1991 Geo Metro
When I took a job in Connecticut I needed to buy
another car, which I did with great reluctance, one being too many in
my view. As the job was about 45 miles away, I decided to get something
economical, and picked up a Geo Metro. These cars are just re-badged
Suzuki Swifts, and are marketed in Australia as Holden Barinas. Mine
looked like the one below, but had four doors.
Metro had a lovely little fuel-injected aluminium 3-cylinder, 1 litre engine
that gave 50 miles per (small) US gallon while cruising at 70mph. Unfortunately
it had a leaky main seal on the crankshaft, and spewed oil all over
one side and the rear of the car constantly. It was disgusting. I had to top up the engine oil
every couple of days. Even with this habit, though, it was still cheaper
to run than the Tercel.
had bought it hurriedly on a winter's day at below-freezing temperatures and failed
to notice the stench of wet dog and stale smoke. For the first few weeks I found it difficult not
to gag when driving. I caught pneumonia and spent what should have been my first week of work in bed, probably partly as a psychosomatic effect of the smell and partly through driving with the windows down in mid-winter.
The smell subsided to bearable levels eventually so we
took this car on two big trips, leaving a trail of oil all the way to
North Carolina and to Cleveland and Toronto.
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