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  • infinia1infinia1 Posts: 174
    the cd player on my 01 with 38,000 miles, just out of warranty, has quit working. it says error and ejects the cd without playing. i've tried cleaning it and tried many cds. i talked to the dealer asking about the possibility of having it replaced by chevrolet since they replaced it at about 15,000 miles because of an inoperable button. they planned on calling the dm. otherwise, i've seen one on ebay for $40. i also have an 02 prizm with an identical cd/radio. does anyone know if they are interchangeable? is the cd/radio easy to replace in the tracker? thanks.
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    if you were FORCED to purchase one, and you had to pay retail. I would go with a aftermarket cd-player. many new cd player now play MP3'S you can fit up to 10 HOURS worth of music on 1 standard cd-r. plus they have better FM reception too. My trackers cd-player has worked just fine (1999-tracker). but i would like to have a cd player with the CD-r ability. I noitced this with my tracker. last year my speakers were buzzing and just sounded crappy. so i replaced ALL 4 of them with alpine speakers. they were $65 a pair. the difference between the stock speakers and the alpine were unreal. my stereo is louder "don;t play my music loud though" and it has a thicker sound. they are also able to handle more bass, while yet playing the music clean with no distortion. now all of this was just from changing the speaker and leaving the stock cd-player in.. imagine what a Aftermarket cd-player would do. more bass, EQ setting, mp3, better radio reception etc etc.
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    sizes and gives you the actual size of the tire in inches which could be used if you want to over size your tires.

    http://www.bfgoodrichtires.com/assets/pdf/all_terrain_ta_kd.pdf
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    i came up with some answers about what size in inches certain tires are & I was able to look up more info on the stock size for the tracker and 3 sizes up. here is what i found

               Over all diameter revs@45mph
    205/75/15 27.3-Inches 762
    215/75/15 27.8-Inches 747
    225/75/15 28.5-Inches 731
    235/75/15 29.0-Inches 717
  • Will a 1999 repair manual that covers the "J/E platform" be usable for a 2000 Chevy Tracker 4-door with 2.0 liter engine? Thanks for any advice you can give.
  • Another question: My 2000 Tracker heater blower has started making a roaring sound especially when on high speed. It sort of sounds like a cavitation sound to me, although air is still flowing. Any experience with this?? Thanks
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    1. What exactly is the 1999 repair manual that covers the "J/E platform?
    2. Cavitation? I think you have some bad fan motor bearings.
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    your heater noise Could be this too.. one my ford tempo years back i had something fall back to where the fan spun. and it was like the sound of what a kids bicycle would make if you put a playing card in the spokes.... get my visual?
  • Not sure what the "J/E" stands for, but is for sale on internet and says "BOOKs 1 AND 2
    COVERS: 1999 Chevy Tracker
    J/E PLATFORM". Also a picture of the books for sale shows a big J/E printed on the bottom of the book spines. Maybe this is referring to something else other than a type of tracker??

    Anyway, maybe you can help -- are the 1999 Trackers basically the same as the 2000 Chevy Tracker? If this manual will work for my 2000 tracker (with 2.0 liter engine) I'd like to buy it, since it's probably much cheaper than ordering directly from the manufacturer.
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    code GM uses for its car body designs. Remember the K-car from Chrysler.......same thing.
    Check the engine.....I think the 99 and 00 had the same but if not then the 99 will have the 1.6 L engine which is a lot different that the 2.0 engine.
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    my 99 has a 2.0 4-speed auto. (2-door tracker)
  • you should probably wait for the Equinox to come out instead of buying the Tracker..surprising, the 2003 Tracker didn't receive the new interior that the Suzuki Grand Vitara and XL-7 got..hmm

    the Equinox will probably be a better overall value than the rapidly-aging Tracker, or you could wait the the Suzuki-version of the Equinox which comes out in 2005 as a 2006 model...it has a better warranty and, as rumor has it, a 3.5L version of the XL-7's engine making 235 HP
  • Is it true that the upcoming Equinox is a Saturn VUE under the skin and I believe it was derived from an Opel platform in Europe and also common to one of the SAAB models. The VUE is the only Saturn to use that particular platform. Perhaps this is a smart move from a GM standpoint but I know a couple of Suzuki salesmen who think it is a dumb move by Suzuki if it is true. Guess they are getting away from heavy duty off road capability but it will be great against the RAV 4 and CRV, Outback and new Hyundai Tucson. Never a dull moment.
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    get a zuke and be done with it! These rigs are better and more versatile than the press gives them credit for.

    Just do a search and see how many pages of modified trackers you'll find and the stuff that is done with them.
  • My Tracker was rear ended while I was eating at a roadside cafe' and the insurance totaled it. The rear passenger door was torn off and the rear tire was under the Tracker. I am glad I was not in it. The Tracker was a fine vehicle with enough spirit to go anywhere on the road or off and I would recommend one to anyone. Also air bags are great as the woman that hit it was just shook up and not really hurt at all.
  • I seem to be missing a point here when I continue to read that one should wait for the Equinox. I recently bought an '04 Tracker 4 door because I wanted a small, comfortable, SUV that I could take off road. The Equinox, like so many small SUV's is car based, and not "off roadable".

    So, when I hear they may drop the Tracker next year, I am very thankful that we got ours this year.
  • infinia1infinia1 Posts: 174
    i recently had the cd player quit working. i bought one off ebay for $70 that works perfectly! and get this-the dealer had a new one listed at over $300!!! otherwise, everything is going well at 38,000 miles. but...the other day, some jerk put 2 big door dings in the passenger front fender! i was so mad! but thankfully the paint didn't crack, just 2 awful large dents on the character line of the fender. i changed the oil myself for the first time the other day and it was so easy that i was done in 15 minutes. previously, i had the dealer do oil changes until warranty ran out. i will look at the nox as a replacement when it arrives. i have seldom went offroad and i need the extra room. offroading in my tracker was fun tho. but space sure is tight with 2 car seats in back.
  • nortsr1nortsr1 Posts: 1,060
    I don't remember the company name, however; there are places that can pop those dings out, and, in your case, with no paint damage, it should be inexpensive.
  • rangnerrangner Posts: 336
    Hey all,

    Sorry if this is the wrong board to post this but I couldn't find anything else. Anyway, the X-90 has caught my eye and I was wondering if anybody here has had any experience with them. Any info would be appreciated.

    Thanks
    Eric
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    There are currently no discussion in the Town Hall relating to the X-90. You could start up your own discussion and I'm sure other will join in!

    Go to this page to learn how to start up a discussion.
  • infinia1infinia1 Posts: 174
    hey, thanks for the advice on my door dings. i did exactly what you suggested and visited a shop that specializes in minor dings and dents and it will only cost $75 when i get it done on monday! i wouldn't have thought of that suggestion had you not told me about it. thanks again! the dings are right on the body character line of the front fender so the guy said there might be a slight ripple only on that line but it has to be better that the way it is now.
  • nortsr1nortsr1 Posts: 1,060
    Your welcome,
      That's what this Edmunds' site is all about... Sharing information.
      I had read somewhere on a previous post at another forum, that a person had purchased a "brand new" really expensive vehicle and the city where he lives had a "big time" HAIL storm and really put some dingers in the vehicle.He went to "Dent Wizard" or whatever and had great results.
  • Hi all,
    I didn't know there were so many "Trackies" out there! Just got my Tracker LT last wk, all options except ABS and leather, out the door for only $24,888 CDN!...I have the following dumb questions, having never owned a truck...

    1)When in 4WD mode, and I'm going really slow or coasting, and I try to make a tight turn, the transfer case starts to grumble and vibrate, along w/the vehicle. Is this normal and how to avoid???

    2) Does power mode and OD work similarly?

    3) For what scenarios would you use 4(H) vs. 4(L) vs. 4(2)?

    4) When in 4(H), I notice the transfer case shifter can also move to the left. Is the left motion for anything?

    5) If the vehicle is not in motion and in 2WD, is it better to shift to 4WD while in Neutral, Drive, or does it matter?

    Thanks! I promise my questions will get better. And don't forget to use ansoil 0-W-30 (just kidding!)
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    1. THis rig is part time 4wd.
    2. The grumbling and groaning you hear is major stress being placed on the driveline.
    3. If you continue to do #2 above, plan on forking out lots of canadian $$$ for repairs.
    4. Your 4wd setup is ONLY to be used on ice, snow, mud, or wet grass.
    5. WHy? Because you don't have a center diff to allow for the different rotational speeds of the front tires when going around a turn. See #1 above.
    6. This rig is shift-on-the-fly from 2 hi to 4 hi at speeds up to and including 62MPH with the wheels in a straight ahead position. Doing this while making a turn and you can say goodbye to CV joints, possibly an axle and hello to major repair bills.
    7. WHen in 4hi, you move left then fully forward to 4 LOW. ONly use this at a complete stop and when you really need some slow going or lots of pulling power.
    8. Only use #7 on ice, snow, mud, or wet grass. Maybe loose dirt once in a while.
    9. Not necessary to go to neutral unless you are going from 4hi to 4 low. Then place the tranny in neutral, make your shift, and off you go. Remember also to stop when shifting out of 4 low to 4hi or to 2wd.
    10. The power mode is a misnomer. IT does not make your engine produce more power. What it acutally does is raise the shift points of your tranny thus making you "think" there is more power.
  • cosmo2cosmo2 Posts: 61
    mopar67's response is right on. I would add that you can use 4WD in sand, loose gravel, and dry and full stream beds (at legal crossings, of course). I only use 4WD when I'm confident the surface I'm driving on (or in) will allow at least one wheel to spin freely. I won't even use 4WD on a paved road in heavy rain. By the way, the potential repairs cost big bucks in U.S. currency, too. Enjoy your Tracker.
  • I really appreciate your advice and fast response. I have another question...Upon viewing past posts, I keep reading some member pushing "ansoil 0-W-30" who "doesn't work for the brand". Is there any validity to the effectiveness of that product by someone other than the person who posted, or is my 5-W-30 going to be just fine and dandy for the real world?

    I also want to throw on some roof cross bars. Will that significantly increase wind noise or is it only minor?

    Thanks.
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    its what I use. I use mobil1 as its readily available at most stores.
  • d3gcd3gc Posts: 3
    1995 suzuki sidekick jlx 16 valve, used engine installed 2 months ago - no manual !

    pulled off the road into field and ran over some small saplings, car immediatly stops and i cannot get it to turnover. batterys' juiced, accessories work. turn key and exclamation symbol comes on dashboard, slight hum sound as i do so.

    happened at dusk in out of the way location, nearest town 30 mins away. gotta push it away from bushes tomorrow, as i suspect some wire got ripped out er something ? fuse?

    arrrgh,
    gc
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    Make sure its getting gas. I ripped one off a 62 international under pretty much the same circumstances you described.
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