Junkyard Find: 1990 Geo Storm GSi

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1990 geo storm gsi

When you think about cheap factory hot rods of the early 1990s, do you think of the Geo Storm GSi? Probably not— the Isuzu-built Storm has been nearly forgotten by now— but the GSi had some pretty impressive performance numbers. How about 130 horsepower in a 2,392-pound car?

The ’90 Storm GSi listed at $11,650 (and that’s the pre-dealer-markdown-and-factory-rebate price), which gave buyers a pretty good bang-for-buck ratio when compared to, say, the 108-horse/2,291-pound/$10,245 Honda Civic Si.

Of course, you see 1990 Civic Sis all the time these days, and this is the first Geo Storm I’ve seen (outside of 24 Hours of LeMons races) in several years.

Storm trivia: what notorious whackjob mass murderer drove a Storm? Answer: Timothy McVeigh, who daily-drove a Storm until a week or so before he did his crime. The Storm, which he dubbed “The Road Warrior,” got rear-ended at a gas station, and McVeigh ended up using a ’77 Mercury Marquis as his getaway car.

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  • Cprescott I remember when Fords were affordable.
  • Cprescott As a once very LOYAL FORD buyer, I had to replace my 22 year old Ford (bought new in 1997) once it finally started to have problems at 180k miles. I would have gladly purchased something like this from Ford but they abandoned me as a car buyer. Oddly, Hyundai still builds cars in a variety of flavors so I became a customer of theirs and am very happy. Likely will consider another once this one gets up in mileage.
  • SCE to AUX A friend once struck a mounted tire that was laying flat in the middle of her lane on the PA Turnpike. She was in a low late-90s Grand Prix, and the impact destroyed the facia, core support, radiators, oil pan, transmission, subframe, and suspension. They fixed it all.
  • Dukeisduke Lol, it's not exactly a Chevrolet SS with Holden badging.
  • Dukeisduke Years ago, I was driving southbound along North Central Expressway (south of Mockingbird Lane, for locals), and watched a tire and wheel fall out of the bed of a pickup (no tailgate), bounce along, then centerpunch the front end of a Honda Accord. It wasn't pretty.