Do you remember the Geo Metro convertible? More specifically, do you remember the 1993 version? There's no doubt about it, some people absolutely loved this car and others fairly loathed it. It all sort of depends on where you stood and how much trouble you had with your own car if you purchased one. One thing is certain, it was absolutely one of the most affordable convertibles that ever existed and it continues to be so to this day, provided that you can find one that's still in good enough condition to get you where you want to go. Just in case you don't remember a whole lot about this car, let's take a walk down memory lane and remember the 1993 Geo Metro convertible.
A Car for the Ages
What do you really remember about the Geo Metro convertible? A lot of people considered it to be one of the most forgettable cars ever made, and to a certain extent it's easy to understand why. The car is tiny, there's no question about that. If you're looking for something that's going to allow you to go on a big shopping trip, you can forget about bringing it all home in this one. As a matter of fact, you'll do well to get your weekly grocery shopping in the car. This particular automobile also had a 1-liter engine. Most people are surprised that car engines ever even came that small. Are you ready to find out how much horsepower the car produced? At its best, it was a whopping 55 horsepower. Considering the fact that it operated on 13 inch tires, you have to wonder if it could even manage to get itself over some of the larger speed bumps that you find in certain areas throughout the country. There's no doubt that the car was small. At the time it was sold, it was part of Chevrolet's Geo brand, something that's long since gone by the wayside. As a matter of fact, its only selling point at the time was the fact that it was so small. It was billed as something that was capable of getting you from point A to point B while using almost no fuel whatsoever and that was the reason that most people decided to buy it.
What else do you need to remember about this famous (or according to some, infamous) automobile? Remember how the idea was to get gas mileage that was better than anything else in the world. This is a car that was certainly capable of doing exactly that. As a matter of fact, it reportedly got 46 miles in town and 50 miles per gallon on the highway. If you were looking for something that was capable of getting excellent gas mileage and you weren't particularly concerned with performance, then this was probably the car that you might have at least considered buying at the time. The question is, what would it be like if you bought that same car today? As it turns out, there are still a few of them running around and of course, they can be had for next to nothing. If you're interested, you have to remember two things. These cars are notoriously slow going up hills and it's best to take a long, hard look at the air conditioner, because they tended to be a little bit sketchy even when the cars were still relatively new. One interesting point that you might find somewhat amusing is the fact that at the time that this particular car was produced there were two versions, a convertible and a hardtop. The convertible was the only one that came with an option for air conditioning and it was optional, not standard equipment. The hardtop version didn't even come with the option to have an air conditioner. That must have been loads of fun for those who were driving these cars in the southern states while they sweltered during the hot summer months.
By now, you know that this was an affordable car that didn't cost much as far as gas was concerned and didn't go very fast. You've also learned that if you were smart and chose the right option, you could at least be relatively cool in the process of not going very fast. You've also probably gotten the impression that a lot of people really didn't like the car, and that is true. That being said, there is still a camp of individuals out there that absolutely fell in love with it and they still love it to this very day. Why is it such a fan favorite, but only among certain circles of individuals? Like anything else, it comes down to a matter of personal preference. The people that loved this car usually lived in cities and didn't have to drive great distances. If you've ever tried to drive 30 or 40 miles with a car like this, you'll soon figure out that you'll do well to get it above 50 miles an hour the entire trip. That can get frustrating very quickly. However, if you already live in a metropolitan area and you only need a car to get across town, the situation is different. People that were in this particular situation loved the car because it was cheap to purchase and cheap to operate, yet it got them where they were going without exposing them to the elements.
In short, this is a car that was capable of providing all of the benefits of riding a scooter back and forth to work without any of the disadvantages. You could either be out in the open with the top down or you could close the top and be protected from rain or other inclement weather. Provided you only did some light grocery shopping, you could get the bags in the back of the car. You could certainly carry more items than you could put on the back of a scooter. As a result, there are still people that are interested in this car because they see that it can fit their needs. It's definitely not one that fits everyone's needs across the board, but if it fits yours, it will also save you a lot of money. That's precisely why some people still remember it so fondly.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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