My daughter purchased a 1999 Geo and drove it from Seattle to NYC where she lives now. She got a speeding ticket going through Chicago doing 80.
She kept it on the streets of NYC for years until there hardy was a straight panel left. Someone in a SUV backed into her hood and dented it in about 5 inches or more so every time it rained she would get a pool of water that the birds took a bath in. She had the oil changed twice and tuned once when it just wouldn't run anymore.
On the way to DC we heard a noise so I attempted to open the hood. It was frozen shut. So I found a half empty bottle of soda and poured it on the hood cable until it unstuck the rust, then opened up the hood.
Last time I visited her the car was no where to be found..asked what happend. She said she had so many parking tickets the the city towed the car and sent her the bill to pay if she wanted the car back. She said the tickets were more then the car was worth so she never picked it up.
Someone out there may still be driving the thing. I think it was close to 175K miles with two oil changes and one tune up.
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