29th Mar 2004, 18:43
I whole heartedly believe this person about his Metro. I have a 94 that has a blown Head Gasket and it leaks coolant into the piston and blows white smoke out the tailpipe. Not all the time that is, but once and a while.
As for it falling apart, he hit it on right on the head of the nail. The interior is really cheap plastic, but then again these cars are really inexpensive in the first place. All and all, it is cheap transportation when it runs good.
31st Aug 2004, 11:08
Per your comment on the back up light fuse. Please do not make a sinister comment like "This design is meant to deceive the driver and force repairs by a dealer". This is merely a conspiracy theory and doesn't belong in a forum like this. As if the car company had nothing better to do than to think up tricks like that.
As for your cylinder head/head gasket issue. This is a small 4 cylinder engine meant for econo driving. If these engines are driven like they were designed they will last a long time. If they are driven hard and rough the cylinder heads and head gaskets are the first to go. Also you bought this car used. Do you know how the previous person drove it? It is also possible that you got a faulty gasket or that it was assembled incorrectly. If so, your next engine should run fine, assuming it was taken good care of as well. Any doubts just read the other reviews.
27th Sep 2004, 11:45
I don't know what everyone is fussing about. The car is 3-4 years old and he only mentions 3-4 problems. Most Chevy's have 2-3 problems per year on average. I don't consider driving hard as an excuse for the problems mentioned either, with exception of the brake issues perhaps. Hard braking causes premature pad wear and rotor warping (I can attest to that from my own car). But you're never really going fast enough in a Metro to account for that.
17th Feb 2005, 19:43
I really think this person is biased against Metros. I have a '99 Metro that has a spotless record and 100% reliablity, and everyone else I have ever talked to has said the same. You probably just neglected the car or something because these little suckers have a great reputation. I still see lots of late '80s Metros chugging along like loyal servants on the highways.
18th Jul 2006, 08:46
My 2000 Metro is a piece of crap. It's been one thing after another after another. It currently has a dysfunctional engine. Before that, the exhaust system fell off (no, seriously, it *fell off*). Before that, the transmission system sprang a leak, dropping oil on the front left control arm so that both the arm and the transmission had to be completely replaced. This has been the most expensive economy car of my life.
11th Jan 2008, 23:31
I got an idea, go buy a Mustang. The original 1985 Chevy sprint was the best ever, but not a race car. Late Metros with 4 cylinder automatics suck, but that's your fault for wanting more power.
3rd Feb 2010, 17:29
I have had a 2000 Metro since 2005 and it has been completely reliable. In the past I only drove it about 5000 miles per year, but in the last few months I have put 6000 miles on it, driving across country, and it has been great. It is not a smooth ride, but I drive it like a race car and I love the way it handles. I've had to replace the catalytic converter (just two months ago) and a headlight, but otherwise nothing.
I love the headroom for such a small car, and the fact that the trunk is huge. And you can park it anywhere. I hope it lasts forever!
6th Sep 2010, 17:46
I totally love my 2000 Metro. I bought it used, with 64K miles on it. Before I bought it, the dealer replaced the front brakes, so they squealed a bit. The previous owners babied this car and I have receipts for every repair ever done -- the most expensive was new tires and brakes.
My biggest gripe is that it runs soooo loud!
Second gripe? The A/C isn't exactly an arctic breeze.
All in all, I'm pleased! It's too bad these little cars are no longer being made.
28th Jul 2011, 20:14
I have had a 2000 Chevy Metro for 11+ years and 120000 miles. I have replaced batteries, belts and tires, and some of that fix a leak product to the A/C every summer. I bought it from Enterprise Rent a Car with 3000 miles on it in 2000 for 4500 dollars. I hope I can find another deal like that soon. It has served its purpose well.
30th Jul 2011, 22:54
I had a Metro LSI automatic, and it was peppy enough, and quite reliable. Lasted until 200 000 kilometres. I would have bought another one in 2007, and I did not want an Aveo.
I bought a used Echo, and it is even better than the Metro. Completely reliable since the day I bought it, and great on gas. I was very disappointed when the Metro was discontinued, and I'm sure other Metro owners were as well, but that's Chevrolet's fault for rebadging an unreliable, and fuel inefficient Daewoo for their subcompact.