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Chevy Tracker



  • nochevynochevy Posts: 8
    Yes, my Tracker has Suzuki Under the hood also. That's beside the point! Next time, I will buy a Suzuki. The Tracker is NOT all Suzuki! I'd like to see a Tracker that will go over 3 Hundred thousand miles and no problems, as one of my Suzuki's did. And the only thing I ever had to replace was the Gas Filter, and Tires. Infact, that's all I ever had to do to my other Suzuki's, along with Air Filters,and to Service them.I've owned Suzuki Samauri's and Suzuki Sidekick, all were 4x4 5 speed, and were Great! My last Suzuki was hit by a Lincoln, the Lincoln had to be Hauled not Towed. I drove my Suzuki, it held up great under impact from the wreck! I don't believe a Tracker would hold up. The Tracker isn't as sturdy built as the Suzuki!
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Since the Tracker and Vitara are Twinned Vehicles, there's no reason to think one is built less sturdy than the other.
  • nochevynochevy Posts: 8
    Do you have FACTS to prove the Tracker is as strudy Built, as the Suzuki? or just thoughts? I have FACTS! i DON't go by what I hear or read. I go by FACTS! To each their own.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
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  • inuvikinuvik OregonPosts: 134
    Nochevy, since you have facts that the Tracker is built differently than the Suzuki I would be interested in seeing them. I would find it odd that since the vehicles were built on the same assembly line, have the same frames, sheetmetal, drivetrains, electrical etc.. that when building a Suzuki different components were used. But if you have evidence to support your claim, please enlighten us. The Suzuki does have a different grill, and different cloth in the interior, but if you know of any other differences, let us know.
  • okrafeetokrafeet Posts: 14
    Hey folks,

    Last time I got my oil changed, they said the cap for the brake fluid was missing. Probably happened the last time I got the oil changed...who knows. Point is, I went to an autoparts store. He said it's a Chevy part and has to be ordered through them. I didn't want to order from our SLIMY Chevy dealer so I said I'd pay extra if he got it.
    With the markup at O'Reilly's Autoparts the cap was STILL cheaper than if I'd gone to the Slimer's dealership. But it was still 50 something dollars. I should have checked junkyards first but sheese.

  • poorcruzerpoorcruzer Posts: 141
    It's a pity, but understandable why they took my previous post off the site. Here goes being civil. If, as you claim the Tracker is not as sturdy as the Suzuki product being built on the exact same assembly line. It would mean Suzuki and G.M would have to pay for another government U.S and Canadian certification. Do you have any idea how costly it is for a manufacturer to certify a vehicle for sale in North America? Millions of dollars and many crashed vehicles, certainly more than they would save in building the Tracker to a different safety and body structure. Could you save in the interior trim, gadgets and exterior trim, you bet, but the basic frame and structure of the two, Tracker and Grand Vitara are identical. This is written by a person who has been on a guided tour of the CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada when my 2003 Tracker was being built. Period.
  • inuvikinuvik OregonPosts: 134
    Wow, that's spendy :shades:
  • scotterscotter Posts: 14
    The compnay I work for in New Jersey, has a sister plant in Ingersoll as well. Back in 2002 the area business's had tours of their facilities and then a goupr question and answer period over lunch.

    Anyway I was up there at the time CAMI was giving their tour and I went along and saw the entire operation. The Tracker and Vitara/Grand Vitara are the same vehicle, built with the same parts by the same people. They actually have what they call a change over line, which they take either a Chevy or Suzuki and change it over to the other if need be to fill dealer orders.

    They change grills, wheels, seats, badges etc, which takes about 10 minutes, and the vehicle is shipped as the other. Anyway the original poster is trying to force the idea that Japenese is better then american, and honestly some are and some arent. But saying the Tracker isnt the same as the Suzuki is incorrect. By the way the same is true for the Ford Escape and the Mazda Tribute, as well as a host of cars form Chrysler and Mitsubishi.
  • tbird_s_ytbird_s_y Posts: 5
    I went and test drove the Tracker and liked how it handled. What I DON'T like is that it must have been the base model .. no power locks or windows or roof rack, but at least the a/c works (the a/c in my Sunfire would cost me $1000 to fix, so I said screw it, lol). I'm not so sure I want to pay $7000 for it with 80k miles and little luxury. It is of course also silver and has alot of very obvious touch ups on the hood. Seems to run well, everything under the hood looks good. I definately would want to get it painted because I just can't live with a silver car again lol - I would probably do the cheap way out and get a maaco job, even if I had to get it redone in a few years. I have basically until somebody else looks at the car to decide and I'm going to haggle with the dealer (he's a friend of the family and already has it marked down from the $8k the dealership has it listed for for me, but the KBB value is only $6990 anyway). I am definately in love with the Tracker from the test drive though. I might wait til I can find one at least with a roof rack.
  • inuvikinuvik OregonPosts: 134
    Just keep looking, You should be able to find a Tracker with reasonable miles with power windows, locks, cruise, etc.. for 7K or under.
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    when i had to buy front wheel bearings (alot of 4x4 in water) i went to my chevy dealer and he said to get the oem bearing they had to get them from suzuki along with my rear axle fill plug. the chevy dealer said they had to get them from suzuki.the chevy dealer even said they were suzuki parts. lol and this is from the dealers mouth. the parts guy at the dealership said the only chevy is the badges.. lol how can one be better than the other when both use the EXACT Same parts? im sure he badges dont improve performance of reliabity. so if the chevy dealer says its all suzuki and the parts from the local autoparts show that the suz vitra and the tracker are the same, then how is one better than another? looks up the parts at your local autoparts store. they are the same. under my hood everything is stamped suzuki. I even rode in a vitra everything is even in the same place.

  • n_pn_p Posts: 3
    I'm interested in a 1996 4 door 4x4 Tracker with the 5 speed transmission. I will go look it over and test drive it this coming Saturday. The vehicle has 89500 miles on it. In the photos, it appears that the body is in very good condition. The seller is the 3rd owner and the vehicle has a clean CarFax report. He's asking $4300, but said he'd take $3900, and if I decide to buy it, I'll shoot for $3500.

    The only deficiency that the current owner noted was a small leak on the oil pan gasket.

    Here's my questions:

    How hard is it to seal up the oil pan?

    Does this 1.6L engine have a timing belt or a chain? Any way to tell if the timing belt has been changed (if it has a belt)?

    Anyone care to comment about the pros and cons of this vehicle? (It's just going to be a run-around, beater car. I will occasionally take it out into the logging roads in the Sierras, but I'm not going to abuse it)

    So, is $3500 to $3900 a fair price?

    Please feel free to share your thoughts.
  • Neil,
    I just rececntly ran into the same oil pan problem. Mine is a 2000 2.0L and I also found out that in order to change the pan gasket the engine needs to be pulled (or lifted) due to the 4 wheel drive components being mounted under it. The Service rate book shows 4.5 hours. I hope the 1.6L is different but I would check into it before purchase. If you or anyone has an alternative remedy please post it. So far a $10 drip pan is the solution.

    Hey, nochevy, coo-coo ~ coo-coo!
  • n_pn_p Posts: 3
    I stopped by the Chevy dealer today and had them look up the info on how to drop the pan. According to their service manuals, you drop the differential to get to the pan.
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    i found my oil pan had a little leak, so i took some tools under there too see how the bolts were. they were all pretty loose. tightened them up no more leaks!

  • chevy65chevy65 Posts: 2
    I have a 1997 Chev Tracker and just love it. I am however experiencing a slight problem ONLY SOMETIMES and that is when I am coming to a stop, my engine wants to stall (and sometimes does) but once I stop it regains its composure and goes back to a normal idle. It happens when I am like only going 10 mph or less and coming to a stop. It runs great and gets great gas mileage the rest of the time. If anyone might know what this might be and could help me that would be great. Thanks
  • n_pn_p Posts: 3
    Well, I bought the 96 Tracker for $3400. It needs tires, timing belt and engine belts. Seems to run fine, the A/C works good, tranny, clutch & 4x4 feels ok. But it does have a couple of things that need immediate attention.

    1st is the oil leak!! The worst of it seems to be coming from (what I think is) the crank position sensor. It has a steady drip when the engine is running. I am hoping it just needs an "O" ring. The complete sensor is about 85 bucks!!

    2nd is a noise in the rear that follows the speed of the vehicle. I am hoping that new tires eliminate the noise The left rear tire is cupped pretty bad, so maybe thats the noise I hear. If not the tire, the rear end is the next thing to consider. I hope this isn't a :lemon:
  • tbird_s_ytbird_s_y Posts: 5
    I knew it was too good to be true - thought I found my Tracker. 2000 with 54k miles, roof racks, cruise control (no power locks or windows) and only $6000. Checked out the Carfax report and it was in an accident in 2003 - it says "Accident Reported
    in Middlesex County
    Involving front impact
    It hit another motor vehicle
    Front area primarily damaged
    Vehicle towed"
    Then says for a few days later .. "Frame inspection performed
    after an accident or other incident
    Frame damage reported"

    When I looked at the car I did not know to look for this (shoulda checked Carfax before I drove so far to go see it lol..) but we did look at the engine and bumpers and the front bumper looked fine and the grille didn't look 'new' or replaced. My guess is the bumper was replaced. If the grille was, they did a pretty good job.

    Not sure why the vehicle would have had to get towed if it was not totaled. It has a clean title so it wasn't totaled. It hasn't crossed state lines either (registration wise).

    My boyfriend's 96 Escort was in a small accident and had frame damage and drives fine now. All he did was hit somebody with the front right corner of his bumper and it screwed up the lights and light housing and the bumper.

    I don't know if I want the car now though since I don't know alot about the accident it was in. It has only been driven 15,000 miles since the accident according to Carfax. Any suggestions or advice?
  • okrafeetokrafeet Posts: 14
    I have a 2000 Tracker that's starting to do the same. If I turn off the A/C switch when I come to a stop light or sign, it resumes the idle although I can tell it may need adjusting. It's not giving a smooth, consistent idle.

    I felt that the extreme heat and unbearable humidity here is probably the cause. I'm a photographer for a newspaper and drive I think my Tracker just gets sick of being outside all day. I know I do.

    Have a friend who knows something about cars check the idle. It may just have to have a small adjustment. It's not a big deal, hopefully. Good luck.
  • inuvikinuvik OregonPosts: 134
    Have you replaced the fuel filter? It may be marginal and under lower fuel pressure (idle), it might be occassionally starved for fuel. Just a thought. My other thought was to run a can of seafoam through it, it may have some carbon deposits and seafoam will clean it out.
  • chevy65chevy65 Posts: 2
    Thanks for the info. I have replaced the fuel filter on it. I will try the seafoam cleaner. Is that different than injector cleaner? Thanks for your help.
  • inuvikinuvik OregonPosts: 134
    Seafoam has been around for quite awhile. You can add it to either your fuel or crankcase. I have been purchasing it at NAPA but I'm sure there are other dealers that carry it too. Seafoam is a extremely high detergent solvent that can get rid of carbon and other deposits. I've used it and Marvel Mystery Oil with good results. I haven't seen anyone use the direct method of Seafoam in the Tracker. This is where you would block the fuel line and use a small intake vacuum line to draw in about 1/2 can of Seafoam, not too fast or you'll get a vapor lock. Shut the engine off, unblock the fuel line and let it sit overnight. Start it up the next morning and performance drive it (really drive it hard). It will smoke like crazy. Here is a good example of the junk that will blow out after a seafoam treatment.

    link title

    I usually just put a whole can in the tank of my Tracker and run the tank until it's very low before filling.
  • mtj67mtj67 Posts: 15
    Anyone know where I can get a Gray soft top for my Tracker? All I see is Black, White, and Tan.
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    there is NO grey tops. all the aftermarket along with the oem markers only make the colors you stated. probably cause their isnt much of a market for a grey top with the colors of trackers that are out there

  • I'm thinking of buying a 2003 Chevy Tracker that I found and wondered if any of you who have one are happy with yours. Have you ever had trouble with the soft top leaking? Is it easy to keep the interior warm in the winter? Any comments would be really helpful!
  • In my experience, (I live in north central North Dakota), winter heating has NOT been a problem. In fact, -30F it gets warm quickly in my 91 tracker. Some two sided velcro strips can take care of any air leaks. However, if you are driving into a good 30+ mph wind the doors can come off the seals (thats what you get when you buy a tin can vehicle). That being said, I love this vehicle, have owned it since 1996 and other than an engine computer replace and main seal replace (which cost me a total of less than $100 parts total)it has been trouble free. I have beat on this vehicle and have done a lot of off roading. I have never had any problem with water leaking through the top.
  • swbrownswbrown Posts: 1
    my 2002 Chevy Tracker (Suzuki Vitera) had a transmission problem (5 speed Manual) at about 65K, it was getting noisy and whining. I had purchased the extended waranty and the dealer put in a new trany, Now about a year 1/2 later I am having the same trouble again at about the same miles. It is also jumping out of 4th after the clutch is released. Is there a known problem with these transmissions? And if so what recourse do I have? Or would I be better off having it rebuilt with heaver/better gears? What would be a fair price for a rebuild?
  • :D don't know if any one has had this problem but my Dome light should work on the midle position of the switch but dosen't seem to any one know how to slove this problem Pretty dark in there when I get home at midnight thanks for all the help in advance togogirl
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