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Old 02-13-2009, 02:58 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Metro XFi - '93 Geo Metro XFi Convertible
90 day: 62.17 mpg (US)

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Turbo 3 cyl sprint was offered up till 88 or so. They were pretty good little cars and the turbo really didn't hurt the reliability unless the person using it upped the boost to some really high number.

Pretty much all 3 cylinders seem to be needing a rebuild around 175k miles so once you hit 150k it is time to start thinking of taking a day or two to re-ring it and put new exhaust valves in. The transmissions seem to not have a standard life, it is mainly dependent on how they are driven so it might need new synchros or a clutch but normally they hold up a really long time if driven normally. A lot of it comes down to the engine just really doesn't have enough power to strain anything. Rust however can kill the car way before the drivetrain ever needs work and that is probably why 90% of them are junked.

As far as being efficent, they get good mileage because they are little and make real good power at the bottom end. So while most small engines like spinning at 6000 to make power the G10 is happy at 2500 and making good power. Combined with a car that can take advantage of that type of engine you can get some pretty impressive numbers out of these little cars.

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