEVITABLE SIGNS OF WEAR

A COMPRESSION TEST MIGHT CONFIRM THIS

THE ONLY OTHER OPTION IS GOING TO BE. REBUILD THAT PUPPY

YOUR LOCAL AUTOMOTIVE MACHINE SHOP MIGHT GIVE YOU SOME PRICES

THAT'S THE COOL THING ABOUT OWNING SOMETHING OLDER, AND "SIMPLE". WITH A JEEP, PARTS WILL NEVER BE SCARCE

I REBUILT THE ENGINES AND INSTALLED CLUTCHES IN BOTH OF MY JEEPS. DIY, FOR RIGHT AT $1500 FOR EACH ONE, THAT WAS ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO

MY PAL JUST DID THE SAME THING WITH HIS JEEP CJ 258 ENGINE, USED THE SAME MACHINE SHOP, FOR JUST OVER $1700.I RECKON THAT'S A LITTLE INFLATION OVER THE YEARS

THE WAY I LOOK AT IT IS, THAT'S FOUR CAR PAYMENTS, GETTING BASICALLY A NEW ENGINE, THAT (SO FAR) HAS LASTED ME 15 YEARS ! !.'COURSE THERE A LITTLE FIX HERE AND THERE ALONG THE WAY ON THE REST OF THEM

BUT I FIGURE SINCE ONE IS 36 ("MR. JEEP") AND THE OTHER IS 67 ("WILLY") YEARS OLD. SURELY I'LL NEVER NEED TO BUY ANOTHER ONE, AS LONG AS I MAINTAIN THEM. AND IMMEDIATELY FIX 'EM WHEN THEY GET SICK

"MR. JEEP" IS DRIVEN DAILY, "WILLY" IS DRIVEN ONCE A WEEK, OR SOMETIMES MORE. KINDA SOMETIMES DEPENDS ON WHO HAS THE MOST FUEL IN THEIR TANK

LET US KNOW HOW IT'S WORKING OUT

THE MEDIC
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