Thursday, August 14, 2014

8k: Never Used: 1991 Geo Metro LSi, 548 miles

Today's luxury hybrids are bought to make more of a statement than an impact. The convertible version of Geo's three-cylinder Metro makes the same statement, but this untouched example takes it to the next level. If your car needs to tell people you're rich, unsupportive of funding foreign oil, and dumb as a brick eccentric, you better buy the most expensive Geo on the market and call it an investment. Find this 1991 Geo Metro LSi with only 548 miles for $8,000 in Bethel, OH via craigslist. 

The seller says this Metro was "kept in a garage since purchase and is in near perfect condition." We wonder what circumstances prompted such unusual purchase behavior (extreme buyer's remorse?) and timeline. Why wait until now to sell it? Why not in 2008 when gas prices peaked? Or in 2016 for Classic Car eligibility? And if the car has new tires (and battery, wiper blades, fuel pump and hoses) why do they look so dirty already?

Interior pictures show floor mats as white as they'll ever be, and racy red piping around two-tone gray seats. Power steering and air conditioning must have been radical advances in technology for an early '90s Geo, but power windows were still a few years off. You'll have to work for the precious wind noise to drown out the grating yet thrifty 1.0L SOHC three-cylinder, unfortunately connected to an automatic.

In December, a 6,000-mile Metro LSi convertible unearthed itself in Nebraska, and now this. One is an anomaly. Two is a coincidence. Three, and America's 24-hour news machine creates a banner for it after deciding if "craze" or "epidemic" will garner better ratings.

See another shrink-wrapped Geo? Email Nancy Grace us here:

PhiLOL actually likes the tuna here, but abhors structural rust. Save the manuals.


  1. ComputationalEngineAugust 14, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    :Fun per $ calculator boot sequence...
    : Input: Geo Metro Convertible Automatic
    : Calculating...
    : ...
    : Results: Recommend you stay away unless you want to store it next to a museum piece Yugo.
    : Recommended alternative purchase with similar fuel economy and open-topped experience: Literally any Motorcycle
    : or even a moped. Perhaps a bicycle or a horse? Radio-Flyer even?
    : (Un)related thoughts: Do they put something in the water in Ohio to control people's minds? Only somebody who
    : had been poisoned/turned into a machine could make the decision to buy one of these and then store it for a future
    : generation. This could not have cost more than $8000 when new...
    : End program
    : ©Comput-O-Tron 9000, Ohio

  2. You gotta be pretty secure in your manhood to be a dude and drive this car. If you are, you might as well wait another year and buy a new Elio (short for "I'll-believe-it-when-I-see-it") for $6,800 and get 84 MPGs.

    1. You are going to drive around in that? What the Elio thinkin?

    2. I commute 50 miles each way on the interstate. If they make the Elio and it lives up to the hype, I will get one.

    3. I've caught the Elio hype too. If it can truly return Ninja 250-shaming fuel efficiency with the safety and practicality (kinda) of a car, for $7K, I'm game.

    4. Well, frankly I would not have wanted to drive this Geo either. I think the owner made a wise decision.

      (oh, and thanks to the other posters for introducing me to the Elio. If it really happens at that price, it would be fun.)

  3. If the price was $3000, this would make the ultimate unwelcome birthday present. Happy Birthday Pal! Here's a convertible 1991 Geo!

  4. That odometer looks a little fishy to me, the way the digits don't line up. There are no alignment problems on my 40 year old Alfa that has gone around and the 136k on my 30 year old Rabbit.

  5. That must be $800, not $8000


Commenting Commandments:
I. Thou Shalt Not write anything your mother would not appreciate reading.
II. Thou Shalt Not post as anonymous unless you are posting from mobile and have technical issues. Use name/url when posting and pick something Urazmus B Jokin, Ben Dover. Sir Edmund Hillary Clint don't matter. Just pick a nom de plume and stick with it.
III. Honor thy own links by using <a href ="http://www.linkgoeshere"> description of your link </a>
IV. Remember the formatting tricks <i>italics</i> and <b> bold </b>
V. Thou Shalt Not commit spam.
VI. To embed images: use [image src="" width="400px"/]. Limit images to no wider than 400 pixels in width. No more than one image per comment please.