"I bought my 1996 Geo Metro used from a co-worker who was moving to Hawaii. I was apprehensive about the purchase as the car looked so cheaply made. I used this car as a primary vehicle for years. Now it is a back up vehicle when my luxury car is in the shop. My luxury car seems to always be in the shop--yet my little Geo Metro is always rearing to go. It is an amazing little car always starts, has never had to have anything repaired in the 8 years I have owned it. All I have done is change the oil and put new tires on it. An incredilbe value."
"This car was researched by me (an Engineer) for 4 years prior to purchasing a Geo in 2000. I got the car with 55k miles on it. I now have 190k miles on it, and with no engine issues it will last to 300k. It gets 33-47 mpg city/highway...and yes the acceleration is sluggish, but with a 10 gallon tank I can still take it 300-400 miles on a tank without thought of running out of gas or pain in refuelling costs.
Upkeep is minimal. parts when they break can be found at local or internet junk yards easily and for minimal cost. Yes, I replaced the transmission at 130k miles, but I didn't service the tranny fluid and power downcycled over the rockies 4 times, so it is completely my fault.
Design Flaws: Door lock/unlock lever on back doors...metal is weak. The door needs to be opened and the metal door handle bar bent back into shape, as a factor bend in the bar weakens in time and the door won't open.
headlamp lenses etch and cloud over time. This makes night driving without paying $900 for a new pair of lenses quite challenging.
With only 80-120 hp, and knowing that an ac unit drains 10-25 hp when it is engaged, duh...the car loses power.
Handling...with only small r15 tires the car can't take corners fast, though if you are nice to the car on corners, you can get 70000 miles out of a pair of $25 walmart tires
Final thoughts...when my Geo dies, I will find another 90-something Geo or a Suzuki Swift, as the cars of today which aren't a Prius are overpriced, and don't have the fuel economy of the 90s Metro/Swift."
"This car is the only car I've had to buy since I got my license at 16. It has never failed me driving (I had a small brake issue once but I could still stop fine). I never had to do anything but routine maintenance on it. The only problem is, the exhaust tends to go out every two years in snowy weather. Other than that, it may be a little short on space, but with the back seat folded down, I could always haul what I needed to haul. If I could buy a new one of these 3 cyl. Metros or Swifts (I own the Geo Metro) I would do it without even having to think twice. The used ones are just as good. My family has owned this car since it was in the 30,000's (it's a 95 model). Now it has 107,000 (miles) and the engine runs like never before. The engine has NEVER failed even once. Great car. I personally put over 36,000 miles on it. Best car ever for snow."