12th Feb 2003, 16:45
Oh, I suppose that Car and Driver knows better than the dozens of "hippies" on this website that have praised the reliability and drivability of their Geo Metro's. Mine, on the other hand, has no difficulty significantly exceeding the posted highway speed limit or passing on country roads. The only problem I have with handling is when my long hippie-hair occasionally gets tangled up in the steering or gearshift ;-)
4th Apr 2003, 14:59
I thought the Geo Metro/ Suzuki Swift was kinda cute! hey also got good gas mileage and did pretty well in crash tests. It was dumb of GM to phase out this car.
27th Jul 2003, 13:17
OK, I have an 89 geo metro 4 door, 5spd, and a 93 two door auto. Both of these cars have in excess of 240,000 km on them. The 89 lived out its useful life on the highway, at which point I Built a 6 point roll cage into it, and turned it into an ice racer. won its first race out. The 93 is being used as a parts car for now, as the transmission is not very good. It too will be turned into an ice racer, hopefully before next season. Now, I am actually a long haired freaky person, and I love these things. Cheap on fuel, run forever, and other than preventative items, it seems to be no problem getting 200 - 300,000 km on them. They look terrible, they don't have a great deal of power unless you rev them, but they do the job. Best part is, I can drive it to and from races, as it is still street legal. And, it will embarrass certain "sports" cars. Cool huh.
23rd Feb 2004, 18:29
I have a 1992 Geo Metro with 115,000 miles on it. Beyond the 47+ miles per gallon I get it has been very cheap to maintain. I replaced the gas struts at 80,000 miles. It has had 2 brake replacements, 1 battery replacement, 3 sets of tires and that's it! If more people in America drove a car like the Metro we'd all be better off. Chevrolet was thinking in the right direction with this car. I don't plan on getting rid of it until it won't answer the bell anymore.
15th Mar 2005, 17:03
I am considering purchasing a Metro and have always been interested in them. My current car, which I will keep because it is so fun to drive, averages 13 miles per gallon and burns premium. To balance this out, I'd like to find a Metro XFI, which had only 49 horsepower, but was EPA rated at 53/58. I suppose I could 'settle' for a non XFI model, since I am having trouble finding one, and will 'put up' with only 43/49.
My aunt drove a Metro for many years and it was the best car she'd ever owned. I am pretty sure it was an XFI model, and it made my uncle's Dodge Shadow become their family's big and powerful car.
I don't see the Metro as a car for hippies, and although I enjoy reading Car and Driver every month I would never base a car-buying decision off of something they said. People do not buy a Metro because they are able to tackle a road course, which is what CD seems to expect every car on the road to be able to do.
25th Mar 2005, 09:11
As an owner of a 96 geo metro and handicapped, it has allowed me to afford mobility at a cost where I otherwise could not afford to. The car has been problem free for three years now. I do get strange and condescending looks on the road, but that's OK, I will survive honorably and without debt. As for the others with their high looks, and pompous attitude here in the USA, that is the precise root cause why America is going down, and down hard in the future with an economic demise that only the tremendous burgeoning debt will demonstrate.
9th Feb 2007, 23:08
Hey they are good cars, but they do not have a GM motor in them they are a suzuki motor.
24th Feb 2007, 20:14
Thank God it does have a Suzuki motor! It would not be half as good if it were a GM product. The only thing I would say in defense of GM is that they know a good thing when they buy it and rebadge it...lol.
24th Mar 2007, 14:30
I owned a 1993 Metro. I loved that car. It had a 5 speed transmission which gave it plenty of pep. Recently I bought a 1997 Metro LSI off of Ebay for $2700. I put 10000 miles on it this year and it has saved me $1875 in gas versus driving my Mustang. One more year and the car will have paid for itself, including shipping. Ice cold AC and an automatic transmission and I get 34.8 MPG in town. I used a IAT sensor mod for more Horsepower. It work, but brought the MPG's down to 26 in town. I removed it. I drove to Montana and back from Washington, 85 mph with the AC on, up and down hills, and got 36 MPG! (with the IAT MOD) Can't wait to see what I get on the freeway next trip I take! I love this little car!
21st Jun 2007, 14:10
97 Geo with 2 issues. One, 3 Qt. per week oil leak, and #2, the wire to the Intake Air Temp. sensor broke...
Other that $20 a month in oil, 164,000 miles and counting...
1st Jul 2007, 01:23
I have owned several Geo Metros - most of them with A/C and automatic transmissions. They were great-running dependable little cars, with plenty of power for highway speeds. I just bought a 1994 Geo Metro XFI 5 speed (3 cylinder motor). I am getting about 43 mpg with it. Does anyone out there know of any tricks or methods to increase the fuel economy on these cars to over 50 mpg highway use? Please let me know. Thank you.