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  • I looked long and hard at a very nice 94 2dr tracker with 47K on the clock, automatic trans, and 2wd. It ran fine in the test drive, but when I got it up to highway speed, it refused to shift above 3rd gear. Service guy says its only a 3 speed auto trans, and that its supposed to use the same gear from 38-65 mph. It really sounded like it needed another shift to run on the highway. Is he right? All I can see on the internet is that the automatic transmissions are 4 speeds. Theres no overdrive button or anything similar on the shift lever. Thanks to anyone who can clear this up!
  • crj1crj1 Posts: 70
    Hi all,

    I have a Silver 99 Tracker 4dr. 4wd with auto trans.,power windows and locks,keyless entry,cruise,cd player,power sunroof,alloy wheels,skid plates,only 7900 miles. This was my wifes vehicle but we need to get rid of it because of company car.
    We are looking for someone to take over the lease of which we have 19 months left at $251.00 plus whatever your sales tax is, and just over 28000 miles left under warranty. Or you can buy for $16400 and that includes the sales tax. This is a great vehicle but just don't have room.
  • Hi Andy thanks for the compliments but I can’t take full credit here. My involvement here is as a franchise owner. It’s understandable that you picked up on the advantages the CADSCAN technology offers. The three dimension coordinate technology comes from the aerospace industry. The designers of the magical software are also aircraft engineers that have developed many of the GPS chips in use with today’s aircraft’s. As with all technology advancements it allows the operator to have the skills of that of a craftsman that has many years’ experience in their trade. I guess this is where the saying “you are safer flying then you are driving” originates. The biggest challenge with all new technology is in gaining acceptance that there is a new way to perform the old traditions. The concept of strictly maintaining allowable design tolerances in aircraft standards are also becoming ever more important with the continued safety of today’s advanced automobile designs.

    Thanks

    Chris
  • Hi everyone...First, I just wanted to say what a great forum Edmunds Town Hall has provided! I currently own a Pontiac Grand Am GT--155hp V6-- and want to move into the 4x4 segment. My main purpose for this vehicle is for Chicago winters and camping trips with some off-road exercises (I hope!). I am currently looking at a fully-loaded '00 Tracker 4-door with the 123hp 4 cylinder. The price is right, so I am willing to gamble on the quality issues of the vehicle (at least until the warranty is up). However, my major concern is power. Can anyone comment in regards to hill climbing (mountain roads, hilly areas, etc.) and long expressway trips. Can the little 4-banger do the job or will I be in danger of traffic behind me? Thank you for your responses.
  • jjb5jjb5 Posts: 3
    Does anyone who owns a 2000 Tracker with 4WDR, 123 HP 4 cyl engine and auto treansmission have any experience with towing on this model Tracker? It is rated at 1500 lb towing. What have you towed (item, and weight) and how did it handle?

    Thanks
  • amoraamora Posts: 204
    Drove '99 4 door 4x4 tracker auto w/2.0L 127 hp
    engine up 6% grade near temecula border check point, about 80 mi. No of San Diego, Ca at 85+ mph
    no problem. Tracker has plenty of passing power,
    test drive one to see if you like performance. The Suzuki Gran Viagra, oops sorry, I mean Gran
    Vitara can be had w/155 HP V6. It will do 105 mph, 4 popper will do 100 mph on level ground.
  • cosmo2cosmo2 Posts: 61
    Keep the RPM's over 3,000 and the 4-banger will do the job. No need to wind it up over 4,000 RPM.
  • Thanks amora and cosmo2 for answers to the "power" question. I took a quick drive in Tracker, but no highway or strenuous driving situations. I'm going in tomorrow for an extensive test drive and am almost positive I'll be taking home a '00 4-door in black. I've driven 4-Runner, Xterra, Blazer and JGC(remembered that it was a Chrysler and never gave it a second look), and consider the Tracker the best bang-for-the buck. I'd rather save my money in regards to those larger trucks and put it toward a '02 Firebird!!
    Best wishes, all.
  • 2000 tracker 4Dr, auto Really enjoy vehicle but driving with crui on, relatively flat terrain, vehichle will downsshift on its own to lower gear or passing gear? have reported problem on survey but have not been back to dealer - any similar responses?
  • I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT I HAVE HAD MY 2000 4DR 4WD TRACKER SINCE APRIL '00 AND HAVE HAD NO PROBLEMS AT ALL. I LOVE TO DRIVE IT AND I THINK IT IS A GREAT CAR. I HOPE I DO NOT ENCOUNTER THE PROBLEMS LISTED ABOVE.
  • jjb5jjb5 Posts: 3
    What year Tracker does anyone have, and what have you towed with it (what item did you tow, what was its weight and what size engine does your Tracker have)? Also, has anyone towed 1500 lbs with their Tracker and how did it do?


    Thanks
  • A friend of mine that lives in the same house as I do has a 1999 tracker with nothing but problems - transmission and otherwise. It has been to the dealer 4 times for the same problem and 10 times all together. Her truck was in the shop for over 3 weeks the last time and they finally got her a rental car after 2 weeks. I am guessing you can understand how upset she was. The dealer offered no recourse and no answers. They are finally putting a NEW transmission in after putting a used one and tinkering with the thing enough to just give in after seeing it 3 more times.
  • I have been reading this Town Hall for quite a while and found it very informative. It's great that people can share info this way. I have owned my 2000 Tracker 4x4 for 2 months and it's been great. No problems. I got it for invoice minus $2000 rebate and $1000 in G.M. bucks from credit card. Out the door for $18200 and it's loaded with everything. So far a good deal.
  • cinemant, I'm glad someone finally wrote something good about the Tracker. I bought a 2001 Tracker 4dr 4wd last month and I was starting to get worried when I read the Town Hall this month. I was tempted to get the 2000 Tracker but I figured one more year of refinement was worth the $500 less in rebates. It also didn't hurt that I got $800 off for being a grad student. Overall, the car has been great. Like someone mentioned before, the only "extra" I would have liked is a lockable gas cap since I live in the city. I'm crossing my fingers that I avoid the 5000 mile "curse," but there are no indications now that anything is wrong. I've heard a lot about the noisy conditions, but it seems as quiet as my 91 Acura Integra. Overall, a great deal.
  • Hello all. Just found this group and I like all the information available. We own a 1999 four door,four cylinder tracker (licorice black).We bought it last March and just turned 6000 miles. So far we love the truck. We live in central Wisconsin near the Baraboo bluffs. Going over the bluffs has not been a problem. Hopefully we will get some snow this winter so we can really put the 4 wheel drive to the test. Cruise control works fine on the interstate during our trips to Madison and near Milwaukee. I will be checking back and reporting in on a regular basis. Great group.
    Sysco97
  • WWWOOOOWWWW I just drove 2001 Tracker LT. What a beauty! Seems like the shimming pulling and mishandling is gone. Drives much better than Zukini GV. Believe me ! Go to Chevy for test drive. Could be those 16"wheels are not all that good for it.
  • jjb5jjb5 Posts: 3
    Has anyone towed ANYTHING with a 2000, 4cyl, auto transmission equipped Tracker? What have you towed, how much did it weigh and how well did it tow?

    Thanks
  • I wanted to let everyone know that you can purchase a locking fuel cap for the 1999-2001 Tracker. I'm not sure if it fits the earlier models. It's made by Stant and the model number is 17595. I bought it at Wrenchhead.com for $22.51 and it fits perfectly. In fact, it looks suspiciously like the optional locking cap on the Suzuki website...
  • I was eyeing some options made by Suzuki for the Vitara and I was wondering whether people thought they were worth the price. If you have already bought some of them, I would appreciate comments about quality. I have listed them below. Thanks!

    Cargo Tray Mat $53.96
    Center Armrest $107.96 (really want but steep!)
    Hood Protector $62.96
    Splash Guard Set $22.46/pair (do they fit the Tracker perfectly?)
  • I purchased a 2000 Wildfire Red 4-dr 4x4 with lots of goodies on Sep. 14. I commute 500 miles weekly and was looking for economy and something that would be fun. I also needed something that I could use for lumbermart and nursery trips etc...... and to chauffeur my 2 dogs. My Chevy dealer offered me the Tracker for invoice less a $2500 rebate. Needless to say the Tracker fit the bill. CRV and RAV4 couldn't come close even at year end. I have 4000 miles on the Tracker and it is performing wonderfully. The power is OK on the low end and good on the high end. I have the Uniroyal Tiger Paws AWP which seem fine to me. I'm not experiencing vibrations. I do find I have to be careful not to drift out of my lane on the highway. I have read that some of the GV 2.5L people are experiencing slipping and sliding in fowl weather. My Tracker seems very stable in heavy rain. So far I have not driven it in snow. Have any of you Tracker people noticed bad handling in rain?
    Anyhow, I have no complaints yet. I will stay in touch. By the way I changed the oil to a synthetic and I think the Tracker has a little more pep. However, at the price of Synthetic Oil, this may just be wishful thinking.

    Thanks for all the previous input.
    Wildfire
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