Buying a Geo Metro

shravanOctober 14, 2006

I am looking out for a car and the one that has caught my eye has the following specifications:

Model: 1995 Geo Metro

Transmission: Automatic

Engine: 4 Cylinder

Mileage: 122k

Upon speaking to the owner, I was told that the timing belt was replaced recently and there are no problems with the engine as such. Do let me know if there is anything to watch out for here and also if I should go ahead with this car.


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their tough little cars owned one several yrs, my sister in law now owns it. mostly problem free. its a suzuki, they have a rep as building great small cars. the 3 spd automatic isnt great, nothing wrong with it, but a 5spd manual would give better mpg. the car is its best as a in city commuter car, not great on the highway. all in all no compaints overall with mine, it now has 220k on it still going great.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2006 at 8:31PM
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Here is a recent review of the Geo Metro. It is from the excellent online magazine

Here is a link that might be useful: Click here.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2006 at 8:31AM
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Thanks a lot for the follow up. Would that mean that doing 70mph or so for 2-4 hrs would hurt the engine? I do have to travel once in a while within Kansas, would that hurt the car too much?

    Bookmark   October 16, 2006 at 1:41AM
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shravan, it should be fine. Most cars do not need to produce that much horsepower to keep a car moving once it's up to 70 mph (especially on a flat surface like Kansas). The better question is, would doing 70 mph or so for 2-4 hrs hurt the driver? With an automatic, a Metro can be pretty buzzy. It could get on your nerves after a couple of hours.

    Bookmark   October 16, 2006 at 8:20AM
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Metros are great little cars but be sure and check underneath before you buy one. Control arms can rust and break, then car is pretty much done in.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2006 at 11:33PM
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