This car surprised me.
I purchased one recently with about 215,000 miles on it, for less than $500.00 dollars. I live in an area where emissions are required to register a vehicle, this car passed with flying colors in about a minute or less on the dyno. I was a kid when these were new, and my general perception of them was always that they were ugly, slow, and very uncool. While that may all remain true still to this day, after driving this little thing around for a month it has really won me over. I quickly realized that due to its low power out-put, it is a tough little thing to break. I taught my wife how to drive a manual in it, with little to no worry. With a curb weight of 1800 lbs, ( half the weight of a typical 4 door sedan) it can really “kart” around the corners. It’s hard to describe other than it reminds me of driving high powered electric go-karts. The no power steering actually improves this effect. Gas mileage? Well, I read the numbers on the internet but have yet to observe a calculated fuel economy because I tend to drive the little thing hard,(to accelerate normally in regular traffic, you have to) but it’s still pretty good as far as I can tell. Lowering the back seat creates a surprising amount of room for hauling stuff around. For the price I couldn’t be more satisfied I don’t think.
I love this car, it is GREAT for getting around.
Here's what I really think about my little 1996 Metro Geo. It is one of the most dependable & reliable cars one can own. It gets great gas mileage but here's what I like the best about it. It is sturdy and can really take a licking and keep on ticking. My car needs a paint job and over 30 persons have asked to buy it from me. I had a man follow me in the library begging would I please sell it for his grand daughter (and he offered me a nice amount. I've had enumerous people rub the car including mechanics and call my car their baby! My car I've had for 12 years; it sat in New York for 4 years without anyone starting it daily in the winter. Most cars will have engine problems if you don't start it in extreme cold weather. Here's what I love best: no matter what - my car WILL start. I've never had any major problem with it other then replacing a part due to wearing. I would love to sell it but I'm too attached because it's been so good to me! It's a dear get around car.
The little 3-cyl that could!
I adore this car. It has proven itself dependable, capable, and a surprisingly capable cargo vehicle. I'm always shocked what gotta in they get with the seat down...