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Chevrolet Tracker, Suzuki Sidekick, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Suzuki Vitara, SUV
#762 of 1845 SHOULD I BUY ONE?
Aug 14, 2003 (7:24 pm)
Why not buy one? The Trackers and Sidekicks and later the Vitarra are all built by Suzuki and some of them in the joint GM -Suzuki plant in Canada. They have been around since 1989 and we have owned 6 or 7 of them between myself, my wife and son. The 4 door is very handy and a nice size and economical for this type vehicle. Forget what Consumers says as they have always been prejudiced against Suzuki products and you will get better information from Edmunds.com JD Powers is only about initial quality and delivery defects. The bodies may be a little cheap but mechanically they hold up great. The 4x4 is only needed for off roading or if you live in a bad winter climate where they work great but the 2 wd modeks ride softer. We have had excellent luck with them and it is commom for them to go over 150,000 miles with proper care. With the huge discounts on new cars I feel certain that you can get a new Tracker or Suzuki 4 door Vitara for $11,995 or a new Suzuki Aerio sedan for $12000 and the SX wagon for about $13000. My wife has one and it is a neat vehicle and better quality than their past vehicles but Chevrolet does not have an equivilent of that one. There were a few problems with the 2000 and 1999 Tracker but that has all been fixed. I just bought a used 95 4 door, 4x4 with 93,000 miles on it and I plan on keeping it a long time. Suzuki has been around since 1909, sold 1.7 million vehicles last year including the Trackers.Consumers reports has been one of the most misleading publications and full of errors and after reading it for 30 years I know their opinions are often wrong and we have owned 76 vehicles. Suzuki jumped 30 % in quality from 2002 to 2003 mainly doe to the Aerio but what difference does it make if you have 1.6 defects initially or only 1.2 defects? Big deal. When it is fixed they are all equal. I can make a Tracker last as long as a Lexis and for a lot less money. I would say check the rebated price on a new one before you pay #11,000 for a used one. The payments might be identical and I know the Suzuki ads here in Tucson are phenominal and I assume Chevrolet is too. Im glad to help.
Aug 14, 2003 (7:41 pm)
JD Power has long term reliability reports too. We refer to many of them in our vehicle pages, and have them for the Tracker for 5 years out.
Here's one link.
#764 of 1845 Go for the tracker
Aug 15, 2003 (4:08 am)
its a tough little rig and Suzuki has a long reputation for building tough dependable engines and such. Remember, they have years of motorcycle experience in 4 cyl engines.
You also get a timing chain, not a belt, a full boxed frame, plus a real 4 wd setup.
A co worker now has 170K on his tracker and its still going strong!
Go for it!
#765 of 1845 Should I buy one?
Aug 15, 2003 (7:33 am)
If you plan to do any off-roading or driving on primitive roads, the Tracker is definitely worth considering. The Tracker's combination of economy, comfort, maneuverability, reliability, and off-road capabilities is hard to beat. However, if you want 4WD for driving in rain, snow, and ice, or for better handling on dry pavement, choose a vehicle with AWD.
#766 of 1845 SHOULD I BUY ONE ??
Aug 15, 2003 (8:10 am)
The price they quoted of $11,000 might be a good one as this morning our Chevy dealer has a picture of a nice 2001 one for sale at $14700 but this same dealer had new 2003 models a few weeks ago at $12900 which means they are out of the new ones or the rebate war is over but our Suzuki dealer still has some at fantastic prices but they could be quoting on 2 wheel drive models. Drive it a second time and if you love it, take the VIN number (on windshield tag above the dash) to a Chevy dealer and the service department can look it up and tell if there are any recalls outstanding but chances are any problems have already been fixed. I would only be leery of the 99 models.
Aug 15, 2003 (3:12 pm)
make sure that quote wasnt for a 2wd. that would make allt he difference right there. i think i seen where the suzuki's come with More standard feature like power mirror windows and locks. then you have your add-ons like cruise. which i had aftermarket cruise installed on my tracker and it was close to $400 and it broke once already and was replaced. the aftermarket cruise is ok, but it is no where near the quailty of a OEM cruise. even for as much as just the looks of it
Aug 16, 2003 (8:12 am)
I took possession of my 2001 Tracker yesterday & spent the day giving test drives. Everyone was very impressed. So far I love it. It also came with cruise, remote control side view mirrors & alum alloy wheels which I didn't know about til after I took the keys. Thanks everyone for all your help!!
#770 of 1845 keep us appraised
Aug 25, 2003 (4:51 am)
of the progress with your traker.
#771 of 1845 High Mileage Trackers and Sidekicks ?? HELP
Aug 25, 2003 (12:16 pm)
Have any of you owned or kept a Tracker or Sidekick well into the 150,000 to 200,000 mile range or even more than that? I had a 1990 and a 94 with 108,000 amd 124,000 miles on them when I sold them (both Trackers and in good condition). I now have a 95 Sidekick 16 valve, 4 door, automatic 4X4 with 94,000 miles and it now has new shocks and struts, new brakes, new A/C Comptrssor and new timing belt and a K&N air filter really improved the performance and gas mileage. Runs great. My question is: can I really expect this to go 200,000 miles with proper care or will it self destruct long before that? What is your experience??? (I found out the transmission had been replaced or rebuilt at 71,000 miles and the tires are new and it doesnt use oil yet)