1992 Geo Metro Reviews - Page 2 of 15

1992 Geo Metro LSI from North America

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired47000 miles
Most recent distance99000 miles
Previous carGeo Metro

Summary:

My favorite car of all!

Faults:

Can't open drivers door from the outside. Two control knobs have come off and been lost over the years.

General Comments:

Adorable splashie decal on a still beautiful red, roomy convertible! This reliable, economical little car still turns heads at gas stations and still shines like new with the original paint job. Just had the original top replaced before taking it on a trip from south Georgia to NC. Easily averaged 41 mpg and it handled like a champ at 55-60 mph. I only paid $1700 for it in 2002. It had about 47k then and has 99k now. I would buy another!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th July, 2008

1992 Geo Metro ET from North America

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance81070 miles
Previous carToyota Tercel

Summary:

Excellent until the head gasket blows, then it's all downhill from there

Faults:

Head gasket blew out a few times, even when replaced.

General Comments:

Reliable little car for the most part.

Excellent for a first car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th June, 2008

1992 Geo Metro XFi 1.0 from North America

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired19 miles
Most recent distance77035 miles
Previous carAMC Pacer

Summary:

Cheap-mobile

Faults:

I had the to have the timing belt replaced, other than that its generally a good, little car.

General Comments:

This car was the cheapest car I ever owned, but it got great gas mileage and was very reliable. The dealer was great and it it a comfortable car. YAY.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd April, 2008

1992 Geo Metro 1.0L from North America

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
Engine and transmission 1.0L Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired202000 miles
Most recent distance212000 miles
Previous carDodge Neon

Summary:

Most efficient car in America

Faults:

First week I had the car, timing belt broke. Amazingly simple to replace, and belt cost 1/3 price of belts for other cars.

Nothing since.

General Comments:

This car is simple, and very economic as you may have heard. Every few months I take it for a drive 1,000 miles and back. It runs fine. I drive for the 24 hours straight, and don't have any problems with it overheating.

I average about 50 mpg. I have actually gotten about 60 mpg by tricking the engine to think it is running rich. If I fill up I will put in about a capful of 2 stroke engine oil. I read in one of the manuals that these geos are supposed to get 60mpg, and figured that the computer was calibrated to run too rich. It also runs a lot stronger with the little bit of oil.

People try to say 3 cylinder cars break down all the time, but all I've done for the past 3 years is replace the timing belt. I know 7 other close friends with 3 cylinder cars and they swear by them also. We actually have a 3 cylinder auto club (kind of as a joke.)

I only have power trouble if I carry a full car load and try to go up a steep hill. Then I just go a little slow. I've even got a trailer hitch, and haul a trailer some times.

I can run it 80mph easy on flat land if I want, without much stress.

Love these things, and car manufacturers are idiots for not still making them. A $40,000 car with every add on which cost $10,000 to make would make a lot more money than a cheap car for $10,000 which cost $5,000 to make. But they would sell a lot of 3 cylinders.

But now they only release a 3 cylinder as a "Smart Car" or hybrid. And those cost a lot.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st March, 2007

22nd Mar 2007, 17:14

This three cylinder engine is very reliable if it is kept up. I believe you can trace its roots all the way back to 1985 in the Chevrolet Sprint.

25th Mar 2007, 20:21

Do you honestly believe you trick your car running oil in the engine? Get real, the only thing your doing is making blue smoke out the pipe. So you did not have any engine damage after your timing belt broke?

11th Jun 2011, 21:09

I have a 1992 Geo Metro, 2 dr., 5 speed manual, bought new in Oct. 1991. I have 241,000 miles. as of now - Jun. 2011. Uses no oil between oil changes.

My total repair is: Struts at 100K that I bought lifetime at Sears, and free replacement at 190,000. I have changed the timing belt every 75,000 miles myself, cost from $8.10 to $13.15 for belt - takes about 30 min. to change. I had a starter replacement - $68.00 at 150,000 miles.

Absolutely no other repairs except tire replacement three times - tires are new now -- entire set $124.00.

I have a new Nissan V6, and a Chrysler Sebring which my wife drives, which I will trade after about 100K miles., but never trade or sell my Geo Metro. My avg MPG is 47, but have got more on a long trip. Air conditioning is still working fine.

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 64 reviews