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#262 of 1838 2001 4 door Chevy Tracker
Mar 10, 2001 (7:32 pm)
I. serious about purchasing a new 2001 4 ad , 4 door Tracker. I have heard that the Trackers rust pretty early and also they are hard to re-sell, or have low resale value? Any information, my fellow readers can tell me about the new models and how they like them etc, would be greatly appreciated. This is a great way to learn the real facts about a car, and not just a salesman pitch. Thanks to all.
#263 of 1838 Days away from a 2001 Tracker
Mar 10, 2001 (10:00 pm)
I am days away from making the decision on a 2001 Tracker. I have noticed the messages have gotten progressively better since the 99 model. I am not worried about superior engine performance, nor corner hugging stability. My main decision maker is price and more cargo space than a sedan. I am looking for more comments on the standard transmission and overall performance.
Mar 12, 2001 (8:53 am)
We purchased a 2001 LT 2WD Automatic. I just changed the oil at 6,300 miles ( second oil change). We have had the tracker up to 90-95 MPH for 10-15 minute periods and it has been rock steady smooth ride, and no noticeable road noise. My girl friend complained about clunk between the 3-4 shift. She says this has only happened twice in the 6 months we have owned it; she can't remember the exact details. Thus, I don't know if it is a fluke or what.
The only reason we purchased the tracker was price. Nothing comes close to it for value i.e. V-6, auto-trans, power door locks, windows, cruiz control, luggage rack, running boards, full body cladding, 5 mag wheels, spare tire cover, and RWD (no CV joints to replace at 60,000 miles) and built on a truck frame. So far we are happy with the chosie. If you want a 2 door for off roading, I would look at a Jeep or an Isuzu. Both are a bit bigger than the tracker, seem more rugged, but both cost thousands more.
Mar 13, 2001 (4:55 pm)
anyone else notice the door hitting their arm/shoulder when closing the door?
I am not (overly) fat. I am about 230#, 6'1".
I liked it otherwise, but would not tolerate that for 5 seconds in the showroom, and I can only imagine it being VERY irratating on the road.
#266 of 1838 9,000 Mile Report
Mar 13, 2001 (10:30 pm)
Still very happy with my 2000 2WD, 4-door, auto-trans hardtop which I purchased new almost a year ago. Nothing has fallen off, and no service work has been necessary, other than three oil changes, one new air-cleaner element, one tire rotation and my "Symphony of Squeaks" problem which I wrote about earlier.
If any of you 2000 owners have squeaking sounds which sound like they are coming from just in front of the instrument panel-- they probably are not. Turns out, mine were coming from the hood latch/striker mechanism way up front. The non-sound-insulated hood acts as sort of an amplification system to "throw" the sound back toward the passenger compartment!
Solution: Spray all of the latch/striker parts with white lithium grease, using a towel to keep it from hitting the radiator and other engine parts. You may also want to try adjusting the little rubber "posts" which regulate the hood height when closed.
Hey, everyone and his grandmother has a Ford Explorer or a Jeep-- I like being different, and saving money at the same time!
Back at 12,000-- or sooner if my fun little driving machine develops a problem.
Gene in Amarillo
#267 of 1838 Trackers in Winter Weather
Mar 14, 2001 (11:55 am)
I'm seriously considering a 2001 Tracker ZR2. I live in Wisconsin and we get a variety of winter weather - heavy snow, freezing rain, sleet, etc. For those of you in a similar climate, how does the Tracker handle? Thanks!
#268 of 1838 Forget the Tracker
Mar 19, 2001 (3:56 pm)
If you (tuffy76) are experiencing the weather conditions you have decribed regularly, then I advise you to scrap the Tracker idea. This vehicle is simply a pathetic attempt by Chevy to imitate the Jeep Wrangler. Geo tried to do it, and they failed miserably. Go out and buy a hard top Jeep Wrangler. You can find a used Sport for far less then a brand new Tracker. A new one would also cost less. It won't let you down. Jeeps Rule.
Mar 20, 2001 (6:01 am)
GM was never trying to imitate the Jeep. GM is competing with other small spot utilities. While not as refined as a RAV4, it certainly is a good value. Unfortunately (for some unknown reason) the V6 version is not available in Canada (even though it's made here). If you want the V6, you have to get the Suzuki.
#271 of 1838 5K mile update
Mar 26, 2001 (11:00 pm)
Have had no problems with my '01 4 dr/2.0L/5 sp with 5K miles. I've done oil changes (the oil filter is tiny!), tire rotation, added Suzuki accessories mud flaps and GM accessories skid plate package. Getting 24 mpg in mixed driving. The engine noise is greater above 3k rpm and the clutch engages high on the pedal, both minor irritants and easy to get used to. All in all pleased with this vehicle especially for the type of driving I do which includes commuting mountain roads, freeways, town roads and 4wd driveway.