Geo Metro Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Geo Metro

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Geo Metro Problems

Distributor Cap and Spark Plug Wires May Fail

The Geo Metro uses a 1.0L 3 cylinder engine that is very sensitive to faulty spark plugs, spark plug wires, distributor cap, and distributor rotor. When one of these ignition system components fail, the Geo Metro will experience one or more of the following:


-Difficulty starting

-Stuttering with loss of power

-Hesitation at various engine speeds

If these issues are related to the components listed above, changing the damaged component will resolve the issue. Less common possible causes are the ignition coil, alternator, and crankshaft position sensor. 

Engine vacuum leak from throttle body gasket

An engine vacuum leak from the throttle-body base gasket may result in a rough idle and/or stumble on acceleration. If this occurs, replacement of the failed gasket will be necessary.

Warped rotors due to uneven lug nut torque

The brake pedal may pulsate on apply due to warped brake rotors. This condition is commonly caused by uneven lug nut torque. Proper lug nut torque is recommended to try and avoid this concern.

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Geo Metro Questions

runs great most of the time feels like it cuts off a few seconds no pattern to i (1 answer)

it can run good for days and then it feels like it cuts off a few seconds numerous times after a while it runs good again ,when it does this it gets hard to start and keep running no pattern to it at all

under dashbord left side eng. start but wont run new wires,rot,cap wires,coil, (1 answer)

Was running rough, distributor lobes were in bad shape, replace it with a used spare distributor in good shape
After this, eng. start every time but stall immediately

Why when clutch pushed in car shuts off. (1 answer)

Geo storm 91 every time clutch pushed in car shuts off. you can crank it and idle all day log runs great, but push that clutch in off it goes, has dealers stumped. No vac leaks timing spot on.

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Geo Metro Recalls

Vehicle Comes Out Of Park Without Use Of Key Or Brake

The shift lever may be moved from park without pressing the brake, turning the key, or pressing the release button on the shift lever. Dealers will replace the shifter assembly free of charge to resolve the concern.

Rear Wheel Studs Break

The rear wheel studs may brake and cause the rear wheels to separate from the vehicle. Dealers will replace the rear brake drums free of charge to resolve the concern.

Hood Opens While Driving

The hood latch mechanism may fail due to cracking on the hood inner panel. Dealers will install two bolts and nuts to secure the striker assembly to the hood inner panel and ensure the hood latch assembly fasteners are securely tightened free of charge to resolve the concern.

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Geo Metro Reviews

Most will not believe, but I bought my 1992 Geo Metro in Aug 1991. I' still have it with almost 250K on it-runs like new-no oil between changes (5K). My total repairs are: Struts with lifetime-changed-no cost once-clutch at 240K (will never need again). Other than tires, brakes, ,2 or 3 times, this car still runs like almost new. I will never sell this car for sure. I believe it will run to at...
I bought a 1995 Geo Metro 4-cylinder four door in 2004 for my daughter to use at college. She used it for four years, and I acquired it after she got married. I have used it as my daily work commuter (40 miles/day) ever since. The odometer just cleared 225,000 miles and I expect to get at least 300,000 miles out of it. There was one engine failure due to a broken timing belt (my fault; at that ...
I love my 1994 Geo Metro XFI! I worry that it is an orphan and 12 inch tires are hard to find, but it gets about 40mpg and I can reach the passenger side door and roll that window down. I do not have a/c, but it has a great heater. I have had some electrical issues - overhead lamp and gage dispay lighting have gone out. I paid to get the overhead lamp fixed and the gage display lights came b...

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