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Geo Metro, Chevrolet Metro, Hatchback
Jun 12, 2000 (1:03 pm)
a cop-out to me...the Metro is still available as a 2000 model, you can buy a 3-cylinder with air and nothing else from Steakley Chevrolet in Dallas for $8299. The 2001 models are supposed to be fleet models only available to customers who order more than five at a time, but if you talk to the fleet manager at your Chevy dealer, he may be able to work something out for you. I would like to see the Swift replaced by the 2-door hatchback Esteem (Baleno) as long as they keep the mileage up above 40mpg highway. Anything below that and you might as well buy a 1.8 liter Esteem sedan or wagon. Another speculation here is that GM will make the European Opel Corsa a Metro replacement. That model is offered with engines as small as 1.2 liters and can get 55mpg-plus on the extra urban cycle in the UK.
#245 of 1867 cavalier update
Jun 12, 2000 (1:14 pm)
it has frame damage according to CarMax, though it has been repaired properly, they can still detect the clamp marks that were refinished. There is also a leak in one of the drive axle boots. Because of the prior frame damage, even though it has a clear title, they only offered $1150 less the $149 fee, so I would make $0 selling it to them. I'll just put it out on the net and see what happens, if I get a good response, I might go ahead and put it in the Dallas paper and if any one is interested at all, that will sell it. I see 1993-1994 Cavaliers in there from $2000-$3500 all the time, and they seem to turn over within a week or so.
#246 of 1867 Farewell to the Metro
Jun 13, 2000 (3:41 am)
Unfortunately it is true. You cannot FACTORY order a new 2000 Metro anymore. The car is simply outdated. It hasn't changed since 1995 and there isn't enough demand to continue them for retail sales. Will the Esteem Hatchback replace it? Hmmm,... maybe not.
The big rumor on the block is GM could bring the Vauxhall Corsa over to the States (yes, it is a hatchback).
GM owns (I believe) over 51% of Vauxhall. This little car has a lot to offer (at least the UK version). Check out the Corsa on the Vauxhall web site at:
Yea, I know- what a sting this is! But I checked it out and it does work.
Look at all the different models for the Corsa!
Gads! And the options available! Now doesn't THAT make the Metro look like an old VW Beetle?
Rumors are GM would introduce the Corsa over here sometime in 2002 or '03. If it DOES happen, be sure there won't be much to choose from (maybe 2-3 different variations). I would like to see it compete head-to-head against the VW Golf GTI.
Now that would be interesting.
#247 of 1867 ...ok, maybe not a VW Beetle
Jun 13, 2000 (3:49 am)
After looking at the Vauxhall Corsa again, I take the VW statement back.
It could pass as a redesigned Metro. I think the problem GM has is: "Would there be a high enough demand to justify bringing it over here?"
Jun 13, 2000 (12:43 pm)
I really like the Corsa, and I think it would be a superb replacement Metro. Teh bodu-colored bumpers and side mirrors look great, and the grill is so much more modern and sharp than the current Metro's sleepy-eyed bug look. Oh and I adore the radio antenna mounted at the back of the roofline, like the VW Golf/GTi. Very cute, blows the Metro out of the water. Let's just hope GM realizes that with the VW Golf/Beetle and Ford Focus sales the US hatchback market is still alive and kicking. Especially now that Honda is discontinuing its Civic hatchback model, that cancels out the enormous crowd of Honda-wanters and GM should take advantage. But then again, they are GM and are prone to make egregious mistakes...lol
#249 of 1867 carlady
Jun 13, 2000 (4:01 pm)
Friends, post #257 is hidden above because it contains a link that skews our screen size. To open it, just click on hidden. Thanks!
#250 of 1867 metro questions
Jun 14, 2000 (4:42 am)
We own a 97 Metro sedan,4 cyl 3sp automatic. It's a cute little car. I can't say 26mpg in town blows me away for such a small car though. But that's about right according to specs. Does anyone out there have a similar model who does 70+ MPH on a regular basis? I'm concerned about that revved up motor since it is only a 3speed. I also have another problem with the car. I have taken it to several places including the dealership, and no one seems to be able to diagnose the problem. At speeds greater than 60, I get a rattle/vibration through the accelerator pedal if you let off the gas even the least bit.This is a rattle/vibration you feel and hear. Once below 60, not a problem. The dealer said it sounded like a sympathetic vibration off something, but no ideas. Engine mounts appear good. Again, it only happens if you let off the gas. You can put the car in park, place in lower gear, and get the problem to occur. Any ideas out there? Help!
Jun 14, 2000 (5:15 am)
I had a 1995 Metro hatchback with the 4-cylinder and automatic and it did just fine at 70mph+ all day doing courier work. I had it from 63K to 113K and my only problems were with the A/C ands alternator. It is still driveable but I no longer own it. It never had any bad vibrations except occasionally at idle the exhaust would vibrate and clatter. It is possible that your engine has worn to a point where it will vibrate at one speed because the balance is just right. A few thousand miles from now it may go away. Maybe your tires are out of balance, tire balance can transmit a vibration through the engine and therefore into the throttle cable, but you would more likely feel it in the steering. The 4-cylinder models with automatic are overengineered, they are all but bulletproof. They have to be to survive rental car duty, and since 2001 models are fleet only, that seems to be its fate.
Jun 14, 2000 (5:17 am)
my Metro made a whistling sound at 3/4 to full throttle above 65mph. Sounded like a turbo (but didn't feel like one). Someone told me that Hyundai Accent were having trouble with resonators because they whistled. Maybe my resonator was going bad. It didn't cause any vibrations though.
Another possibility is your motor mounts are not quite torqued down tight enough. They might only vibrate at speed.
#253 of 1867 Why buy Metro, Part 2
Jun 18, 2000 (7:51 pm)
My last response was 242. It sounds like people defend Metros with the fact that they don't have problems like other GM cars, which you say are crap. Well, a lot of the posts here are all about trying to diagnose problems, so Metros have problems too. Any car is going to have problems. My 1991 Sunbird Convertible that I have now (my first car) has occasional problems, but I put the hood up and fix the damn thing, I don't whine about it or pretend that there are cars out there that don't have problems. If you have problems with GM cars than buy a used Ford, but why do you want to humiliate yourself by buying a Metro. "Oh, but Metros are such a good deal." I don't think that a car that doesn't have a ass end could ever be a good deal. I ended up not buying the GTP, but I will not consider a Metro. Oh, and just for your information, one of my favorite lesier activities it to jump into my mom's Suburban and tailgate slow moving Metro's. The big shinny crome brush guard really scares them. Well, before you pull out 10K for a new Metro think about all the humiliation it could cause!