I recently aquired a 3 Cylinder 5 Speed Metro from Craigslist for $300.
I bought it with the intent to learn how to drive a manual on my own car rather then destroying a loved ones car.
Anyway I thought I would junk it as soon as I learned and I ended up getting attached to it.
I drive this thing to work 3 times a week to work now and my other 2 cars the remaining 2 days of the week. I never really cared about fuel savings before but when $3.00 of gas lasted 2 weeks I saw the appeal of a econo box I still need to figure out the actual gas mileage on it.
Any way Its a drivers side door away from looking really nice. I gotta order me a gassavers.org sticker too.
Here are some pics
This is its good side
I need a new driver side door
Cleaned up the interior good, I went ahead and left the passenger side seat off, I took the radio out because it didnt work while I did that the plastic around it just shattered so I just pulled everything off. It has that stolen look now I also took out the side moldings and the particle board that covers the spare. I say it lost a good 40-50 pounds. Every bit counts.
Here are my other 2 vehicles. Both are actually fuel efficient when compared to their class.
The Chevrolet 2500 is a Turbo Diesel and gets about 20 MPG and The Other is a Supercharged Buick Regal and my personal best on a road trip with that car is 33 miles per gallon.
1994 Geo Metro
1998 Buick Regal GS
1999 Chevrolet C2500
Looks to me like that metro was a great deal as long as it runs good.
Good luck upping your MPG even more.
I've put about 1000 miles on it since I bought it, no check engine lights on and hasnt left me straded yet. Starts up right away each time. I think a lot of metros can be found cheap because little things will add up fast
I want to replace the fuel filter, air filter, oil/oil filter, spark plugs/wires and all that is already gonna be more then $100. Thats already 1/3 the value of this car. The big dent on the driver side door probably kept the cost down too.