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Geo Metro, Chevrolet Metro, Hatchback
#405 of 1867 re: urbandriver
Feb 11, 2001 (6:34 am)
I don't know about price "new", but I do know that the Geo Metro has been discontinued for the 2001 model year (a quick check of Chevy's website revealed that). If you can find a leftover 2000 on a dealer's lot he or she will probably be happy to see you take it away.
They are a good buy used IF you get as much info as you can about the vehicle's history. Metros are very durable but require strict adherence to regular maintenance to stay that way. If the previous owner was negligent in this regard, you may want to look elsewhere. You could probably find a decent used Metro for anywhere from $1,500 - $9,000 depending on model year and your geographic location. Mileage is great (about 45 MPG on the highway for my 1993 H/B) but I would personally avoid the auto tranny and stay with a manual as it can affect performance and mileage noticeably.
One more thing - I have noticed that in my area of the country (Northeast; suburban NYC) that there are very few used Metros available anywhere. I wonder if this is because: a) people who bought Metros don't want to sell them, or b) very few Metros were sold in this area in the first place. Scenario b) doesn't seem logical to me since this crowded area of the USA is the perfect stomping ground for Metros.
Good luck in your search, urbandriver. I hope you will be happy with your Metro. They are tough little cars -- sort of like the modern reincarnation of the "old" VW Beetles.
#406 of 1867 Used Metro's
Feb 11, 2001 (8:46 am)
If you can find a newer LSI with low miles I'd go for it! On of the things that I would look for though would be a 5 speed instead of a automatic. Unfortunately the auto is only a 3 speed and really cuts down the driveability and mileage.
Good service records would be a must too. Unfortunately since Metro's weren't all that expensive new it attracted "owners from hell". The kind of people that buy a car, never maintain it, drive the life right out of it and after a couple of years wonder why they are starting to have problems and call the car "junk".
Properly maintained there is no reason you can't get 150K-200K+ out of a Metro. Suzuki quietly has made awesome small displacement motors for over 15 years now. Here in the Pacific NW I still see a lot of '85-'87 Sprints. Pretty good for a car that cost $5000.00-6,000.00 brand new.
#407 of 1867 RE: Urbandriver; Metro Availability
Feb 11, 2001 (9:14 pm)
If you're serious on purchasing a NEW 2001 Metro, they are available but....
Only as a "fleet" purchase (buying 5 or more).
You might not like the changes either. The 2001 Metro is offered in the 4 dr model only,... and only available as an automatic. The ABS braking system is no longer offered as an option and the only radio you can get is AM/FM. Gone also is the optional tach.
An alternative would be to see Suzuki. The 2001 Swift is in it's last year (or so I'm told). However,...
The Swift is only available as a hatchback. If you liked the 4 door, sorry.
I had a 1991 Metro Hatchback and traded it in for a new 2000 Metro LSi Hatchback and it hasn't given me any problems. Would I buy another one? Yes!
#408 of 1867 Geo Metro 92
Mar 06, 2001 (3:49 am)
I just bought a 1992 Geo 3 days ago and my engine could be going. Of all the luck. First they thought it was the transmission but then they said the E word. I figure i am probably going to get screwed in the deal since they will just band-aid it until my 30 day warranty is up and then I will have to do something crazy like get a motor. Anyone else have problems like this one???
#409 of 1867 Sick Metro?
Mar 06, 2001 (8:25 pm)
So what are it's symptoms? If you could give us a list of what you observe is going on with the car and also what they are telling you I'm pretty sure that between all of the regular posters we can help you out. After all, we "Metronians"© have to stick together!!
#410 of 1867 Help a fellow Metronian...
Mar 09, 2001 (8:28 am)
To gr8gal27: Sorry to hear about your possible E-word trouble. Suzuki is known for making dependable small engines so if you gave us a description of your symptoms we might be able to offer advice. Metro engines are reported to be expensive (although it looks like you could lift one up with one hand) to replace.
Metronians -- I love it! Did you actually get that copyrighted, inuvik?
#411 of 1867 Found it!
Mar 10, 2001 (12:22 pm)
I posted on JAN. 26, 2001 asking about the 3 and 4 cylinder engines, well anyway, it took some time but I found a 1998 Chev. Metro LSi 4DR, 5SPD, A/C, and a CD player. But, there's always a but, it has nearly 77,000 miles on it. The price is $3,495 though. So I know the price is good because KBB price is nearly $8,000. So now my question is will this car last for, say, at least 3 years with no high cost maintenence? So if someone has one with a few miles like the one I might buy please post asap. Thank you, Metronians.
#413 of 1867 I'd buy it!
Mar 10, 2001 (10:53 pm)
Check out the trunk and inner front fenders to look for overspray to see if it has ever been wrecked. If it has never been totalled and even reasonably maintained I would buy it. Offer them $3200.00 and see if they'll bite. It probably will need brakes pretty soon. Check the A/C for cold air. The clutch should engage a couple of inches from the floor and should have at least one inch of free play with the pedal all the way out. It shouldn't chatter or shudder either. Idle should be smooth and the valve train should be quiet and the exhaust shouldn't smoke. Good Luck!
Oh and by the way I can't copyright "Metronian(s)"® but I can claim it as a Registered Service Mark
#414 of 1867 Need help finding idle screw
Mar 11, 2001 (9:25 am)
I have a 1994 Geo Metro 5-speed and I need to increase the idle and while I have a book I can't find that screw. This is fuel injected. Can someone please help