7th Jul 2004, 13:46
I also have a 1996 Geo Metro that I am very happy with. It is a great city car. The only bad thing about the car is that the dashboard has faded and looks terrible (I also spent a lot of time in Florida). Thanks for the information about the dashboard paint! I'm going to make painting my dash board my next weekend project!
1st Aug 2005, 23:56
My Geo Metro's side mirrors have been knocked off so many times that I now just tape them back on with black vinyl tape :-)
My Geo is in its 10th year and has never needed anything other than ordinary maintenance and parts replacement. It has never stranded me anywhere or been unreliable. As long as that holds true, I'm going to keep driving it.
I'd buy another one if they still made them.
3rd May 2008, 18:23
My Geo is okay. It's a 96 and a standard.
My dashboard is faded to white, no passenger mirror, and the catalytic converter is clogged up.
Other than that it's awesome on gas.
5th Aug 2008, 18:07
I also have a 1996 Geo Metro 3 cyl that I purchased in 2001 for $2000 when it had 96000 miles on it. Since, I have replaced 3 sets of tires, 2 batteries, 1 standard transmission
5 speed $1100, 1 passenger side mirror, 1 timing belt (prior to having to) and just finished getting 2 new front axles, front and rear motor mounts, tune-up which came to 934.16.. The little guy now has 202,000 miles on it, still gets 52 mpg and 40 in town with 40/32 using the air.. With the last bit of work I expect another 100,000 miles and at least 5 more years of service. About 50,000 of those miles already traveled were being towed behind a motor home, 4 on the ground! You can't tell "I love my little car" can you!
12th Sep 2008, 15:17
I have a 1995 Geo Metro. I love it. I do also have the same problem with the faded dashboard. I love my Geo though. It's my secondary car. I now have a Chevy Cobalt. So the Geo has made a pretty good impression on me as far as Chevy's have gone. I've never had any MAJOR problems and it's great on gas. I only put about $24 and it fills my car up. So I think it's a pretty sturdy vehicle and anybody considering purchasing a used one is making a good decision (make sure to get a Carfax report first-always)
1st Sep 2009, 10:36
I brought my Geo new in 1996. 1.0 engine, 236000 miles, same clutch and A/C in the car, same rear brakes. If I could buy another new one, it would be gotten.
I am 6 ft tall, and at one time weighed 300 lbs when purchased, still 250 today, plenty of room.
Also in 1998, killed a mule, made a convertible out of it, insurance fixed and the car is driven everyday round trip 70 miles or so to work. No better investment in a car since buying my Geo.
26th Jun 2010, 17:55
My 95 Metro has 222 thousand miles and runs like a champ!! There are some rattles in the car, but I guess that is expected with a 15 year old car. I paid eight hundred bucks for it and plan to keep it until it is absolutely dead. Be good to your Geo, and it will be good to you. This is the third one that I have owned.
8th Jul 2010, 20:48
I have a 95' Geo Metro also, and the same problems with the faded dash. Loved the spraypaint tip, will definitely be using that one. I thought I was the only one who loved my little car, guess I'm not alone.
I had a clown red 93' automatic transmission that I had bought for $600 back in 2005, and I fell in love with the economical aspect of it. That one was pretty much falling apart around me, and just wasn't a very nice looking car, but the motor was very sound and it got the job done.
Then I found a purple 95' manual transmission, which burned oil. So I bought it for $500 and swapped engines and presto... a beautiful, reliable car! And with the manual I get even better mpg than I did with the automatic. Great commuter!