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Chevrolet Tracker, Suzuki Sidekick, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Suzuki Vitara, SUV
Jun 29, 2001 (6:39 am)
1999 Chevy Tracker...2.0 L engine
With 50,000 km (30,000 miles) on the odometer, I did my own engine oil change for the very first time. Recognizing that there is not much financial advantage even with synthetic oil, it does save a lot of time driving to & from the dealer...or so I thought!
That oil filter was a MAJOR pain. Tough to access from above...impossible from bottom with obstructions. Dealer screwed it on way too tight. I had to deploy the "screwdriver thru the filter" method to get it off! What a mess!
Anyhow, once the filter was off, the rest of this surgical procedure was dead simple. Drain plug looks like the absolute lowest point of the Tracker.
I must say doing an oil change on my 2001 Pathfinder is lots easier with clear access to everything.
#357 of 1838 oil change
Jun 29, 2001 (6:47 pm)
ballfire8888, you did not say what type of filter wrench you tried before resorting to the screwdriver, but I have found the filter on my 1999 2.0 liter to be one of the easiest oil filters to access from the top. I use the channel pliers type filter wrench, and even when the dealer does their psycho-macho-man-only-we-can-do-this-job routine, the filter comes off easily.
#358 of 1838 2001 Chevy Tracker Opinion
Jul 03, 2001 (12:20 pm)
I purchased a 2001 tracker in feb. 2001. it is a 4 door 2.0 liter. auto. loaded, air, criuse, power 4 wd. ect. I must say that I looked at the competitors ford toyota ect. but none would deal as much as chevy did, i got a good deal on it. I do like it. It does very well in the snow in 4wd and also not to bad in 2wd. air conditioning works well stereo cd is nice and the auto trans is nice with the o.d. and power button for holding the shift pattern works well. I have aprox 7,000 miles on it with no problems yet. I have changed the oil twice.. I have always change my veh. oil aprox. every 3,000 with filter. It is a good car for getting around since my wife basically drives it all the time to and from work. I get aprox 25mpg overall right now. The only downside to me is that yes it is small, front seating is good, rear is tight 4 door is the way to go. and it is a little sluggish. the 2.0 4cyl. it is not a power machine. recomend the 6 cyl. roof racks do make wind noise and arm rests would be a plus.. the ride is a little stiff and bumpy at times..handles good on highway an occasional sway from trucks and crosswinds. cargo space could be better. The next one will be a 6cyl. or a step up to the sazuki XL7. Overall I am pleased, and for the price and economy, sometimes you have to give alittle..
Jul 03, 2001 (6:16 pm)
If you havent done so already, take those cross bars on the roof rack and store them in your garage or yard barn. That will eliminate the low droning or drumming noise. Unless you use them every day I had the 4 cyl in 99 and got the 6 cyl in 2001. The 4dr LT. It wont give the cameros or mustangs any problems if your into street dragging, but its the perfect little town&country hauler. My wife & I love it. For interstate cruising or cross-country trips I take the other larger car. You can get a center arm rest from the Suzuki dealer. $70 bucks in this area. (Indiana)
Jul 03, 2001 (8:24 pm)
COSMO2 >>> What is a channel pliers type filter wrench and where can I buy one? I did not tighten this oil filter on as tight as the dealer so I'm hoping it will be easier next time.
NICK01 >>> Do you have to install that $70 center arm rest yourself? Do Chevy dealers sell it also? Is it usable for the front passenger seat? Does it come in colors to match the interior fabric tones?
Jul 03, 2001 (8:26 pm)
I too removed the $150 dealer supplied cross bars on the roof rack. Seems to reduce noise and drag plus look sleeker at same time.
Only regret is having to pay for the bars in the 1st place!
#362 of 1838 ballfire
Jul 03, 2001 (11:36 pm)
the center console in the Suzuki is identical to the Tracker. the armrest mounts on top of the center console and is secured by a couple of screws on both sides. Seems to be good and solid and sits high where you can actually use it to rest your arm on. It also flips up and out of the way when you dont need it. dont know about color but grey was the only choice we had for the tracker seats. I dont think the tracker dealer has it. But you could check and make sure.
#363 of 1838 MIRROR EXTENDERS
Jul 04, 2001 (9:18 am)
anybody out there tow with a tracker ?
A friend of mine got a 01 v6 4x4 and had a
hitch put on to tow a 1500 lb trailer.
Owners manual sez 1500 lb max.
She needs extended mirrors . Have seen the ones
that attach on to the factory ones. Any ideas
or where did u get yours. I said try a RV store.
Please post with ideas............Thanks Geo
Jul 04, 2001 (9:20 am)
She wanted a blazer but 30 K was too much.
But that 2000 rebate and GM discount she
couldn't pass it up. And she loves it too.......
She did have a honda..
Jul 04, 2001 (3:37 pm)
I had the small reciever type installed with the wireing for the brake and turn signals. Use it to haul a 5X8 trailer to do light work around the house. Lawn mower, plywood, lumber, dirt, landscaping shrubs, any light stuff like that. Its tucked up under the bumper and is hardly noticeable. Had it done at a small shop that does Mods and accesarys for autos. They had to order it from a local distributor. Took 2 days. Everything ,including the wiring and installation was $139.00. That also included the reciever 'bar'. Much cheaper if you dont have it wired, of course.