1995 Geo Metro LSI Sedan 1.3 from North America
Best small car every made. Reliable and tough
I put in new shocks and brakes as required from normal wear.
Had to replace the window regulator which got bent. Went to a junk yard to find a new one. Many of these 4 door Geos have window regulator problems. In removing the regulator, one tip is to use a vise-grip to get the very tightly bound screws.
The best small car ever made. This car is tough. I love the way it handles. It feels zippy. The 1.3 works well with this car's weight. It is so small and fun to drive. The 5 speed gear box is smooth and fun. The sedan also has really good dynamics in snow and quite a bit of ground clearance for its size. It is fun to drift the car and it is predictable. If you have good tires and know how to drive in snow, you can pull this car around corners and have lots of fun. At the time I had it I lived in the mountains of Colorado. With good tires it even worked better than a lot of 4x4s because it is so light. I felt like I was in the Dukes of Hazzard on small windy dirt and mud roads in the snow.
The trunk is quite huge and accommodating for such a small car. It's a pretty good highway car and keeps up with traffic. Tires are cheap to replace, and it costs very little to run.
The cons are the window regulators. Since the car does work good on the highway, I wish it had cruise control (not an option, but it might be able to take an aftermarket cruise if you spend the $). Another con is the seats are sort of mediocre (you can swap replacement seats from some Suzuki Esteem models for a bit more comfort). Also, although the brakes work good in most models, they are not anti-lock.
Even the less popular 4 door models are still on the road, and one can find parts on eBay. Of course the 3 cylinder 2 door hatchback sold a lot more vehicles and is easier to find because it is the iconic Geo Metro and gets 40 to 45 MPG; this 4 cylinder with the manual 5 speed gets 35-42 MPG. I would average about 37 MPG. It is a better car on the highway and can keep up with traffic better than the 3 cylinder. But never buy the automatic transmission, which ruins everything good about this car.
My Geo Metro car was totaled in a car crash, when I let a friend without experience in manual transmission drive it. I then bought an automatic Geo Metro sedan really cheap from a guy around the corner, and although it was reliable, it was so poorly geared. Only 3 speeds. Much poorer MPG and less power because of the automatic transmission, so I sold it very fast.
I still miss my Geo Metro sedan 5 speed. The best car I ever owned.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th May, 2018
9th May 2018, 23:09
I had pretty much the same car - a 1999 Suzuki Swift. 5 speed, and 1.3 litre engine. This car was a great runner. Some of the problems it had were a burnt clutch (because I was very hard on it), exhaust systems rusting out, fuel and brake lines, and the usual wear and tear stuff... so nothing too serious. It was a great car. Ended up scrapping it because the front frame horns were rusted to death on it (a well known problem on these), and it came apart on me on the way home one day. The state of the rest of the body made it not worth repairing. Anyhow, these cars are beasts. The automatic left a little to be desired in these cars - a poor option in this particular case. The 5 speed is the way to go.
Thanks for your straight to the point review!