1990 Geo Metro Reviews - Page 3 of 5

1990 Geo Metro XFI 1.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership1994
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired18000 miles
Most recent distance36000 miles
Previous carGeo Metro

Summary:

The most dependable, economical, and fuel efficient car currently available

Faults:

Nothing ever went wrong with this vehicle.

General Comments:

This car is a true mileage champ. The throttle body on the XFI must differ greatly from the LSI because on the highway the fuel savings for the XFI are much greater.

I had factory air installed in the car at the dealership, and I swear, you could hang meat in it... it was so cold.

I drove from Florida to Tennessee the summer I bought it, and running at 65mph with the air on, I still got 63 mpg.

I now have a 1995 Metro, the last year of the 1.0L and it has no where near the power, speed, or fuel economy of the earlier Metros.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd November, 2003

1990 Geo Metro 1.0L 3 cylinder. from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.0L 3 cylinder. Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired80300 miles
Most recent distance152000 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

An excellent commuter car

Faults:

The only problem I've had was the alternator died at around 105000 miles.

An aftermarket (NAPA) alternator wound up costing me $180.00. About half of what the dealer wanted. Still pricey, however.

Otherwise, no problems.

General Comments:

I've owned this car for 2 and 1/2 years now, and I really can't complain. It hasn't left me on side of the road, and is quite dependable. It starts every day without a fuss, even in the cold Wisconsin Winters.

This car is very comfortable considering its size. The heater works exceptionally well---another plus during the Winter.

As for handling, it does alright. It handles quite well on snow and ice, (surprisingly for how light this car is). A little lacking in power, but, this is an economy car, so this is to be expected. Still, when I test drove this car, I was quite surprised as to how well it did run.

The main reason I bought this car was the ease of maintenance, and the fuel economy. Very easy to work on for the most part, (excluding the brakes).

The fuel economy is awesome. I typically average 45-50 mpg in the summer (running around 70mph), and 40-45 in the winter (same speed when the roads are decent). Obviously, in the cold weather, I let the car warm up for 15 minutes to a half hour as I can't stand driving a cold car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th December, 2002

1990 Geo Metro LXi 1.0 3 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.0 3 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired155000 miles
Most recent distance158000 miles

Summary:

A great, cheap, easy-to-maintain car

Faults:

Well, when I got the car, the cylinders on the hatchback were worn, but I replaced those without much effort.

The muffler was also badly corroded.

General Comments:

I drive everywhere with this car, and it still drives like the day I bought it.

I have added many things to the car (2 12-inch sub-woofers, an 800 watt amp, lots of exterior LEDs, 4 blue neon lights inside, and different seats) and the car is still able to power it all.

A word of warning, though: Never drive through deep water with this car. I had to replace the carpets and some floor panels because of rust.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 14th October, 2002

1990 Geo Metro from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired100600 miles
Most recent distance108000 miles
Previous carDodge Colt

Summary:

A cheap money-pit

Faults:

The water pump froze at 101,000 miles. Shortly afterward, the muffler went bad. The timing belt snapped about two weeks later. And the starter died shortly after that.

General Comments:

I bought the car for $500 after it had been sitting for two years. I would not suggest buying this car. The fuel economy was great, but the reliability was terrible. I spent about $1000 on repairs for the 2 months that I owned it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th September, 2002

7th Mar 2004, 19:07

Well duh dude never buy a car that has been sitting for 2 years! Your lucky nothing serious went wrong with it like a brake line busting. Also for a car with a $500 price tag somethings probably wrong with it anyways.

1st Dec 2004, 15:38

Sooo... you were upset when the *muffler* "went bad" after 100000+ miles?

I see.

Considering that equates to somewhere between 5 and 10 years of driving for an average in North America... I'd say the exhaust was due to depart.

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 21 reviews