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Sluggish when taking off

My Mom has a 2000 Chevy Prizm purchased used in Jan, 08'. Now all of the sudden when pulling out of a parking space the car acts like it doesn't want to gain pressure. It slows down, down until sometimes it cuts itself off but lately I've just been pulling over to the side until the car seems to catch up. What is the problem?

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  • Anonymous Nov 22, 2008

    I had the same problem. After a lot of frustration it was the mass air flow sensor.

  • jaimargu Dec 05, 2008

    same problem! already replaced oxygen sensor and reset computer but check engine light comes back on after a few days or weeks... .will run good everytime i reset computer but its not long before check engine light and hesitation with it comes back...i replaced air cleaner,spark plugs,checked fuel tank cap, and did a pressurized injector cleaner along with fuel tank injector cleaner additive...i even tried better grade fuel...by the way this car driven to work and back and only has 45k on odometer and is 1 owner...HELP ME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I had the same problem, a small shudder or stall on accelleration. It was the was mass air flow sensor.

Posted on Nov 22, 2008

I had a very similar problem with my prizm, and it was mass air flow sensor. They cleaned it out, and now shes back to running good! It could also be an O2 sensor, or a regulator.

Good luck!

Posted on Nov 01, 2008

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