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  • I am hoping someone can help me out here. I have my first tracker it is a 2000. I am getting ready to give it up for the high risk rollovers... I was told no quick maneuver or excessive speed. So here is the question. If someone is about to go through a stop sign and I swerve too quick it can flip??? How about the winds... was told one heavy gush of wind will flip it over... I love this tracker are these facts.... I can get into small spots and it gets around very well aside from power pick up... I hope someone can answer my questions before I go back to a car...
  • idntnvuidntnvu Posts: 251
    I had a '98 Sidekick (my first car, got it when I was 16), and I drove that thing like a sports car, and never, never even had it offer to tip over. The fact is, ALL SUVs are more prone to rollover than cars, because they are much taller. The same goes for trucks, vans, anything that is more than 5 feet tall. I took a 20 mph curve doing 50 in my Sidekick and while the body leaned, it didn't come off the ground. I'm sure luck had a lot to do with it, but still, I don't think the "rollover risk" is bad enough to get rid of it. The main piece of advice I can give you is, don't do like I did and drive like it was a sports car. Keep in mind that you're driving a vehicle with a higher center of gravity. As long as you use common sense, you'll be okay. If the rollover risk was extreme, I'm sure Consumer Reports would have made a big deal about it like they did about the Suzuki Samurai, Isuzu Trooper and Mitsubishi Montero. Those are the only 3 SUVs that come to mind where they were a definite rollover risk. The big deal over the Ford Explorers definitely made the news, but that was due to the tires, not the vehicle. My 2 cents is that you keep it. It's not enough of a risk to get rid of a car that you otherwise like. There are tons of trackers and Sidekicks/Vitaras on the roads, and if the rollover risk was that bad, number one you'd be hearing about it on the news every night like the Explorer ordeal. Use your common sense and continue to drive the vehicle you love.
  • Thanks for a very quick response, and you made me feel 100% better than what I was feeling. I really don't want to part with it....
  • cosmocosmo Posts: 203
    A stock Tracker rates as a low to average risk for rollover when compared to other SUV's. Remember the rollover risk is related to center of gravity and tire adhesion. You can lower your center of gravity by installing skid plates and a trailer hitch. You will raise your center of gravity by using roof racks. Actually ,any weight added above the axles raises your center of gravity, so be cautious when your rig is fully loaded. Switching to taller tires or installing a lift kit also raises your center of gravity. Wider tires with highway or all season tread may increase tire adhesion, thus increasing rollover risk. It's better to skid than to roll. So, keep it stock, drive intelligently, and don't worry. Add skid plates for extra security if you want. If you modify your Tracker for off roading, drive with extra caution.
  • Anyone know if a trouble condition is fixed on a 2000 2.0 liter tracker, will the trouble light eventually go out, or does it have to be reset?

    Suspect mass airflow sensor may be out of spec, maybe dirty filter.

    Thanks
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    i had this happen to my 1999 tracker twice. here it was BAD gas. what you can do to get that light to go off is. unplug the battery for 10 sec then reconnect it. if the light comes right back on, then you have a REAL problem. UNlike my problem which was bad gas. also something else. i just want to share. recently i ran a Full can of this stuff called SeaFoam in my gas tank. and WOW it gave back all the power that slowly over time went away. it also cleans injectors and decarbonizes the engine.
  • I disconnected the battery cable for 10 seconds like you said, after I replaced the air filter. Trouble light went out and didn't come back on.
    Good advice.
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    I had to do that 2 times to my tracker in the past. The only downfall is resetting the radio.. lol what you did was RE-set the computer. Thats all.. Glad it worked for ya...
  • tommctommc Posts: 68
    Sis in law just came by in a new Tracker, 04 ZR model. Have to say I was pretty impressed with the machine considering the money. Dealer made her a real deal on it. Really smooth V6, lots of power, good ride for the size. Note the Edmunds site has listing for the 05 model? GM seems to be cutting older models, new names with higher prices seems to be the focus. Anybody seen a new Colorado today? Now there's a rare vehicle around here.
  • hoochhooch Posts: 1
    I'm looking for a tracker spare tire cover but they are so expencive. anyone know where there might be some sold cheaper? My Tracker is brand new 2004. Thanks email me at ubu22@aol.com If any ideas.. Carrie
  • idntnvuidntnvu Posts: 251
    You might try Ebay. They have everything you can think of on there. Are you looking for a hard or soft cover?
  • vixivixi Posts: 1
    I have a 2001 Ford Edge extended cab with 27,000K that I am looking to trade-in on a Tracker 2WD/4 door, with 24,000K. I am getting approx. 15/16 mpg with the Ford. I'm being offered a straight across trade valuing both vehicles around 12,000. With the Tracker being discontinued I'm worried about the trade-in value I'll get in 4 or so years. I'm looking for some advise...should I trade in my Edge for the Tracker?
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    trade in value was never to great for a tracker. Even though they are great and strong runners. they are in many ways like metric motorcycles. Very well built, but low on the resale value.
  • I currently own a 2004 4dr LT model Chevy Tracker. Upon consulting with GM, CAMI and a local auto installer, I was told that a sunroof would not be recommended to install.

    Has anyone had any success in having a sunroof placed in a 4dr Chevy Tracker?

    Feel free to reply to trentsmith81@hotmail.com
  • carlscarls Posts: 1
    i have a 2001 tracker 2.0 it has worked flawlesly. the first set of plugs i replaced around 35,000 they did look worn i replaced them w/bosch plats. now at 67,000 i replaced them again these looked great but i don't like to go longer than 30-35k. is there a rotor to replace? if there is i cant find it myself thanks
    carl
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  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    No rotor. it is digital. I like the bosch plugs also. i've tried a few different versions. I wanted NGK plugs but they are hard to find..
  • Have a 2000 Tracker. About six months ago the lights (interior & exterior) began blinking. Not going completely off but dimming and going bright again in rapid succession. After a little while it stops and lights are fine again. Occurences of this are random, sometimes won't happen for days, other times happens two or more times within an hour trip. Of course did not happen while at the shop so no diagnosis. Anybody else experience this? Any ideas as to cause?
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    has coil on plug ignition. The only thing "digital" about it is the SMFI system.
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    isnt the timing digital? digitally controlled?
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