Junkyard Find: 1990 Geo Metro LSi Convertible

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1990 geo metro lsi convertible

GM and Ford sold quite a few of their badge-engineered micro-import gas-sippers (the Kia Pride aka Ford Festiva/Aspire and Suzuki Cultus aka Chevy Sprint/Geo Metro) in the 1980s and 1990s, and that means that I see a lot of these cars in the junkyard these days. It takes a special Metro to warrant inclusion here— so far we’ve seen this ’90 Metro El Camino, this ’92 LSi convertible, this electric-powered ’95 Metro, and this ’91 Suzuki Swift so far, plus this bonus Honda CBR1000-powered LeMons race-winning Metro— and I think a happy yellow LSi convertible is more interesting than your ordinary Geozuki.

The demographic group in California (where I photographed this car) most likely to drive a 24-year-old Geo also happens to overlap with groups most likely to buy Deadline fashions. Here in Colorado, you’d be more likely to see Grenade Gloves stickers on such a car.

This style of automotive tape graphics peaked in the late 1980s and early 1990s, though Chrysler kept going with them well into the late 1990s.

You’ll find one in every car, kid. You’ll see.

We’ve all seen the US-market Metro ads by now, so let’s go to the car’s homeland. Can any of you Japanese speakers tell us what’s happening here?

Such a happy little car!

There was a Cultus Esteem.

In Canada, it was the Pontiac Firefly.

In Australia, it was the Holden Barina.

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  • Hifi Hifi on Nov 12, 2014

    A roommate had four door Metro in college. Carrying four full sized guys, the driving stability on the road was downright dangerous. It was clearly a disposable car.

    • JustPassinThru JustPassinThru on Nov 12, 2014

      Three big men and overnight bags...will put one on the bump stops. It is not a carpool vehicle. It's cheap, personal transportation; and it shines in city use. Freeways can be acceptable, depending on local speeds and nature of traffic. I accepted it for what it was...I had a better car, also thirstier, for when I needed it. Saved the miles on the good car; and the $1000 West Coast Geo (I lived in New York State; rust-free was a real novelty) paid for itself in short order.

  • 1st_one 1st_one on Dec 09, 2014

    My college car was a 93 2 door GEO Metro 5 speed with no radio. I use to drive it from Chicago to St. Louis every other weekend after putting only 5 dollars in the tank. It was actually kind of speedy on the highway until an truck needed to pass me but none the less, it was actually a decent car for a rather broke student back in 2002. Any who, I ended up killing the radiator during a hot Missouri summer and the car never recovered.

  • Inside Looking Out This is actually the answer to the question I asked not that long ago.
  • Inside Looking Out Regarding "narrow windows" - the trend is that windows will eventually be replaced by big OLED screens displaying some exotic place or may even other planet.
  • Robert I have had 4th gen 1996 model for many years and enjoy driving as much now as when I first purchased it - has 190 hp variant with just the right amount of power for most all driving situations!
  • ToolGuy Meanwhile in Germany...
  • Donald More stuff to break god I love having a nanny in my truck... find a good tuner and you can remove most of the stupid stuff they add like this and auto park when the doors open stupid stuff like that