20th Jan 2003, 13:55
I have a '93 Geo Metro with 148,000 miles that still has original everything. Living on a secondary gravel road the car has been through snow drifts, mud, ditches, and plowed fields (not on purpose--don't ask). The car still runs great, uses little oil, and gets outstanding gas mileage. About the only negatives I can think of are that it eats up tires (partly due to a lot of gravel road driving), weeps some oil which you can smell when you park the car, and its door handles are cheaply made and easily broken.
My brothers own various Geos and report the same kind of reliability I've had. They are also cheaper and easier to repair than most other autos to boot. The car is usually overlooked by the "I'll only drive a tank" crowd. Too bad for them.
2nd May 2003, 13:32
I have a 95 Geo metro, 3 cylinder 1L, it has 133000m on and is still running good. I had 3 wreaks, but only lost my exhaust which is still attached with a piece of wire. The car is so much fun and gets really good gas mileage. I'm only 18 so I pretty much give the car hell, but nothing major has gone wrong. I love my Geo.
13th Nov 2006, 19:09
I drive a 1994 Geo Metro, it has 3 cylinders. Super great on gas and it's small size makes it easy to park in tight spaces. The only problems I have encountered are with the exhaust system. I have had the pipes rust out and fall off twice. Also in the cold winter, the fan belt starts to squeal. I love my Geo and would not want any other car, especially with the gas prices being what they are. I rate this car a 9 out of 10.
29th Jan 2007, 13:30
I have a 96 Geo Metro with 105,000. Seems to be a good little car, but is getting some positive crank case pressure (not a positive thing). This means the piston compression rings are worn. I was told to watch out for a stuck EGR valve on Geo Metros. This will cause higher combustion temps. And cause premature engine wear. And guess what? Mine was stuck when I checked it. I like the car otherwise. So I will replace the engine I guess. And remember check that EGR valve!
8th Aug 2007, 06:14
I have a 90 GEO MTR XFi, and I LOVE it to death.
I get 60 MPG, basically because I do 55mph - Max 60, because I want dumb drivers to pass me, they are the one's paying through the nose for gas, not me. Sometimes I can make 10gals last a full month, because I also ride the city transit, and I always do my own auto work, basically because all other repair shops think you should drive a new car; no thanks, they're not worth the money, for what people pay, they could buy land or a house.
I always study my own OEM manual, so I can be the next great GEO repair man for the people who drive them!
ROSWELL, NM 88201 USA
6th Sep 2007, 14:25
I had a 93 base model Metro 2 door 5spd. The car was the most reliable car I have ever owned, not breaking down on me once in my entire ownership of it, and it was also the worst condition on the outside of any car I have owned.
The car had 161k on it when I got it. It had half the oil it should have, and started running bad, but made it home, ran fine adding oil.
Only bad things were it burned some oil, the door handles outside and inside were crap and broke, the driver window broke while rolling it up and went off the track crooked.
The little shocks that hold up the rear hatch gave out, so you would have to hold it up while putting items in.
The interior was cheap, chintzy, and the exhaust had a little leak, making it a tad bit louder.
Great car, and if anybody laughs at you when you're driving, they won't be when you're filling up next to them at the gas station.
I never had problems with anyone saying anything negative as it is. I loved the thing, and it's a blast to drive.
The freeway speed isn't there, you have to throw it into 4th to pass people normally, and throw it back up into 5th.
14th May 2008, 17:55
I drive 170 miles everyday as I commute from Riverside to San Diego, CA.
My 94 Metro XFI gets 44 MPG average with 80~90 MPH on highway (going with traffic flow).
91 Mazda Miata 5 speed did 29 MPG average.
Both vehicles are equipped with K&N air filter, spitfire titanium spark plugs and 5/30 already blended synthetic oils.
Other than that they are all stock.
One thing I want to point out is that my Metro Xfi 3 cyl engine will not seize when the timing belt breaks. You can just slap on a new timing belt & you're good to go again.
Not sure with other Metro models..
18th Oct 2008, 00:24
Hello. I own a 1997 Geo Metro base model. I have the 1.0L and a 5-speed. I have been researching this Hypermiling thing and found it very interesting. I have learned and practiced their techniques. My record high MPG in this car is 57.01 with a 90 day average of 53. I did my research on Ecomodder.com. They are a little left-wing for me, but with good ideas.
I love this car, and the 9 MPG better than a Prius bragging rights. It is a 10 for me.
23rd Jun 2009, 22:17
Actually this motor is non-interference, if the timing belt breaks, just throw a new one on (45 min job) and your good to go!
24th Aug 2009, 18:55
I have a 1994 Geo Metro. I have been driving since 1995. I redid the engine and clutch at 120000 Miles. I have 171000 miles now. I get approx 53.Miles per Gallon.
Now I am finding difficult to get 12" tires. Last tires I replaced at discount tires at $24.00 each. Now they want $55 each or to replace with 14" tires and rims at a cost of $700.00.
I would like to know any one have done this. I have one problem since last engine rebuild; the check engine light is always on and it gives a wrong Code:46, which is unknown for this car, and I am driving with the idle solenoid unhooked, otherwise after warm up the engine cuts off when try to accelerate. I think the ECM is faulty.
10th Nov 2009, 03:17
Code 46 is the idle control solenoid being out of range.
This is usually caused by somebody turning the factory preset idle screw or the throttle stop screw (a definite NO NO).
When these screws are changed, it throws off the TBI calibration, the only thing you are supposed to set is the TPS.
12th Jul 2010, 12:16
I have a "94 Metro XFI (the last of the Mohicans). I"m always amazed at how little known these tiny gems are. People rave over their late model econoboxes and new hybrids, but my XFI was EPA rated at 50+ MPG combined. I paid $7200 out the door for this car, and it beats everything out there (including some motorcycles) in MPG. They have no clue.