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Used Chevy Tracker Overview And How To Buy At The Best Price
In 1998, the Geo Tracker, along with all other Geo models, were added back into the Chevrolet fold, marking the beginning of the Chevy Tracker era which continued through the 2004 model year. And while getting harder and harder to find, they are still out there.
We always found the Tracker surprisingly maneuverable with impressive capabilities for the price ... particularly with the 4-wheel drive. The main difference for the Tracker from most other light SUVs it competed with was the fact that it was based on a rugged light-truck chassis and was certified as a light truck. It was also equipped with a very competent 4-wheel drive off-road system, a conventional light truck engine and transmission that was coupled to a hi-lo, 2-4 transfer case. In addition, the Tracker featured a solid front suspension with a sturdy recirculating ball steering box.
The result was a "tough little SUV" that possessed some capable as well as fun performance abilities. It's durability has also proven to be above average as you can still find many on the road today. The Tracker's seating is also fairly comfortable, while its gas mileage performance is also respectable for a truck-based and relatively inexpensive SUV, coming in at 19 mpg city and 22 mpg on the highway.
For the 1999 model year, Chevrolet redesigned the Tracker. While both a 2-door convertible and a 4-door wagon versions were produced, their boxy look became more rounded and aerodynamic but still kept the separate body-on-frame construction. While the wheelbase wasn't changed, the 2-door added 5 inches in length and the 4-door added one. It's width was also increased by 2 inches in both versions. The result was added interior roominess and the 4-door now seated five instead of four.
The standard engine powering the Tracker convertible was a 95-horsepower, 1.6-liter 4-cylinder, while optional on the convertible and standard on the wagon was a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that produced 127 horsepower. The standard transmission was a 5-speed manual and models with the 2.0 engine also offered a 4-speed automatic. And for the 2001 model year, 4-door ZR2 and LT models got a 2.5-liter DOHC V6 good for 155 horsepower and 160 lb-ft of torque.
Used Trackers can also be found with either rear-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive with shift-on-the-fly capability between 2WD and 4-High, and also featuring a 4-Low range.
Following only base 2-door and 4-door models, three trims were introduced for 2001: base, ZR2 and LT. The ZR2 was a sportier, 4-wheel-drive only model with 5-spoke aluminum wheels, wider tires, a blacked-out grille and wheel opening moldings. The LT was the more upscale model with premium cloth interior (some can also be found with the optional leather), full power accessories, a chrome grille and silver body-side cladding.
Used Chevy Tracker shoppers should also note model-year changes:
2000: A special Hang Ten Edition appearance option, with a surfing theme, was offered on the Tracker convertible, including unique headrests, floor mats, spare-tire cover, and decals.
2001: A V6 engine was made available for LT wagon and ZR2 models. The ZR2 was also available in convertible form, but only with a 4-cylinder engine. In addition, the 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine was discontinued. New standard features on all models included air conditioning and a cassette player, while convertibles could also now be optioned with power windows, locks, and mirrors.
2002: A CD player became standard while wagons got a standard roof rack and ZR2s could also be optioned with leather upholstery.
2003: The Tracker added a monochromatic yellow exterior choice for the LT wagon and optional deep-tinted glass.
2004: Only the Tracker's 4-door version was produced.
Overall, the Chevrolet Tracker can make a solid and attractively priced used SUV purchase with careful shopping. And we can make a number of suggestions to help you save money when buying one.
How To Buy At The Best Price:
There are actually several different ways to buy a used Tracker at the lowest price, and even at wholesale. You can click on the links to each of the following methods to get the specific instructions.
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