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#525 of 1867 My 1992 Geo Metro has been a great car
Mar 08, 2002 (5:22 pm)
Four and a half years ago I needed a car that was good on gas. I told a friend of mine I was considering buying a Geo Metro and he laughed at me. "Don't get that," he said. In spite of his lack of encouragement, I bought a SALVAGED 1992 Geo Metro with 88,000 miles on it. Out the door I paid $2,100. Fast forward to today and it now has 169,000 miles on it and is still running strong. I've had to do very little maintenance work on it. The biggest jobs were the timing belt (3 times) and the water pump (only once). Other than that it's just the normal stuff (tires, brakes, tune up, etc.). I've even driven it (at different times of course) with no oil, no radiator coolant, no transmission fluid and with the radiator fan tearing into the fabric of the battery tray -- YET IT KEEPS ON GOING! However, I have been saving money all this time and am now faced with the dilema of getting rid of it and buying something completely different, keeping it and fixing whatever it will need in the near future (transmission?) or buying a newer model Metro with low miles. I like the car, it's been great, but a change might be nice too. I could use a little more cargo space, but I'd have to give up having an inexpensive, economical, low maintenance car. Regardless of what I choose to do, the Geo Metro has been a good car for me and I don't regret purchasing it one bit.
#526 of 1867 Hi toyotated- Welcome to this discussion...
Mar 08, 2002 (10:55 pm)
and thanks for sharing your ownership experience. Sounds like your Geo Metro has been serving you well. I'm sure others that pass through here will appreciate your notes. We look forward to hearing more.... Happy motoring!
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#527 of 1867 is this a good price?
Mar 15, 2002 (5:30 am)
Hi gang, I'm looking to buy a second hand '97 4 door Metro sedan with 47,000 miles. One owner and he is asking $4100. Has A/C & radio & not much else, 5 speed stick. Is this a decent price? I've looked on all the consumer reports and other used car guides and see prices anywhere from $2500-$4500. It's supposed to be in excellent shape. Am going to go look at it tomorrow. Want to use it for commuting and save my "Dog van" for the road trips to dog shows. Madeline
#528 of 1867 Hi gunnermax- Welcome to the Hatchbacks Message board.
Mar 15, 2002 (6:21 am)
Have you checked with Edmunds' Used Vehicle Appraiser? 4100 seems a little high to me for a private party sale. Of course you also have to take into consideration how many other used Metros are currently available in your area.
Does this guy have all the service records to show that the vehicle is in excellent shape? Others may have more to add. Good luck, and please keep us posted on what you decide.
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#529 of 1867 condition is what matters
Mar 15, 2002 (6:29 am)
If the body, interior dash and fabric, etc. are in good condition then it'll go for near the top of the used car range, or about what he's asking (assuming that the value is correct, which I don't know for your area). If, OTOH, it is like mine with bumper scuffs, scratches in the dash and rips in the fabric, expect it to be near the bottom. Drive the car without the radio and listen to the suspension while turning, going over bumps etc.; wheel bearings are something that can go on these cars.
Check the maintenance records against the schedule in the owner's manual too -- unless the '97 has a much different maintenance schedule than my '95, you shouldn't have to do much to do for the next 15K miles or so (aside from oil, tire rotations, etc.) when you'll have to check the timing belt, emission control valves, etc. Make sure it has up to date plugs, air filter, fuel filter, etc. These cars run really well when maintained but get sluggish if the small engine isn't breathing, drinking and sparking well.
#530 of 1867 Hello ! I need a low mileage engine for 1993 Geo Metro (automatic, 3 cylinder - 1.0 size engine)
Mar 30, 2002 (11:14 pm)
and I'm willing to pay no more than 1000 (Canadian) dollars for it.
If anyone would have any word of advice on this engine, please
contact me at my e-mail address: gogy_3yahoo.ca
Mar 31, 2002 (4:42 am)
Note that there were two 1L engines available in 1993, a 1000cc 49hp model and a 993cc 55hp model. I don't know if they are identical in other respects so be sure to check before buying. They only sold the more powerful 993cc model with the automatic so that must be what you have and you might want to make sure you get that one. 1995 and newer 1.0L engines are all the 993cc model.
I don't know how much Metro engines go for these days, sorry. Try a wrecker I guess.
#532 of 1867 Engine Source
Apr 01, 2002 (8:05 pm)
You can search for an engine at www.car-part.com -- They are a collective database of wrecking yards across the US and some locations in Canada.
BTW, I believe the 49 HP 3-cyl was the one used in the super-mpg XFI. If I recall it had low-friction 2-ring pistons and a different cam profile, tuned for MPG rather than power. So unless you want that type, you might be better off with the 55 HP model. Personally I can't imagine driving one with even LESS horses!
The XFI was a Bare-Bones model and even came without a pssgr side mirror (I assume for less weight and drag)...........ed
#533 of 1867 Timing belt ...
Apr 04, 2002 (3:12 pm)
Anybody can send me the procedure for changing the belt including a few picture ? I know the general procedure for that job but there is always a trick particular a brand.
Thanks and keep enjoying one of the toughest car on the market!
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#534 of 1867 Used Metro and other info
Apr 05, 2002 (8:27 am)
Hello everyone, we just purchased a used 2000 Metro from a dealer yesterday for $7,400 (base price) and we are thrilled to see all of your positive comments. The car was a rental from Dallas and has 34,000 miles on it. We bought an extended warranty and during the buying process learned that the Metro is no longer being made and that the only way to buy one is to get a used one from a rental company. No new Metros are available. So perhaps that info will help someone looking for a good used Metro. Ask your dealer for a program car. Our dealer had 12 Metros available and by the time we got there he had only 3 left. The lower mileage vehicles of course went quickly. Susan