I've owned a 1999 Metro LSi for over three years and not a speck of trouble, except the a/c became weak twice. Recharge fixed it even though no leaks were found; any more and my great mechanic will ch...
I've owned a 1999 Metro LSi for over three years and not a speck of trouble, except the a/c became weak twice. Recharge fixed it even though no leaks were found; any more and my great mechanic will check under the dash, which is an easy access compared to other vehicles, he said.
Because I love manual transmissions the five speed gives the four cylinder car a lot of quickness, power, and stability. It performs well on snow and ice; it cuts through regular Wisconsin snowstorms on a north south freeway trip of 23 miles just fine.
In town the tires sometimes chirp because the torque and gear ratios work well.
This Scuba Blue LSi has delivered 4 - 1100 mile road round trips to Ohio beautifully. Its seats are more comfortable than a 1995 Mazda Protege. Gas mileage city about - 32 mpg, highway city mix 36 - 42, pure highway at 60 to 65 to 70 mph - 42-46, one time it hit 50 mpg on the Ohio Turnpike at 60-65 mph. The vehicle rides smooth up to 70-75 mph. One time I went 80+ just to check.
I bought it at 41,000 miles; it now has 78,000. Another owner of several Metro Lsi's mentioned 200,000 miles trouble free.
The hatchback with fold down rear seat has let me haul a storm door, make many trips to the city recycling home/yard waste depository with big bags and a tub, haul steel patio furniture home, and more.
Easy to self change oil and filter, air too. Anything else goes to an excellent independent import mechanic shop. One thing strange, the original owner got rid of it because it jumps out of 5th gear, a characteristic a devotee told me happens when one shifts to 5th above 45 mph. It still happens, largely in warm weather. My solution works - engage a bungee cord loop from the console to hold the shift lever in place. It only takes minor "presence of mind" to disengage it, but we do well to pay attention to our driving anyway.
I truly love the vehicle for its simple quality, the style is rather cool too, but I know to avoid crashes, especially from the side. The car makes me a good driver that way - I don't want to lose it or the occupants. I like to drive and I like this car.