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Aug 10, 2000 (3:16 pm)
The freak show is that I just called a honda dealership and they said honda is not making a hatchback for 2001!!!! What the__________!!!???
Why are they so stupid? They did the same thing in 89 with the civic station wagons. I'm gonna have to get a volkswagon now (sob).
#52 of 80 Chevy Metros
Sep 19, 2000 (2:11 pm)
The MetroGnome here... I've wandered over from the Metro forum, and thought I'd drop a note about the safety of our little friend, the Chevy Metro.
I owned a '99 LSi hatchback. It had just over 2,000 miles on it when a woman pulled out from a blind spot on a median break (cars were blocking her view), DIRECTLY in front of me. I was going about 45 mph when I hit the brakes, and didn't have room to slow very much, at all. I must have been going almost 40 when I struck the land yacht she was driving. She was in something about the size of the SS Bismark, so I torpedoed her.
The "crumple zone" construction worked fantastically. Between that and the airbags, my passenger and I hopped out of the car, uninjured. A few years ago, both of us would have spent time in the hospital for something like that. Even so, the front wheels on the Metro were still aligned and both doors opened perfectly...not even knocked out of alignment. If parts didn't have to come from Japan (Suzuki), I would probably still be driving it. As it was, the insurance company totalled it. The accident knocked one motor mount loose and it would have needed a new nose/bumper/radiator&fan assembly, as well as two fenders and a hood. That's VERY minor damage for the impact we had. It was enough to bend the Bismark's rear axle at a 45 degree angle, as I hit -just- ahead of the axle. (At least I didn't get an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for hitting low.) It was funny as hell, watching them pull the Bismark off the road, with the RR wheel wobbling on its sidewall. I'd be willing to bet it cost more to fix the Bismark than it would have to fix my Metro.
Her insurance company paid off and I'm now driving my bright blue 2000 Metro LSi Coupe (hatchback), which I've nicknamed "Peanut",
'cause it looks like a big blue peanut M&M.
My salesman had previously sold matching Metros to husband and wife members of the Tampa (Florida) Police Department. They bought them because they said they had seen how they performed in accidents and said they had both seen people walk away from accidents (in Metros) where they should have been killed or seriously injured. That's a heck of a recommendation!
Count me in as one VERY happy and injury-free Metro owner. Some post-accident pics of my '99 are at
Oh yeah... BTW... I have the larger (4 cyl) engine, and I get 36 mpg in the city, including work traffic every morning and afternoon. The car is AMAZING on the highway (up to 90+ mph, passing tractor-trailers, without so much as a shudder). This little car really rocks. And, it's MINE, do you hear me...MINE...MINE!!!!!
(Sorry... The meds are finally kicking in. I'll be fine.)
Best to all...
#53 of 80 carlady
Sep 24, 2000 (4:43 am)
"MetroGnome" I love it! LOL
I'm so glad you weren't injured. It is amazing how far gains have been made in safety engineering!
Nov 13, 2000 (9:20 pm)
OK, It's not a hatchback. But it is an economical SUV. About the size of a Festiva, it goes and goes. I get 31 mpg and just got back from a 2500 mile trip. I actually slept in it for 4 days. Homeless?