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Mar 01, 1999 (3:30 pm)
I have a '89 Chev Sprint (basically same as the Metro/Swift). Great student/commuter car. Very economical and is still going strong. I have the 4 door and it can fit a large amount with the rear seats down. However, like Seagull mentioned in post #3, it is very important that you stay on top of the maintenance schedule. Since the car is quite simple, it is quite easy to do regular maintenance yourself. For a city commuter or second car, this car is great.
#8 of 8 also '89 sprint
Mar 23, 1999 (4:44 am)
I too had an '89 Chev Sprint, which had the killer 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder engine, so tiny they didn't even offer a/c back then. We had it for four years and racked up around 130,000 km, including a drive from Ontario to B.C. and back -- spaced by two years when we lived in Vancouver. Anyway, the only problem we ever had was rather serious but covered by warranty: a cracked cylinder head around 100,000 km (thank goodness for extended warranties).
I assume subsequent engines were more reliable, so I would recommend the car for light commuting etc. Oddly, it had far fewer rattles and squeaks when we sold it than the saturn coupe we got to replace it. That baby was a noise maker.
Obviously, you don't want to be hit while in a Metro, but that's true of any car isn't it?
And with the back seat down, you can't believe the room you have to move cargo. Really.