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Chevy Tracker



  • No, that's not a common problem here, anyway. Did you rotate your tires? I think you're supposed to rotate tires every other oil change or so, which would be every 6,000 miles. I think any wheel could corrode on under the rough conditions. But if you are having them rotated regularly, excessive corrosion should be noticed before it gets out of hand.

    (I'm in Colorado, snow, yes, but they don't use salt on the roads here anymore. Snow usually dries up within 5 days so most the year we live with low humidity and little likelihood of the rust and corrosion that folks on the east coast get. If you live someplace wetter or saltier, maybe things corrode more.)
  • I purchased a '99 Chevy Tracker last April, I had previously owned Chevy Cavilers and had been happy with them. Thought the Tracker would provide a little more room to my expanding family. With the first oil change I began to complain about a rough idle, vibrating....

    Well at first they "could not duplicate the problem". Then as time passed and this April rolled around with the air conditioner on the Tracker would begin to squeal, so back to the dealership. They first reprogrammed the idle. Problem still existed, they replaced the fan belt. Problem still existed, they then replaced the catalytic converter. Well no more squeal, but the rattle underneath and the rough idle are returning. I have only had the new catalytic converter for a month or so.

    Interior pieces are starting to fall off, already had exterior pieces replaced or refastened. The interior also scratches easily.

    I am disgusted with my 99 Tracker, which my family as nicknamed the "Trasher". I feel like checking out the lemon law, as to me the rough idle and vibrationing problem has not been resolved, and I have a folder full of repair slips.

    Any advice?
  • cosmo2cosmo2 Posts: 61
    Jeanettem, look at the oil change sticker to determine what grade oil you have been using in your "Trasher". Note that the owners manual recommends 5-30 weight for all conditions. Too thick an oil may be part of your problem. Also, check the Grand Vitara topic list to review what suggestions have been made for curing vibrations.

    I have found that just applying Formula 2001 with a rag to the plastic interior pieces gets rid of all those hairline scratches. I use my Tracker on dump runs, and only deep gouges are visible after applying the 2001.
  • bouybouy Posts: 14
    Reply for Jeanettem
    I know exactly what your going through with your Tracker! I have vibration problems, scratches on the interior for no reason, the outside moldings fall off and so on!

    My dealer that I bought the Tracker from actually told me to go to another dealer because they did not want to replace the body moldings! Trucks are suppose to be built tough not wimpy like this vehicle I'm afraid is.
  • ddssjsk9ddssjsk9 Posts: 36
    Welcome to the Tracker Vibration Club. I know 1999 Trackers and Suzukis have been bought back
    because of vibration problems including mine, at
    9,000 miles. Go back and read all the previous
    Tracker and Suzuki posts. Chvrolet's answer is
    "Vehicle is operating as Designed" Which i guess
    is true. Seems like the problem is built in. Some
    people are seeking buyback, some are just dumping
    them at a loss. One person stated, he ran his into
    a tree and just wrote it off, he was so disgusted.

    Chevrolet honestly did not try to fix mine. I think repairing them would take some major component redesign and replacement. Good Luck.
  • I bought my 99 Tracker in July 00. It was a left over 99, they were selling for $13,395. It is a black 2dr 4wd with 5 speed and the 2.0L engine, A/C and CD stereo. I traded in 98 Tracker, that had been a great vehicle, except for the drivers seat. It had a steel bar under the padding that pressed on a nerve in my hip and would make my leg go numb. The deal I got on the leftover 99 actually lowered my payments, so I bought it.

    The first thing I noticed was the rear convertible top had been patched with some kind of sealer. On checking it out I found the inside seam to not be sewn correctly. When I pulled the car into the garage, the flourescent lights showed the hood was etched with acid rain spots. The car had been sitting on the lot forover a year and we are in a bad area for acid rain.

    I called the garage and they were very nice about fixing these problems. They repainted the hood and replaced the top.

    Before I took it in for these problems, I was sitting at a drive-thru window and noticed the throw-out bearing seemed to be much louder than
    my 98 Tracker. So when I took it in to have body shop work done, I asked them to take it over to the service area and have them take a look at the throw-out bearing. They agreed about the noise and pulled the tranny only to find the clutch plate was also bad and needed replaced. This on a car with less than 2000 miles on it.

    I'm still impressed with the newer model. It's much better than the 98 Tracker or the 95 Sidekick I've owned. I'm not looking forward to the vibration problems everyone is talking about.
  • jlvjlv Posts: 14
    Will the Tracker work for a tall person? Is there enough leg room? Is entry/exit easy?
    [6'5" (36 inseam)]
  • I just bought a 96 model with over 75000 miles on it. It rides rough because it has been dropped to about 6" above ground. Outside of that it is a nice riding vehicle. It is weak because of the 1.6 motor, but has more power than I would expect from such a small motor.
  • Soon after I bought my 2000 Tracker 2WD, 4DR hard-top back in April, 2000, I said I would return to report if my unit had developed any of the problems others have discussed.

    I still love the vehicle! The only minor (to me) irritations are the cruise control in hilly country and temperature-related squeaks. At certain outdoor temperatures, it can produce a regular SYMPHONY of assorted squeaks. I have elected to live with them, however, rather than take the chance my local service department would do more harm than good in an effort to track them down.

    I am 6'1" 300 pounds and don't feed cramped or crowded while driving.

    I have had it on some rough mountain "trails" and it did a great job of clearing rocks and climbing.

    One thing-- the fuel mileage forecasts on the window stickers-- pure fiction. With the automatic and air I get about 23 in town or on the highway. But that still beats the heck out of a Jeep :-)

    I will be back at 10,000 to let you know if parts have started falling off.

    Gene in Amarillo, Texas
  • I have a friend who owns a 1999 Chevy Tracker and is very unhappy with it. It has been back and forth to the repair shop with problems such as no 1st gear no second gear etc., knocks in reverse, metal to metal noise in 3rd and 5th, knocks in neutral, air conditioning needed to be recharged, the catalytic converters insides honey comb broke apart and the rear end whines pretty bad and the list goes on...
    Is any one else out there having such an unhappy time with theirs? I went into another "town hall" and I found many complaints similar in nature but I am still looking for more people with the same or similar problems. Any responses would be great! Thanks.
  • 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.


  • 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?

  • 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?
  • 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?

  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 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 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.
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