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#167 of 1864 Re: Geo Owner - 1996
Mar 07, 2000 (4:00 am)
That does sound like you've got problem(s).
What size engine do you have? The 3 or 4 cylinders.
I have a 1991 Metro with 3 cylinders and it has close to 130,000 miles (I'm the original owner).
Only had 1 valve replaced since I bought it new.
Other than that, just oil/filter and 1 timing belt (at 80,000 miles).
Some mechanics have told me the 1.0 liter 3 cylinder engine does have some problems. That is why Suzuki (er, GM, yea- that's it, GM), offered the 1.3 liter 4 cylinder in some models beginning in 1995. At least that's what I was told.
Other than that- sounds like you've got a case to invoke the use of the "Lemon Law" (if your state supports it and it's not too late).
#168 of 1864 Metros 4 Ever
Mar 07, 2000 (11:07 pm)
I have a 1990 Metro with just over 165,000 on the engine. The motor is originally out of a 1989 Metro that I had bought with 95,000 abusive miles on it. Everything but the drivetrain was falling apart. I drove the 1989 until it racked up about 135,000 miles. By then everything but the motor and tranny was ready to drop off of the car.
I then purchased a 1990 Metro with a good body but bad motor for $250.00 last June. I transplanted the good motor and tranny out of the 1989 into the 1990 and have driven it on my daily commute of 122 miles every day since.
I have done absolutely no work to this 3 cylinder motor since I got it except a tune up and oil changes. Just wanted to tell a "good" Metro experience.
#169 of 1864 Re: true (#171)
Mar 08, 2000 (6:10 pm)
Yeah, State Farm totalled my '99 LSi. Despite the photos, the damage was relatively minor. My visual inspection indicated this damage:
1) Front bumper assembly, nose, hood, both front fenders
2) Radiator and fan assembly
3) Right side motor mount (engine pushed back slighly on right side)
There were no fluids leaking from the vehicle, except coolant. Front suspension and both front wheels still appeared to be in alignment and operational. I was told the only reason it was totalled was that the parts come from Japan (Suzuki), and were quite expensive.
C'est la vie. I'm driving around in my Bright Blue Metallic 2000 Metro LSi Coupe (Hatchback) now, that State Farm (the other party's insurance company) bought for me.
#170 of 1864 geo metro for sale
Mar 10, 2000 (2:57 am)
i have a 97 geo metro i am thinking about selling if anyone is interested.
the car is great and amazing on gas but i have been waiting 3 years to get a vw cabrio.
only had the geo for a little over a year due to an accident with my old geo prism.
i still have a note on the geo so i would be asking around 6,100. email me if any interest:
#171 of 1864 Metro owners and buyers please help
Mar 16, 2000 (5:11 am)
Hello. I was going to buy a Civic.....but started looking at Metros after my uncle bought one. Can anyone give me a ballpark figure on a 1998 automatic one with 26k on it. The advertised price is 7,000. What is this car really worth?
My second question is: has anyone bought a car from Enterprise? They have Metros with low miles and I was wondering if anyone has bought one and if they were happy. Further, I would like to know what a fair price for one of those would be. Any help is appreciated.
#172 of 1864 carlady
Mar 16, 2000 (10:45 pm)
Have you checked the edmunds.com pricing, pgee900282? On the home page, click on Used Cars, then on the maker, then on the year, and finally on the model. It has information on how to assess for mileage and amenities.
See how that compares to your price and please, let us know how everything works out for you.
#173 of 1864 rpm of Metro too high?
Mar 16, 2000 (10:46 pm)
I own a Geo Metro '94 with auto trans. I know the auto trans is a 3-speed one. But is it normal that it runs at 4000+ rpm when going at 65mph? what's your experience?
#174 of 1864 wiring help (auto trans)
Mar 16, 2000 (11:04 pm)
The only problem my Metro had was that occasionally when I start the car, the auto transmission refuses to gear up (stays on one even if I pump it up to 5000rpm). This usually goes away after several minutes.
This started within warranty, but the dealer was no help -- they could not find anything wrong (and since the symptom goes away after a while, the dealer would claim it "fixed" by "misc. adjustments" or similar BS).
A friend suggested that I might have a loose connection somewhere (which self-corrects once
the temp under the hood goes up). And he was on the money. All I had to do when this happens again was to massage all the connectors I can see, and the problem goes away, at least for several days. (And this only happens in summer time anyway.)
I wish I know which wires are the trouble makers so I can fix them for good. But I could not find a book about it (maybe Metro is not main stream enough). If anyone is more knowledgeable on this, please help me out. Thanks!
I suspected the ground wires since the sheet metal body are the most likely culprit that expands and contracts in different seasons/temps. But they look fine and after all they are just metal to metal ...
#175 of 1864 Metro or not????
Mar 20, 2000 (10:44 pm)
My friend is buying a car for his 73 year old mother for around-town jaunts. I was wondering if a 4-door Metro would be good for her? Must be 4-door because she needs power steering. Any thoughts would be great. Thanks in advance!
#176 of 1864 Metro RPM's
Mar 21, 2000 (5:28 am)
I think your final drive ration in the Metro is around 4.30. With no overdrive and small tires you will really spool up some RPM's. That is why the 5 speed manual is a double overdrive. Both 4th and 5th gears are overdrive. At around 60 MPH you are probably turning about 3500 or so. That is the primary reason the automatics gets such lousy fuel mileage compared to the sticks.