1989 Geo Spectrum User Reviews

1989 Geo Spectrum Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 3 reviews

  • Performance:3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars 3 / 5
  • Appearance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 / 5
  • Overall: 4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5

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TheHorror writes:
1989 Geo Spectrum Review
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5

Pros

Low ownership costs; Fun to drive; More Brand Cachet than a Geo

Cons

Feature content of a cattle car; Potentially a death trap

TheHorror
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Cheap Thrills With A Quirky Foreigner — ***This review is for an '89 Isuzu I-Mark RS, which was a higher-content version of the Geo/Chevy Spectrum. Cargurus does not have the I-Mark listed on the site.*** My first car was an Isuzu I-Mark RS, chosen simply because a neighbor was selling it at a song. I was an ignorant 16-year old, and just wanted a vehicle with four wheels and a functioning motor. The fact that I stumbled into a rare, sporty, Isuzu-exclusive trim level, only offered for the '89 model year, was just dumb luck. I didn't understand the significance of the "DOHC 16-Valve" and "Suspension by Lotus" badging, but it gave me the sense that there was something unusual there. The quintessentially '80's styling by Giugiaro made the car I look like it might be a Gobot in disguise. What I had found myself was a multinational mongrel -- a Japanese car, sold under an American brand, with suspension by the British and dressed-up by Italians. The I-Mark offered little in the way of creature comforts; it was tinny and crude; It rattled and creaked; The seats were taken from a school bus; The rear passengers were packed in like sardines; The list of features didn't include much more than wheels, windows, and lights. Lacking features also included modern safety features like airbags, crumple zones, and a modicum of structural integrity. But if one could tolerate all that, it was an easy car to live with. The gas mileage was in the high 20's - low 30's for city driving. And the car was reliable for it's age (110k+ miles at purchase) -- it burned oil, and the idle became erratic when the engine grew hot. But a clutch replacement was the only thing the car ever needed beyond basic maintenance. Maybe not up to the standards of Ricardo Montalban, but I saw it as just less stuff to break. The real joy of owning the car was the fun it was to drive. The car had a respectable 125 horsepower in a body that weighed no more than one ton; while it wasn't a sports car by any means, it could get out of it's own way. The engine was also a screamer, and loved to be flogged. More importantly, the low weight (and those Lotus badges!) made it an extremely tossable car. Much fun was had, flogging the car along winding mountain roads. It was a great parking lot opportunist, too. The I-Mark was not a car that could accomodate your family, impress your date, or shuttle your business partners to lunch. And that is all just as well, as it would probably have them all killed in the event of an accident. The I-Mark was a perfect car for someone who wanted a little bit of character in their poverty-spec appliance. It's a bowl of generic corn flakes with chocolate sprinkles on top.

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Bobby writes:
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Good on gas

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Weak, clutch burned out

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My First Car — My first car, can't complain. Little black hatchback. Not anything that would blow your mind, but it was FREE...loved it until I burned the clutch out of it. Too much to fix it, got another vehicle and donated it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Nick writes:
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Great acoustics, Hatchback, great gas mileage.

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When the timing belt went so did the motor.

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My Boom Car — The acoustics of this car was incredible. I actually took this vehicle to several car stereo competitions and hit 145 db. I'm actually surprised I still have my hearing after all the times I listened to the radio in the car and insane levels.

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