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Chevrolet Tracker, Suzuki Sidekick, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Suzuki Vitara, SUV
#102 of 1845 My own Tracker experience #101
Mar 13, 2000 (11:12 pm)
I have no problems with my 1999 4dr 4wd, other than low idil during the morning. But isn't a problem if a gas treatment is used. Actually, now that winter is basically a memory, this problem is less. There's nothing to complain about except Suzuki's 2.0 liter engine. Not a bad engine, should be tuned for about 140-150 horsepower from Chevrolet. Although, power has increased as the engine breaks in properly. With just 7K on it, performance should improve slightly.
Does anybody know when small performance enhancements will be introduced on the market? K+N doesn't yet have a filter to my knowledge, but should in May. How about powerchips, headers, even camshaft upgrades? These vehicles are weak, according to certain magazines, if using the automatic transmission Don't get me wrong, the manual transmission does improve accleration much over the automatic, but it needs more low end power. Let's all tell Chev and Suzuki about this complaint. You know what they should do? Have the vehicle, and 4x4 system continue to be Suzuki made, but Vortecize the 2.0 engine.
Enought preaching, but serioulsy, my Tracker has been dependable, decent fuel economy, up to 28MPG! Just curious, what are others with this vehicle acheiving? Thanks for reading, see ya'll.
#103 of 1845 Lease Price for 2000 Tracker
Mar 15, 2000 (2:25 am)
The lease on my 97 Cavalier Z-24 is up in April and I am considering a Tracker. I priced a 4 door , 4 wheel drive with auto, A/C, P/W, P/DL, keyless entry, cd player and aluminum wheels. NO money down, NYS sales tax rolled in, 39 months $250 per month. Does this sound good? I just found out on Edmunds that there is a $1500 rebate on this vehicle which the salesman conveniently failed to mention. I'm sure he'll say it was figured into the price.
#104 of 1845 Drive the Grand Vitara
Mar 15, 2000 (3:39 am)
Before buying or leasing a Tracker...Test drive the Suzuki V6 Grand Vitara...you will buy it.
#105 of 1845 Surovjak
Mar 16, 2000 (2:46 am)
By all means, pursue the lemon law. Make sure you have all documentation.
General Motors repurchased my 99 Tracker yesterday. I was shocked how well the dealership handled the final transaction. GM is to send the check to my bank to receive a clear title. I am confident this will occur with no problem.
One thing I found interesting, I searched for a new vehicle for 3 weeks. I visited 6 different Chevy dealers. I was looking for a Camaro or Monte Carlo. During my search, I did not see ANY Trackers for sell. Is this car so great it sells as soon as it hits the showroom? (HA!) Or are dealers even afraid to have one?
#106 of 1845 !!!!!!!!! (tim98)
Mar 17, 2000 (12:08 am)
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR BUYBACK!
#107 of 1845 ?????? (tim98)
Mar 17, 2000 (12:23 am)
Tim: Email me with details of your buyback. I am
very encouraged to actually know someone received
one. I am very interested in any suggestions. Also I would like a detailed description of your
concern and symptoms.
#108 of 1845 Absolutely!!
Mar 20, 2000 (4:51 am)
It's sort of a shame that the most reliable Chevys are the "captive imports". We've had 2 Trackers so far, a 95 and a 98. The build quality has been outstanding on both. Never had to do anything to either vehicle outside of normal maintenance. After reading of the problems other people have had with the 99 and 00 models, I'd guess those to be teething problems associated with a the new design. With the first generation Trackers 89-98, there was plenty of time to work the bugs out so that the later models were reliable.
As far as the performance of these mini SUV's is concerned, all I can say is that they are honest vehicles that do what they were designed to do very well. On the highway they are not Cadillacs by any means, but we knew that when we bought them. Around town they're great. The 4wd is the real reason why we purchased these particular vehicles. We live in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and heavy snow is a reality we have to deal with. The 98 is especially nice since it has auto locking hubs.
I am especially pleased with the drivetrain on the Trackers. When I let my dad drive the 95 he commented on how smooth and vibration free the engine ran, which is saying a lot because Ol' Dad was a mechanical engineer at GM Research Laboratories at the GM Tech Center for 45 years. Remember that the entire drivetrain is manufactured by Suzuki in Japan and dropped in as an preassembled unit into Trackers. Anyway 95 horses out of 98 cubes is a very high specific output, but it does have a lot of weight to pull around. They run like old Singer sewing machines and are very stingy with a gallon of gas.
For what it's worth I'm sort of a gearhead whose passionate about small block Chevy V-8's and old 60's muscle cars, but practicality these Trackers are hard to beat. I'll be keeping mine.
#109 of 1845 99 Tracker reliability
Mar 31, 2000 (8:45 pm)
Wife leased a '99 Chevy Tracker 4WD, 4 DR, 2.0L
AUTO. Had water pump replaced under warranty at
3000 mi. Took Chevy dealer 4 days to get pump, could not buy fromn local SUZUKI dealer because
Chevy only buys from GM parts warehouse...is it PRIDE?? , vehicle then had leaking radiator hose,
tightened up, squealing fan belts, a little WD40
quick spray, engine is very noisy and buzzy
when accelerating, auto tranny does not know when to upshift. Good passing and great on long steep grades. Lots of fun to drive. Averaging 9000 a year, will be turned in in 2 years, this will be
last MUNCHKIN SUV we lease. Will purchase intermediate or larger GM or Ford product....THIS TIME WE WILL SHOP AND PURCHASE ON INTERNET, HAD A HORRIFIC, DASTARDLY AND DESPICABLE TIME WITH SALESMAN, INTERMEDIATE SALESMAN AND FINANCE MANAGER trying to agree on a fair price, the pressure was unrelenting, finally after 4 hours of
negotiating we got a fair price and lease terms...
Apr 01, 2000 (8:01 pm)
8,680 Miles, vibration has gotten progressively
worse. Chevrolet standing on statement there is no
problem. Vehicle is operating as designed. I did no realize I was getting a massager as a no cost
option. Cadillac charges for this option on 2000
model Devilles. Filed for buy back mid March no date
scheduled for arbitration. Anyone have any suggestions.
#111 of 1845 Tracker Driveability
Apr 02, 2000 (5:42 pm)
For any of you with drivability problems. The
Engine Control Modules on the 99-2000 Trackers are
reprogrammable. Chevrolet first said no but now the Dealers have the procedure to do so. If they tell you they do not, ask them to check their latest technical updates. To date there has been three ECM redesigns and at last count seven programming revisions.