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Chevrolet Metro Parts and Chevrolet Metro Accessories

A Getting-to-Know Session with the Chevrolet Metro

  • The Chevrolet Metro actually had a different name prior to its release in 1998. Before it used the Chevrolet nameplate, the model was called the Geo Metro, which was a Suzuki-made model that was an evolution of the Suzuki Cultus. During the 50-50 joint venture between General Motors and Suzuki, all Metro models were produced at Canadian Automotive Manufacturing Inc., one of GM's initiatives to learn Japanese automotive practices.

  • The station wagon version of the Chevrolet Metro appeared in two video games, namely, the Simpsons: Road Rage and The Simpsons: Hit and Run. The action-adventure video games were developed by Radical Entertainment and were released for the Xbox, PlayStation 2, and GameCube. The Metro used in the games was owned by the character named Nedward Flanders, a next-door neighbor to the Simpsons who was loathed by Homer for having a perfect family.

  • Like other stylish cars, the Chevrolet Metro was also desired by Hollywood movie creators. The model appeared in several movies and TV series, including Grey's Anatomy (2005-2012), Criminal Minds (2005-2012), Ginger Snaps (2000), The Fast and the Furious (2001), Superbad (2007), and Bowfinger (1999).

  • The Chevrolet or Geo Metro models became one of the popular car choices around 2008 when gas prices reached their all-time high. According to US News and World Report, internet searches for fuel-efficient cars greatly increased. About the said phenomenon, the same newspaper said: As gas prices spike and consumers increasingly look for ways to get to work more efficiently, heavy media coverage has spurred interest in one particular old car: the Geo Metro.

  • In virtue of its commendable fuel mileage, the Chevrolet Metro was named by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy as one of the top vehicles (along with the Suzuki Swift) in their Top 12 Greenest Vehicles in 1998 and 1999. The Metro received high scores from the body on exhaust emissions, fuel economy, and other categories.

  • The third-generation models did not appear in public without some flair. During the 1995 release, General Motors had a car carrier drive the units to college campuses around the US. Aside from this, Metro University conducted a half-day seminar for local writers with some of the teams included in the production of the model.

Chevrolet Metro Articles

  • Chevrolet Metro Problems 17 January 2013

    Available from 1989 through 2001, the Chevrolet Metro became a popular model around 2008 for its fuel economy that even matched that of the hybrid Toyota Prius. The two competing models garnered a rating of 18 kilometers per liter in the review conducted by Car and Driver. Despite the Metro's commendable fuel efficiency, the unit was lacking in terms of amenities and other groundbreaking features to offer the industry. Throughout the life of the Metro, several issues were noted, including those in the following aspects:


    Brakes

    Some of the problems that the Chevrolet Metro became known for included those in the braking system. In the 1995 model, the uneven torque of the lug nuts resulted to warped rotors on the front brakes that created vibrations in the brake pedal. Some reports said that sometimes the brakes would stick during parking, while others mentioned about leaking brake lines and insufficiency in stopping power of the brakes. Aside from brake-pedal vibrations, lights for the ABS would come on during humid weather because of the faulty binding in the system's motor pack. The NHTSA recall for the 1995 hatchback indicated incorrectly machined rear brake drums that weakened wheel studs and could cause the wheels to separate from the vehicle.


    Engine

    Although known for being a fuel-efficient car, the Chevrolet Metro also had problems with fuel burning. The alarming detail about this issue is that the engine was burning oil more than necessary, causing drivers to add more oil occasionally as needed just to supplement the lost amount. Also, the unit was noted for being difficult to start during cold weather. In 1997, consumer reports indicated problems with the fuel injector electrical connectors that caused drivability hassles.


    Exhaust

    One notable problem that consumers were unhappy about was the easily rusted catalytic converter. Aside from spending a huge sum of money for catcon replacement, consumers also reported having compromised fuel economy and failed emissions tests due to some increase in hydrocarbon emissions.


    Transmission

    There were also some common transmission problems in the first models of the Chevrolet Metro. Units equipped with a manual transmission experienced premature wear of the clutch and gear slipping. On the other hand, units with automatic transmission were reported to have some kind of vibration when backing or driving in reverse, which was found out to be due to fluid entering the motor and transmission mounts.