1991 Geo Metro Reviews - Page 2 of 10

1991 Geo Metro LSI Convertible 1.0L 3 cylinder from North America

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.0L 3 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance116000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Blazer

Summary:

Love the Metro

Faults:

I have had no problems with thing at all. Got it for $600 from a family member. It is in great shape for a '91, and was well cared for before I got it. I do regular oil changes, which are mobile 1 as that is what it was running when I got it. I have added a cold air intake to help it go up hills at interstate speed, but other than that it is great.

General Comments:

Who wouldn't love this thing, right now I can fill it up for about $18.00 and then get between 35-45 mpg depending on in town or highway, and a convertible to boot it is great. If you ever get the chance to pick one of these up, do it without question.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th October, 2009

1991 Geo Metro Lsi 1.0 3 cylinder from North America

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.0 3 cylinder Manual
Distance when acquired134000 miles
Most recent distance136000 miles
Previous carFord Explorer

Summary:

Fantastic car!!!

General Comments:

I just bought my '91 Metro. It has either 134,000 or 234,000 miles on it, the seller wasn't sure. It isn't fancy, and both doors are having the familiar window issue, but it starts and runs great. I am getting a solid 51 mpg! I run it like a baby, and plan on investing whatever it takes to keep it running solid. This little car is amazing. I never imagined 55hp would pull as well as it does. If you have a chance to get one, do it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th July, 2008

1991 Geo Metro LSI 1.0 3 cylinder from North America

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.0 3 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired34000 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Colt

Summary:

Fun, economical and unique back road cruiser

Faults:

This car has a used engine - the exact mileage of which is unknown, so the repairs are not necessarily indicative of anything... But I've replaced the valves, the crankcase oil seal, the alternator, water pump and belts, as well as replaced the exhaust system and battery over the last four years..

The convertible top, brakes, tires, headlight switches and other minor stuff were done right before I purchased it... So, as far as I can tell, the engine may have over 100,000 miles on it, but the rest of the car has around 55,000...

The rocker panels have some minor rust, but overall it is in very good condition..

Routine maintenance like oil/brakes and tires is cheap.. It has never left me totally stranded, which is the essential thing I ask of a car.

General Comments:

Being an automatic I average around 37 mpg...40 on the highway... The power is similar to a 250cc motorcycle; slow, but steady, and happiest at 55mph or less.

With the top down, cruising in town or on back roads is its strength, and always gets curious looks because of its rarity...

The seats are more comfortable than a new Toyota, with plenty of room...

The headlight are not very powerful...

The handling/steering is heavy-nothing like a Honda CRX, but at moderate speeds is stable enough.. same with the suspension-stiff, but OK...

The roof leaks a little at front edges of windows - that's par for a convertible...

Heater and other controls work fine...

One buys this kind of car for it's 'neat' cheap factor... I love slowing people down with it and only filling up the tank every other week.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th February, 2008

18th Apr 2009, 11:42

You definitely need to buy a 5 spd for economy and zip. I have a 91 red 5 spd convertible. I drive back and forth to work. It's a fun ride. I'm 66 years old and I get lots of looks.. The car is a chick magnet. Mike.

1991 Geo Metro Lsi Convertible 1 Liter, 3 Cylinder from North America

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1 Liter, 3 Cylinder Manual
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired126000 miles
Most recent distance128000 miles

Summary:

Good car

Faults:

Turn signal relay became loose. EGR valves clogged. Top header breaks in corner. Parts too hard to find.

General Comments:

Good car overall. Parts hard to find.

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

Review Date: 19th June, 2007

1991 Geo Metro 1.0 from North America

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance84000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Van

Summary:

These are great little cars

Faults:

Broken control arm support

No compression in motor.

General Comments:

We love our little metro's, but around the area that we live people are having problems with the control arm supports rusting and breaking. I was curious to know if anyone knows of how to fix this problem. These little cars are so efficient with gas and they are so much cheaper to run than our Astro Van. But know we have 2 metros with the same problem with the broken supports.

We changed the motor that was in the car out with a rebuilt one. I was surprised how little it cost to have one of those little things rebuilt.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th June, 2007

1st Aug 2007, 08:22

To fix the lower control arm mount points the car must be mounted to a frame machine. This costs big bucks at the body shop. The mount assay. has to be made from scratch and this cost big bucks. Then positioned for correct wheel geometry and welded in. Then reassemble and front end alignment. this can run $2500 to $3000 per side to do it correctly. This kind of reconstruction is reserved for old classics and cars worth much more money than a Metro. It would be cheaper to find a good Metro body and transfer parts to it. How much do you love your car. Love=$$$$$ with cars and women.

Burning daylight in Kansas

Carl.

2nd Jun 2013, 04:48

Well, yes and no. It all depends on how handy you are with a welder, a grinder and a drill - and how rusty the rest of the car is. If all that fails are the lower mounts, you could cut some off a rust free donor (Southern car), trim off the excess metal from the donor's frame (ALWAYS cut sections from donors with excess so that you can get the whole piece without needing to splice it), trim off the mount section from your car, and it is basically a "bolt on" installation using plug welds. Such a repair would cost around $100-200 if you are handy. If you are not terribly handy and do not wish to learn to be... well... a Metro may not be the right car for you.

Now if a rot free donor is not available, you can still make your own parts from steel. A company called "Turbine Tech" makes a lower control arm brace for these cars that has all of the mounting holes for the arms, and ties both sides together. This could then be used as a jig to get the positioning correct.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 44 reviews