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Chevy Tracker



  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    THey should perform well for you .
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    here is what i noticed on my 1999 tracker 2.0litre i have used ngk and bosch. i used the +2 bosch plugs and the regular bosch. all the plugs were Platinum. i started out using the +2 bosch Plat, then i tried NGK, and for some strange reason my tracker ran, less responsive with ngk plugs. which is weird because ngk makes some of the best plugs. i use ONLY ngk on my motorcycle. so i went back to the bosch +2 and i could feel the difference as soon as i went back to bosch. so then recently i went to bosch regular Plat plugs. and i noticed my tracker even ran better yet on just the reg bosch plat plug instead of the +2. In the past i always had great luck with bosch in my cars and trucks. Personally if i was you i would just go with the Reg Bosch Plat plugs. I know for me they work great. and are about 1/2 the price of the +4. ! also what i noticed that my tracker loves, is when i run a can of SEAFOAM in the gas tank. it is a excellent fuel injection/carb cleaner. plus i use it on my motorcycle as a Carbon remover. this is one of the only cleaners that i use anymore. Seafoam is serious stuff.
  • I am looking for a good, solid, affortable 4x4. I live in NE PA where we get a lot of snow and will be living off on many back roads. I want a car that will run good in all kinds of weather especially snow. I don't need a super fast or powerful car, just something reliable and with decent power. I have an opportunity to get a 2002 2 dr 4x4 convertable tracker with only 14,000 miles. Any one have this model? I am concerned about the soft top and that being sturdy and not leaking, causing drafts etc. I have read alot of bad reviews on this car but coming here I have seen a lot of good things. This will be my first 'newer' car so I am looking for all the help/advice i can get.
  • You drive a Geo made by Suzuki and the Trackers are made by Suzuki and my sons Geo in snowy Colorado has over 100,000 miles on it with few problems. When I lived in Colorado I had a 90 Tracker 2 door hartop and then a 94 Tracker Convertible. The top set up is a pain to take down and soon it was going to need replacement but I bought a Bestop hardtop for it that comes in 2 sections with a rack on the rear section to store the front section when you wanted the open air feeling over the front seat. Really neat but it adds about $1300. There is a young man on another web site who wants to sell his Steel Horse brand hard top that is in great condition but it does not have a rack. The 2002 Tracker was much better than the 99 which is when they redisigned them and the shift on the fly 4X4 set up is better than the 94 I had and the 95 Sidekick 4 door I just bought but they are good in snow and mud and are great off road vehicles too but easier to use now. My wife drives a new Suzuki Aerio and you can get those with all wheel drive. It has been an awesum car but is low on road clearance. With proper care these are all fairly trouble free cars. I prefer the longer wheelbase 4 door but you will have fun in the convertible. You can replace the rear window in them cheaply, my top didnt leak and you can get 6 years out of the tops with care. If the price is right-go for it. I just remembered that the latest Trackers have a 2 section top that is far superior to the one I had and much easier to deal with. Mine would only leak in an automatic car wash. I bet you like it. Follow the 4X4 instructions carefully concerning dry pavement versus wet muddy snow covered pavement to make it last. Good luck.
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    These rigs are very strong and dependable and a co worker has 170K on his and still running fine!

    GO for it!
  • Beware of the 2003 Chevy Tracker. At 19MPH my car slided across two lanes in the autobahn and hit the other side. I was only going 19MPH, My air bag did not go off, and I hit my head on the dashboard- thus making me believe that maybe my seatbeat needs to be replace- the car is 7 months old and has had the proper mantance sugguested in the mannual. This damage cost 4,000 euro plus another 2,000 for the gardrail the car hit. My bumper, grill, drivers front quarter panel, and headlight had to be replace. The headlight by itself cost $600.00. I highly do not suggest this car for areas where it rains or snows alot. It is a death trap.
    As for rolling on turns- It won't roll going 40MPH- My huband is a bad driver and it has not flipped yet. Just watch for the sliding in wet and snowy weather.
  • I have a 2001 Tracker with 54000 miles and I am experiencing surging and loss of power at cruising speeds I have replaced the o2 sensor and checked the egr valve and replaced the fuel filter Does anyone have any suggestions on what might be causing this and I am not getting an engine code light
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    when was the last time the transmission fluid level was checked? and also look under it for leaks. too at the condition of your air filter and loose hoses. I know this sounds silly. but do it, at this point it can't hurt. do you have a automatic? if so is it the 3 speed or 4 ? after i changed my fuel filter, i ran SEAFOAM in my fuel tank it made a difference. btw when did you notice this surging?
  • Have you checked fuel pump pressure and/or check valve, pressure regulator? A clogged catalytic converter can act like this. Check for a bad coil or plug wire or a wide open injector. Have an experienced Suzuki mechanic drive it and he can possible figure it out quick like. Problems can be traced sometimes to a loose gas cap or bad gas cap seal. Im curious what you find out.
  • Trans fluid and air filter fine fuel pressure good while idling trying to get a gauge put on to watch while I am driving I am personaly supecting the fuel pump but the cost of them I want to be sure Last 2 days ran fine today it started acting up again been doing this for about 8 months GM ran dianostic test but found nothing because there was no code of course hopfully this fuel pressure gauge Im trying to get them to put on and tape to my hood so I can watch while driving will tell me something GM even hooked up a vehicle data recorder to it an found nothing so the problem must not be anything computer controlled will keep you posted when I find out anything and thanks for the advice and would thank anything else you can think of starting to drive me crazy and auto tran 3 speed with o\d
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    your tracker doesnt have spark plug wires. at i know my 1999 doesnt.
  • I am waiting till next monday and they will put the fuel pressure gauge on the hood so I can watch it will keep you posted
  • I went in to Firestone today to order tires to replace the originals on my '99. The service manager told me that he serviced two '02 Trackers this week, and both had smashed condenser fins identical to the damage to mine. Neither owner had a clue anything was wrong. He suggested they could either go to the dealer to try to get the condensers replaced under warranty, or bring the Trackers back when the A/C quit. He assured them he would know exactly where to start the A/C diagnostics. As far as I know, neither Suzuki or Chevy has acknowledged this design flaw. My replacement condenser still looks brand new. I have run the A/C constantly for the past four months, but I did no driving in blizzard conditions last winter.
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    AC still works.
  • It wouldnt surge while the gauge was hooked up but was helpfulthey said operating pressure was 30 to 37 psi It was when idling but when I accelerated it went as high as 49 psi so I am convinced the fuel pressure regulator is malfunctioning I believe if it would have cut out or loss of power the the reading would have been below 30 psi I welcome your thoughts if I should replace the regulator or not I also updated my profile so if you wish to contact me on this matter personaly my e-mail adress is there
  • I was wondering if there is any write-up's on the transfer case for a new (600 miles) 2003 Tracker. Who makes it? Mine is a 2.0 with the 4 speed automatic trans. Also I read on here about spark plug questions, I have drove Jeep for a while and always ran Champion Truck Plugs in it and there is a noticeable difference on the first start up. Thanks for any help on the Transfer case question..
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    i would believe the transfer case is made by suzuki, just like the transmission and engine. they dont put, special transfer cases and axles like jeep does. (example) DANA 44 i also have a 4 speed auto with a 2.0 engine on my 1999 tracker. and it has been great so far. and i have done some hard core offroading and mudding. just do NOT use 4x4 on pavement.
  • It seems I have started something entirely new and got a lot of learning to do. I thank you again for you response.
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    makes the trans and transfer case for these rigs.
  • Thanks for the site info, it looks like they are into a little of everything. I will admit that I was used to everything being aimed at the Jeep owner, and when I got the Tracker I went to the auto store just to get a idea about things I could do with it, 3 stores in town and no parts for it other than lights and floor mats. Not even a locking gas cap that they would say positively fit the 2003 model. After a week now, I am finding my way around with it and have found this forum very helpful as a source of good information.
  • Just got back from getting the 9 tintable windows tinted and with the Indigo Blue and the dark windows I really like the new look. The GM dealer gave me a good web address with lots of info on Trackers, it is There is plenty of reading on these rigs and they have a archive for older vehicles as well. I hope someone benefits from that site, I did.
  • Yes, I have a owners manual. But would anyone explain the shift on the fly method please. It says it is able to shift up to 60 MPH's but I heard grinding when I shifted at 40. The salesman at the dealer did it with ease, but is there a method to doing this like letting of the gas or staying on it. Any help would be great! Thank you in advance.
  • Ray, I see none of the owners with A/T's have responded to you yet. I have a '99 with a manual, and I just depress the clutch, let up on the gas, and shift into 4WD quickly. The effort was very high after Mr. Goodwrench put the wrong lubricant in the transfer case (and transmission) at 15,000 and again 30,000 miles. Luckily, I discovered the problem within a day after each lubricant change and convinced Mr. Goodwrench to follow the recommendations in the manual. Make sure you are steering straight ahead and shift into 4WD quickly. Since yours is brand new, the transfer case fluid should be correct.
  • Doug, Thanks for the time to shed some light on this subject. I am wondering if I need to take it out of drive or just shift, I also noticed you said quickly, so that may be me problem and I was just trying to ease it in there. I will keep you posted..Thanks again.
  • arkainzeyearkainzeye pittsburgh paPosts: 473
    is the suzuki vitara softtop Gone!? i just looked at their website. and ther was NO listing for the softtop anymore nor a 4 cylinder model anymore either. only v-6 4door. it looks like the ground clearance is a little lower too. my 1999 tracker 2-door is 8.0 inches of ground clearance. where as 2wd is 7inches and the 4ed is 7.4inches. did chevy get rid of the 2-door softtop also?
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    The Vitara v-6 is the most basic model, the 2 door his history. So is the tracker 2 door. Not sure about the 4 door tracker, I believe it will be replaced by the Equinox, whatever that is, at the CAMI assembly plant in 2005.

    That will make these rigs collectors items!
  • When I went looking for my 2003 last month they told us that it was the last year for the 4 banger. I have a 4 banger and although it is no speed racer it is so far very capable in all situations so far.
  • mopar67mopar67 Posts: 728
    From what I have read about these things on the net, they are pretty sturdy engines.
  • jenjajenja Posts: 2
    I took the advice some of you gave me and bought the 2002 Tracker (4 cyl) and I love it.
    Only problem is it goes through a lot of gas! Feels like I am filling it up twice was much as my old Dodge Neon. I do not have the exact gas mileage I am starting to keep track of that. Anyway, what could be causing the car to be eating gas? Anything I can check or do? Thanks all!
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