1996 Geo Metro Reviews - Page 10 of 17

1996 Geo Metro 1.3 liter from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.3 liter Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.5 / 10
Distance when acquired68000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carNissan Hardbody Pickup

Summary:

I hate this car and will get rid of it as soon as possible

Faults:

The timing belt wore out at 68,000 miles. This caused the belt to slip on the pulley and required to be towed to the mechanic.

Timing belt crank shaft pulley retaining bolt snapped shortly after new belt was installed. Dammage to crank shaft end resulted in $1,300 worth of repair.

Disk brake rotors worn out at 120,000 miles.

Fuel injector and Electronic Control Module(ECM)failure at 120,000 miles. Fuel injector cost $450 to replace and ECM new cost $2,500 to replace. I purchased a used ECM for $175. Car ran for another 50 miles before leaving me stranded. The fuel injector is dumping fuel down the throttle body. I have not yet repaired this problem.

General Comments:

I purchased this car for very little initially three years ago -- $1,350. It immediately doubled in cost regarding repair to the timing belt pulley. Although it ran fine for the next three years (60,000 miles), it has broken down again and repair costs are near equal to its value. I maintain my cars very well and treat it like I want to own it for a long time. This car is a lemon though. When running it gives me good gas mileage and performance, but when it breaks down problems are major and not for the weekend mechanic to do.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd April, 2004

24th Apr 2004, 20:17

Hmm you must have gotten a bad one I've had several metros and never had anything like that happen I always had the timing belt changed right at 60,000 miles like the owners guide says, my current metro is a 1995 4 cylinder with 145,000 miles and the little thing still runs great, I've never had a serious problem out of it-

1996 Geo Metro Geo from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance190000 miles

Summary:

A good savings investment

Faults:

Interior upholstery has come undone from ceiling. Seats are in good shape.

General Comments:

After 8 years and 190,000 miles, this car still delivers 40+ miles to the gallon.

Have had oil changed religiously at every 3,000 miles and it burns no significant amount between changes.

Tune ups, tire rotation, and muffler replacement are the only other maintenance performed.

It is a shame this car is no longer manufactured as there is a need for it with today's gas prices.

There has been no engine work required.

Best part of the Metro is the money is saves you to allocate toward something else.

This is a perfect car for someone whose only concern is getting from point A to point B at the least amount of cost.

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

Review Date: 21st March, 2004

21st Mar 2004, 21:20

I bought a 92 Geo metro for $100. It had over 150 thousand miles on it then. I have driven it for four years and put over fifty thousand more on it. I would not be scared to drive it across country any time. I have never had to replace one part on it since I have had it. The only money I spend is on oil changes, tires, and air filters. I usually get about 42 mpg. My Geo is the best investment I have ever made in my life.

1996 Geo Metro LSi 1.3 Litre 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.3 Litre 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired1599 miles
Most recent distance98200 miles
Previous carChevrolet Astro

Summary:

They run forever, if you treat them nicely

Faults:

Please note: that our family has two Metros, both 96's. One is mine, and the other is my wife's.

Metro #1 (Mine) : Blow head gasket 21,093 miles.

Blown tranny 45,000 miles.

Blown head gasket again 48,002 miles.

Blown head gasket again 67,023 miles.

CV joints went bad 72,000 miles.

Blown head gasket again 87,000 miles.

That's it for mine.

Metro #2 (Wifes) : Nothing.

General Comments:

I love this car! I drive it horribly, and my wife drives like an angel, so hers has no problems. Mine on the other hand is ready for it's 5th new head gasket.

These cars combined are cheaper to run, than our giant Astro van. Both get great gas mileage, and both are only $43 a month on insurance, where as the van was a little over $102.

Both are fun little cars to roll around town with, and both are so very cheap to fix, that I almost don't mind driving it hard. The head gasket for me is only $30, because I fix them and mill the head myself. Of course, I do wonder if the block itself is not well made, but I don't care.

In all, these little cars will go forever, if you treat them nicely.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th March, 2004

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 64 reviews