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Chevrolet Tracker, Suzuki Sidekick, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Suzuki Vitara, SUV
#394 of 1838 2001 Tracker experience
Aug 12, 2001 (5:58 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 1838 ewj2 response
Aug 12, 2001 (6:29 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 (11:39 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 (11:44 pm)
my daughters 01 4dr jeep gets 16 mpg and sometimes less.
#398 of 1838 Another Item
Aug 13, 2001 (11:24 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.
Aug 15, 2001 (1:01 pm)
We have a 1999 Chevy Tracker 4-door 4WD 2.0 L with approx. 50,000 km (30,000 miles) on the odometer. Is it time to replace the OEM fuel filter? If so, where is it located and is this a do-it-yourself project?
#400 of 1838 wkerickson...tire size
Aug 16, 2001 (6:03 am)
My roommate has a '98 Tracker, which is the same design as your '93. He has 235/70/R-15's on it. I think it originally had 195/75/R-15's. He hasn't had a problem with clearance, but I wonder how much traction that thing has in the rain now, with such a light weight and increased tread area.
#401 of 1838 Response to message 391
Aug 16, 2001 (2:24 pm)
The fuel filter is hard to get at, I know because I changed it myself. It is located underneath in the rear part of the vehicle, on the top, right up against your gas tank.
You should pay a shop to do it, because it was a point and time consuming when I changed it.
#403 of 1838 heidrichj
Sep 03, 2001 (12:13 pm)
while the preacher was saying his words to marry us, my good friends were outside smearing limberger cheese on my manifold. Now that is real car stink you cant get rid of. But that was years ago and a 1949 ford.
My 99 tracker never gave me one minutes trouble in 2 years. No smells, no breakdowns, no sqeeks. creaks, or rattles. It was a good vehicle. For every couple hundred good cars or trucks(any make) they make one like yours. They should have dropped yours into the 'crusher', but sometimes the bad slip thru no matter what.