Hello All. I have a 02’ Chevy Prizm that consumes oil (common issue in the IzzFE engines that were in Chevy Prizms and 8th Gen Corollas). I see some who say it’s bad for the environment to keep driving a car like this. I see a fair amount of folks who suggest that with oil consumption, you just need to save up for a whole new engine or engine rebuild. But oil is cheap and the only parts that seem to wear out quicker are O2 sensors (cheap), spark plugs (also cheap), and the Catalytic Converter.
Maybe I am not seeing something here, but I recently got a new Caty from Rock Auto, delivered in less than 48 hours for $104, then welded on at my local shop for a total of $80.
I think of the Caty like a vacuum, and this car like a floor that consistently gets nasty. Well, as long as I am willing to buy new vacuums periodically, the floor can stay clean.
My question is, as long as I keep that oil topped off and replace the Caty as soon as the Check Engine Light gives an emission code, can’t I keep driving this thing for 50K more miles with the confidence that I am doing no damage to the environment beyond what a normal car does?