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Chevy Tracker



  • nick01nick01 Posts: 84
    sounds to me like you have the best of both worlds. Your wife obviously likes the tracker because you bought it. Women usually dont care about brute power or huge spaces. You have the Pathfinder that gives you everything you wanted. Same situation here at my house. I like the looks and knew about the low power (6). The tracker I traded in was a 4 cylinder. AS far as resale....with a 1500 - 2500 cash rebate plus the GM discount plus the GM Card we dont have very much invested in them anyway, right. Enjoy the Pathfinder.
  • nick01nick01 Posts: 84
    After some thought on the matter I think you may be right, in your case. If one is 6'2 or better you would have to slide the seat 4 or 5 inches farther back than I do. Witch would put your shoulder right on the post. My shoulder sits right at the rear of the window in front of the post, giving me a little more room.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    Having test drove a Tracker, I don't agree it's grossly under powered. Compares well other 4 cyl cute-utes. It's fine for day to day driving and it's not meant for towing or drag racing. It's all about utility and economy. With gas at 77 cents a liter here, it's a viable option these days.
  • ballfire8888ballfire8888 Posts: 131
    Good point...Tracker is relatively very economical on fuel in comparison to my Pathfinder.

    Tracker even offers 2-3" more headroom than Pathfinder as well!

    I tried to improve engine responsiveness by installing a K&N air filter, Bosch platinum 4-point spark plugs and synthetic oil...seems to keep the engine feeling new if nuthin else!
  • dindak "'s not meant for towing or drag racing. It's all about utility and economy"

    I thought towing was a BIG PART of UTILITY!!!!

    ballfire8888 "I tried to improve engine responsiveness by installing a K&N air filter, Bosch platinum 4-point spark plugs and synthetic oil..."

    I can't see how this would hurt, but I wouldn't go and do it until maybe 25,000-30,000 miles are on it, otherwise I doubt it does much other than burn money.
  • ballfire8888ballfire8888 Posts: 131
    I have already done those wife's Tracker has 50,000 km (30,000 miles) on it.

    It is worth the trouble and expense.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    Ya... I guess hauling is part of utility. I don't think anyone believes they can tow much with a 2L engine. Most of the people driving these things seem to be hockey moms and young single 20-30 year olds.
  • 20-21 miles per gallon highway, 18-19 city. Will do 90 MPH with no noise or vibration and is stable, smooth, and quiet. Ride is a bit choppy, but comfortable. Is a great value, RWD, built of a frame, full body cladding, luggage rack, mag wheel, V-6, PS, PB, PW, Autotrans, running boards, and drive out around $19,000. An't no Honda or Toyota can come close to price and value.
  • nick01nick01 Posts: 84
    It states on my Indiana title to my 01 LT that it is a van. Not a truck. not a SUV.
    It's a Van. I wonder how other states call it. Here in indiana you can put car plates
    or truck plates on a van. If you put truck plates on, they cant stop you for not wearing
    seat belts. If you put car plates on your van they can stop you for seat belt violation.
    It's your decision when you plate your van. Screwy aint it!
  • I am very seriously looking into buying a 1996 tracker, 4WD, 4dr, 78k miles on it and selling for 6k. I was just curious if any one had any clue if this is a good deal or not, or do I need lots more info to make a good assumption? I also heard a lot about how bad their stability is, anyone have any clue what the stats are on that? A reply asap would be great!
  • zeke707zeke707 Posts: 74
    We have a Suzuki Vitara 2 dr soft top which I understand is the same as the Chevy Tracker 2 dr with the exception of cosmetics and options such as the radio, etc. One other item I believe is the Suzuki has a larger tire size. We have about 6000 miles on the suv now and get 23 mpg in town and 25 highway. We have an automatic and this vehicle handles 75mph with ease. Last winter the heater worked very well here in Nebraska. The a/c will be tested this year.

    So far our impression of the Suzuki is good. We also own a Jeep Grand Cherokee purchased in 1993 so our evaluation of the Suzuki is based in part with that in mind.
  • woody72woody72 Posts: 73
    I also compared the Vitara and Tracker and although the tire and wheel size is different (Vitara a 16" wheel, Tracker a 15" wheel), the outside diameter of the tire is the same, hence no clearance difference or travel distance per tire revolution.

    To savethetrez: If the 96 is a manual tranny, I'd contact (the manufacturer of Suzuki/Tracker) and ask if this year is included in their admitted problems with the manual trans, if so beware (read back a few posts), if not sounds good. As far as stability, if you are looking for a fast sports car look elsewhere, drive carefully and you will be fine.
  • zeke707zeke707 Posts: 74
    Thanks for the Cami web address! ( I tried filling out the "Glove Box" survey, but the survey only allows Chevy Tracker VIN numbers.
  • nick01nick01 Posts: 84
    where are all you Tracker posters???
    My wife let me drive hers again today and Im still impressed with its smoothness. I bought a new Impala for myself and a new LT tracker for her. Around town the tracker is smoother and takes the bumps and potholes and expansion cracks better than the Impala. Its the 6 cylinder. Under-powered for sure, like most 4 wheel drives, but around town and bad-weather it does just fine. I love it more every time I drive it.

  • dawnie279dawnie279 Posts: 1
    Hello all! I was wondering if anyone has experienced what I have. I have a 99 Tracker 4 cylinder hard top. I bought it new and have had no problems until about six months ago. When I run the engine cold and apply the brake, I get this humming sensation that makes the brake shudder a bit under my foot and makes the whole car vibrate. I went to the car dealer & they said there was nothing wrong; I went to Merlin's & they adjusted my brake pads a bit. Of course that didn't solve it, in fact it's gotten a bit worse. Now the humming has gotten louder and you can visibly see the car shaking when it's doing this. It only seems to happen when I'm first running my car, so by the time I get it to a dealer's it's not doing anything & they tend to think I'm overexaggerating the problem. I'm getting worried because I'm nearing 36,000 miles (I travel a lot) and my warranty is going to end soon. I've kept the maintenance up on the car so I don't think it's because of something I've forgotten to get done. Has anyone else experienced this? Or have any suggestions for me? I'm taking the car in next week to get the ignition switch replaced (my key won't turn half the time for some reason) and I'd like to be able to have them look at SOMETHING to figure out what's wrong. I love how this has begun right around the time my warranty ends. Any advice would help. Thanx!!
  • How do mean "humming". Is it like the vibration caused by the ABS operating or more like warped rotors?

    ABS vibration feels like you're standing on a blender full of crushed ice and tequila.

    Warped rotors feel like you drank the crushed ice & tequila and you're standing on a washing machine, with an unbalanced load of clothes on spin cycle.

    Get some tequila, ice and a blender while doing the laundry, and compare.

    Hope that helps.
  • I think chevy should also get a larger version of the tracked based on the SUZUKI XL7 because i feel that more people will buy a chevy rather than a suzuki even though they are the same car, and that is whats happening with the Viatura/Tracker
  • ballfire8888ballfire8888 Posts: 131
    I'm sorry to hear that even the LT Tracker is may HP is this 6 cyl engine? My wife has the 1999 2.0L with 127 about underpowered! Luckily for me, I'm now driving the 01 Pathfinder with 240 HP...what a fine ride!

  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    It's too bad the V6 is not available in Canada. The 4 cyl is not underpowered for around town. It's only bad for passing or towing. Personally, I think the 4 banger will be a big bonus when gas spikes this summer.
  • nick01nick01 Posts: 84
    The 6cyl is 155 hp. We had a '99 4cyl like your wife. My wife liked the 4cyl just fine but ol' nick wanted something with a little more power. Power being 0-60 times. Not many stumps to pull here in central indiana :) and they just said on the news the other day that they had just paved the last 'state road' in indiana. So nearely all of our roads are paved around here. Not wanting to go 28- 35,000 bucks on on the #2 vehicle(been there and done that several times already) I went the cheap route. I would loved to have the new chevy trailblaser with the 270 hp engine. But 'what the hey!'. This is my wifes ride. I got my own toys I play with :*)
    Enjoy that Pathfinder. Its a great truck.

  • jasper_28jasper_28 Posts: 1
    I live in southern Minnesota, which has some bitter-cold winters. Does anyone have a sense of how the Geo tracker soft-top would do in this climate in terms of heat retention? Does the heater crank out enough heat to keep up with the cold outside?

    Any other problems with Tracker soft-tops?

    I am looking at probably a '97 or so Tracker.

    Thanks VERY MUCH for any help!
  • zeke707zeke707 Posts: 74
    We have a 2000 Suzuki Vitara soft-top and used it through last winter here in Nebraska. We were very pleased with the heater performance. We had many cold windy days and the heater warmed the cab up quickly. In fact we did not run the heater with the heat control to the was too hot!

    We also have a 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee which has a good heater but doesn't warm the vehicle as quickly.

    Other soft-top items to be aware of include:

    Care must be taken when cleaning the vinyl windows for they will scratch if rubbed with a dry cloth.

    Make sure the top attachs securely to the vehicle at all points of contact and all zippers function. It is not advisable to clean your vehicle using a commerical power wash because of spray entering the interior in the soft-top area. My user manual states this fact although I have not attempted this...others may comment on their experiences.
  • dangbwidangbwi Posts: 35
    A friend uses air conditioner foam insulation tucked between the body and top on his Tracker to stay warm in northern Wisconsin. I use the foam on my half cab Samurai and it works great.
  • dangbwidangbwi Posts: 35
    What kind of real world mpg can I expect from the 2001 Chev Tracker with the 4 cyl and 4 door. I drive about 97% on the highway at 65 mph. Is the sticker correct at 25 mpg highway or the reviews correct that call even the 4 cyl a gas guzzler?
  • zeke707zeke707 Posts: 74
    My 2000 Suzuki 2dr 4 cyl 2.0 litre automatic gets 23 city 25 highway.
  • dangbwidangbwi Posts: 35
    Thanks for the info Zeke.

    1988.5 Suzuki Samurai
    Petroworks GRS2 transfer case for 100:1 low range and 18% lower high range
    1987 5 spd tranny for lower 5th gear
    metro seats
    Soft top half cab
    Warn 9000 winch
    custom receiver bumpers
    25 mpg highway
  • nick01nick01 Posts: 84
    I think the 205/15 m&s tires on my 99 4dr 4cyl recommended 30lbs pressure. Cant remember for sure. First thing I noticed about the 01 LT 6cyl was its soft, smooth ride. I just found out why. The recommended press for the Goodyear 215/15 m&s on the LT is 26lbs. Seems ford & firestone tire had a lot to say about the 26lbs on the ford Explorer regarding rollover. Im not worried tho,since I hardly ever leave town, or travel on the enterstate with the Tracker. That extra 4lbs really makes a big difference in the overall ride.
    I've averaged 20-21 mpg the last couple of tanks. All in-town driving. Not too shaggy for a 4 wheel drive.

  • techbecktechbeck Posts: 2
    I recently got into an accident where i rearended a car with my front left bumper going question is is this enuff force to break both engine mounts and the transmission mount?

    I have a 2000 chevy tracker.

    Also is there anyplace online where i can view specific things about chevy trackers?

    thanx for the assistance
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,040
    Hey gang,

    I have a friend with a 1998 Tracker, and the shop just told him he needs a new transmission. They said they could put in a used one for $1700, which sounds awfully steep to me.

    Anybody else had any problems with their Tracker trannies?

    Here's a little history on his...around 28,000 miles, it started acting up. I forget what, exactly, but the dealership fixed it under warranty. Then, around the 50K mark or so, it had to go back, again fixed under warranty. This time they did what they called an "overhaul" which would have run about $750 if it had been out-of-pocket.

    Now, it's got around 77K or so miles on it. Are these things that unreliable that they have to go in for repairs every 25K miles or so?

    His warranty was up at 60K miles, and I'm also wondering if they just tried to nurse the tranny along so that it would get him through the warranty period. Since he's had problems since it was under warranty, and it was never really fixed (getting it to last another 25K miles before breaking again doesn't constitute "fixing" to me!), would he have any recourse with Chevrolet?

    Last time I had to have a tranny rebuilt, it was a '79 Newport, and it was only $650! While that's nothing to reference against, how much more complicated could a Tracker tranny be? It's still a 3-speed automatic, and still RWD.

    Thanks for any info
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