1996 Geo Tracker Geo LSi 1.6 Liter In Line 4
Fun, economical, slow, trucky and great mini-SUV 4X4
Clutch pedal fell on the floor (disconnected).
Right outside rear-view mirror will not move out (away from the body) enough.
Emission system failed (Check Engine Light On) : Caused a failure of State Emissions & took a number of $'s to find & repair the problem. Okay now.
This vehicle needs a tilt steering wheel!!
(Not offered even as an option in 1996.)
Also should have had a higher ratio top gear. I can easily shift into 5th @ 25 mph. That's way too slow & affects noise & mpg @ high speed. Consequently: RPM's @ high speed are higher than necessary.
Not enough power: This is not a car to own in a hilly area. It is fine on flat/level ground.
Pretty reliable & inexpensive to own: Solid 30+ mpg city or highway.
Got the car from my nephew when he graduated from college. I'd never owned a 4X4 & had driven this car a # of times in the past. Thought it was a cute, neat, easy to maintain & fun to drive vehicle.
I've owned it for 5 years & have put 50k miles on it. It has been a great little mini-SUV to own. Inexpensive to operate, fun to drive & the 4X4 system works great! Have experienced a number of repairs due to age/mileage: clutch, emissions system (failed state exam) & brakes. Engine & transmission appear to be strong. A/C works great. Power equipment (radio, windows, locks, mirrors, cruise, rear window defogger & wiper) all still working. All in all, a pretty decent, inexpensive, fun vehicle to own. I'd consider replacing it with the updated Suzuki model when the time comes.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th June, 2006