1989 Geo Metro Reviews - Page 3 of 3

1989 Geo Metro LSi 1.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired146000 miles
Most recent distance147500 miles
Previous carFord F350

Summary:

Good, cheap no-frills transportation

Faults:

Clutch went out at 146,000miles due to a spring breaking loose.

Car sat for 2 years since that happened, and the dry start was rather destructive as it now uses a quart of oil about every 175miles.

Interior very cheaply made, the switch buttons for the lights have broken off, window crank on driver side knob broke off.

Muffler fell off at 147,000 miles- most likely due to rust as a result of sitting 2 years.

General Comments:

All-in-all a great car, though it suffered major damage from sitting untouched for 2 years it has taken remarkably little to get it back on the road.

It is peppier than would be expected for a car with only 55hp, though it does struggle in the mountains. This is not a performance vehicle by any stretch. It is very cheap, nimble, easy to park and has wonderful gas mileage.

I purchased the car because of my long daily commute to help keep the miles off my better cars and save in gas. I'm averaging about 45mpg in the mountains with a mix of city and highway. Flat-landers with mostly highway use can expect over 50mpg.

Good little car, I highly recommend it to anyone needing cheap reliable transportation.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd March, 2003

1989 Geo Metro LSi 1.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.0 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired2 miles
Most recent distance139768 miles
Previous carChevrolet Sprint

Summary:

3 cylinder beauty

Faults:

Three batteries.

1 alternator.

1 replaced radiator.

A/C charged twice.

General Comments:

I bought this car in 1989 at a Chevrolet dealership, my previous car was a 1985 Chevy Sprint, it was wrecked and totaled. I had to replace the car so I went back to the same dealership and saw these little cars everywhere. Even though there were still a few Sprints on the lot I instantly fell in love with the little Geo. After driving it for only 15 minutes we went back and I bought the little car, I could have bought 2 of these for what a new economy car cost nowadays.

I've had this car since it was new and will keep it until it can't be repaired anymore. This car has never left me stranded, not once. I think however that the engine needs to be rebuilt now, I was told by my local mechanic that the engine was getting low on compression. It still goes great but its getting sluggish with its age.

The car has no rust or body damage, it looks almost the same as it did when I bought it.

Tires are cheap.

This small car didn't do well in the mountains though, try to avoid that situation if you can.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st December, 2001

1989 Geo Metro LSi 1.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.0 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired2456 miles
Most recent distance8765 miles
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

A sported-out Geo can handle everyday life

Faults:

The passenger door frequently gets jammed.

The exhaust system sometimes backs-up.

The front bumper is unstable.

The interior switches broke easily.

General Comments:

The little car is worth the money.

It gets me everywhere I need to go.

Sporting it out is very cheap and inexpensive.

The Geo is one of the first cars I have never needed to professionally service.

Everything can be done at home.

The interior housing seems very unstable and a lot of rattling noises. My stereo system took care of that though.

The steering is very difficult over time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th October, 2001

1989 Geo Metro 1.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.0 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired600 miles
Most recent distance195000 miles

Summary:

Tiny little car, easy and fun to drive

Faults:

Had the head rebuilt about 50,000 miles ago.

General Comments:

Anyone can work on these cars, there is nothing to them, I mean everything is right there on top. I guess that's one reason I keep the thing around, I can do all servicing myself.

I bought this car new in 1990 when I went to the Chevy dealer to get a Cavalier Z24, but I was a new buyer, only 18 and had no credit, and I ended up with this new creature called Geo and I have never regretted it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th January, 2001

1989 Geo Metro LSi 1.5? from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.5? Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired17900 miles
Most recent distance191000 miles

Summary:

You get what you pay for

Faults:

Driver's side windshield wiper wore down, so now it doesn't work.

Driver's side window does not roll all the way up.

Starter has given out, takes about 10 cranks to get it to start.

Parts for this car are obscenely expensive, and difficult to get.

General Comments:

Lets look at this in perspective, I bought this car for 1100$, and I'd say it was worth about 1100$.. I put hardly anything into repairs, and it was nice to laugh at all the morons in SUV's while I got 35 mpg when gas was $2 a gallon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st December, 2000

1989 Geo Metro XFI 1.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired102000 miles
Most recent distance159995 miles

Summary:

Very reliable

Faults:

This car goes through front brakes like crazy.

General Comments:

When I got this car I never expected it to last a month from the way it sounded but it just putts and gags its way on down the road. Very dependable. Some of the interior fittings are pretty cheap and are starting to break but besides that this is an OK little car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 2000

3rd Sep 2001, 18:05

Well, I got a GEO-METRO/89 and I don't have many problems, it's a very economic car and when I had to fix it, I always found the parts I needed. So I'm proud and happy to drive it (probably it is not too comfortable, but what I need is to get somewhere else, and that's OK!).

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 18 reviews