1996 Geo Metro Reviews from North America

1996 Geo Metro LSi 1.3L

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.3L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired8 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous carDodge Ram

Summary:

Can get me from point A to B and C

Faults:

Acceleration or merging on a ramp is sometimes slow.

General Comments:

My fond memory of my former 1996 Geo Metro LSi was the driver and the passenger seats were comfortable enough to sleep in or take a nap. It's good on my back.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th April, 2011

1996 Geo Metro LSI 1.3

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.3 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance240000 miles
Previous carGeo Metro

Summary:

Great car!

Faults:

I finally junked it at 240000. Both the engine and transmission needed replacement to get it running again.

General Comments:

Best car I've ever owned. I'm now beginning to regret not replacing the engine and transmission and keeping it. I bought it new and junked it at 240,000 miles on the original engine and transmission. It was very reliable, at least until the engine and transmission went on it. Fun car to drive. Small on the outside. Maneuverable. Excellent head room inside. Very good gas mileage, 37 mpg with the auto transmission.

Anyone else out there who was in the same situation? Did you replace the engine and transmission, or sell it as junk? How did things work out afterwards?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th July, 2009

1996 Geo Metro 1.0 litre 3 cylinder

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.0 litre 3 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired152000 miles
Most recent distance156000 miles

Summary:

Awesome mpg, cute car; wish I could find more to fix and then resell it to make a huge profit

Faults:

It needed a transmission when I bought it. I got a used one for $325. The headliner is starting to come down in some places.

General Comments:

Truth is I am poor and needed a car that was reliable, easy to work on and got awesome gas mileage. I drove 4 hours to buy this car knowing it had a bad transmission; fifth gear was gone, but I managed to drive it home using 4th.

I talked the price down to $600 (which included a Sony CD player, an amp, and a sub box already hooked up). I picked up a used 5-speed at a local salvage yard for $325, and had it installed for $100.

I am a big guy, 6'5 and 240 lbs and I fit in it great; I was surprised at how much leg and headroom it has. With the back seats folded down, there is more room than you would think in such a small car. I just put new tires on it (for $200) and my gas mileage went up 6 mpg to a honest 48 to 50 mpg consistently. Most people flip when I tell them my mpg!

These things are rare where I live; imagine this... I went shopping at Wal-Mart and it was busy. I came out to a mostly full parking lot. It was cool to look around and KNOW I get better gas mileage than every other car in the parking lot. For about $1000, I got a great car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th October, 2008

1996 Geo Metro 1.0

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired66000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

I love my Geo!

Faults:

Moderate oil leak. Replaced several gaskets until it was found out the a plugged PVC valve was causing the gaskets to fail.

Replaced the tires with Blizzacks--this car can now drive through anything!

Replaced a muffler.

General Comments:

I love my Geo Metro. I bought this used for $1400.00. It has never failed me--well except the time I left it running on a hill in neutral and it decided to roll backwards, down 2 steep embankments, and hit a 3 story brick apartment building. LOL It handled that encounter extremely well and with the help of a dent puller, some bondo and a new tail light lens from a junkyard--she was on the road within 48 hours. Almost 3 years since that backyard repair and it is still undetectable unless you point it out to someone.

I have hauled many things in this car. The hatch opens to a substantial area. I have hauled a chest of drawers, lawn furniture (not the folding type), and several times hauled 400 pounds of bags of top soil. It is just an amazing little car.

Now, since the grandkids are older, I usually drive my Concorde as the Geo is not big enough for a driver and 3 fairly good sized passengers. But I drive it when it is just me and one passenger.

I will NEVER sell my Geo. I will keep it until the day it dies.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th March, 2008

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 63 reviews