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Chevrolet Tracker, Suzuki Sidekick, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Suzuki Vitara, SUV
#389 of 1845 Update on a 1999 Tracker
Aug 03, 2001 (2:28 pm)
Congratulations on everbody who bought a new Tracker, I hope they do not cause you a headache like mine has.
Now my Tracker, 4dr 4WD has had numerous problems since I bought it back in 1999, but recently the transmission, which is manuel by the way, completly messed up. The dealer had to rebuild the thing and then I got it back. After awhile the transmission again messed up, somehow losing a few gears and being almost undriveable. I was quite frustrated by that time and contacted the Better Business Bureau autoline to force Chevy to give me some kind of compensation. Well that plan worked well because I talked with the BBB and GM last week and was offered an extended warranty of a maximum of 72 months and up to 100,000 miles, without any deductable of course.
Do not get me wrong, I really enjoy my vehicle, it drives nice with the modifications I put on it, which are as follows: bigger 225/70/r15 offroad tires, nice 15X10 inch alloy rims, which really help ride quality becausae of the width difference between stock 15X7 and these, a nice spray on liner from the apperance package strips on the sides down to the frame, and other small modifications.
You people with the V6 should not complain so much about having a lack of power, although it would be nice if Chevy offered a manuel transmission with their V6 but oh well. I have the 2.0 four cylinder with the 5-speed and it works rather well, in fact the engine has a lot more power at 33000 miles than it did at 1000 miles. The only thing I did to add power was add a K+N airfilter and mess with the airbox a little to add better flow.
Regarding the last question: I am not sure how much clearance older body styled Trackers have but you can proably safefully use 235/75/r15 tires or maybe even 30/9.5/15, those are my guesses however.
Aug 04, 2001 (4:37 pm)
Well I have my '01 Impala for my work (Travel as an engineer assisting Sales force around the state) and I love it! We got the Tracker for the wife to tool around the city and to work - she travels between a number of hospitals as a financial analyst.
We've been switching off cars lately since I wanted the rear cargo room. We talked today and she'll drive the Impala when I'm not travelling that day and leave me the Tracker. We love the others car!
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my Impala, but the Tracker we got for her is a DIFFERENT drive then my Impala or my previous Altima, Saturn, Colt Vista, LeBaron, etc. It's very "trucky".
We've got about 800 Miles on the tracker so far and the power isn't like oyu'd find a sports car, but we didn't buy a sports car. It seems to have a lot of power available if we need it (Switch to POWER shifting, turn off overdrive, 4WD High, any/all of the above).
Love 'em both. I'm a GM Convert!
#391 of 1845 bbrowne74
Aug 04, 2001 (5:32 pm)
I agree with that Brad. As nice as the Tracker and small cars and suv's are, you need a larger vehicle to navigate the freeways. For comfort and safety.
I'm retired now, so I just make sure the wife gets off to work(she's got 7 more years to work)and then I can go play. It's kinda like it was when you were 16 and on summer vacation, except the vacation never ends. It's great!
#392 of 1845 Auto Transmission
Aug 09, 2001 (5:00 am)
Does the transmission in a 2000 Vitara (2 lire)have a filter?
Aug 10, 2001 (9:27 pm)
We just hit 1G miles on our 2k1 Tracker, and I have to say teh V6 in it seems to have OPENED UP bigtime around the 1K mark. It doesn't seem as sluggish off the start, and it's gotten quite peppy. IT is VERY noticable.
#394 of 1845 2001 Tracker experience
Aug 12, 2001 (4:58 am)
I bought a 4WD 4 cyl 5sp Tracker with only roof rack and CD player as options. Pricing is excellent $2500 rebate plus dealer took off an additional $1000 and I had $3500 in GM rebates. so for $10700 I have a new car. With 2500 miles on it so far I am very pleased with it (No problems yet). At 1K miles the engine performance did improve noticeably. Went on a trip with 4 people, 4 bikes, and filled to capacity with luggage and got 25 MPG. It does wander with strong cross winds and the power is just "acceptable" but its fun to drive and is definitely worth considering even without GM dollars. Gas consumption is between 24 and 27 MPG. Only car I have ever had that beats federal rating. If Chevy sold the V6 with 5sp that would be perfect.
#395 of 1845 ewj2 response
Aug 12, 2001 (5:29 pm)
I'm glad you like your Tracker. I have a 1999 4 dr 4WD with A/C, power windows and power locks, adjustable steering wheel, rear wiper, and cruise control, and I could not be happier with my selection. However, I disagree with your wishes for a V6 with a standard shift. Once you add the V6 and its dismal gas mileage, you might as well dump the Tracker/Vitara and look at Jeeps and Nissan's as alternative recipients of your hard earned money. They give you comparable fuel economy, performance, and purchase price, and a lot more interior/cargo room for your money.
Aug 12, 2001 (10:39 pm)
I had a 99 4dr 4cyl automatic. I got about 20 mpg in city driving. Traded for the 01 4dr 6cyl auto and still get 20 mpg in town. Dont know about highway milage.
Aug 12, 2001 (10:44 pm)
my daughters 01 4dr jeep gets 16 mpg and sometimes less.
#398 of 1845 Another Item
Aug 13, 2001 (10:24 am)
These vehicles will not ever be truly fast unless Chev and Suzuki put in a larger V6, something that puts out around 200 HP. Although I have read that a GV with a V6 and 5 speed can go 0-60 in the mid 8 second bracket, not too shabby for a small engined vehicle.
On the whole power issue, I have gotten to the point where it does not matter, I guess maybe its because I am not that old yet, mid twenties, and that I have been in or owned quick vechiles. If I had wanted power I could have kept my 97 1/2 ton Chev truck, except that I live in the Pac Northwest and this area tends to have long winters and rainy falls and springs. Thus I was tired of having 2WD vehicles that still sucked in the snow even using nice studded tires. Its nice to know that I can run my off road tires on the Tracker in every season and still get around fine because I have 4WD.
So I guess its all relative, I took traction in this case over power. If I lived in the Southwest I would probably take the powerful vehicle though.