It seems that every time gas prices go on the rise here in the United States, sooner or later sightings of Geo Metros increase along with those owners that can’t leave well enough alone and insist on trying to eke out even more MPG’s.
This second generation Canadian-built Geo Metro (1995-1997, 1998-on rebadged as a Chevy), I’m guessing it’s a 1996, was rated at 37city/44hwy with the 1.0-liter 3-cylinder engine paired with the 5-speed manual transmission. Back then, in the pre-hybrid age, this was fantastic for a “modern” car that while extremely basic, wasn’t anywhere near the hair shirt that the prior generation Metro was. But all that still isn’t good enough for some people once gasoline prices rise, currently approaching $3/gallon for regular unleaded here in Colorado.
This guy apparently went for the full Bonneville Streamliner Package – Rear fender skirts riveted to the body work and some kind of unseen bracket (what to do if there’s a flat?), color-matched side skirts, a pizza pan or similar over the front wheels, and a front air dam. In addition I am fairly certain these all came with a passenger side mirror (long gone), but it appears that it still sports both front wipers (who needs more than the driver’s one? Wimp.)
I’m guessing to some extent this actually does work and likely gains the owner at least several mpg’s, but have no idea how many, I’m no engineer. If nothing else though, it probably makes him feel better that he’s trying to reduce his fuel bill. In times like these, it makes even more sense than normal to check your tire pressures, make sure the air filter is clean and the engine is in good tune. Is there anything else that you do to try to reduce your fuel consumption (if you actually care about it?)
Fort Collins, CO, USA, October 8, 2018