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Old 10-01-2008, 08:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My 1989 Geo Metro Story

I placed an ad on the advice of a friend with 2 Geo Metros. He is a good mechanic and raved about his Geo's and easy repairs.

I found a 1989 5 speed, 4 door with 184,000 miles for $300. It had an excellent replacement motor in it, little oil in the transmission, drove sideways due to suspension/steering rack damage, had a right front wheel bearing COMPLETELY gone, 3 balls in it, had two windows that wouldn't work and tires on the cord.

The suspension and rack repairs ran $295...new tires $185...tune & oil, misc. sensors, filters etc...$265, front axle repairs $45 surprisingly...about $1200 total and a window that won't roll down, an engine light that won't go out, a driver's window that needs assistance up and down...all in all, very tolerable for $1200...consider:

I AVERAGE 48 mpg...town and 60 mph highway. Highway (60 mph) is 51.4 AVERAGE.

It paid for itself the first 5000 miles and runs so quiet I have to check to see if I am in 5th or 3rd!...laughter

How do you get a cold heater to work? The fan works and all the controls are aligned properly...it doesn't seem to get any water through the heater core...any ideas?

I am VERY pleased with my $1200 Geo Metro

I bought two 2 dr. coupes (blue) for $200 (1994) & $250 (1989), ONE (1989) WITH A BRAND NEW ENGINE...I plan on building one out of the two for a low mile backup. The good body (1994) needs an engine and a windshield...thats it! I should be able to drive off for less than $1000 total all.

Tell me a story about your Geo Metro...hints and tips will be appreciated.

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Old 10-02-2008, 09:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the site. We have lots of Metro fans here

As far as the heat goes, you either have trapped air in the system or a clogged heater core. Trapped air can be burped by jacking the front of the car so the rad cap is higher than the engine and leave the cap off an run it till all the air comes out of the system.

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Old 10-05-2008, 06:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by owlafaye View Post

How do you get a cold heater to work? The fan works and all the controls are aligned properly...it doesn't seem to get any water through the heater core...any ideas?
The previous owner may have put a cooler thermostat something like 170 degree, he could have taken the thermostat completely out, or the thermostat could be stuck in the open position not letting the car come up to temperature. If there's no thermostat or it's not operating correctly it takes a long time for the car to get warm enough to make heat.


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