7th May 2004, 13:41
I have an update on my Metro. I had it towed to my mechanic again for repair. It would not start. Come to find out that the fuel injector was running at full blast as soon as I turned on the key. My mechanic could not find out what the problem was after 2 weeks of investigation and recommended that I have an automotive electronic specialist work on it. The specialist he recommended was able to find the problem. The fuel injector is controlled directly by the ECM. The wire loom runs behind the engine and vibration from the engine wore through the injector wire. The fuel injector is fired when the control wire is grounded so in this situation it would run at full blast as soon as the ignition switch was turned on. Of course stuffing that much fuel down the throttle body without the engine running filled up my crank case with gas requiring the oil and filter to be changed. The car runs fine now, but it just cost another $450 to hunt down and repair the wiring problem. For those of you who love these cars, I'll gladly sell you mine.
4th Jun 2004, 10:32
Hello to you that are not happy with your Metro's. I am looking to buy one that has the 1.0 engine, with an automatic. My E-mail address is email@example.com
18th Apr 2005, 15:27
I also love my Metro and am looking to purchase another one in the Milwaukee, Wi. area. If you have a 1 liter,3 cylinder, standard 5 speed transmission car you wish to sell please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks and regards,
5th Oct 2005, 19:27
I think Geo Metros are one of the best autos ever built to get from point A to point B. There great on fuel & the 1.0 engine amazes me at what it can do. They are very easy to work on if you know what your doing. A good running metro will zip right along and are fun to drive. If your too proud to drive a fifty plus mpg metro you have to much money or your very insecure. Being a auto dealer for fifteen years I've owned many autos & none have in pressed me more than my 3 CLY. LIMO = Chick magnet.
16th Dec 2005, 17:23
For the record, the same crankshaft issue has just happened on my Geo. It's going to cost around the same to repair.
I guess it's the way with these cheap, mass produced cars - some end up missing a few quality checks along the way, and you either get a good one, or a lemon. And I got a lemon.
I'll gladly spend the money on a proven brand like Toyota or Honda next time, just for the peace of mind.
15th Feb 2006, 21:31
My Geo (93 152,000) has been an exceptional vehicle. Almost no maintenance costs other than tires. The tires on the back cup and need regular rotation. Gas mileage is great. Always above 40mpg. It just keeps ticking. Recently however I have encountered a problem. First, I just gave the car to my 18 year old son. He drives it two months, and breaks down 26 miles from home. It won't start. Has plenty of good gas, good battery and no obviouse problems. The engine turns over, but doesn't sound exactly as I am used to. No spark from the coil wire to ground! Hmmm??? We leave the car. Get home very late.
The next morning I read this site and find that other people have the same trouble occasionally. Here is how to check. Open oil fill cover (cap). Look in there at the cam shaft. DOES it turn when someone tries the ignition??? (No spark will be created if the cam shaft does not turn) If not then you could have a bad timing belt. My timing belt was deteriorated by a bad camshaft seal leaking oil into the timing belt cover. The teeth on the bottom of the belt were torn from the belt. The top of the belt still looked good. Of course I should have replaced this 5 dollar seal sooner. It would have cost less. However, I have been spending so much more time on my other three vehicles trying to keep them running. (Chvy TRK, PLY VOY, TOY COR) The poor cheapo geo got no lovin at all. So that's my answer for the no spark, no start, everything seems OK problem. Obviously this doesn't cover all situations.
By the way. the Geo costs less to purchase, NEW $7500 with one year of gas. Great in the snow.. It only weighs about 1600 lbs. It requires less materials to manufacture. It consumes less air and less fuel, less oil, less coolant, less rubber for the tires, less brake pad materials. Smaller battery, It pollutes the environment Less. Overall, it is a very smart concept. And could actually increase ones personal image!
16th Mar 2006, 12:04
I'm a 24 year old college student with 2 jobs and 2 kids. I'm always on the go. During my spare time, I drive from state to state on a regular basis. My car is small, good on gas and has great trunk space. In Brooklyn, New York I always manage to get a parking space. I have never needed any major repairs and it's a 1996 with well over 125,000 miles on it. My mechanic didn't think that it would last more than a year. lol My Geo fits into my lifestyle perfectly. Oh, and check it out, I bought the car used from the previous owner for only $950.00!!!
20th Apr 2006, 11:09
I have a 94 Geo Metro-I love it-I haven't had any trouble with mine until now-purchased in 96.I think I have a blown head guasket. Hopefully that is all. I am hoping to have it repaired-it is a 2 door hatchback. In Columbus, Ms.
9th Jun 2006, 08:58
I presently have a 1996 Geo metro 1.3 litre.
I enjoyed the car for the first month.
Unfortunately the car has been in the shop for 2 months. My mechanic (skilled and honest).
The car had suddenly stalled on me. It did however restart for a short moment.
It will run very well for a while and spontaneously would stop. The problem seems to be a stopping of the fuel injector function.
It seems an electrical problem. The electrical "pulse" stops.
He has been searching diligently for wiring problem.
The car otherwise runs like a top and I am really looking forward to its return.
Has anyone had or heard of this problem?
13th Jun 2006, 02:00
Check to see if the radiator fan is coming on or one of your cooling sensors isn't broken.
16th Jun 2006, 12:24
Both my wife and I have driven 3 cylinder 90 - 95 Geo Metros (250,000 miles on one) for years up and down the mountain pass from Colorado Springs to Woodland Park. They are great little cars. They have enough power to keep up with traffic even on the grades. They are also excellent in the snow and ice. I do all the repairs myself. I have found the following common repairs to be needed; 1) wheel barrings around 120000 miles (About $15 each in parts). 2) struts at 120000 (about $50 each in parts) 3) radiators every 75,000 miles (about $140 in parts). I just pulled the engine head off one and had it re-done at the machine shop ($360 with a new bolt and gaskets set)
As far as safety in a crash goes, We have crashed them twice in 55+ mph crashes and had no injury. I love these little cars. Some times I get the finger from people when I can't pass a slow moving motor home as fast as they want me too, but I give it right back at em when I pass them at the gas pumps and they are putting $20 plus in their tank!