Used 1997 Geo Metro

1997 Geo Metro
List Price Estimate
$776 - $1,844

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy, low price
  • Underpowered, little standard equipment, why buy a new Metro when lots of nice used cars are available?
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Edmunds' Expert Review

Vehicle overview

General Motors calls the Metro "the small car with big ideas." Big dreams, more likely. What we have here is transportation in its most basic form. The Metro hatchback and sedan are bargains on the new car market from a financial perspective, but they don't offer much value in comparison to other vehicles in this price range.

What else is even in this price range? The Hyundai Accent is, and it offers consumers more for the money. True, Hyundai's reliabilty record is unimpressive, but early indicators point to improved build quality in the Accent. In contrast, the Metro comes across as an underdeveloped tin can. Even Ford's underwhelming Aspire seems to be a better, though uglier, buy. We'd also investigate the Kia Sephia, which feels more substantial than the Geo and is based on proven Mazda componentry.

Metro sports dual airbags, and in the way of standard equipment, the base hatchback comes with very little. LSi models add little more than a few convenience items. A wimpy 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine powers the base hatchback; LSi's get a 70-horsepower four cylinder under the hood. While more sprightly than a comparably equipped Ford Aspire, the Metro LSi is still no drag racer. The base hatchback is even more sluggish.

For 1997, the Metro is spruced up with two new exterior colors and a new LSi convenience package that includes dual exterior mirrors, a passenger seatback pocket, a remote hatch/trunk release, a security cover for hatchbacks, and a split-folding rear seat for sedans. This helps the value equation somewhat, but not enough to sway our opinion. LSi coupes benefit from a larger engine this year as well, getting a 1.3-liter engine standard

A fully loaded LSi sedan can top $13,000. That's Geo Prizm and Chevy Cavalier territory, folks, and they are both in a different, and much better, league than the Metro. Our advice in this segment? Try an Accent or a Sephia. If a Korean-assembled car doesn't sit well with you, get a nice used car. Chances are you'll be happier with it.

1997 Highlights

Geo drops the base sedan variant of the Metro for 1997. A new convenience package is available on LSi models, and the LSi hatchback comes with the larger 1.3-liter engine standard. Two new colors debut.


Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 1997 Geo Metro.

5 star reviews: 35%
4 star reviews: 40%
3 star reviews: 20%
2 star reviews: 5%
1 star reviews: 0%
Average user rating: 4.1 stars based on 20 total reviews

Trending topics in reviews

  • fuel efficiency
  • reliability & manufacturing quality
  • maintenance & parts
  • engine
  • transmission
  • driving experience
  • value
  • acceleration
  • lights
  • brakes
  • appearance
  • oil

Most helpful consumer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars, The little Putt - putt

I bought my first Geo from a friend and fell in love, now 7 years and almost 300,000 miles later it has finally started dying on me. But I love my little putt-putt so much I managed to find another one identical to her with only 100,000 miles on it. These are great little cars and I hate that they are no longer made. Geo had a great product, maybe that's why chevy bought them cause they were scared? (97 Geo Metro 4dr Sedan 1.3 L 4 cyl) and yes they made 4 cyl in 97 contrary to some car parts places.

4.125 out of 5 stars, Very dependable

My mom bought this car in 2008 for $1500.00 withonly 30,000 miles on it, she drove it for 3 years, then gave it to me in 2010. I drove it up until March 2014 and it now has a little less than 90K miles. I have never had an expensive, deal breaking issue with it. The only real issues I have had is the headlights are very tricky and wiring kind of sucks, and on a cold -10 degree morning in Alaska, it makes squealing sounds. Other than that it has been an excellent car and very dependable and sturdy. Great gas mileage, could have probably last me another 2 years at the least.

3.25 out of 5 stars, Can be fun and reliable!

This is my first Geo Metro ever and to be honest i wasn't happy at first when i bought it. Although it grows on you when you get such killer gas mileage and it never breaks down on you. I have a lsi 4cyl 5-speed and i think it's pretty fun to drive and easy to repair. I would recommend this car to anyone if you can stand to not drive the most flashy thing on the streets.

4.75 out of 5 stars, Long Hauler
Kent Bellman,

This is the 3rd Geo I have had. I enjoy the excellent gas mileage and the peace of mind that I get when I start it up every day. I know it will always start for me and perform. I bought it used, to help off set the gas consumption of my 99 Silverado. It is easy to tune and oil change. I would recommend it to anyone needing a 2nd dependable car. The after market parts are very expensive.

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Features & Specs

2dr Hatchback features & specs
2dr Hatchback
MPG 37 city / 44 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
55 hp @ 5700 rpm

LSi 2dr Hatchback features & specs
LSi 2dr Hatchback
MPG 33 city / 39 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
70 hp @ 5500 rpm

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NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver4 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
DriverNot Rated
PassengerNot Rated
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
RolloverNot Rated
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact TestNot Tested
Roof Strength TestNot Tested
Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintNot Tested
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test


Is the Geo Metro a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 1997 Metro both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Geo Metro fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Metro gets an EPA-estimated 35 mpg to 40 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Metro has 8.4 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Geo Metro. Learn more

Is the Geo Metro reliable?

To determine whether the Geo Metro is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Metro. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Metro's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 1997 Geo Metro a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 1997 Geo Metro is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 1997 Metro is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 1997 Geo Metro?

The least-expensive 1997 Geo Metro is the 1997 Geo Metro LSi 2dr Hatchback. Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $0.

Other versions include:

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    What are the different models of Geo Metro?

    If you're interested in the Geo Metro, the next question is, which Metro model is right for you? Metro variants include 2dr Hatchback, and LSi 2dr Hatchback. For a full list of Metro models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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    Used 1997 Geo Metro Overview

    The Used 1997 Geo Metro is offered in the following submodels: Metro Hatchback, Metro Sedan. Available styles include 2dr Hatchback, LSi 4dr Sedan, and LSi 2dr Hatchback.

    What do people think of the 1997 Geo Metro?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 1997 Geo Metro and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 1997 Metro 4.1 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 1997 Metro.

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    Should I lease or buy a 1997 Geo Metro?

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