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Chevy Tracker

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  • 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?
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    THey should perform well for you .
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    here is what i noticed on my 1999 tracker 2.0litre i have used ngk and bosch. i used the +2 bosch plugs and the regular bosch. all the plugs were Platinum. i started out using the +2 bosch Plat, then i tried NGK, and for some strange reason my tracker ran, less responsive with ngk plugs. which is weird because ngk makes some of the best plugs. i use ONLY ngk on my motorcycle. so i went back to the bosch +2 and i could feel the difference as soon as i went back to bosch. so then recently i went to bosch regular Plat plugs. and i noticed my tracker even ran better yet on just the reg bosch plat plug instead of the +2. In the past i always had great luck with bosch in my cars and trucks. Personally if i was you i would just go with the Reg Bosch Plat plugs. I know for me they work great. and are about 1/2 the price of the +4. ! also what i noticed that my tracker loves, is when i run a can of SEAFOAM in the gas tank. it is a excellent fuel injection/carb cleaner. plus i use it on my motorcycle as a Carbon remover. this is one of the only cleaners that i use anymore. Seafoam is serious stuff.
  • I am looking for a good, solid, affortable 4x4. I live in NE PA where we get a lot of snow and will be living off on many back roads. I want a car that will run good in all kinds of weather especially snow. I don't need a super fast or powerful car, just something reliable and with decent power. I have an opportunity to get a 2002 2 dr 4x4 convertable tracker with only 14,000 miles. Any one have this model? I am concerned about the soft top and that being sturdy and not leaking, causing drafts etc. I have read alot of bad reviews on this car but coming here I have seen a lot of good things. This will be my first 'newer' car so I am looking for all the help/advice i can get.
  • You drive a Geo made by Suzuki and the Trackers are made by Suzuki and my sons Geo in snowy Colorado has over 100,000 miles on it with few problems. When I lived in Colorado I had a 90 Tracker 2 door hartop and then a 94 Tracker Convertible. The top set up is a pain to take down and soon it was going to need replacement but I bought a Bestop hardtop for it that comes in 2 sections with a rack on the rear section to store the front section when you wanted the open air feeling over the front seat. Really neat but it adds about $1300. There is a young man on another web site who wants to sell his Steel Horse brand hard top that is in great condition but it does not have a rack. The 2002 Tracker was much better than the 99 which is when they redisigned them and the shift on the fly 4X4 set up is better than the 94 I had and the 95 Sidekick 4 door I just bought but they are good in snow and mud and are great off road vehicles too but easier to use now. My wife drives a new Suzuki Aerio and you can get those with all wheel drive. It has been an awesum car but is low on road clearance. With proper care these are all fairly trouble free cars. I prefer the longer wheelbase 4 door but you will have fun in the convertible. You can replace the rear window in them cheaply, my top didnt leak and you can get 6 years out of the tops with care. If the price is right-go for it. I just remembered that the latest Trackers have a 2 section top that is far superior to the one I had and much easier to deal with. Mine would only leak in an automatic car wash. I bet you like it. Follow the 4X4 instructions carefully concerning dry pavement versus wet muddy snow covered pavement to make it last. Good luck.
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    These rigs are very strong and dependable and a co worker has 170K on his and still running fine!

    GO for it!
  • Beware of the 2003 Chevy Tracker. At 19MPH my car slided across two lanes in the autobahn and hit the other side. I was only going 19MPH, My air bag did not go off, and I hit my head on the dashboard- thus making me believe that maybe my seatbeat needs to be replace- the car is 7 months old and has had the proper mantance sugguested in the mannual. This damage cost 4,000 euro plus another 2,000 for the gardrail the car hit. My bumper, grill, drivers front quarter panel, and headlight had to be replace. The headlight by itself cost $600.00. I highly do not suggest this car for areas where it rains or snows alot. It is a death trap.
    As for rolling on turns- It won't roll going 40MPH- My huband is a bad driver and it has not flipped yet. Just watch for the sliding in wet and snowy weather.
  • I have a 2001 Tracker with 54000 miles and I am experiencing surging and loss of power at cruising speeds I have replaced the o2 sensor and checked the egr valve and replaced the fuel filter Does anyone have any suggestions on what might be causing this and I am not getting an engine code light
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    when was the last time the transmission fluid level was checked? and also look under it for leaks. too at the condition of your air filter and loose hoses. I know this sounds silly. but do it, at this point it can't hurt. do you have a automatic? if so is it the 3 speed or 4 ? after i changed my fuel filter, i ran SEAFOAM in my fuel tank it made a difference. btw when did you notice this surging?
    http://www.seafoamsales.com/motorTuneUpTechGas.htm
  • Have you checked fuel pump pressure and/or check valve, pressure regulator? A clogged catalytic converter can act like this. Check for a bad coil or plug wire or a wide open injector. Have an experienced Suzuki mechanic drive it and he can possible figure it out quick like. Problems can be traced sometimes to a loose gas cap or bad gas cap seal. Im curious what you find out.
  • Trans fluid and air filter fine fuel pressure good while idling trying to get a gauge put on to watch while I am driving I am personaly supecting the fuel pump but the cost of them I want to be sure Last 2 days ran fine today it started acting up again been doing this for about 8 months GM ran dianostic test but found nothing because there was no code of course hopfully this fuel pressure gauge Im trying to get them to put on and tape to my hood so I can watch while driving will tell me something GM even hooked up a vehicle data recorder to it an found nothing so the problem must not be anything computer controlled will keep you posted when I find out anything and thanks for the advice and would thank anything else you can think of starting to drive me crazy and auto tran 3 speed with o\d
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