1989 Geo Spectrum 1.5 liter from North America
The only thing I can think of that is wrong with the car, is that it needs a new carburetor. I needed to put a thermostat on the car and a whole new brake system, but the car sat for 6 months and some of the lines broke and busted. The car vapor locks a lot because I race it with a couple of friends. The car itself is a good little car, and it can seat five, so I can have a good time with my car, and friends.
It is a good little car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 2nd September, 2005
11th Dec 2005, 20:48
I have a 1989 geo Spectrum with 53,000 original miles. Typical old lady car. It ran great when I bought it. Then one day at 55,000 miles the timing belt snapped and the mechanic said the engine is ruined. The valves are bent. I still have it parked on the street and don't know what to do with it. Any sugesstions? It's too nice just to junk out and I can't put a new engine in myself or afford to have one put in.
12th Dec 2005, 16:15
You could try donating it to charity and claim a tax deduction, but with the change in IRS rules that went into effect about a year ago, you can no longer claim book value as the deduction, rather you can only claim whatever the charity you donate it to is able to sell it for. I don't think an 89 Spectrum with a seized engine is going to bring much.
Too many people were donating worthless beaters to charity and then taking a tax deduction for the book value. The gummint don't like it when they can't get their grubby hands on as much of your money as possible so they can waste it in ways too numerous to mention!