Geo Metro
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Geo
Model: Metro
Geo Metro

The Geo Metro first appeared in Chevrolet-Geo showrooms in 1989 although it is amazing that this model made it out of the design phase. In reality, this is an unsightly car with very little to make up for its lack of aesthetics. It was actually a rebadged version of the Suzuki Cultus from which it shared many of the drive train and interior components. The Metro was a direct replacement for the Chevrolet Sprint, a subcompact hatchback that was several inches shorter than the Metro. Not that surprisingly, the Metro boasted fewer safety and convenience features than the model it was replacing. Several body styles were available during the Metro's 13-year run, although all of them were equally disastrous. One such model was a 2-door convertible, another being a 3-door hatchback, a 4-door sedan was also on the menu and lastly came a 5-door hatchback. The Metro first made its appearance as a Geo from 1989 through 1997, then as a Chevrolet from 1998 to the model's final year in 2001. Originally, all Metro models were produced in Japan. However, in 1990, production commenced at CAMI Automotive in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada. The sedan models only sold in Canada were although made in Japan. In the United States a single, and lousy, engine was available from 1989 through 1994. However, despite the styling flaws of the Metro, the small Suzuki-designed engine that it contained was the most fuel-efficient production engine used in a General Motors car to date, boasting well over 50 mpg (5.3 L/100 km). Of course though, because it was the Metro, a flaw existed in the 3-cylinder engines equipped with an EGR valve in which the center combustion chamber can get too hot, and over time, lose compression due to exhaust valve failure. This resulted in a reduction in fuel efficiency.

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