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Chevrolet Tracker, Suzuki Sidekick, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Suzuki Vitara, SUV
#215 of 1845 1999 Chevy Tracker LEMONS !!! TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS!!!!
Jan 05, 2001 (6:59 am)
I own a 1999 scuba blue Chevrolet Tracker 2.0L 4x4 2-door. I purchased the vehicle December 1999. I have had problems with the transmission since I bought it. Downshifting into 3rd gear has been grinding. The transmission was partially rebuilt and now has problems with 1st, 2nd, & 3rd gear downshifts. THIS IS APPARENTLY A PROBLEM THAT MANY OF US SHARE. I also had a squeaking sound that was coming from the engine . . . this required the dealership to replace the entire belt,tensioner,pulley system on my vehicle. I have had numerous other problems, including vibrations, etc. I AM INTERESTED TO KNOW IF ANYONE HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN GETTING GM TO REPURCHASE OR REPLACE THEIR VEHICLE DUE TO THE TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS STATED ABOVE. IF SO, PLEASE EMAIL ME (shawn75067hotmail.com) AS I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO PURSUE REPURCHASE FOR ME VEHICLE AND WOULD APPRECIATE ANY INSIGHT ANYONE COULD OFFER. I also think that it would be a good idea, for those of us who are having this same exact problem, that we begin writing one another and make a group. We should all join together and contact GM to complain of this obvious defect . . . in larger numbers we will have a much better chance of fighting GM and getting what we deserve. I have spoken to one person thus far with the same exact condition to his vehicle . . . we are trying to find additional people via other 'web communities' or complaint boards. I WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE THOSE OF YOU WHO WOULD LIKE TO JOIN US IN THE FIGHT AGAINST GM . . . THE FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHT TO BUY A NEW VEHICLE WITH NO DEFECTS. PLEASE CONTACT ME VIA EMAIL Shawn75067hotmail.com
#216 of 1845 Tracker/Sidekick ECMs
Jan 05, 2001 (6:57 pm)
For you Tracker guys:
I have an 89 Suzuki Sidekick. Its been a great vehicle until the last year it began to die intermitently. Finally tracked the problem to the ECM. The price for a new one was out of sight. I found Auto ECM in Houston on the Internet. They analyzed the ECM and repaired it for $200. They said they a lot of older Tracker/Sidekick are having the same ECM problems. Mine had two bad capacitors. Hope this helps. Auto ECM's address on the Internet is:
#217 of 1845 "For Sale" in Denver
Jan 16, 2001 (12:17 pm)
2000 Tracker. 4 door, 4WD, automatic, ABS, AC, alloy wheels, roof rack, cruise, tilt, stereo cassette. Dark Green.
This has been pretty much problem free. Dealer replaced a belt because it was squeaking, and put in a new stereo due to the original being scratched when it was delivered. Other than that no problems. It has remainder of 3/36 factory warranty (purchase date 10/99). MSRP was $20,331.
It's in outstanding condition. I want to get either an Acura TL, or VW Passat, that's why I'm selling it. I just miss having a car. All I want is my payoff of $12,850. If you look around you'll find this to be a great deal. I'm too busy to handle selling it myself, so Bob Dennis at "Denver Motors" is taking care of that for me. If you're interested please call him at 303-781-3100. Thanks (mileage is approx 13,000 oil changes done by the dealer)
#218 of 1845 2001 Tracker is it a good buy
Jan 19, 2001 (7:31 am)
I am considering purchasing the 2001 4WD 4 door Tracker with all options. I was hoping to get opinions on the purchase. I like to go 4wd driving in southern Utah and southwest Colorado and wondered if this vehicle can handle that. Has anyone had major problems with this vehicle? Would you purchase another one?
#219 of 1845 '01 Base Model Tracker
Jan 20, 2001 (11:24 pm)
We purchased a '01 Tracker about mid Dec, base model, 4 cyl 2.0, 5 speed, 4 door, 4wd. Originally I was considering the Suzuki Vitara but realized these vehicles are exactly the same though the option packages and standard equipment are quite different. Some differences I was able to find were: Chevy puts in a lower amp alternator and a lower capacity battery and uses 15" wheels and a standard size tire, narrower than the Suzuki's 16", though both tires have the same outer diameter, also there is a slight difference in rear end ratios. With the generous GM rebate of $2000 these difference were not that great to me. I tell folks I bought a Suzuki Tracker. It has plenty of power for my needs and climbs our mountain roads in 5th gear. The engine is noisey and the clutch engages quite high, just things to get used to. It took me a while to find the right seat position to feel comfortable. 4wd is great, low range could be a bit lower. With mixed driving (hiway, town, mountain roads and 4wd driveway) I'm averaging 25 mpg. The seats are quite narrow as I think a large person may be uncomfortable. I noticed in the manual it makes a big deal about not using 20W50 oil, anybody know why, I'm using 10W40. I sold my 87 Subaru hatchback with 209K (all mine) and hope to get that kind of life from this vehicle.
#221 of 1845 2000 Tracker automatic headlights
Jan 21, 2001 (8:25 pm)
is there anyway to disable the automatic headlight sensor? if I drive under and out of shady areas, the lights flick on and off even when I go under a drive thru bank etc, the lights come on..I also have a smell of coolant when the engine is warm..it is a noticable smell but I'm not losing any coolant and there are no leaks..Any thoughts.?
Jan 22, 2001 (11:35 am)
We own a 2001 LT 2 WD. We have had it for about 4 months and about 4500 miles. The only problem, the brake pedal squeaked, so the dealer greased the bushing and the noise went away. We have had it up to 90 MPH and it was rock steady, smooth and quiet ride. We looked at Toyota and Honda, but couldn't get close to it in price about 19.3 drive out after rebate. We have gotten compliments on its looks, (once at supermarket, and the other time at the post office.) It only gets 21 MPG highway about 17-18 city, but other than that you can't get a RWD SUV for the price.
I am looking at a slightly bigger SUV ie Xterra, Blazer, Explorer, etc.
With the 2,500 rebate on the 2 door Blazer I may go with it. I know there have been problems with them in the past, but my boss currently drives a Blazer with 230,000 on it. I told him about the 3,500 rebate on the 4 door. He will look this weekend at them.
Please note, I am not a shill for GM. My last three cars have been Mazda 1982 626, 1987 626 1992 MX-6. I owned one of the original Mustangs 67 GT 2+2 Fastback and a 1980 Z-28 Camero. The Mazdas were the best, but the Tracker seems well built.
If you want more information, just write back.
#223 of 1845 usaf52 auto headlights
Jan 22, 2001 (10:17 pm)
There is a photo eye (light sensor) switch on the far right (passenger) side of dash, the size of a quarter a little darker than the dash. I'm sure a good auto electric shop could bypass this, but I think you may have a faulty one. Experiment with this switch by covering it with a glove (or similar) during daylight and within about 30 seconds you should here a click and lights on, and removing it should click again turning them off. I drive my 01 in dawn and dusk and the lights come on with no problems, in fact I think Suzuki has a great idea. I find I never worry if I should put the lights on and if I think they should be on they already are. As far as drive thrus and tunnels the lights may come on and then again should go off with no flickering. This is a nice feature, have the photo eye looked at. If you are smelling coolant you may indeed have a slow leak, take a flashlight and look and feel under dash for wetness. Good luck.
#224 of 1845 2000 Tracker Smell 0f coolant
Jan 23, 2001 (7:08 am)
Thanks Woody. I guess I didn't explain properly. I smell the coolant outside, by the radiator area after the engine is warmed by a lengthy drive..I can find no leaks under the vehicle, or around any of the hoses, and my coolant level is not dropping in the reserve tank