I've got a manual transmission '94 Metro, though not the convertible. Bought new for $7000, out the door, and the sucker just will not die. The little radiator finally rotted out after 25 years, but $100 and I had a brand new one. Haven't touched the brakes, and I'm only on my second set of tires after 89,000 miles. Frankly, you don't burn a lot of rubber in this thing, but I can break them loose when it's raining and I pop the clutch in first gear. To be honest, the only time I've found it to be really lacking for power is on uphill freeway onramps, but there aren't a lot of those. Still gets 45 miles a gallon on the freeway. What do you want for 7 grand? It's dependable and gets you from here to there cheap.
Someone should do an engine swap and make a sleeper car. Would be hilarious to see peoples reactions when you dust them.
I had a first generation hatchback and then a second generation hatchback. Both were excellent cars.
My car is 3 years younger and believe it or not, it's more pathetic.
This thing looks almost as small as a Barbie Jeep 😂
I remember my stepmother having the hatchback version of the Geo Metro. It was a dark forest green and it definitely was very small. My father bought it for her after she traded in her 80s red Ford Mustang convertible. My father pressed her to sell it since he hated Ford with a passion. I still remember the key to this car and how terrible a driver she was. As a child, I would be scared while she would be jamming to songs like Lady Marmalade. 😂 The 90s were definitely something different.
It looks like it uses parts from a Suzuki Swift from that era.
i want this so bad
Would be nice if you could make a Suzuki Swift GT/GTi review
OG AAA members remember that they used to get a plastic emergency key credit card. The last car in our family that was able to support it was a Ford Taurus, the plastic was pliable like a milk jug, we did use it to start the car several times but officially they said it's only allowed to be used to open the car, I suppose after somebody broke off plastic and their ignition LOL. Maybe with lockout chips, sensors and thick Keys it was never compatible so they dropped the key card about 5 years ago or so.
I really miss my 1990 Turbo Sprint. Same engine as that Metro, avec one tiny little turbo. Most fun of any car I've owned apart from my Model 3, and I long for those days -- until I remember what a deathtrap those things were.
Huh, I always thought the Geo LSi's had the 4 cylinder not just the three. My first car was a Suzuki Swift 4 cylinder. It was a great beginners car and I'm glad my dad forced me to learn a manual transmission. One day we were putting around in it(this was back when The Fast and Furious was new) and someone in a modified Mustang V6 or Civic or something(literally anything) that would have totally beaten me came near. I put in the clutch and did three quick high RPM revs of the engine. My dad got such a kick out me doing that. I just did it instinctively and I don't really know why. When I would drive my friends home from high school(I was the first with a license) I would take this 90* corner at like 30mph( the road didn't go straight, literally only went 90*) and all my friends said it was like being in a go-kart. They were right. I miss that little grape.
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50HP out of a 1L 3 cylinder engine is not pathetic. It's tiny but reasonable. A 5L V8 engine with barely more than 100HP is pathetic, as many older American cars had it.
I wonder if you can mod it with an engine swap...
Every time I hear anyone talk about a Geo Metro I'm reminded of an old Simpson's clip: Homer: Neddy? Neddy! Rod: He's gaining on us! Todd: I'm scared! Maude: C'mon Ned, move this thing! Ned Flanders: I can't, IT'S A GEO!!
These are collectors cars just like Yugos and Gramlins. If you got a decent one, keep it conditioned and reap in $$$ in few years.
Could you try to find a 1st Gen Aveo and compare it to this?
Why is the video slightly sped up?
god that color is so 90s
no shit..the same car I probably test drove when I was in Iowa back in the 90's...lol same color everything.
The three cylinder versions would actually, and I'm not joking slowdown when you turn on the airconditioning. and the three cylinder engines would also wear out very quickly.
Pathetic little pipsquak?? Ba-hahaha.. up even my 16hp 150cc yamaha bike can leave dust behind this 50hp car 😂 Yo, after roasting it to ashes, you're selling it out? that's cold man Um, Who would buy this after being insulted?
The Geo Metro makes the Mitsubishi Mirage look like a Bentley
Bring back these cars . Cars nowadays are trash 🗑
"This car can be yours!" Why
Great little car. Just didn't catch on.
Needs an alignment
thats a standard suzuki swift...
Subtracting (adding?) 23.5L/100km from the manual transmission mileage figure to get the 3spd auto figure.. yeah that’s … not how this works.
Don’t you remember “hey man, can you push the mirror out a little bit more for me”? Manual passenger mirrors were meant for the passenger to adjust for the driver :)
Convertible version of any car is a GREAT car. Doug just doesn’t love open air freedom 🇺🇸
I love convertibles
the owners manual lol
Imagine if Doug and Jay Leno ever crossed paths shooting car videos, what a battle of the chins
I'm honestly surprised that they haven't brought this car back. Most of the cars in the '90s although they were smaller and maybe not the fastest in the world they did get better gas mileage and they were a lot lighter. They kept things simple in the '90s and they should do the same now. Hybrids are nice but they're expensive and they're better ways to go about making a car that gets better gas mileage and that will last 20 30 or 40 years down the road. The Geo Metro was by far more practical than any hybrid out there today. A hybrids batteries will last 10 years at best and cost you close to $6,000 if not more to replace them. This little Geo Metro won't have much to replace as long as you change your oil in it and take care of the motor and if the battery for the starter goes bad it'll cost you probably $100 or less to replace. God bless the 90s and God bless the Geo metro.
I would try to track down that sales person as it would be fun to revisit the good old days.
I still remember seeing them at the dealership when I was at grad school. For a poor grad student, they looked like dreams. I would buy one if they were still making them. Just fun to drive around town.
I gave my swift fog light and sunroof I wanted 1993 gti stop making had a 1995.
Had had the Swift it get three door hatchback 1.4 90hp god miss that little shit great on gas 5 speed on hill max 60 on flats 75
Look at some of those welds in the engine bay!
Doug! I love your videos. You got your fuel mileage conversions wrong at 9:34. The difference between 46 mpg (5.1 L/100km) and 36 mpg (6.5 L/100km) is 1.4 L/100km, not 23.5 L as you stated. The conversion isn't linear!
For anyone else wondering about this: The actual l/100 km difference between 47.5 MPG(combined mileage) and 37.5 MPG (10 MPG less for automatic) is about 1.3 l/100 km (4.95 l/100km manual and 6.27 l/100 km automatic). Doug displayed the correct values in the beginning, but as he talked about the automatic being 10 MPG less he translated that to 23.5 l/100 km. Yes, 10 MPG is 23.5 l/100 km, but MPG and l/100 km can't be compared like that because they measure different things. MPG is distance per fuel and l/100km is fuel per distance. This means MPG becomes smaller as fuel consumption increases while l/100km increases with fuel consumption. Not meant to berate, just to clarify. Have a nice day.
I know this video is from more than 2 months ago, but I wanted to comment about your being passed by a Chevy Bolt. I can tell you, as a Bolt owner, I can pass a lot of cars easily. It's a 3500 lb car with 200 hp and 266 ft-lbs of torque, it can overtake the average car quite easily let alone a rubber band powered convertible. (smile emoji) If you haven't already, I would love to see you review the Bolt. Lots of cheapness, but good tech and lots of power. As the charging infrastructure grows, it's becoming a very capable car even on long trips.
The motor is as slow and boring as this fucking video good god 🙄
What a time, advertising that your car was made by Suzuki was better than advertising it was made in the US
Looks like a nice grocery getter, commuter, or beach going vehicle--if your beach is within a few kilometers.
Doug: insults the geo metro during filming Doug after filming SLcd video: ads geo metro to car collection.
I had the same car back in early 90's but I installed a turbo charged 1.3 l gti engine and it was the most fun inducing human killer convertible ever
I used to own one and it only used like $10 a month in gas its a 3 cyl was in a multi car pile up other large cards were totaled but my Metro only had a fender wrinkle
cut the car some slack you jerk. it's doing it's best
"Hilariously Pathetic 50-Horsepower Economy Car"..... according ONLY to the US market
I own one these pussy magnets. Shits fire. Don't talk to me about the shitty "hypercar". Most don't have the trunk space, nor the comfort to match one of these bad boys.
I drove one of these for 20 years, I LOVED IT!! Great gas mileage and it felt like you were on a skateboard with an engine, just a lot of fun. Bought it in 1996 for $2000 and I ran it till 2016, I don't even know how many miles I put on it because its odometer only went to 100,000, it might have been 200,000 to 300,000 miles. All this guy is whining about is power and cup holders.
Fun fact: The early VW Beetle was originally equipped with a 25hp engine which was later upgraded to a whopping 36hp, then the dual port 40hp came along which was the icing on the cake. 50hp would've been a dream.
If you had to parallel park for your drivers test... this was the machine to do it in.
I love how people keep saying 'that's even great fuel economy today'. Many cars did close to or over 50mpg in Europe back in the late 80's and early 90's
They got better mpg than anything made now
Hair flowing in the wind while you struggle to keep up with the guy jogging next to you
It's a Suzuki
We used to have one, a green one with 2 doors, the gas mileage was truly amazing since at the time prices were nearing $5 a gallon, umm it did fall apart towards the end, idk how all 4 of us fit in there but we did, a/c was surprisingly good and this is AZ, good memories
Did you catch the Max Load Capacity 😂😂 388lbs- THATS like. Not even 2 Americans 😂 if you had 2 people each at 200lbs, you’d automatically be over the load limit 👏🏻
Just need to find someone to find a way to drop a Hellcat engine in there.
I had its cousin, a Suzuki Swift. It had a rocking 70HP … I think my weed trimmer has that now.
Need a headband, tight shorty shorts and a polo shirt. Then you'd understand..... 😂
ngl its goddamn sweet
sub par driving skills not to realize you can 360 it easy drifter to fit threw space rally car long range distance on gas perfect messenger vehicle,, i owned 15 metros and 4 extra engines , currently i have a FULL BUILT 90 GEO METRO 5SPeed , you still don't get once it is built out like a race car suspension widing the wheel base bigger rims tires exhaust radiator oil air intake all modded with the 3 cylinder increasing a bit in horse power built in a machine shop oversized pistons super flat plane head ect that the car is super light it is 15 hundred pounds = a carbon fiber car= were i started u have sub par driving skills you push this car threw turns rally it threw streets fit threw small spaces its like a mid engine car in handling because the engine ways nothing once its balanced upgraded fixed and built out its like a carbon fiber car were not talking giant money to get a used one and turn it into a race car like i did its a blast driving within the speed limits long distance
This guy is the love child of Jay Leno and Garrett Lambert.
My 94 Mustang had a plastic key blank. I never knew what it was for and I never had it used. But it was far from rare.
I honestly wanted one of these as a teen.
Why don't you ever re ord turning on the ignition and let us see the speedometer 🤧
That looks exactly like what Doug would drive
I know that stretch of I5 from the test drive quite well. I commuted back and forth between Pacific Beach and Del Mar for work for many years.
Bought a Tracker for 7k....3 years later....traded for 7k. Great little buggy with no issues.
My wife had a little 94 GEO hatchback with 3 cylinder. Pretty weak.
And with that i mean when Corvettes and Camaros are faster on track comared to a four time more price bullshit Ferrari. And you still thinks italian crap is better. Something is very bad. I remember Ferrari and Lamborghinis from the seventys. They was a absolutely disaster when it comes to quality. THATS patetic. When they should better colour in a NEW car. They used a paintbrush. And when it was a dent from the factory. They used a crowbar to direkt it. I would not do that on a 500 dollar car. Hire a racecardriver when it comes to exotic car. Because when you takes it out on the road to give it a "doug score" and turn the wheel a little back and fourth and acceleration for 100 meters. Thats bull. You can test a blender like that. Not a car. So mister Doug.. I proposes a more suitable employment for you.
It was a car for 16 year old girls. Get a grip.
Still more value for money compared to all the italian crap you find so fantastic.
Ok $36.00 that I have in my wallet right now! Plus you pay the tittle transfer. Take it or leave it.
2 words BABE MAGNET
36 mpg is not 23.5 L/100km. What are you talking about?!?! Its 6.5L/100km!
That car can out pace any Koenigsegg
For several years a metro sedan was a part of several rallys in Southern California. It never won but it sure was fun to watch it participate.
How come Doug can miss the point like this? Call it pathetic is pathetic. It was meant to be a cheap urban car with the fun character of a convertible. And it hits the spot. Doug is clear an affectionate for super expensive luxurious and pathetically high performance car, which no one will ever really have the chance to enjoy... for our own safety. A Lamborghini that costs over 200k dollars and has 500 hp is much more pathetic since it will probably be all its life stuck in the traffic of the LA highways.
Excellent sales pitch on the test drive...
13:28 Me, only half paying attention: "Hey, we've got a George White Chevy here in Ames-" Douge: "In Ames, Iowa" me: "OH WOW. Ames gets a mention!" That dealership is still there.
(and I unpause and see Doug also noted that it's still there, that's hilarious)
they last forever if you have the standard transmission .
The yugo was even worst than the metro. Way worse.
Hey Doug. I have a 98 Chevy Metro! Yep, cheapstir for sure. Still better than a Yugo! Paid $400, so not too bad.
The geo metro was made to compete with the japanese econobox cars. I almost bought one but settled on a toyota tercel 1992 sedan. It was a much better car.
10:45 ... The Geo wasn't being generous with the air bag... The USA mandated all cars from 1990 onward had to include a driver air bag. Geo was just following the law.
I miss good cheap cars ($200-$300). I've owned around 25 cars. I used to buy and sell at least, one car a year. I always have 3 at minimum. The vehicles were old, in decent mechanical shape and either economical or powerful. Sometimes they were both. The car industry has gone backwards in almost every aspect. Just look at Tesla and the right to repair nightmare of today.
I had the older 1988 Chevy Sprint with a 3 cylinder engine. The engine was actually only 883 cc (1.0L), I had the carbureted version.