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  • nick01nick01 Posts: 84
    has a 96 Tracker convertible with over 80,000 on it. She has a rural mail route. She wore out 2 used Jeeps and now has a new right hand drive Jeep to run her route with. She only uses the Tracker for her everyday personel use around town and back and forth to her job. She's had no trouble with the tracker so far.
  • zeke707zeke707 Posts: 74
    We own a 2000 2.0 Liter, 2dr automatic. Any comments on how the automatic transmission holds up in these vehicles? Any advice on frequency of changing the auto fluid?

    Thanks
  • spxtechspxtech Posts: 1
    im thinking of buying a 2001 tracker lt please let me know what youre experience was if you recently purchased one and how its holding up
    thanks
    pete from nj
  • nick01nick01 Posts: 84
    zeke707........the 96 conv my daughter drives is an automatic. She has had no problems of any kind at 80,000 plus. She got it new in 96. I bought a 99 4 dr automatic and it performed perfectly for 2 yrs. Great city gas milage. I bought a new 2001 LT in febuary of this year, so I guess I like them. I only use mine to get around in the city and these rural indiana roads.
  • nick01nick01 Posts: 84
    I just recently bought a 2001LT so I havent had it long enough to tell you much. This is my 2nd 4dr auto tracker. The first thing you want to do is remove the cross bars on the roof rack and store them in your garage. This will get rid of the loud rumble or drumming noise. The book says to slide them all the way to the rear, but that doesnt get rid of all of it. removing them does. I like the 4dr tracker as long as I dont try to take any long trips in it. Its not a freeway cruiser by any means. But it is perfect for around town and short trips to the country. The car magazines say that where it really shines is in the woods crawling over rocks and logs, and will hold its own with any of the others. But why would anyone want to push rocks and logs around with a new 22,000 vehicle.
  • frankb9frankb9 Posts: 2
    Hi everybody thinking about buying a 2001 tracker I'm just not sure if it's regade enough i like it but I'm wondering if the Honda CRV looks more regade.
    need some opinions.
  • katsx2katsx2 Posts: 1
    Hi Everyone,
    Six months ago I bought a 2000 Tracker 4WD. I like it very much, but I had to take it to the shop. It was making an awful rattling noise from the engine. They told me it was the tension-pulley bearings making the noise and needed replaced. While I was getting a rental car, a man told me about his 2001 Chevy Impala that was in the shop also. He just bought two months ago and it needed bearings replaced also. Has anyone else had this problem on any newer Trackers or Chevys? Any info would be greatly appreciated.
  • What does "regade" mean?
  • frankb9frankb9 Posts: 2
    SORRY GUYS I MUST OF HAD A MEMORY BLOCK I WANTED TO SPELL
    RUGGED, SO LET ME ASK AGAIN.

    Hi, AGAIN thinking about buying a 2001 tracker but I'm just not sure if it looks RUGGED
    enough i like it but I'm wondering if the Honda CRV looks more RUGGED.
    need some opinions.
    thanks and sorry again
  • I am interested in buying a 2001 Tracker.

    My local Chevy dealer in Knoxville, TN is the best. I have no concerns about getting help from the service department, if needed.

    I am concerned about wasting money on an SUV that will be a long-term disappointment. I want to buy something that will last and will be fun to drive.

    Does anyone know if the 2002 Tracker will be significantly different or improved? Is Chevy considering the 2.7-liter V6 from the XL-7 for use in the Tracker to combat the Ford Escape? Will Chevy ever offer the V6 in the 2-door convertible Tracker?

    Any help is appreciated.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    I'm not sure about rugged.. but the Tracker looks more like and SUV than the CR-V. Better deals also as you don't pay that Honda premium. I have seen in the Toronto Star that they have 1.9% financing for 48 months on Tracker now.
  • Hey, trifivenomad. I am a student at UT here in Knoxville. I have a 2000 Suzuki Vitara 4dr 4wd fully loaded which is pretty much the same car as the Tracker except for some cosmetics. I just did not like the grille and headlights on the Tracker at all. Also, while Suzuki changed the name of this SUV to Vitara, Chevy left the Geo-oriented Tracker label on their vehicles. Thus, reminding one of the time where these small SUVs used to turn over with abotu any strong wind.
    In response to your question, I read thoroughly on the Suzuki Vitara before purchasing it. I will tell you that the 4dr is going to be much more of a value than the 2dr convertible and the seat designs are different. The Vitara/Tracker is bad in no areas but great at none either..except off road. I love mine! I have had no serious problems and I just cracked 11,000 miles. I will tell you that the engine is a bit of a growler but if you listen to music while driving you won't notice. Like someone posted earlier it is a tad slow even with the Grand Vitara. However, this is only upon take off. I've noticed that once you get going you can build up speed without knowing. Other than that no probs at with this car.
    You should probably definitely check out the Suzuki before you purchase the Chevy. Like I said, I thought the front styling was much more desirable and Suzuki will offer some great deals. Chevy did get the V6 like the Grand Vitara but only in the 4dr Tracker. I doubt if the V6 would work well in the very small 2dr...may be a little too much power for such a small vehicle. No word on the 2002, but Suzuki will have the same generation Vitara until at least 2004. thats coming from Car and Driver. Expect much the same with the Tracker. Both the Chevy and Zuki had refreshened grille treatments for 2001. The Chevy may have taken the chrome ussage to the extreme though!
  • I've never heard anybody ever say that before.

    good one!
  • I had a truly unbelievable automotive experience at Beaty Chevrolet.

    I got out of the Army in 1989 and moved to Knoxville to attend UT. My home town is Clarksville, TN; about 300 miles west of Knoxville. I arrived in Knoxville at noon, in August during a heat wave. The temperature was around 102 degrees. I was driving a 1979 Ford F-150. I didn't know anyone in Knoxville.

    The truck belonged to my dad and he loaned it to me to drive to school. In west Knoxville the radiator blew. I parked on the shoulder of I-40, near Beaty Chevrolet, and walked to the Ford dealer (remember I was driving a Ford truck.) The Ford dealer wouldn't fix my truck since the service department was swamped with work and I was without an appointment.

    I walked back to Beaty Chevrolet (about five miles, in August, 102 degrees) and took a chance that they would help.

    Beaty Chevrolet towed my truck from I-40 to their service department, went to the Ford dealer to get the parts they needed, replaced my radiator, flushed the cooling system and replaced the thermostat and hoses.

    My water pump was also shot, so I asked them to replace it. I had to leave my truck overnight. So they loaned me a new Chevy truck, at no charge, and helped me load my stuff from my Ford into the Chevy so I could drive to school across town.

    I told the service manager that I was just out of the Army and starting college at UT. He didn't charge me labor for any of the repairs, only for the parts that he had bought from the Ford dealer.

    I am forever loyal to Chevy and to Beaty Chevrolet.
  • I am just out of college and I am thinking about purchasing a 2001 4X4 Tracker Convertible. I go down the shore most weekends during the summer, so this contributed to me getting the soft top model. I am wondering how the tracker compares to other mini Subs convertibles such as the via Sportage and the Susuki Vitari. I am wondering how they compare in terms of the convertible models. And how is the security in terms of someone breaking into these convertible models? Also, I am leaning towards getting manual transmission. Since I am probably purchasing a multi disk player for my longer trips, will the manual transmission make my ride rough enough to make disks skip. What do you think?
  • zeke707zeke707 Posts: 74
    I have a 2000 Suzuki Vitara 2dr softtop with an automatic transmission. I installed a Viper security system and a 6 CD changer under the front passenger seat.

    I decided to install the security system, which also gives you remote door lock capability because of concern over ease of entry via the top.

    The CD changer never skips when driving over rough ground.

    The Suzuki and Tracker are the same base unit with the exception of cosmetics and I believe the Suzuki has a larger tire than the Chevy version.
  • geonategeonate Posts: 1
    I bought a 1990 Tracker (automatic, convertible) about 8 months ago for $2500. It now has 118,000 miles on it. It has always started easily even when it was 15 degrees in the morning. Runs great though I wish it had a little power. The 4WD is great.

    However I have a few small problems...for example the convertible in the back by the 'trunk' falls off the side. On both sides the plastic part that keeps it on has fallen off. Any way to keep this from happening? Also the back door stays closed but makes LOUD banging noises...its a 1990 so you can only open it from the inside..so there is only tiny screw holding it on.

    I was considering trading in the tracker for a 99 or 2000 Hyundai Accent, Daewoo Lanos....or maybe even a used Wrangler or Samarai.

    Who knows!? Thanks

    Nate
  • zeke707zeke707 Posts: 74
    The owner's manual does not specify... just wondering if there are any lube points (grease zerks (sic)) on the 2000 Tracker/Vitara and if so, their locations?
  • Hi everyone...

    My wife and I independently thought this truck had an idiot light to warn us of low fuel level.

    Does anyone here have a functional idiot light in their truck???

    TIA!
  • sounds like someone got stuck.

    ???
  • woody72woody72 Posts: 73
    The Tracker has no grease fittings also it has no low fuel warning light.
  • So how is eveyone's transmission doing in their Trackers....

    Is it time again for another re-build..... or is it time again for another complete replacement ?
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    I'm wondering how people are finding the new generation 4-door Trackers for space. I'm considering a small SUV in the next 9 months. Space is important to me with a growing family. Also looking at the Saturn Vue, Ford Escape, Mazda Tribute, RAV-4, CRV and maybe even the new Rendezvous. Tracker is probably the smallest of the bunch.
  • If you have normal to wide shoulders, forget it.

    I went to a dealer, sat in one for about a half a minute. My left shoulder touched the frame, and was annoying just sitting there. I can only imagine it starting to hurt on a long trip.
  • zeke707zeke707 Posts: 74
    I have a 2000 Suzuki Vitara 2dr and a 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

    The Suzuki has plenty of room for me while I am in the driver's seat.

    I am 6'1", 200 lbs. Also, the seating comfort in the Suzuki compared to the Jeep is OK for me.
  • nick01nick01 Posts: 84
    I am 260 lbs and wear a size 56 jacket. Kinda broad at the shoulder and narrow at the hip. I have plenty of room in the wife's '01 LT tracker. Not like the buick or the Impala, but Im comfortable. I can wear a ball cap or the stetson 'beaver' without touching the roof. My wife doesnt destroy a 40.00 hair-do on the headliner on the way home from the beauty shop. If ya gotta have a lot of room....get a full size pick-up. Bring lots of 'bucks'.
    Nick
  • ballfire8888ballfire8888 Posts: 131
    The ONLY reason we bought Tracker was the $3,500.00 GM points.

    This truck is a major disappointment in terms of:

    1/ resale value
    2/ performance
    3/ appearance

    Does anyone here have any **intelligent** rebuttals to these points???
  • I didn't fit.

    6'2"
    235#
    athletic build (plus spare tire)

    Left shoulder hits B pillar next to driver seat. I imagine this is a safety concern as well, since a hit would transfer directly to my body.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    If you didn't like the looks, why did you buy it? Didn't you test it before you bought it to realize it's not what you wanted?
  • ballfire8888ballfire8888 Posts: 131
    I should clarify...

    My wife decided that's the GM vehicle she wanted. We had to stick with GM because of the $3,500 GM VISA points. If it was my decision, I would have bought something like a Buick Regal or Pontiac Montana for approx the same cost. I even suggested Jimmy/Blazer but she didn't like their appearance.

    Due to her decision to buy this grossly underpowered 2.0L SUV, I had to prematurely trade in my loaded 97 Acura 1.6EL Premium for a 01 Nissan Pathfinder to provide space for the kids. (Darn my luck...)
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