31st May 2009, 18:24
97 Geo Metro 4cyl Lsi, 123,000 miles.
Did not tune it up until 120,000 miles, at which time I did all the 100,000 maintenance, timing belt and tune up.
The check engine light had come on just prior to our state's inspection (they won't pass you if the check engine light is one).
The problem was the wiring harness that has something to do with the way the gas and air flow. A known problem with Geo Metros. Had to fix that, as it did make my car die but they found a used one and rigged it together.
Beyond that, I have only had my brakes done and routine oil changes.
I love my car! The color, BTW, is amethyst - the deep purple blue color! I love being able to park it anywhere, that I can do a full turn in the middle of the street - my driver's side window won't go all the way down anymore but that's okay.
Don't use the air that much, not that hot here.
I expect this car to go another 100,000 miles - and am not planning on putting any other money into it. Just looked at the blue book... it's about $700! Worth a few thousand to me! I am a loyal Geo owner and I could drive nearly any car. Now if I could only get my hands on one of those cute Geo Metro convertibles...... (and yes, for $700, wouldn't that be nice!)
13th Feb 2010, 16:54
Just bought my first 1997 Metro LSI - I am amazed at how well it runs at 231k miles! 4 banger, 2dr, no known problems & has remained nothing but reliable to previous owner, and excellent gas mileage. Has only had timing belt replaced and routine maintenance, but really that's it.
I am having a helluva time trying to replace the headlamp covers though, or figuring our how to remove them to clean. Not having much online luck with it either. The oxidization factor is very bad and makes it difficult to see at night without using high beams. AC "will most of the time" work, but not all that cold. Not a big deal.
All in all, I am very amazed with this little go cart!
8th Feb 2011, 19:16
I own a 1995 GEO Metro LSI. Bought it new February of 1996 and it now has 174,000 miles on it. Other than routine maintenance I've replaced the entire exhaust system (we live by the ocean) and the PCV valve once.
I'm now getting ready to replace both CV axles and will have my mechanic check the brakes and steering mechanism for any potential problems.
This is undoubtedly the most reliable vehicle I've ever owned and it still gets 42 MPG going back and forth to work. Used to get 47 until ethanol was added to the gas.
What's the big deal about hybrid cars? They should have kept making Geos.
9th Feb 2011, 14:39
I really miss my 98 Metro LSI hatchback.
It was very reliable, and I had a lot of fun driving it for seven years. With Metros you just have to aspire to 'it's more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow.' They were known to rack up high miles. It's too bad not many people appreciated them. They were in a time when gas was relatively cheap, and hulking SUVs and trucks were all the rage.