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#229 of 1867 The Facts on the Geo Metro
May 30, 2000 (5:13 pm)
I own a 1990 Metro stick 5 speed 3 cylinder hatchback. The car had 48000 on it when I bought it 3 years ago and now has 90000. It still runs the same(sometimes rough).It's a death trap over 50 MPH if you have to make a sudden move on the fearway-freeway. It gets 45 miles to the gallon. It runs for ever on a tune up, 1.5 years. The tires cost $20 a tire. I've replaced the timing belt and thermostat and hoses for good luck. An aftermarket radiator hose didnt fit right and rubbed on the frame and broke on a hot summer day--engine overheated redlined and it still runs good. The hatchback key lock sucks and is very hard to open,graphite doesnt help. I expect the transaxle to go out about the same time the engine does, about 15000 more miles. Any drive over 1 hour in my Geo is a pain in the rump and lower back, it's no good for drives over 1 hour,comfort wise. I'm 6-2 and anyone taller wouldn't have any comfort in the Geo. If I put a passenger over 100lbs in the Geo it really chugs along, taxes the engine. The paint and antirust coat is very good but the metal strength of the body is like wet newspaper. I really have come to appreciate my Geo even after all her weaknesses. The wheels need to be bigger and wider and the suspension needs to be softeron the bumps and stiffer on the cornering in the turns. Don't trust what some of these supposed Geo Metro owners on this board are saying, maybe they are employed by G.M. to post the stories of the Geo being some kind of wonderauto, like the old V.W. bugs were.
May 31, 2000 (1:44 am)
Okay, I don't work for GM and don't think of it as a 'wundercar'. I've just had good luck with the two that I've owned. If I drove on 65 MPH highways at all I wouldn't own one, but in 35-40 MPH suburbia, 10 miles each way, its a great car. It's all in what your needs are...and one of my needs is the great feeling I have in not having a $300-$400 monthly vehicle payment. I could do it, but would rather use the extra $200 a month investing for my kids college education.
I think part of the reason I like Metros so much is that I spent the late 80's in Japan compliments of Uncle Sam, and I owned a Honda City there. Talk about a small car, with no hood to speak of and right hand drive too! Of course there you weren't sharing roads with SUVs....
May 31, 2000 (2:37 am)
I am 17 and my friends and I think Metros are the funnist car on the road. We changed the slug-bug game where you hit each other when you see VW Beetles to Metro, where we hit each other when we see Metros. I can now spot on from a mile away, unless a normal sized car is blocking it from view. I really love the old convertibles and four door models that have a big decal on the side that says "METRO," like they are all cool or something. They even used to come in the worst colors. Civics and other hatchbacks are at least half cars, but Metros are so small. I recently went to Canada and saw some different variations of Metros I have never seen before, like a late model Chevrolet Swift, a late model Chevrolet Swift Sport, a late model Chevrolet Swift four door with a trunk (I thought a trunk was a recent addition for the four door Metro!),and a brand new Metro Sport. A new Metro LSi is $10,485 based on gmbuypower.com. Add optional equipment that is standard on most cars and you are paying a lot for nothing. I am buying a 1993 Grand Prix GTP for $5,000, and I would much rather have a used real car than a new Metro. For the 10k that a new Metro could cost you (depending on model and if you get the OPTIONAL radio) you could get some very nice used cars around the 95-97 model years. I was driving my mom's Suburban and pulled up next to a Metro, Ha! The Metro (with our front ends lined up) only came to the back of my front door. My favorite thing is to see a person in a Metro on a cell phone. The other day I saw a bulky guy over 6 foot, his wife, and two kids all climb into a new sand colored Metro coupe. Can you say used Lumina or Malibu, obviously they can't! Is that new car smell so important that you would buy such a degrading car that regularly gets laughed at?
May 31, 2000 (3:07 am)
That new '99 Metro LSi with air and automatic can be purchased ata discount at several local Chevy dealers here in Dallas-Fort Worth for $9299, the '00 3-cylinder model with the stick and air can be had for $8960. A new Metro isn't a good deal to me either, the $2500 '94 I am about to buy IS. The $3000 '95 I had owned for the past 2 years WAS a great deal, I got 48000 miles out of it for very little money. Used Metros are great deals. If you want a "real" car fine, when your dashboard goes on the blink like those electromechanical ones always do, and you can't tell how fast you're going or how hot your engine gets, you'll be sorry you passed up a good deal on a trouble-free-laughed-at-only-has-seatbelts-for-four-and-cylinders-for-three Metro.
May 31, 2000 (3:11 am)
I have never worked for GM or any of its dealers, I worked at the Honda Civic factory for 9 months in Ohio, and I have sold Kias, Isuzus, Subarus, Fords, and used cars, not to mention the 35 cars I have owned personally over the last six years. The $3000 1995 Geo Metro was the third best deal I had. The second best was a $60 1986 Mercury Lynx I bought at an abandoned auction and the best was a $65 1982 Datsun 210 bought years later at the same abandoned auction in the same town. I don't like GM products like the Grand Prix at all, the Metro is built by Suzuki at a Suzuki-owned-and-operated CAMI plant in Ontario, Canada. GM cars are junk to me, I have never owned a good one, even the best one ('85 Delta 88) still had carburetion and timing problems. My parents however have had good luck with their Centuries and teh Bonneville.
#234 of 1867 I love my Metro
May 31, 2000 (5:38 am)
I commute 122 miles a day and put almost 40,000 miles a year on my commuter car. I have used Metro's exclusively and they have all been fantastic cars. My first one I paid $250.00 and put 60,000 miles on before I sold it for $50.00. The second one I paid $350.00 and drove it over 70,000 miles before selling it for $350.00.
My current Metro I paid a whopping $1800.00
I have never invested more than a tune up, brakes, and tires in a Metro. In fact the Metro I just sold for $350.00 the buyer had the valves redone for $250.00 and says it runs great with over 180,000 miles on the engine with no rebuild, burns no oil and is delivering 42 MPG city.
Could I spend a lot more money for a commuter car, heck yah, but I'm laughing all the way to the bank. My Metro's have paid for themselves many times over. Just to show that $1800.00 buys a pretty decent Metro the next post is a picture of my newest Metro.
Jun 01, 2000 (3:08 am)
Thats a nice looking color and a great looking set of wheels! I always wondered if the Metro would look sporty if it just had resonable sized alloy wheels. Your car has proved that it is possible for a Metro to look somewhat sporty. How does it handle with those larger wheels? What brand wheels are they and where did you get them? I bet the newer generation Metros would look real sweet with those same 14" alloy wheels.
I was considering getting the 2000 Metro or Swift, but after being turned down by the Suzuki dealer even though I offered to put $1000 down on it, I decided to look elswhere. I ended up with a new Hyundai Accent. When comparing the 2 cars as new, the Metro does look like a poor value. I'm glad I chose the larger, more substantial feeling, and more powerful Accent. I still like the looks of the current Metro and hope they don't decide to kill it. And as was previously mentioned, the Metro is a great choice in the used car market.
#237 of 1867 14" Wheels on Metro's
Jun 03, 2000 (3:44 am)
Those are Advanti Racing Rims 14X6 with 185/60HR 14 tires. The whole package cost me just over $400.00 The rims were only $67.00 each and the tires were only $37.00 each. I was a little bit worried about clearance when I had them installed. But they do not rub at all in the front or rear under any circumstances. These tires are slightly taller than the 155/12's so it had the effect of giving me a higher (lower numeric) final ratio and the speedometer now registers about 5% slow. So needless to say I took a off the line performance hit. But wow did it make all the difference in the world in the way the car drives. It rides, handles so much better and is really a blast to drive. It is also a lot quieter than previously. If I had to do it over again I would get 175/60 HR 14's to keep the gearing the same. I would recommend this upgrade to any Metro/Swift owner.
And finally I purchased them at Les Schwab tire. They are a big regional tire shop her in the Pacific NW.
#238 of 1867 open mouth, insert foot
Jun 04, 2000 (1:34 pm)
Of no fault but my own, I have to admit that the newest car I have is NOT a Geo Metro. In fact, it is one of those junky GM cars I always refer to...a 1994 Cavalier. The only reason I bought it is because it has cold air and it was only $1000. The blue book good condition trade-in value is $2595 and the retail value is $5150. And it only has 83K. So I'll be reselling this as soon as humanly possible and I'll find another Metro. Forgive me, if you are capable of it...*sob*