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Old 05-18-2010, 07:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking for 2nd car.. Geo Metro info requested..

Hi there..

It's been a while since I've lurked on here..

I've been thinking of getting a Geo Metro because I have a
feeling this summer is going to be ridiculous for gas prices..

I'm interested in a hatchback 5 speed with a/c and I'm
unsure of what other options were available with these cars..

I know about the rust issues involved with the front lower control arms so I think I'm covered there..

What else should I be looking for?
If I want a/c, would the 1.0 3cyl be too dodgy or should I roll with the 1.3 4cyl?

Was there ever a cruise control option?
I'd like to get the newest Geo/Chevy Metro available.
Anyone know a good source for information on purchasing one of these?

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Old 05-18-2010, 11:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'd go for the 3-cyl, and toggle the AC off for freeway entrances and steep climbs if traffic was heavy, and I really wanted to keep up. The pre-95 ones are smaller and lighter, with the XFI option. If not rusty, their only drawback is interior noise, IMHO. I use a headset sound system to cut the noise and save big bucks on stereo gear and protection of same.
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Thanks Bob..

are there any better engine configurations? I'd like to stick with fuel injection, was there ever a throttle body injected or multi port fuel injection setup that were good or ones better than the other?

I'm not a fan of cold starts on a carburated engine..
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I'm not sure about pre-89s, but mine have throttle body injection and start right up at -25 without a block heater. The system is pretty much the same from there to the end of production. They are easy to work on, and there are dedicated groups to advise you about mix 'n' match. For super economy, you can use larger wheels and/or a low-ratio transmission from an XFI or an 8-valve model. Used ones often just need the world's easiest ring and valve job, but while you're at it you can drop in an XFI or aftermarket cam to pull the tall gears to fabulous numbers.
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All 1989 and up 3-cyl Metros are TBI. 4-cyl Metros (and SOHC Swifts) were TBI up to 1997, then went multiport after that.

No factory cruise control.

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I'd like to get a Metro thats OBDII in terms of electronics for easy diagnosis..
It would also be nice to pop in my SGII into it and get some real readings logged in..

What was the first year of MPFI and OBDII?
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All 96+ vehicles are OBDII. Its pretty rare you'll find any car thats 95 or older running OBDII.
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Installing an aftermarket cruise control is an easy Saturday afternoon's work. There'll be a few taps to install, but nothing difficult. I've done Equus and Audiovox, if you go with one of those I recommend the Audiovox.
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I've installed an audiovox cruise on a honda insite once, those are easy to setup..
Was there ever a cruise option when Chevy rebadged the metro?

Where can I find a breakdown of what comes with what per model?
Were power windows and locks ever an option? power steering?

I appreciate all the Q&A guys!
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I'm not sure if power windows or locks were ever offered. I've never seen them on a Metro. Some 1989-1994 Suzuki Swift GTs had them, but the parts won't fit the newer Metros. All of the following applies to the "new" 1995-2001 cars. If you want MPFI, you'll have to get a Metro/Swift with the 4-cyl engine from 1998 or newer. If you want maximum fuel economy and OBDII, get a 1996+ 3-cyl Metro hatchback. There are very few options on these cars. Some had ABS. Some had a tachometer. Some had trip odometers. Metro hatchbacks were sold with both 3 & 4-cyl engines. Sedans were 4-cyl only. 3-cyl 5-spd had a 4.39 final drive, 4-cyl 5-spd had a 3.79 final drive. Automatic was only an option on the 4-cyl, avoid it. Power steering was an option on the 4-cyl sedan. Some of the '95-'97 Metros had recessed sealed beam headlights. Swifts were all 4-cylinder hatchbacks.

The "new" cars have another rust problem not found on the older models. The front section of the rear wheelwells rot out.

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