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You are in the Chevrolet Tracker
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Chevrolet Tracker, Suzuki Sidekick, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Suzuki Vitara, SUV
#480 of 1845 Response to #461 Tracker vibrations
Jan 18, 2002 (5:16 pm)
I had a 1999 four-door automatic Tracker with exactly the same problem. First you should have the wheels balanced before assuming this is a big problem. However my Tracker was a problem,it vibrated between the speeds of 40mph and 45mph. I went through a long drawn out hassle with Chevy about this vibration. The problem is the vibration is very annoying to have on a new car but Chevy will say the car runs normal. I ended up going through arbitration and won the case but did not get reimbursed for the full amount of the Tracker. The arbitrator said a new car should be free of vibrations since it will take away from the resale value. Some 99 Trackers had an inate design problem that resulted in the vibration. This problem has to do with the Transmission gearing. You should always get proof that you complained about a problem to Chevy. Some dealers will avoid giving you any thing in writing since it could be used for the lemon law or arbitration.
Jan 18, 2002 (6:24 pm)
i understand what you mean, but basically you are comparing apples to oranges. i mean they arent in anyway even close to each other.. a suv in most cases are rough riding, i mean what doyou expect when you ride in a Suv that is built on a TRUCK platform.? also you said there wasnt enough room for yourself? but you said you were Only 5'5.. I'm 6'1. and i found it to have plenty of room. the only way a 5'5 person cant have room in a tracker especially a 4 door model "which mine is a 2 door" is you would have to be a really W-i-d-e person. My buddy the is 6'5 didnt even have problems sitting in my 2 door model. but yet he is thin. now on the road noise.. once again it is a SUV not a car. basically i think it is safe to say you arent a truck/suv person. or maybe a suv person that is built on a car platform like the RAV-4.. but to me SUV mean all-terrain. hell if i was only going to drive on the street then i would just buy a front wheel drive grocery getter. see i might be wrong but i think most people buy a SUV because it is the trendy thing to do now a days... basically most people should just buy mini-vans if you really think about it.. I bought my 4x4 tracker 2 door , because i wanted a all-terrain multipurpose means of transportation. If someone isn't a suv person, then there is Nothing wrong with that at all..! but you cant complain about tire noise and other basic Suv Characteristics when that is pretty much common among Most "true" Suv's.. but that is just my opinion.. i could be wrong...
#482 of 1845 Not For Me
Jan 19, 2002 (10:31 am)
There is no one vehicle, now or in the past that is all things to all people.
#483 of 1845 Great vehicle-- Questionable dealers
Jan 19, 2002 (3:39 pm)
My 2000 2WD, automatic, 4-door Tracker is just about to turn over on 20,000 miles. I still love it! I have had no problems other than fixing a hood latch squeak with lithium grease and tightening the radiator hose clamps once. But I have a few "issues" with the dealers.
First off, the "suggested services" are such a rip-off... about 90% of all the "services" at each interval state, "Inspect this.. Inspect that". Anyway, I was going to play their little game for a while-- had them do a couple of oil/filter changes.. but then one day they would not honor one of their little "discount coupons" because I brought it in a day late. (When I went in the day before I had not really planned for sure to have them do anything-- just assumed I could bring the coupon the next day.) That gave me a great excuse to start doing my own service until something complicated comes along.
I hope it is not the same where you live, but here in Amarillo, the Tracker is treated as an "orphan" by dealers. I first wondered about this when I asked the service manager a couple of questions and he would say things like, "Well, we haven't had a lot of those in here."
Another example: Since the three dealers here (all owned by same company) offer an air-cleaner element change for $14.95, I thought I might buy a few filter elements from the parts department. Guess what? None of the three dealers even had an AC element in stock!! What would they do if someone came in for their $14.95 service? I got a blank stare. I suspect what they would do is-- shake out the dirt and bugs and close the compartment back up!
Wonderful vehicle, IMHO, but the service attitude is pathetic. Am I just living in the wrong part of North America-- or have some of you had similar problems?
BTW, FRAM now lists an AC element for the Tracker 2-liter, numbered 8069-- but none of the auto parts stores here have it
#484 of 1845 re-Great vehicle-- Questionable dealers
Jan 19, 2002 (5:04 pm)
i hade the same problem as you did.. i was searching for a air filter for my 1999 4x4 2 door tracker. but had no luck except as auto-zone stores. but i ordered a K&N aorfilter for mine, because it was only $40 and you can reuse it for the life of the tracker. i wanted to do that instead of doing the $20 a filter everytime it needed one. that fram part # that you listed. NO ONE carries that at all. i searched so hard. so stores even said that , that part # doesn't exsist.! but autozone also had my oil filters too! and not only did they have it. but they had it in many differnt brands too !! Mobil1, k&n, & many others. but personally i would AVOID all fram products. if you ever researched oil filters and air filter. then you will see that fram is all Hype.. on many many independant oil filter testsm they all said fram's oil filters were acutally Below average in their standards. and in many cases cheap cheesy named filters actually filtered out dirt Better than fram.. i used fram my whole life until i started research this stuff. I also read where frams owners changed hands a few years ago. so it is the same name but not the same quality.. 8(
oh well just a word of advice..
i use mobil1 oil filter
and K&n airfilter.
and amsoil fluids in everything
#485 of 1845 Questionable Dealers
Jan 19, 2002 (5:16 pm)
Gene58, you don't live in the wrong part of North America. You just live in North America, where bigger is better. My Tracker is the first American badged car I've owned since 1976, and it will be the last. Dealers of American cars just do not appreciate or respect buyers of small, or even mid-size products. I've really wanted to buy American over the years, but the dealers' attitudes, not the American products, have driven me away. I've purchased three new VW's, four new Audi's, and a new Suzuki Sidekick during the past twenty-six years, and every time I shopped for American products before I chose the foreign product. My only regret about buying my Tracker is that the local Chevy dealer's service department is a rip-off joint. Now that my warranty has expired, I'll be taking my Tracker to Firestone for servicing. When the time comes to trade in my Passat, you can bet that I will not be looking at a Malibu or an Impala. And when the time comes to trade in my Tracker, I'll head back to the Suzuki dealer.
Jan 20, 2002 (9:18 am)
That's funny...I always thought that the Tracker was built by Suzuki and that the Tracker and Sidekick were clones???????
Jan 20, 2002 (4:01 pm)
#489 of 1845 Thank you, tronsr1
Jan 20, 2002 (6:33 pm)
My point exactly, Norton. I appreciate your generous unsolicited assistance in simplifying the description of my position for participants in this discussion who may be experiencing significant reading comprehension difficulties. I still believe the Tracker is a better version of the Cami products because Chevy will provide for building to individualized options, and Suzuki does not. That is why I bought the Tracker instead of a Vitara. However, I bought my Tracker through the Internet because I have no patience for sales people telling me that I REALLY NEED a Suburban, or at least a Tahoe. I'll return to Suzuki products because I am tired of Mr. Goodwrench putting the wrong lubricants in my tranny, not having routine service parts, and trying to charge me $700 for a 30,000 mile routine service.