1993 Geo Metro Base 1.0L 3 Cylinder from North America


If you can swallow your pride, this is an awesome, economical, utilitarian vehicle


Had to replace the alternator belt twice.

Burns some oil, now leaks some too.

Radio seems possessed, goes on and off on its own.

Broke a front cast aluminum motor mount, but was able to fashion one from steel, works great.

General Comments:

Awesome performance in all types of weather and driving conditions! Wish it had a posi-traction, but did well with proper tires for three years as delivery vehicle in snow conditions, as long as the snow did not get too deep!

Front seats fit my 230lbs 5'10" frame OK, back seat is cramped. Can cram myself and four larger brothers in on occasion.

Useful vehicle, fold down back seat allows me to haul motors, transmissions, axles, lumber, lawn-mowers, etc, great utility vehicle!

Nice tight handling, fun to drive in traffic, zippy.

Very cheap to run, I have gotten my initial investment back out of the car many times over.

She still makes a 120 mile round trip commute every day, running well, and I do not get passed much!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th August, 2004

29th Nov 2006, 22:45

Those monster SUV/4x4 pickup guys are finding out that you can't eat pretentiousness.

My TOTAL investment in my Metro is less than a month's loan/lease payment and insurance for an big SUV or Heavy Duty 4x4 pickup.

Living with a Metro is a lot easier than telling your date that dinner is at McD's as the truck payment is overdue.

"Americans: Always overdressing for the wrong occasions."

Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark.

1993 Geo Metro Base 1.0L 3 cylinder from North America




Recently changed engine gasket near timing belt.

Has a small oil leak on the oil sender.

Alternator, timing belt, PVC valve, battery, tires, catalytic converter, muffler, brakes discs and pads, pipe going to gas tank from cap rusted out, headlight selector is messed up, but works on different settings, heater fan can pull off tube if someone kicks it from passenger side, needs wheel alignment one tire severely worn on inside, CV boots are cracked.

General Comments:

Like any car you have to keep up with the general maintenance stuff like brakes, exhaust, etc.

The engine gasket didn't cost that much to change because the mechanics can work on it super easy.

This car doesn't owe me anything, it was super cheap to buy and regular maintenance costs are cheaper than any other car out there.

My auto wrecker charges almost nothing for parts.

As for safety my first Geo hit a Chevy half ton truck head on!!! It was a right off, but I came out of it perfect. Luckily the engine is designed to go under the firewall and not through it!!!

Its great in snowy conditions, but not so great on icy conditions due to its light weight. If you do get stuck it only takes one helper to push you out.

My insurance rates are also low.

The best part is at stop signs people let you go first because you are driving a Geo!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th June, 2004

15th Dec 2007, 15:25

Just now ran across this thread, all I can say is I LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!! On my 3rd Metro and notice some "basic geo problems, but it keeps on crankin!!

1993 Geo Metro 1.3 from North America


Small engine, Great gas mileage



I bought this car for 1400$ CND. It was on its last legs.

Things that were broken when I bought it:


It had a blown head gastket.

The tires were bald.

The body was dented, but not badly rusted, but the rocker panel under the driver door had rusted out pretty bad.

The transmission would vibrate in reverse.

The radio was in pretty bad shape. The rear speakers were blown. The radio works, but the tape deck just makes a buzz noise and doesn't eject the tape or play any music off the tape.

General Comments:

I own a 66 impala and it has less wear than this eco box has after only 10 years, I would not want to see this car in 40 years.

Great Gas economy, for a student this is a great car.

Generally low maintenance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th March, 2004

12th Mar 2007, 07:29

I always test drive a car before purchase... If I'm told that I can't, I take a walk.

Surely you test drove the car before paying them far more than the junk yard would have.

These cars do very well, provided people change the oil, and don't abuse the clutch (personal driving styles make themselves manifest on these cars very quickly, if they are abusive, including on the clutch and transmission.