1995 Geo Metro Reviews - Page 7 of 16

1995 Geo Metro 1.3L 4 cylinder from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.3L 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired108000 miles
Most recent distance109000 miles
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

The highest quality car I've ever owned

Faults:

When I bought the car:

The left side drive axle was clicking. I replaced it myself.

Brake pads were almost non-existent. Replaced them myself.

Water pump was leaking badly. I repaced that myself. Took me four hours, but I did it on my own and saved about $500.

A/C needed recharging. I did that myself too.

General Comments:

I bought the four door Geo for $450.

I've put about $400 into it and now it's a perfectly running car that will last forever.

I've also put a ten inch sub woofer and amp in the trunk, and the sound is awesome.

The car handles well, but the speed is suffering. I would say it's more of an around town car, less a freeway car.

For a three-speed automatic it's not bad.

The gas mileage is amazing!

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

Review Date: 27th May, 2005

1995 Geo Metro Lsi 1.0 from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired53000 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles
Previous carToyota Pickup

Summary:

Can I get any more MPG out of it?

Faults:

The Sensor for the temp gauge came a little loose, causing it to plunge randomly (scared the heck out of me at the time!!)

The dash is fading a bit just like everyone else is saying.

The driver side front air vent in the middle's horizontal control broke.

General Comments:

For only having three little cylinders under the hood, my little car can get going if I want it too. Really the only problem with regards to the power is keeping up with traffic (65mph) on long inclines. Other than that I can keep up with the best of them on the flat stretches (80-85mph).

My main concern with the car right now is the MPG. Of course, I bought the car as a result of the insane CA gas prices I found upon returning to the country. When I started driving it for the first time I averaged around 39-40MPG. Now with my 1.5hr daily commute I would like to average my speeds to 80mph, but my MPG plummets to about 30MPG. I know that's still pretty good MPG, but I got the car to get the 50+MPG. If anyone out there can give me some tips on how to get the awesome MPG please let me know (eschott@hotpop.com). I live in a mountainous region, so I know the MPG will suffer a bit (still average 40 going across Nevada 70-75mph).

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

Review Date: 1st April, 2005

1st Jun 2005, 23:03

Ya gotta.

Keep Tires Properly Inflated

Check & Replace Air Filters Regularly

Keep your Engine Properly Tuned

Turn off your car if you need to wait more than three minutes.

Each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.10 per gallon for gas

Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas

- Clean out your car. Reducing the weight helps with the gas mileage.

- Avoid rush hour traffic when possible.

- Plan your errands so you drive less often.

• Track your gas mileage

- Keep a small notebook in your vehicle.

Jot down the mileage driven and the gallons of gas purchased each time you fill-up.

Calculate your miles per gallon by dividing the number of miles by the number of gallons.

See if your fuel economy improves after implementing these tips.

Use a good engine oil, preferably a synthetic or standard oil treated with a friction reducing oil additive. These have been known to improve fuel economy by as much as 12%.

Keeping your highway speed at 55 mph can improve you gas mileage by as much as 25%, compared to 75 mph. (Yeah, I know--this one's tough for us too)

Avoid trying to increase speed while climbing a hill, your engine is already working hard trying to overcome gravity.

Keep your windows closed when possible. Open windows actually reduce gas mileage compared to using the A/C.

Remove accessories, such as luggage rack, deer carcass on the hood, etc that lower the aerodynamics of your vehicle.

Replacing an oxygen sensor could result in an improvement as high as 40 percent.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 65 reviews