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#218 of 1867 Remote Hatch Release for Late Model Metro's ('95-'00)
May 09, 2000 (4:11 pm)
For all that are interested.....
I've recently purchased a new 2000 Metro and found it did not have a remote rear hatch release.
GM does make one. You can get the cable/release lever and striker plate through your Chevrolet dealer. One thing I have found: The late model Metro's (I believe it started with either the 1997 or 1998 model year), had a "double" latch safety mechanism on the rear hatch. Kind of like your hood release (front). This can cause problems if you opt for the remote rear hatch release as you'll use the release, walk over to the hatch, only to find it still locked.
To get around this, if you have the '98 or later model, order a 1995 rear latch as it didn't have this double latch feature.
This can be "$$" by the time you're done. But if you're going to keep your Metro for a few years, it is nice to have.
May 10, 2000 (12:19 am)
thanks...I have a 1995 LSi and I have the remote release and like it. It also keeps me from breaking the key off in the trunk lock. I hear these keys may seem big and strong but can break because the locks get so tight. Another way would be to exchange your whole hatchback and latch with a 1995 model, there are plenty in yards because every Metro I ever see in a yard is hit up front and the back is pristine. Then order the cable from Chevy and it should cost you under $200 total. If you buy all the parts from Chevy expect to spend $400.
#220 of 1867 Alan (Hatch Release)
May 10, 2000 (2:49 am)
I didn't know it would co$t that much! I took the cable release from my old '91 Metro and transferred it to my 2000 Metro LSi. Of course, that was before I traded in my '91 (he,he).
So the only thing I had to pay for was the striker plate and the rear latch ('95-97 model).
I saw the new Vauxhall Corsa. Nice car!
If GM does plan on using it over here, I'll miss the Metro but will look forward to it's replacement.
I do have one small problem with my new 2000 Metro LSi. I like to fill the gas tank tippy-top full.
This helps me determine the correct gas mileage.
This new Metro, however, fills to the top, then slowly goes back down. By keeping the nozzle at a trickle, I can continue to fill it for about 2 more gallons of gas before it finally fills to the top without going back down. I've put over 11.5 gallons of gas in it during one fill (and the needle wasn't all the way empty).
I believe the gas is filling into the expansion section of the gas tank (normally reserved for air when the gas needs to expand on those hot days).
That would explain why it takes more gas than the specs. suggest (10.6 gals).
If I fill it up all the way tippy-top,... it can take more than 15 minutes (it sure bugs people too!). The plus side is you can drive almost 100 miles before the needle moves off of "F"!
Anyone else have that problem?
#221 of 1867 Re:Park-Lock 97 Metro prob (mole)
May 11, 2000 (6:50 am)
Thanks Lor . . .
We can rule out the hill. It has always happened on flat ground. The problem is intermitten and
seemingly random. It occurs sometimes when the engine is cold and other times when the engine is
warm . . . but, always when I least expect it, haha.
It has happened at night and the headlights seemed ok, but I'll be watching for that on the next go-around.
I'll have my mechanic check for a short.
Someone suggested it might be a linkage adjustment
problem too. Does that sound like a plausible explanation?
The other day . . . it happened 'backwards.
When I went to kill the engine . . . it
refused to go INTO park. I had to really
fight with it a few minutes before it
FINALLY 'chunked' into the Park position.
The trans seems otherwise ok. It normally
goes through all the gears ok. Nothing appears
to be amiss, except for the occasional 'locked
in Park' problem.
I appreciate any and all thoughts you have offered this.
Mole (Bill P)
May 12, 2000 (4:35 am)
You've got me stumped.
A linkage problem sounds like a possibility. I'm surprised a qualified mechanic doesn't have an answer.
The Metros are really good little cars. At least I've had very good luck with mine. If you change the oil and filter and keep up with the scheduled maintenance, you should have a happy car.
Of course, there will always be a car that could be classified as a "Monday" or "Friday" made car.
That is unfortunate. The LEMON!
I hope that isn't the case with your Metro.
Let me know what eventually happens.
#223 of 1867 HHC....
May 14, 2000 (6:38 am)
That sounds like a good deal. If you want to know the car's history for sure, pay $15 for a history report on it from the MVA in your state. Or, you could go to http://www.carfax.com and enter the car's VIN # and spend the same $15 and get the report. Also, the "service engine soon" usually means there is a problem in the computer or something. If you find out there is and it's expensive to fix, go to http://www.autobytel.com and purchase an extended warranty on the car. Then you can use that to fix the car with. Also, http://www.allstate.com offers extended warranties too, but AutoByTel is cheaper. Good luck!!!
#224 of 1867 headlights, etc
May 15, 2000 (1:37 am)
Those headlights new are about $300 each. Used if you can find them, about $100, and cheap non-Suzuki aftermarkets that fit OK are about $150. Any good auto parts store will carry the aftermarkets. But every Metro I have ever seen in a junkyard is hit up front and that drives up prices. The check engine light means something is the emissions is not working right (maybe the oxygen sensor). There is a way to check your computer codes to see what is wrong. I think it is explained elsewhere, try searching under topics for "GM code" or "GM codes" and you should find something. They sell a $10 tool to check them but all you need is a paper clip, it does thew same thing, it connects the two terminals and makes the check engine light flash out the codes, like on a Chrysler
May 19, 2000 (1:39 am)
haven't found a way to buy a new Swift or Metro lately but I did get my Tercel fixed...sort of...it runs slightly better but it has low compression on 3 and 4 because those valves are burnt from the timing being off for so long. I am afraid to see how much that will cost me.
I still haven't found a right side composite headlight for my 1995 Metro LSi (used). If anyone happens upon a junkyard who has one for $75 or less, I will pay that $75 plus $20 shipping. I don't want an aftermarket one and a new one is $303.
May 27, 2000 (6:27 pm)
Stumbled upon this posting list, really interesting to see opinions on the Metro. People either hate them or love them, no in-between. I owned a 1991 Metro 3 dr, blue, that I bought used in 1994 after I had just got out of the service and had very little money. Paid $4K for it, sold it (foolishly) in 1998. Got me around very well when I was scraping by, the only thing I ever really had to do to it was replace the exhaust system in I think 97.
Bought a 99 Metro last August, dark green, this one has air where my first one did not. Even though I can afford more now, still got another Metro. Not interested in spending a lot of cash on flash, just get me from a to b. Between my rebate and GM family discount through one of my parents I got this one for low 8K, with air, rear defrost and am/fm cassette.
Bottom line on these is that they are a great little car for a certain people. I needed a commute back and forth to work car, from one suburb to another, none of which is highway driving. I've been happy with two Metros now, and did get enjoy not getting too upset about gas prices going up lately.
Only problem I have had with the 99 is one warranty repair, when I tried to use a/c for first time this year, no cold air. Had a leak at a seal in a/c system which let out all of my refrigerant. Fixed under warranty (as was recharge of a/c sys) and no problems.
I plan on this being my commute car for 'several' years. I hate to see them go if it is true they are soon to be no more.....
May 30, 2000 (7:53 am)
New to the list,I was doing research on Metro's for an employee's kid and have been impressed with the love 'em or hate 'em responses. Struck me from what I have read that you get a pretty decent form of transportation for lite money. I've also found that there are a surprising number on the market with 150,000 plus miles $1,000-2,500. Not bad when the Benz crowd proudly touts the same miles for
$15,000. Granted the ride is better but you can't leave the Benz shop for under a grand each time...
I know,my check book is not a pretty site...
Metro serve a purpose...when will the turbos come out?...maybe I'll "upgrade".