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ForwardMotion
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Mar 16, 2015, 2:38 PM

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A mechanic has a 1998 Geo Metro for sale for a low price and I was thinking of buying it. However one of my friends who knows about cars told me not to buy the Geo Metro because he says those cars "drive like a tin can on the highway". However another person told me that even though it's not as smooth of a ride that it is still safe to drive.
Info: I think it may be around 150,000 miles but I am not sure I really remember.


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Mar 16, 2015, 2:55 PM

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That is totally your decision. They are crap cans and were designed for fuel economy. I suggest before you even considering buying it, have it checked out by your own mechanic. At least you'll know what your getting yourself into.





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Hammer Time
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Mar 16, 2015, 4:47 PM

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A Geo Metro with 150K? That thing is already all used up.



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Tom Greenleaf
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Mar 16, 2015, 4:57 PM

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Ditto, it's a cheap can on wheels and meant to be. If as DS said you check it out and it's all up to snuff and don't expect more I'd consider one.


Laugh > Rented one about that year in FL no less DSCool just to save someone from having to pick me up. OMG - I'm used to luxo boat vehicles and thought it wouldn't even do highway normal speeds without exploding with all the noise and it was new! Same then I just wanted inexpensive and it was both the rental cost and the car. Didn't really expect much. As for working on them, never and don't even know anyone who has one but they are around.


No, now for just local tooting around who would care if that's you need and don't mind. Constant long trips I think this type car would wear you out. Either way with anything used have them independently checked out before any deal is made,


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Mar 17, 2015, 4:37 AM

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The four banger version had a Toyota engine in it, I believe. I wouldn't touch the 3 cylinder version with a 10 ft pole.





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Tom Greenleaf
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Mar 17, 2015, 4:54 AM

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Sorry to even comment on it DS and OP. Really just don't know these at all just one I rented and drove just to a home and back to an airport only. It must have had the 3 cyl as it always felt like it was struggling at normal speeds. I can't imagine that lasting so well for higher mileage.


For all I know whole new engines are cheap enough it may already be done? There's still the whole rest of a car so miles count.


Price, condition and what you plan to use it for and how much. Only you can know what is right for you. If price was no object I would seek out a known better car - several like a Toyota Corolla has impressed me in general,


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