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Chevrolet Tracker, Suzuki Sidekick, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Suzuki Vitara, SUV
#155 of 1845 Another reply for Jeanettem
Aug 27, 2000 (11:43 pm)
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.
#156 of 1845 My 99 Tracker Porblems
Sep 04, 2000 (2:45 am)
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.
#157 of 1845 Tall question
Sep 05, 2000 (2:37 pm)
Will the Tracker work for a tall person? Is there enough leg room? Is entry/exit easy?
[6'5" (36 inseam)]
#158 of 1845 96 model dropped
Sep 10, 2000 (3:15 am)
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.
#159 of 1845 5,000 Mile report
Sep 21, 2000 (5:25 pm)
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
Sep 22, 2000 (12:34 am)
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.
#161 of 1845 94 tracker auto trans question
Sep 25, 2000 (4:41 am)
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!
#162 of 1845 99 Tracker for sale
Sep 25, 2000 (6:29 pm)
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.
Oct 02, 2000 (1:40 am)
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.
#164 of 1845 Is there enough power?
Oct 04, 2000 (8:21 am)
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.