I drove a Geo Metro from August 97 until May 2002. It was the most amazing car I ever or will ever own. I changed the oil in the three cylinder engine every 20 to 24 thousand (that's right thousand) miles. Now this sounds horrible I know, but I was also using Mobile one synthetic and most of the miles driven on the car was interstate miles. The car got in the high 40s to low 50 miles per gallon. I never checked the oil between changes and as I far as I could tell it never burned a drop. When the car had 125 thousand miles on it I took in to get the brakes checked because they sounded like they were rubbing. I was surprised when the mechanic told me that a rock got stuck in there and that the pads looked good as new. I had still not changed the brakes (that's right 165 thousand miles) when I sold the car. It should be noted here that most of my braking is done by the manual transmission. With fuel prices at their current levels I find it hard to believe that the manufacturer is not considering starting production on this model again.
I loved my little 5 speed metro, it was quite a speedy little car! A friend had the automatic, and I could tell the difference in the performance.
On your comment on the gas mileage, I went from North Jersey to Maryland on about $20.00 in gas. No other car compared in cost as far as upkeep and maintenance.
I Love my lil blue '92!! This is the only car I have ever had and I really do not want to get rid of it! But I need parts to fix some stuff! If anyone wants to part with a headlight/dimmer switch on the steering column, holler at me! Thanks!
About the A/C compressor problem-- I think this is a very common (and maybe the only) flaw in Metros. I have the very same problem with the mysterious leak in the freon. I just get it recharged every spring. It's cheap to get done and to avoid the costly repair of the leak. My mechanic said he would have to remove the entire dash assembly to get to it, so I won't bother with that. My mechanic was also concerned about the way the car vibrates and shakes in idle. I was too, though I've heard that these engines tend to shake as they age. But now my "service engine soon" light keeps coming on and blinking when I start the car. The manual says that this means there is a misfire. And then if I turn on the A/C at idle, the engine sometimes stalls. Is there a way to adjust the idle speed? I think it's a bit low or something. Other than those things, my Metro is a reliable, fun little ride.
The Metro's are based on the Suzuki Swift's - on the Swift there was a known problem that caused the engines to run a bit rough - actually two - one was simple - the gasket between the throttle body and the intake - the other was a failure in the control computer - personally I'd replace the gasket first (face it - a paper gasket is gonna be a lot cheaper than the computer) to see if it fixes the issue - then chase down the computer (if you're an AAA member and there's a diagnostic center near you they can probably scan the computer for you for next to zero dollars) -
Thanks for the info. I always thought the rough running engine was normal, but maybe not. I'll try replacing that gasket. Also, every time I shift into reverse, the gearbox makes a brief, awful crunching noise that sounds like I'm shifting without using the clutch. But I press the clutch down all the way. Does my clutch need replacement? I hope not, because my Geo is still fairly young with 87,000 miles on it. It has been doing it for about a year, and luckily it hasn't torn up yet. Can anyone tell me what could be wrong?
I have an aspire myself and I am looking for a Geo. I reached 180 miles with $14.00. this is about 28 mpg, at $2.17 per gallon. I think I can make 35 mpg if I drive at constant speed. At this constant speed I will expend $11.16. I drive from Hesperia to Los angeles every day. On my Mercedes I use to expend $22 dollars. If I was to drive a Geo I think I would only have to expend $9.76 round trip. This is about 1/2 of what I am usually expending a month, about $700. I can't imaging how much I would be expending if I buy one of those monster trucks: $1000, $2000? Compare this amounts if I could afford to buy me a Honda Insight, a merely $167.
Oh I bet the ladies were all over you when you drove that thing. So do you live in Compton or somewhere similar?
Re: Geo no longer in production.
My bet would be a buy out to stop production. If not a buy out a threat to make them stop.
Sounds like the little car was just to much for other makes to compete with.
If they were still in production, I would certainly give a new one a try.
I went the extreme to show my contempt for Bush & OPEC. Parked my one ton dually truck (8 mpg) & bought a 150 CC scooter that gets 80 + MPG. At age 59 look pretty silly. But it works for me!
Re the above comment, yeah GM bought itself out to stop production of the Metro they were selling. No wonder they are having such bad financial woes.
Yeah, I don't understand it. I loved the Geos. Why would GM get rid of its best brand? Someone told me that the CEO wanted to phase them out because he thought young people should drive "good used Buicks". Well, last time I checked, not many young people want to do that.
My 1991 Geo was also making crunching sounds while in reverse. It was also stalling and the check engine light was coming on. My husband solved the problem by tightening up the transmission bolts and tightening the bolt on the distributer cap. Apparently they had loosened themselves on rough roads. One on the transmission bolts had even fallen out. It is all better now. Long live my Geo. Viva la Geo!!!
"Why would GM get rid of it's best brand?"
It wasn't totally gone, it was just reintegrated with Chevrolet.
Geo was reintegrated with the Chevrolet brand a few years ago and now, worldwide, Chevy includes cars from defunct Daewoo, Suzuki and so on.
Funny thing is Chevy is GM's strongest brand by far and may be one of the few survivors when GM starts selling/closing down brands as it did with Oldsmobile.
I have kicked myself for passing up a MINT Geo Metro with only 30,000 miles a few years ago. Since then I have encountered a number of people who own these exceptional and very economical little cars. One was a salesman at an import car dealership who had 150,000 miles on his Geo with nary a problem. Another was a lady who drove 100 miles each day (round trip) to work. Her car had 214,000 miles on it with very few (and very minor) problems. As one comment so aptly put it, simplicity is often the best way to go to save money and have reliable transportation. I don't think the Geo Metro could have done any better in that respect. My congratulations to those of you smart enough to snap one up when you could.
Look folks. A Metro is a SUZUKI MOTOR CORP. vehicle. They are no part Chevrolet except the emblems. Don't let the manufactures pull the wool over your eyes. Raise the hood and look to see who made the vehicle. I say, call a Honda, a Honda and a Suzuki, a Suzuki, ETC. The auto world should be prosecuted for false advertisement.