I bought it used in 1998 with around 65,000 miles on it.
Traded it off in 2006 with 200,000 miles.
In all that time, I think I replaced an alternator and had a tune up.
Worth twice the price.
And the darned thing got 52 mpg on the highway!
I live in Denver and I took several road trips to Las Vegas in that car that cost all of about $60.00 in fuel (at the time).
This car spoiled me for other cars.
Every car I've had since then has been a lemon in my eyes because they need repairs occasionally, and need to be re-fueled now and then.
I absolutely love my '94 Geo Metro XFi. My grandparents bought it used around '94; I acquired it in '05. After 18 years of life, it might finally be time for me to say goodbye to this car, due to some substantial subframe damage lately. But even now, the only issue with the car is rust; the engine, the transmission, etc. are all perfectly fine. After 18 years, and a low 74,000 miles, the only major repairs were replacing the MAP sensor (around 65-70K), replacing the exhaust and muffler, and replacing front CV joints and control arms (this year and last year). This car is amazingly reliable. I've driven it in every harsh condition, as well as across the country. surprising cargo capacity too.
This car is incredibly reliable.
In 18 years, no issues other than the war against rust.
Gas mileage at or exceeding 40mpg, 35mpg at the lowest.
Handles well and small enough to park almost anywhere.
And there is a relatively large amount of cargo space with the back seats down.
The car is also very cheap to maintain, however occasionally it can take awhile to get parts.
(Mechanics are baffled by 12" tires and the 3 cylinder engine.)
The Xfi is stripped down to the bare essentials a car needs to function which, in my humble opinion, is a good thing.
This car is spartan practicality.
Not a car for the luxury-minded.
Also, probably not a car for tall people, though I have had passengers exceeding 6' who weren't terribly uncomfortable (as long as they were in the front seats).
Only wish they continued to make cars like this.
94 2-door hatchback, bought new.
Used for commuting from '94-'96.
Excellent commuter car (after stereo upgrade).
Averaged 45 mpg.
From 0-5 mph, as fast as anything!
Then the flywheel momentum was conferred.
I actually loved this car, but unfortunately its not for a young single man.
People just don't want to understand why someone would drive this.
It was a good car, but nearly impossible to sell during the boom years of the mid-90's.
Later drove a '96 for another two years - same comments
Fuel economy - that's about it.
Managed 54 mpg on a round trip once, and an astounding 74 mpg over four hours once with a massive tailwind.
No aspect of this car is optimized except for fuel economy, so everything is low-grade.
Both the '94 and '96 are endearing machines
I purchased this Canadian built Geo, in Sept 1994. I has served my family well! in fact, we bought two other cars trying to retire "Max"(as the kids call it) and they are no longer on the road. The reliability of this car has been phenomenal! It has taken its share of lickings and keeps on ticking along. regular oil changes, timing belt replacement every 65,000 miles (just because) alternator replaced at 100k!, Valve job @155k (California mandated) and just discovered I need to replace cv joints at 168k! Can you believe it? It's true!! The best part is yet to come, 65 mpg when the vehicle was new! After moving to California, the mileage dropped to 49-50 mpg!
Now I am not a small guy, and I have taken my share of ridicule for driving this small car. Considering the original purchase price of $5500.00 alone, divide it by 15 years of great service, the car has paid for itself! If Chevrolet Made this car again I'd buy one for everyone in my family.
Why did Gm stop making this car???? Best Idea of the eighties. Good reliable transportation. I called the hatchback my mini pick-up. I moved alot in that cargo space. Why couldn't they have improved on its design. It could have broken the 70MPG barrier.
Ice cold air nice to have in fla. Good gas mileage My wife and daughter were rear ended by a big dodge van and only the computer in the cargo space suffered lasting damage. I did not junk the car even though it was totaled by the insurance people. I replaced the rear end for an extra $500
Better Hardware; stainless steel exhaust, a reliable radio. more comfortable seats.