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  • duffymoonduffymoon Posts: 2
    I've got the same "check engine" light problem. I too had the MAT sensor replaced and within a week that darn light was back on. It goes on for a few hundered miles, then off for a few hundred. It used to concern me, but now, after almost two years of this, I just don't worry about it. Drive hasn't been affected. The down side to owning a metro in my opinion is that all kinds of goofy stuff goes wrong with them but the drivetrain is apparently invincible. So, even though the black rubber stripping came out of my driver's side door, wrapping around the window and causing the crank to strip completely, and so now I have to roll up and down the window using vise-grips; even though the air/heat blower has always only worked on low, and even then only sometimes; even though the catalytic converter and/or heat shield is rattling like a demon; I just can't justify a different vehicle (i'm fluctuating on trading it in) when this thing is so darn EASY to own and operate.
  • stunessstuness Posts: 3
    My 2000 Metro is getting ready to go over 100K, and I've had no problems so far. I had been getting a little grinding while downshifting into third, but I replaced the Manual Transmission fluid and tightened up the clutch to the loose end of the specs and it seems to do fine now. I just travelled 521 miles on my last tank of gas (I was babying it to see how far I could get).

    With a car payment less than half of my friend's payment, and fuel economy double theirs, I love my little Metro.
  • kmo2kmo2 Posts: 2
    Hi everyone! I just wanted to say that I recently purchased a 1991 Geo Metro Lsi, 2-door, automatic in April 2002 and so far I really like this peppy little car. It gets me from point A to B in no time flat and the gas mileage is incredible! I can fill up with only $10 and it lasts for two weeks! The car had 98k miles on it when I purchased it and everything works except the A/C. I hope to have it for a long time. Its the perfect car for my 6-year-old daughter and I to get around in. At first, I really didn't want a Metro because I heard some negative things about Metros but I am glad that I purchased it. So far the only things that I've had to replace are the tires (which are hard to find). I think that my next car will be a Metro also. Too bad GM doesn't make them anymore. The only thing that I don't like is that on windy days here in Michigan it seems as though my car will fly away!
  • hbranchhbranch Posts: 1
    Hi, I recently purchased a 98 4 cyl automatic Firefly from an elderly lady. It had 10000 km when I purchased it two months ago and it now has 12000 km I really like it - it has lots of pep, very easy on gas, and great for parking in the city. My only problem is that it often stalls when stopped at a light or when switching from park to reverse or drive. I ready in the Lemon Aid guide that these cars are known for chronic stalling.

    Has anyone had/have a similar problem? Were you able to repair it? Your comments and suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thanks
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    and sorry to hear about your vehicle stalling problem. In addition to the feedback here, you may also want to try asking (copy/paste) your question on our Maintenance & Repair message board.

    Btw, some people here may not be aware that the Pontiac Firefly is the Canadian version of the Chevy/Geo Metro, so I've gone ahead and added that name to the title here. Hope this is helpful.

    Good luck, and please return here to keep us posted on your situation.

    Revka
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  • Hello all, I currently drive a 2001 Saturn SL1 sedan which I lease... my lease does not expire anytime soon but I am looking for a "more affordable" car. Preferablly a used metro.

    I was searching autotrader.com and found a 1997 Geo Metro with 45,000 orig miles, air/ pwr steering/ for $ 2995.00 at a name brand dealer. Is this a good price? It seemed great to me...

    I know they have a lack of power, but are they really reliable? I am looking to save money towards a house/ hence the Metro route over buying my lease (which would cost me $7500.00. How do they compare to the Lano's, Accent? Are those bad cars in terms of relibility? Also, in terms of crash protection, is there any with the metro? Any info is appreciated...
  • inuvikinuvik Posts: 131
    Having owned 3 Metro's I would never own one with a automatic. The automatic is only a 3 speed with no overdrive and performance and mileage really suffer. If the car is a manual tranmission then I think your target price is more in the $2000-$2300 range. Just my 2 cents.
  • It was a manual, thankx for the info
  • I have a friend who is looking at 2 cars....a 1991 Geo Metro, 42K mis, one owner and all service records available...and a 1992 VW Jetta, 103K mis, current owner has only had it 2 months, no service history. Personally, I think it is a no-brainer in favor of the Metro...but she is not so sure. Any opinions?
  • inuvikinuvik Posts: 131
    I would take the Metro any day over the Jetta with that many miles. Just make sure it is only 42K and not 142K. The Metro's did not have 6 digit odometers that year and it could be on it's second time around.
  • kmo2kmo2 Posts: 2
    I have a small problem. First of all, I own a 1991 Geo Metro LSi with about 100,150 miles on it and when I accelerate, I get a knocking vibration in the gas pedal. Sometimes it stops and sometimes it starts right up when I accelerate. Does anyone have any idea as to what the problem may be?
  • Hi! You people seem knowledgable about his little car so...I am thinking about buying a used 1992 geo metro. It has 49K and the driver said he has had the oil changed every 3,000 miles. I've read a few postings that say NOT to get an automatic, but this one is and I hate stick shift. The car is selling for $1350. I just need it to get around LA, but I will also be taking trips up to Santa Barbara a couple times a month (about 100 miles). So, what do you think?
  • inuvikinuvik Posts: 131
    Kimbo,

    First of all I would make sure it was 49K and not 149K. 1992's only had 5 digit odometers so I would have him show me all of the service records.

    If you are just going to stay within LA and drive in a lot of heavy traffic and never wander too far on the open highway then I guess you could get by with a automatic but you will suffer with substantially lower fuel mileage (low-mid 30's) and a drastic reduction in acceleration (not that there was all that much to begin with!).

    Before you consider buying this car make sure you run it long enough so that it gets warm and then check the automatic transmission fluid. The fluid should be pink and should not be dark red or smell burnt. If it smells burnt or the fluid is a very dark color then do not even consider buying the car, the tranny is on it's last legs.

    And finally if after all of this you still think you want to buy the car, the price is too high. Offer them $750.00 and see what happens. Explain it's a orphaned model (no longer manufactured) and it's 10 years old and the car doesn't have air conditioning in a city where the average summer temperature is about 20 degrees lower than the surface of the sun. Don't pay more than $1000.00.

    Just my 2 cents worth.
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    I second inuvik's suggestion on checking the service records. 49k is very few miles for a 10 year old vehicle.


    Have you tried plugging this vehicle into Edmunds' Used Vehicle Appraiser? This will give you the average price others are paying in your region. Good luck, and please keep us posted on your decision. ;-)


    Revka

    Host

    Hatchbacks & Wagons Boards

  • It has 52K miles on it, but looks to be in excellent shape (like new), has brand-new tires and runs great.. Is there anything I should look for in terms of potential problems.
    Any services I should do to it? If so, please let me know.
    -Tim
  • baveuxbaveux Posts: 175
    If powerisfun....your buying the wrong car ;-))))

    Actually look for defective, rad,front brake and exaust system .I have a 97 3 cyl with 75000 miles, and the car is still running like a sewing machine , no major problem to report.
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    "Is there anything I should look for in terms of potential problems. Any services I should do to it? If so, please let me know."


    In addition to the feedback here, you can check in Edmunds' Maintenance Guide for recalls, TSBs (technical service bulletins), and manufacturer recommended service schedules. We look forward to hearing more about your Chevy Metro experience. Happy motoring!

    Revka

    Hatchbacks & Wagons Host

  • Thanks for the info. I'll take a look at those things.

    I guess I should also be more specific and say that the one I got is the standard 3-cyl hatchback with manual transmission which is what
    I wanted.

    My name has to do with the
    fact that I also have a '96 Impala SS which is pretty much the Metro's diametric opposite (among cars anyway, if you include SUV's the Excursion would make an even nicer contrast :) ). There's just something about the Metro that always intrigued me and I finally got one.

    I've heard from several different sources (i.e. previous or current owners) that their Metros just
    refuse(d) to die. That made me feel good.
  • Wow, no new Metro forum posts in almost a month.

    Just filled up my first gas tank and I got 41.4 mpg with a heck-of-a-lot of stop-n-go driving. That's with the 2-door hatch-back with 1.0L 3-cyl and 5-spd.

    Did GM (or Suzuki) offer the 2-door hatch-back with 1.3L AND 5-spd. That's would have been the one I really wanted, but every time I found one with the 1.3L it had the auto tranny.
    -Tim

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  • Both the Metro and Swift 2-door coupes were available with 4-cyl 5-speed. Swifts only came with the 4-cyl's. The 4-cyl 5-speed Metro's are harder to find but are out there. Seems like most of the 4-cyl LSI's are automatics, though.

    I would like to find a 4-cyl, LSI, 5-speed Metro, with the tach; 70 HP would be sweet, and probably could increase HP with a header and low restriction exhaust system such that the MPG in town would be about the same as a 3-cyl. The extra torque and smoothness would be nice.

    I think the 3-cyl will typically have the MPG edge though on long hiway trips; once you get them rolling along they go pretty well. Stop-and-go with the little motor is a killer and takes quite a toll on MPG.

    I can tell a diff on mixed driving between going one way with lots of lites/stops, and going another way with less traffic and lites. About 2-3 MPG more on the lesser-traveled road.

    My old '91 3-cyl got better MPG than the '95 3-banger but the newer one handles better, rides better, is quieter, and more solid feeling. Guess it's worth a few MPG for those qualities.

    But I've been thinking about a 4-cyl and if the right one comes along will probably snatch it up! Check out the Auto Trader online, www.autotrader.com as you'll probably find many to choose from.

    Anybody out there with 4-cyl 5-speed Swifts/Metro 2-doors care to post their city and hiway MPG???

    Keep On (Roller)Skatin'...........ed
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