I have owned car since new 26 years ago and still looks like new , it is an everyday driver and has recently been driven all over the country . Has been on the Route 66 Trip round trip and still has the factory Freon from assembly line blowing ice cold. The car was made by Isuzu for Chevy and the only thing Chevy is the badge . Best car I have ever owned or will own , don't know about yours or one you might find but if you bought one new and took care of it properly you know what I am talking about for sure ! THIS CAR WAS OVER BUILT PERIOD ! Would never sell the best car I have ever owned , who would and for what reason?..............Everything in this review is still a true statement one year later on 1 25 2017 .Would like to see how far or how long this car will last, still looks and runs great !
Still have the car as of 1-27-18 and running strong , doing 6800 rpm. shifts daily . Had to let the factory freon go as I replaced the heater core and it could not be avoided . Converted air conditioning system to 134a, it is also working strong. Knocking on the door of 145,000 miles and recent replacements include......
Heater core as stated.
Factory freon converted to 134a.
Fuel pump and strainer.
Both half axles , one was clicking.
Headlight relay .
4 new tires .
Replaced pcv. valve
Replaced 4 new champion plugs.
Replaced oxygen senor.
Replaced spark plug wires .
Replaced cap and rotor.
Replaced ignition coil .
Replaced egr. valve.
Cleaned throttle body.
Oil and filter changed .
All wiper blades replaced.
Windshield washer pump.
Installed Satellite Radio replaced speakers.
Not doing anything different then I have ever done with any car ! If you take care of them they take care of you! Have a friend who's 1990 storm G'S I just turned 300k. I also burn non leaded non ethanol 89 octane marine fuel which is easy to get as I live on a barrier island . This is what the car was designed to burn , 25/34 mpg. All fluids in car have been switched to synthetic , NO LEAKS....ZERO !
The key to long lasting gasoline engines is simple......
I aquired this car in December of 2008. I did not have too many opportunities to drive the vehical because I did not have a license but the times I did, I loved it. The paint was faded and dash was cracked but this was expected considering the age of the car. The only thing replaced was the clutch which was difficult but worthwhile. The 1.6l was plenty peppy with the 5 speed manual and the gas milage was bliss! For a daily commuter or even a budget autocross vehical, i would definantly reccomend it. Handling was good especially considering it was the base model and the interior room was surprisingly good for a hatch. I sold the car in September of 2009 for $1000 (a very fair, even low price.)
Amazing Gas Mileage, Great Handling, Decent Power for a 1.6l inline 4 cylinder, Extremely Reliable, Great Used Prices, Relatively Roomy Interior, Most repairs can be done by owner, Professional repairs are relative cheap, Tires are very cheap!
Rust was sporatic, Lack of aftermarket parts available, Interior parts are cheaply made, HORENDOUS SHIFT BOOT
I bought this car for two hundred dollars from a bud since he was going to junk it becuse his radiator went out and this car looks brand new so i bought it before he could junk it. I've only got like 345 dollars in this thing and i got people asking to but it anywhere from $300-$1200. i wouldn't sell it i absolutely love driving this car. I'm bout to repaint it blue chrome! but if you could find one to fix up and drive or to sell i would go for it in a minute. this car is amazing and worth every penny..
GOODS:Shifting, smooth as hell in 5th gear and many more.
needs cruise control and they could've made the gsi with a sunroof but no biggy
I bought this car in New Jersey when I sold my 1978 Mercedes for 5 times what I paid for it in California. I couldn't say no! Then I needed a car to drive back to California because I needed to pick up my dog in Texas. I had a 560 SEC Mercedes in storage and was going to give the Geo to my son. After driving it to California I loved the car! I have been driving it since I bought it. Put almost 100 thousand miles in about 5 years and only put brakes and tires on it!
Fun to drive. Love all the gas stations I pass:-)) I drive at 60 miles per hour and get a good 39.8 miles to the gallon on the freeway. I average 35 miles to the gallon about 33 around town. I drive it very gently and am good at not zooming to red lights and slamming on the brakes which cost you!
This car was well made and thought out. I love everything about it! I have almost 200k and it is still running strong!
Car has had many miles put on it yet o mechanical problems. Only problem that i have had was its exhaust pipe from the header detached. 50 dollars to repair. I rarely maintained it and it still ran no problem. I crashed it just the other day because a bus side-swiped me. Lost control and then ended up in a poll head on doing roupghly 35-40 mph. Airbag went off and i was fine. Walked away with no problems. Car held up really well. Its a shame cause its resale value is so poor that insurance will only give me the blue book value which is so low that its less than the price of the same model geo that people are selling it for.
Reliability, fuel economy, affordable.
interior and exterior look, comfort, intermittent windshield wiper.