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JacobLeSann 01-19-2021 02:26 PM

$350 Metro?
Hey all, still driving my Ď97 civic and getting 40-45 MPG trips. The FE is great but the car has more than a few problems that need fixing, such as a battery replacement. Iím looking for replacement parts, but I just seen this ad and my mind has started to wander:
http:// app_ios&utm_medium=social&utm_source=ios_social

3 cylinder FE dream machine, or just a bagged out nightmare? I have no idea what an ice racer is. Lemme know your thoughts.

freebeard 01-19-2021 03:09 PM


These make great ice racers with some work ....…
No work apparent in the photos, it may say more about the seller than the car. An ice racer would have studded tires.

Three cylinder/five speed is the best combo. Body rust is the contraindication.

Stubby79 01-19-2021 03:46 PM

Hemi? Forged internals? Suzuki engine? I don't think so.

Unless it's had the engine rebuilt, or it's all easy highway miles, it's about done.

You're already getting equal to or better gas mileage than it's unless you are looking to modify it in to an extreme MPG machine, I say pass...

OTOH...I love these things, easy to work on, fun to drive...if insurance for a second vehicle is cheap, and you want a toy, then by all means.

If you get it and need hard to find parts, let me know ASAP.

JacobLeSann 01-19-2021 04:25 PM

Noted. I think I’ll leave it, but keep an eye out for one in better condition. I agree with the notion of the info being more about the seller, lol. I’ll keep you in mind should I snag one, thanks for the offer.

JacobLeSann 03-20-2021 10:07 AM

Another One
Found another Metro. Looks a lot better, but wow is the price high. Leave it and keep my Civic? Go for it? Lemme know any thoughts. He mentioned that he is open to negotiating the price. app_ios&utm_medium=social&utm_source=ios_social

Stubby79 03-20-2021 10:51 AM

High price. Then again, good condition and low mileage...

The late ones are heavier and a bit bigger, hence the lower gas mileage.

Not worth it when you're getting similar gas mileage already, IMHO.

JacobLeSann 03-21-2021 03:50 AM

Agreed. Looks really ugly too, imo. I’ll stick with what I’ve got for now.

Stubby79 03-22-2021 03:17 AM


I love the look of the late model Metros! And that shade of blue is not only hard to come across, but looks great!

Always thought the looks of them was well ahead of the time...other manufacturers took a couple of years before they started putting out anything similar. Then it went downhill quickly...

Why even consider a car you think is ugly? Someone has caught the FE bug bad! :p

(Time to build an EV pusher that you can have behind any vehicle)

JacobLeSann 03-22-2021 10:10 AM

There’s a fire in my heart, and it burns as slowly as possible ;)

To each their own, I find the shape of the car to be kind of meh, and the shape of the taillights to be an eyesore. That’s just my taste, however.

Come to think of it, these look verryyyy similar to the front end of a 2000’s Chevy Cavalier. The taillights are close too.

M_a_t_t 03-22-2021 12:11 PM


Originally Posted by Stubby79 (Post 641061)
Hemi? Forged internals? Suzuki engine? I don't think so.

The ad must have been deleted or something the link doesn't work for me, but all metros had suzuki engines. They are badge engineered suzuki's for GM.

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