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Chevy Tracker

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  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    I have a question about towing something with the Chevy tracker.. I have a 1999 2-DOOR 2.0litre. and i think i read in the owners booklet that i can tow 1000lbs. but the 4 door can tow 1500lbs... in 1999 they didnt have the chevy tracker V-6, so why would the 4door be able to tow more weight? also can anyone share any storied with me on towing with your chevy tracker?
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    Perhaps because the 4 door is a longer wheel base rig and the center of gravity is spread out a bit more.

    What part of PA do you live?
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    i live in western PA. south western to be exact.
    town is called Belle vernon, look it up on yahoo maps. arent you western pa also,. but like near butler or something?
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,574
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  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    The same info was on the PA state attonery Generals website. Along with the major Pittsburgh news website. The previous link was one of Only many.
  • cosmo2cosmo2 Posts: 61
    Towing capacity is determined by several factors in addition to engine power. Load capacity, wheelbase, and braking are some other considerations. Exceeding a vehicle's towing capacity will slow things down when you accelerate and climb hills, but some creative shifting can compensate. However, handling will deteriorate and can become dangerous. And woe when it comes time to whoa. The 4-DR and the 2-Dr have different load capacities and wheelbases, and I assume the 4-Dr has larger brakes because of its greater GVW rating. Don't push it, Chris. We'd miss you on the board.
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    not too familiar with belle vernon as I am not a PA native (Indiana) so I don't drink IC and bet in fantasy football leagues!

    Still we need to hook up! Go off roading or something or drink beer which I CAN do, even if its not IC.
  • woody72woody72 Posts: 73
    I also had a strange sensation with my steering on my '01 2.0L. It felt like it was going in and out of power steering most notably at slower speeds when major turning was required. It turned out to be a faulty u-joint in the intermediate steering shaft, the shaft between the steering column and the power rack. The u-joint is not repairable and can only be replaced as a shaft assembly to the tune of $305, a dealer only part. It solved the problem, unfortunately it is past the warranty.
    I had a squeaky serpentine belt which I replaced and it solved that problem. Other than these two things and basic maintenance I've had a good 42K miles so far.
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    a buddy just turned 170K on his 2 door rig and it keeps on trucking.

    He attributes most of this good luck to mobil 1 synthetic oil
  • frenchcarfrenchcar Posts: 247
    It was found that I had a bad front strut. Replaced the struts with Monroe Sensa Trac, had a full alignment and steering gear adjustment and now it is fine and safe at high speeds too. Not what I expected to find but they went over it real good and the vehicle ahead of mine on the rack was also a white Suzuki but his problem was just toe in.
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    i used to use mobil1 in my atv and motorcycles, along with my 1994 Ford Ranger V-6. on my ranger i had 135,000 miles and that engine "no lie" run like it had 100,000 LESS mileage. I changed the oil everything 3k miles even though i was using M1. I still think M1 is good stuff, but now in my motorcycle, and tracker i use Amsoil products. From the oil to the axle lube to ATF down to their oil filters. www.amsoil.com
  • infinia1infinia1 Posts: 174
    our 01 tracker 2.0 is about to go into the dealer for the last time before warranty runs out. the driver interior door handle has pulled out and away from the door trim. is there anything else we should have checked before warranty runs out? other than this, warranty work has only included a loose squeeky clutch, radio replaced because some buttons didn't work, and the rear washer spray nozzle replaced. otherwise this truck has been fun and reliable! maintenance has been cheap.
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    seal. they have been known to leak at times.
    Otherwise, enjoy your rig!
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    i just checked my rear axles fluid, and i was a little shocked at how much i had to add to it. The last time i checked it was last June. So since it doesn't require much oil i changed the rear axle fluid 80w90 GL5. i used 100 synth. while i was there, i changed the automatic trany fluid and the engine oil. My trany fluid looked almost purple, even though it has only been a year since it was changed also. But for the engine oil i went with a 5w30 Diesel oil. The diesel oil has better anti-wear additives. along with other advantages. here is a link to better explain why i went with diesel oil for my tracker

    http://www.amsoil.com/products/hdd.html
  • I have been looking for a newer car and became attracted to the body style of the 4 dr Tracker. I visited a dealer today & fell in love with a 2001 Tracker 4 dr with Auto, Air, Cassette, 4WD 15,000 miles. The price seem fair at $11,000. However, I became concerned, when doing research and discovered that the consumer and JD Power ratings are rather poor. I am a single middle aged woman and my son thinks I should have a 4WD, the Hondas CRVs, Libertys etc. are rather high priced. Any advice would be appreciated
  • I have been looking for a newer car and became attracted to the body style of the 4 dr Tracker. I visited a dealer today & fell in love with a 2001 Tracker 4 dr with Auto, Air, Cassette, 4WD 15,000 miles. The price seem fair at $11,000. However, I became concerned, when doing research and discovered that the consumer and JD Power ratings are rather poor. I am a single middle aged woman and my son thinks I should have a 4WD, the Hondas CRVs, Libertys etc. are rather high priced. Any advice would be appreciated
  • frenchcarfrenchcar Posts: 247
    Why not buy one? The Trackers and Sidekicks and later the Vitarra are all built by Suzuki and some of them in the joint GM -Suzuki plant in Canada. They have been around since 1989 and we have owned 6 or 7 of them between myself, my wife and son. The 4 door is very handy and a nice size and economical for this type vehicle. Forget what Consumers says as they have always been prejudiced against Suzuki products and you will get better information from Edmunds.com JD Powers is only about initial quality and delivery defects. The bodies may be a little cheap but mechanically they hold up great. The 4x4 is only needed for off roading or if you live in a bad winter climate where they work great but the 2 wd modeks ride softer. We have had excellent luck with them and it is commom for them to go over 150,000 miles with proper care. With the huge discounts on new cars I feel certain that you can get a new Tracker or Suzuki 4 door Vitara for $11,995 or a new Suzuki Aerio sedan for $12000 and the SX wagon for about $13000. My wife has one and it is a neat vehicle and better quality than their past vehicles but Chevrolet does not have an equivilent of that one. There were a few problems with the 2000 and 1999 Tracker but that has all been fixed. I just bought a used 95 4 door, 4x4 with 93,000 miles on it and I plan on keeping it a long time. Suzuki has been around since 1909, sold 1.7 million vehicles last year including the Trackers.Consumers reports has been one of the most misleading publications and full of errors and after reading it for 30 years I know their opinions are often wrong and we have owned 76 vehicles. Suzuki jumped 30 % in quality from 2002 to 2003 mainly doe to the Aerio but what difference does it make if you have 1.6 defects initially or only 1.2 defects? Big deal. When it is fixed they are all equal. I can make a Tracker last as long as a Lexis and for a lot less money. I would say check the rebated price on a new one before you pay #11,000 for a used one. The payments might be identical and I know the Suzuki ads here in Tucson are phenominal and I assume Chevrolet is too. Im glad to help.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,574
    JD Power has long term reliability reports too. We refer to many of them in our vehicle pages, and have them for the Tracker for 5 years out.

    Here's one link.

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  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    its a tough little rig and Suzuki has a long reputation for building tough dependable engines and such. Remember, they have years of motorcycle experience in 4 cyl engines.
    You also get a timing chain, not a belt, a full boxed frame, plus a real 4 wd setup.

    A co worker now has 170K on his tracker and its still going strong!

    Go for it!
  • cosmo2cosmo2 Posts: 61
    If you plan to do any off-roading or driving on primitive roads, the Tracker is definitely worth considering. The Tracker's combination of economy, comfort, maneuverability, reliability, and off-road capabilities is hard to beat. However, if you want 4WD for driving in rain, snow, and ice, or for better handling on dry pavement, choose a vehicle with AWD.
  • frenchcarfrenchcar Posts: 247
    The price they quoted of $11,000 might be a good one as this morning our Chevy dealer has a picture of a nice 2001 one for sale at $14700 but this same dealer had new 2003 models a few weeks ago at $12900 which means they are out of the new ones or the rebate war is over but our Suzuki dealer still has some at fantastic prices but they could be quoting on 2 wheel drive models. Drive it a second time and if you love it, take the VIN number (on windshield tag above the dash) to a Chevy dealer and the service department can look it up and tell if there are any recalls outstanding but chances are any problems have already been fixed. I would only be leery of the 99 models.
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    make sure that quote wasnt for a 2wd. that would make allt he difference right there. i think i seen where the suzuki's come with More standard feature like power mirror windows and locks. then you have your add-ons like cruise. which i had aftermarket cruise installed on my tracker and it was close to $400 and it broke once already and was replaced. the aftermarket cruise is ok, but it is no where near the quailty of a OEM cruise. even for as much as just the looks of it
  • I took possession of my 2001 Tracker yesterday & spent the day giving test drives. Everyone was very impressed. So far I love it. It also came with cruise, remote control side view mirrors & alum alloy wheels which I didn't know about til after I took the keys. Thanks everyone for all your help!!
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    of the progress with your traker.
  • frenchcarfrenchcar Posts: 247
    Have any of you owned or kept a Tracker or Sidekick well into the 150,000 to 200,000 mile range or even more than that? I had a 1990 and a 94 with 108,000 amd 124,000 miles on them when I sold them (both Trackers and in good condition). I now have a 95 Sidekick 16 valve, 4 door, automatic 4X4 with 94,000 miles and it now has new shocks and struts, new brakes, new A/C Comptrssor and new timing belt and a K&N air filter really improved the performance and gas mileage. Runs great. My question is: can I really expect this to go 200,000 miles with proper care or will it self destruct long before that? What is your experience??? (I found out the transmission had been replaced or rebuilt at 71,000 miles and the tires are new and it doesnt use oil yet)
  • m45guym45guy Posts: 42
    While *I* haven't had a high-mileage *Tracker*, I have had a '73 Coupe DeVille with over 200K on it, an '88 Bonneville with 194K on it, and the only high mileage car I had a 'problem' with was an '86 Nissan 'softbody' pickup (old body style) which I wrecked one time too many @ 171K. With engine oil being as good as it is, today, the engine should last forever, and this is the major component.

    If the tranny was replaced at 77K, you're basically driving a new car, IMHO. Even interiors are lasting a good long time, which is great, as a car isn't 'old' at 100,000 miles, anymore.

    I've even gone to 10K mile synthetic oil changes in our '95 Intrepid (111K miles) and the '99 Grand Vitara (Tracker) 54K miles. My wife's new-to-her '02 Lexus RX300 is gonna go on the same plan with Mobil 1. With regular old 'dead dino' juice, 5K is plenty often.
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    I personally don't own a hi mileage rig you describe but a friend has 170K on his tracker and its going just fine. Two timing belts and a motor mount are the most he has done under the hood.
    By the way, he has uses MObil 1 since day 1!
  • frenchcarfrenchcar Posts: 247
    Thanks for your input guys, I appreciate it and perhaps others will answer also. I have used Mobil One for several years now in most of my vehicles and soon will switch the 95 Sidekick over to it also. Always had good luck with it in newer vehicles but had it backfire when I put it in an old 1970 Buick 455 that leaked oil and it was much worse with synthetic as it is thinner and I should have known better. It is thin and pumps faster even in cold weather but if you have an old worn oil pump you will lose oil pressure at idle. I ran into that problem once in an old Peugeot but European cars used to run on lower oil pressure at idle than American or Japanese cars. I suspect this Suzuki will go the 200,000 miles I hope for.
  • Have any of you used Platinum tip spark plugs in either a Tracker or Sidekick?? What Brand and what was your experience with them?? Im thinking of trying Bosch Platinum Plus 4 but can they cause problems on a 95 16 valve?
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