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Geo Metro, Chevrolet Metro, Hatchback
#91 of 1867 thanks, carlady
Nov 11, 1999 (1:41 am)
I have some bad news to tell...some kid decided to pull out in front of me today and I managed to hit him in my Metro. Luckily for me (and for him) I was still driveable, but the trooper insisted that no matter what the circumstances, if I rear-ended him, it is my fault. The kid started feeling really bad, but now we are both stuck. He doesn't have insurance anyway so he will lose his license, and the trooper issued me an ACDA ticket. So I will have to go to court and call the kid as a witness so he can admit his guilt in court so I can have my ticket dismissed. I almost feel sorry for him, but as long as the driving schools keep turning out kids who don't stop before they leave a parking lot, well, what can I say?
I need a right headlight composite capsule, a hood, a hood latch, and I need to straighten my radiator support. Chevy estimated the damage at $4700-plus. I thought that to be ridiculous, then I saw the parts prices. Need a headlight? $297! Need a hood? $462! Need a bumper cover? $328! Need an electric fan? $260! Need an A/C condenser? $657! Crazy! I picked out what I needed and discovered to get the car safe again (get the hood to shut securely and change the one headlight) the new parts would cost me $1050 alone. Time to look for an undamaged 1995-1999 Metro in a yard. I have located the hood latch ($15) so far, but the headlight used is $65 (if I can find one) and the hood (if I can find a red one) will be $150. Seems the yards know the ridiculous new prices and take advantage. No fair. But I can get away with a $250 repair if I can get that support straightened with a chain and a tree and find those two parts.
Nov 11, 1999 (1:43 am)
The kid was driving a very rusty 1986 Ford Escort, and his vehicle is UNDAMAGED. Not even a scuff on his rear bumper. Makes me sick to think about it.
Nov 12, 1999 (4:37 pm)
Thank you for the suggestions about my ongoing brake problems. There is a Midas muffler/brakes near me who is excellent, but I didn't take my car there as it is under warranty and I don't think I should have to pay out of my pocket to try to fix this problem. The BBB arbitration may order a repair attempt by an independant mechanic... I'm still waiting to hear. They have until December 12th to make a decision whether the car will be returned/refunded or not or what. I've never been through this so I really don't know what exactly can happen. I mailed them all my copies of receipts. Also had all tires replaced under tire warranty as dealer said some of the shimmying was due to defective tires. Goodyear replaced all four, though couldn't get the OEM tires. I'm ready to give Chrysler a go now... of all the new cars I've bought including a Honda Civic wagon, the Chrysler products have been the most trouble-free for me, regardless of all the negative posts. My last Metro (1981) was a good little car... never a brake problem... thus my reason for buying a new one. Only complaint on the old Metro was the little buttons on the sides of the dash controling the wipers & lights kept falling out. Would just Super Glue them back in. Also overhead lamp would flicker. That's about it until I just ran it into the ground on cross-country hauls. Drove it from Florida to Pennsylvania on 2.5 cylinders.
#94 of 1867 carlady
Nov 12, 1999 (11:53 pm)
Bad news, occupant1. Rotten luck but I'm so glad that no one was injured.
#95 of 1867 Bummed out
Nov 13, 1999 (11:36 pm)
Hi, just had to let someone know my poor Geo just died ,I had a '89 5 door lsi .I had 250,000 miles on it and although she was getting a bit noisie she was still plugging along! Her demise was my own fault, I changed the timming belt and failed to tighten the tensioner enough .Consequently it jumped time and slammed a valve through the number two piston. I was sure I was on my way to making 300,000 miles but not now.One thing is for sure, I am going to replace it with another Metro. You just can't beat them for gas milage and value. AS long as you religiously change the oil at 2,500 miles , change the timming belt every 65,000 miles ( WATCH THAT TENSIONER!!),and tune-up once a year you can drive them virtually forever.
#96 of 1867 carlady
Nov 16, 1999 (1:57 am)
Sorry about your poor car, fozzy2. I was out and about around DC today and noticed several Metros on the beltway and elsewhere. They do seem to go and go! It sounds like you'll be very happy with your new Metro also.
#97 of 1867 I Sympathize!
Nov 23, 1999 (10:35 am)
Lost my '89 Metro Lsi 2dr hatch when 'Floyd' passed through - best car I ever had (she decided to become a submarine, but didn't take to road-travel after row-boating - lol). And ony 74,000 miles!
The '89 does not require 'religion' - I was very negligent: oil changed 1ce/yr or longer? - tune up (once in 10 yrs?) + She ran on cheap reg gas without a 'hiccup' ...
She was a DREAM to own and a TREASURE to possess! Sigh!
I feel u'r pain, and share it, fozzy2!
#98 of 1867 need buying information
Nov 26, 1999 (1:33 pm)
Hi, I'm planning to buy a 1999 metro hatchback coupe with A.C., the MSRP is $10945 and my buypower price with $1500 rebate is $8899. I also have a GM card rebate of $2800 to use which will bring the price down to $6099, does this sound like a good deal. Will appreciate feedback from people who have bought metros and their experience.
#99 of 1867 1999 vs. 2000
Dec 01, 1999 (5:25 am)
Since a 2000 model costs about the same but will be a year newer, get the 2000 model. You might pay a few hundred more, but remember that 1999 has already depreciated about $3000 off sticker, it is worth about $7500 used now...if that much...the 2000 model will be a better deal, try to get another $200-300 off, the lower the price you get on that 1999, the closer you will be to actual value.
#100 of 1867 Metro for sale?
Dec 22, 1999 (9:39 pm)
Hello, after hearing all these information
about how reliable Geo Metros are. I
really want to buy one. Does anyone have a
cheap good working Geo Metro they would like
to sell for under $1500? I have no
experience with fixing cars at all such
as changing oils, etc. With the reliability
of Metros discussed here, that won't be
much of a problem. Please email me if you
are in San Diego and maybe we can negotiate a