16th Feb 2007, 21:55

To the person with the stuck steering wheel.

If you are parked on a hill or have your wheel turned in the locked position, just grasp the wheel and turn it the opposite direction while turning the key. It may be an extreme turn, but 9 out of 10 times that will work.

Also check your keys. If they are really worn out they might not be activating the tumblers correctly. If that is the case take your VIN number to a GM dealer and have a new set made, rather than taking your worn key and having a new one made. If you have a copy of a worn key made you are not getting a precise key.

Good Luck.

25th Feb 2007, 20:29

Hey, I think geo's are great... but let's not forget...these cars are suzuki's...it's written all over the place if you look properly...

12th Jul 2007, 12:53

I have a '96 Geo Metro 1.3 litre and 120k miles--the problem is: I go to put it in drive and I rev the engine and the car moves about a 1/2mph. I go into reverse and it goes very slowly with high engine rpm. The engine works fine--no dash indicators to tell there is a problem. Trans. fluid does not smell burnt. No leaks from tyranny. Any thoughts?

19th Jul 2007, 22:03

To the one with the "buzzing" vibrating headlight switch, I think that it may be shorting in the switch. This sounds like a good possibility to me. You should have the switch replaced A.S.A.P.

2nd Aug 2007, 08:34

I have a 1991 Metro LSI (Convertible) purchased in '04 for 2,400 with supposedly 34,000 miles, at least on the body and mechanicals. It did Look like low mileage, with no rust etc. The original engine, however, had been replaced with a used engine so Maybe the car actually had 134,000 miles on it. The dealer replaced Many parts before I bought it (vinyl top, timing belt, water pump, front brakes/rotors, tires etc) I have put about 17,000 miles on it, and have had to replace the valves/lifters, oil pan gasket/crank gasket, exhaust system, alternator, one brake cylinder-about the cost of the car originally. However, even at $4,000 plus I LIKE this car.. cruising with the top down and 39 mpg... It has it's own crude, slow character that fits my style... So far it has never left me totally stranded, which is all I ask of Any car.. The automatic transmission Very rarely sticks in 3rd gear like others have mentioned, but simply shifting to reverse and back cures that. I'll have to start watch a little bit of rust, but for a 16 year old car, who doesn't?

19th Aug 2007, 08:57

My family loves metros! We have 8 of them, including turbos,3, and 4 cyl.,but no automatics. We have put on almost a million miles, from coast to coast, without ever being stranded on the side of the road. I regularly pull a trailer, and still get in the high 30's for mpg. when doing so. The best mpg is out of a 1993 which usually gets 49, but in one period, based on 1300 miles, I got 53 mpg. My friend has 250,000 miles on his 1999. We did replace the motor and tranny at 210,000, but these are very easy cars to work on. He averages 46 mpg.

I am having a problem with a 1996, 4 cyl.,5speed. It starts and runs, but will not accelerate unless you constantly pump the gas pedal. Has anybody had the same problem, and found a cure?

We have had such good luck with metros that I have had request by friends and neighbors to find one for them. I have filled 4 such request, so far.

31st Dec 2007, 00:15

I have a 91 metro with automatic trans. It starts great when cold, but, when the engine is hot it does not want to start. Any ideas would be appreciated.

13th Jan 2008, 13:34

1996 1.3 sedan Automatic tranny one day for NO reason stopped in traffic. Sounded like the tranny was in between gears. Pushed it off the road and put it in and out of gears then "BAM" went into drive and took off. Pulled the pan and NO shavings or even sludge. Oil smells good. Anyone have this problem before? Please help me. jckgoin@yahoo.com Thanks.

14th Jan 2008, 16:17

It would be quicker and cheaper to find a company specializing in JDM parts (parts imported from wrecked japanese cars direct from Japan) and replace the entire drivetrain in one shot.

A low mileage engine and auto can be had from around $450 to $500 US. Shop around; your mileage may vary.

Go to http://www.teamswift.net/ for lots more info.

29th May 2008, 21:28

I had an auto trans problem that would slip out of drive and make me stop before it go again. didn't matter where the shifter was. It got worse. but the 'barrel' of the trans was broken and loose. used replacement for $800+

'96 LSI 1.3L TBI A/C.

Now My prblem is an intermittant motor failure. Sometimes it'll strand me for hours, other times it'll just refuse to start. some times it'll start back up and run for 30-2min. When it's running it's strong and consistent. It could happen today or 3 days from now (daily driver) Have checked the fuel pump, replaced fuel filter, crank sensor, checked plugs, wires, cap, injector fuel pressure relief... no new codes from the scanner

16th Jun 2008, 11:53

I own two 1996 Geo Metros. I've just completed the complete overhaul of one of the engines and considering I had never done it before, it couldn't have been easier. I'm now in the process of completely rebuilding the drive-train and suspension. I find these little cars to be easy to work on and the parts, maybe because of their new found popularity, are easy to come by. The ironic thing is that it used to be a joke at my work with me driving the little metro. Now, with gas at $4 per gallon and me getting 50mpg, I'm the envy of my co-workers. I would recommend anyone with some mechanical know-how picking up one of these cars. I LOVE MY METROS!!

28th Jun 2008, 15:48

Hi, I have a 1993 Geo metro 1.3 litre. Great gas mileage. Recently it has begun having trouble starting. It starts great when it's cold, but when it gets shut off it will not start until it is cooled down. I have replaced the ignition coil and the relays to no avail. Any ideas?

29th Nov 2008, 00:17

I live in Canada and own a 1 liter - 5 speed 1995 Geo. After reading most of the comments on this site, I have a question. My Geo is getting between 16 - 17 Kilometers per liter, about 37 miles per US gallon (3.7 liters). Is this average for commuter driving??

2nd Dec 2008, 01:03

PLEASE HELP. I have a friends 95 Geo 1.0 liter automatic transmission, I am stumped - the car runs great can rev and revs no problems till you start up the road. It starts popping back through throttle body and then acts like it runs out of fuel, stalls, then I pull over and it cranks right back up, goes a few miles, then the same thing again. I bypassed the fuel filter, removed the air filter, still doing it. Almost acts like water in gas. But she gets gas where she works and never any complaints on bad gas at that store. She is I single mom working part time and this is her only car, so please help me get her going. I am going to try to unhook the exhaust tomorrow to see if catalytic converter may be stopped up, if that’s not it I am lost. Please e-mail me at toy4you2001@yahoo.com if you can help or call me at 828-221-2922, ask for Raymond. Thanks.