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Chevrolet Tracker, Suzuki Sidekick, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Suzuki Vitara, SUV
Jul 14, 2006 (10:40 pm)
I just noticed your forum, and am quite interested in participating.
I am on my second tracker, 1998 2door 1.6 16valve 2wd. And like most of you, I absolutely love it. My first was a 1991 model when I was a teenager.
A little background on me, currently a Volkswagen master technician, former mitsubishi master technican, former Hyundai master technician. but nooooo chevy or suzuki. I love this little truck due to its simplicity, and the fact that I do not have to turn wrenches much on it on my spare time!
my little tracker just crossed the 60k barrier, and I just installed a timing belt, timing belt tensioner roller, drive belts,and adjusted the valves. other maitnenance includes coolant change, brake fluid flush, plugs, air filter, fuel filter, and brake service (front).
I am using a similar maitenance schedule that VW uses to keep their 2nd and 3rd generation Golf's running properly , and it appears to be working well.
I hope to make my way into this little community, and be a contributing member. I do not know all the little quirks of this tracker yet, but hope to gain some knowledge here, and of course I will reciprocate with some of my knowledge that can be applied here
#1422 of 1845 Re: Greetings [2catfish]
Jul 14, 2006 (11:36 pm)
Welcome aboard! We're looking forward to your participation in the Forums. If you need any help finding your way around just drop a line to any host.
#1423 of 1845 1999 Tracker 4x4
Jul 21, 2006 (7:24 pm)
I need to replace the Clutch in my Tracker. I don't want to go to the Dealer for Parts. Any Suggestions?
#1424 of 1845 How long will a good Tracker last?
Jul 23, 2006 (9:11 am)
I am probably soon buying a 2000 4door 4x4 Tracker with 80k miles on it. It's a 4 cylinder and costs around $7000. I will be the first to admit I really know nothing about cars I drive 15-20k miles per year. I'm hoping this car will last me about 6 years. Do you think it is a car that will last up to 200,000 miles with regular maintenance? Also, I have not been able to find a picture anywhere with the back seats folded down. Do they fold completely flat? The price seems pretty fair after looking around at other used Tracker prices in my area. Thanks for any advice.
#1425 of 1845 Re: How long will a good Tracker last? [tbird_s_y]
Jul 24, 2006 (12:28 pm)
Don't buy a TRACKER! It won't get the miles you want. Get a SUZUKI! It will give you the miles! I have always drove Suzuki's , and seen them go over, 3 Hundred Thousand Miles, and still be going with no sign of problems, when I would sell them, to purchase another one. The Tracker won't give you the miles! Parts for the Tracker are mostly Dealer Items. Not so with the Suzuki. The most I ever had to do to a Suzuki was replace the Gas Filter! NO OTHER PROBLEMS! with the Tracker its always something! I have owned both the Suzuki Sidekick and Samurai, and they are GREAT! I thought the Tracker would be the same, and regret the change! I will never own another Tracker! SUZUKI ONLY! Keep looking, and find a Suzuki for the same price that your about to pay for a Tracker! Even if you have to look out of you area, it will be worth your time! Let me know, if you have more questions about the Tracker, or Suzuki.
#1426 of 1845 Re: How long will a good Tracker last? [tbird_s_y]
Jul 24, 2006 (3:00 pm)
I have a 2001 4dr with the 2.0 4 cylinder with the automatic transmission. It has over 115K on it. To answer your first question their is no reason why a Tracker should not give you 200K with regular maintenance. The 2.0 doesn't have too much power with the automatic and anything over 65 MPH is pushing it. But it does deliver great fuel mileage. I have regularly gotten over 30 MPG with this vehicle on the highway. With the vehicle fully loaded with 5 people, air conditioning running full blast I have never gotten below 25 MPG on the highway. To answer your second question, yes the back seats fold down flat. You just flip the seat cushions up, remove the headrests from the back row seats and it lays down flat. It's very versatile.
Now to respond to the previous post, the Chevrolet Tracker and the Suzuki Grand Vitara are the same vehicle. There are small differences in interior pieces and exterior (grill)but mechanically they are identical. They were manufactured at the same plant in Canada in a joint venture between Suzuki and GM. It is true that many GM dealers don't know their way around a Tracker too well and many Tracker owners take their vehicles to a Suzuki dealer. They share the same engine and transmissions, electrical, 4WD systems, brakes, shocks, etc... I love my Tracker, it takes me everywhere I want to go, just not in a hurry! It's easy to work on yourself for normal maintenance. I wouldn't hesitate to purchase another one.
#1428 of 1845 Re: How long will a good Tracker last? [inuvik]
Jul 24, 2006 (3:43 pm)
lmao "anywhere i wanna go, just not in a hurry". Yeah, it is a pretty weak motor, huh? lol ..stupid thing can't even get out of it's own way. Anyway, I routinely drive 80-85 MPH, but at that point, I'm gettin like 20-23 MPG highway. lol I don't care...I got the top down, radio thumpin', & I'm cruisin' away. I got 95,000 mi. on my 2000 2dr 4cyl. 2.0, & I love it, even though one of my buddies said it's a "chic car" lmao.
#1429 of 1845 Trade Tracker for Suzuki -Want to trade?
Jul 24, 2006 (6:11 pm)
I have a 1999 Tracker 4x4 5 Speed Power, Air Great Car for the Tracker Lovers, it also has the 2.0 engine, 4cl, and it has power! This is the first time I have owned anything but a Suzuki! I like Suzuki's Best! Say what you want, but the Tracker is NOT to compare to a Suzuki! The Sales-Pitch by Chevy is, the Tracker is the same. WRONG! Unless you have owned both Models to compare the difference like I have, then you won't know the difference. But of course every one has their own preference of cars. I would Trade my Tracker anyday, for a Suzuki! I would even trade for a Suzuki Samuari, and I would take a money-loss on that trade, but I would trade. ANYONE WANT TO TRADE?
#1430 of 1845 Re: Trade Tracker for Suzuki -Want to trade? [nochevy]
Jul 24, 2006 (6:45 pm)
Well, I like Suzuki's too, I've owned 3 or 4 Metro's before I bought the Tracker and they were great cars. The 4 cylinder 2.0 must be a pretty good motor, Suzuki is still using it in the Reno and the Forenza with the same horsepower configuration. Although you express a preference for the Suzuki brand, the Tracker is a Suzuki with a GM nameplate. It has the same engine, transmission, fuel managment system, ignition, brakes, shocks, differentials, glass, doors etc.... My point to the person that wanted to buy a Tracker was that if they would consider buying a Suzuki, then there is no reason not to buy a Tracker. And my previous experience with Suzuki-(Geo Metro's) has been nothing but positive. Here is the hood tag inside my Tracker.
It's a little blurry and big but the Tracker is all Suzuki.