1991 Geo Metro
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Amazing Fuel Efficiency

by from Tampa, Florida on January 7, 2011

Now, if you are buying a Geo Metro it is with the understanding that you will be giving up certain creature comforts. Power windows, power locks, and an automatic transmission are very easy to live wi...
Now, if you are buying a Geo Metro it is with the understanding that you will be giving up certain creature comforts. Power windows, power locks, and an automatic transmission are very easy to live without. The power steering however is not. In situations requiring a lot of maneuvering the steering can get quite tiresome to use. The car also has a lot of interior noise and the radio and HVAC controls are not within easy reach. The head light and wiper switches on the 1989-91 models are also of a poor design and can prove troublesome on high mileage cars. That's the bad. The good news is that these cars get fuel economy numbers well in excess of all but the best hybrid cars sold today. They also are well built where it counts and tend to be reliable. for example, if a timing belt breaks it is not the end of the engine-just the belt. The valves are designed not to hit the pistons not matter what you do. All that being said, these cars are best owned by someone who can do their own repairs. Parts are not expensive, but many mechanics will treat these cars with contempt and many are fixed improperly. Properly cared for however, it is not unheard of to get hundreds of thousands of miles out of one. Just be sure to check the suspension mounting points for rust as it is a known weakness when dealing with cars from states that use road salt. Should you buy a Metro? Yes, but only if you are looking for basic transportation that is about the cheapest way to get around this side of a moped. They are good cars but you will have to sort out their problems before they can be considered reliable. After all, it is a 20 year old economy car and you should expect to have to do some repairs.
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1999 1.0L Geo Metro is a great communter car

by from edmond, OK on February 1, 2010

I bought this car 7 years ago (173000 miles now) and for the first couple of years got over +50 MPG. I have replaced a clutch, 2 timing belts (100K and 160K miles), AC compressor, and water pump. Part...
I bought this car 7 years ago (173000 miles now) and for the first couple of years got over +50 MPG. I have replaced a clutch, 2 timing belts (100K and 160K miles), AC compressor, and water pump. Parts seem readily available. Very reliable and economical. Developed a CHECK ENGINE problem that had not been completely diagnosed since code is not the problem. Mileage had dropped to mid 40's now, but still going strong. I love this car and hope to drive the doors off of it.
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reliable fuel efficient fun car

by from clearlake oaks, ca on August 8, 2013

just bought 1991 geo convert with 63k miles. paid 3,000.00 and spent 1,000.00 on mechanical stuff like water pump cat converter, muffler, timing belt,etc. after all this and exterior waxing and sheep ...
just bought 1991 geo convert with 63k miles. paid 3,000.00 and spent 1,000.00 on mechanical stuff like water pump cat converter, muffler, timing belt,etc. after all this and exterior waxing and sheep skin seat covers, car runs and looks like new. really love this car and would not sell it for 6,000. car was in storage for over a decade. my other car is a S model mercedes which sits most of the time in my garage. buy one if you can find one!
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Love the car for the gas mileage

by from Rural Retreat,va. on February 18, 2013

Considering the age of the car it's in great shape! We drove it over 800 miles home after purchasing it. it's very reliable and economical! concidering the year of the car it is in great shape
Considering the age of the car it's in great shape! We drove it over 800 miles home after purchasing it. it's very reliable and economical! concidering the year of the car it is in great shape
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gets from piont a to piont b

by from willow grove, PA on March 26, 2007

small car will get you were you need to go. these cars go from 3 cylinders to 4 cylinders. its optional. drive the manuals because they have a better pick up than automatics
small car will get you were you need to go. these cars go from 3 cylinders to 4 cylinders. its optional. drive the manuals because they have a better pick up than automatics
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Most economical non hybrid vehicle

by from Honolulu, HI on November 13, 2006

I love this car. I gave 5 stars in performance because it goes so far on so little gas, and only 993 cm^3 displacement but still accelerates well. Only 4 stars in reliability because my air conditio...
I love this car. I gave 5 stars in performance because it goes so far on so little gas, and only 993 cm^3 displacement but still accelerates well. Only 4 stars in reliability because my air conditioner is broken. Can park it in the smallest spots and will u-turn on the narrowest streets. R12 tires are getting expensive though. Averages about 50mpg (about 80% freeway)
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Let's be Reasonable here.

by from Chesterfield, MI on August 19, 2006

So I bought this car from a friend for 100 dollars. I put about 300 bucks in front end parts, 300 bucks in ride, and 65 bucks in braking parts. A lesser amount than the car is worth. I spend about ...
So I bought this car from a friend for 100 dollars. I put about 300 bucks in front end parts, 300 bucks in ride, and 65 bucks in braking parts. A lesser amount than the car is worth. I spend about 28 dollars in gas a week (at 3 Dollars a gallon!). It gets 35 miles to the gallon.. not the 53 that the "experts" say. It gets 40/gallon without the Catalitic Converter on it. I love this car. But i've found out just recently that the car is worth about $1,100. i would highly suggest that one would find one, fix it, get it looking real nice, and then broom it while gas prices are high. They are in high demand, Invest in one, you'll thank me.
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I LOVE my Geo Metro LSi Convertible!

by from GTA Ontario on June 14, 2015

I am a new-to-me 1991 Metro Convertible owner as of May, 2015. I read a lot of posts written by Metro owners to get educated before I took the plunge, and SO glad I did! My Geo is blast to drive and b...
I am a new-to-me 1991 Metro Convertible owner as of May, 2015. I read a lot of posts written by Metro owners to get educated before I took the plunge, and SO glad I did! My Geo is blast to drive and being a stick, even more fun. It's in pristine condition for 24 yrs old with 93,000 miles, never seen winter, not a lick of rust. Seats were redone with 2" of foam added for comfort and recovered with vinyl. Door panel covers and floor carpeting also updated. The engine compartment is immaculate and it passed Etest and Certification with flying colours. I am consistently getting...yes, it's true...58mpg. And I love that it's DIY friendly. It's not gonna getcha anywhere fast, but is sure is 2FUN42!
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My favorite car of any I've owned

by on July 12, 2017

This is a review of the 1991 Geo Metro. This is my favorite car and the yardstick by which I measure all other cars. The 91 Metro hatchback has only 3 cylinders, but with a manual transmission you ca...
This is a review of the 1991 Geo Metro. This is my favorite car and the yardstick by which I measure all other cars. The 91 Metro hatchback has only 3 cylinders, but with a manual transmission you can make it perform wonders. I never felt as if I suffered from lack of power when I needed it. The gas mileage is phenomenal. I consistently got over 50 miles per gallon even in its old age. I should say that I never got below 50 MPG and a lot of the time I got 52 MPG or more depending on whether the driving was city or highway. Compare that to today's cars and they leave a lot to be desired. The back seats folded down and when the hatchback opened, there was a lot of cargo space. The little Metro was like a mini truck. I moved twice using the Metro as my main vehicle of moving. The only drawback to this car was that it did not have air conditioning which is understandable given the three cylinders and promised gas mileage. I got used to driving with the windows down. I loved my Geo Metro. Absolutely, loved it, and this was the only car I had that I ran the wheels off. That is to say, I didn't trade it in and kept it until the end of its life. I wish I still had it.
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