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1992 Geo Tracker LSi 1.6 from North America

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired185000 miles
Most recent distance198000 miles

Summary:

Peppy fun practical car that everyone loves! Great for summer and pretty cheap to maintain

Faults:

When I got the car in June 04 with 185000, the engine was rebuilt @ 150k miles.

In Oct 04 the car grounded to a stop and the wheels locked up, lucky I wasn't too far from home, only 4 blocks, but I had to have it towed anyway as the wheels were all locked. It turned out to be a seized up transfer case as the fluid hadn't been topped up. Ended up taking the garage the does our oil Change/top ups to small claims court and they settled out of court, they paid for the repair of the transfer case ($600) as it was entirely their fault. At the same time, we also installed a rebuilt transmission ($400). So make sure you top up your fluids!

A year later, Oct 05 with no problems at all for the whole year, the car cut out wiuth no warning on the highway and this turned out to be an electrical/computer problem. Options were to either get a new computer (approx $500 I think that wasn't incl. labor costs) or have some whizkid mechanic do some magic on it for $500 out the door, so we chose the latter, I don't know what he did, some rewiring and bypassing something from what I could gather (his English wasn't so hot!) but I was grateful the car was running again!

Now a month since that repair, my clutch is going out apparently.

It was having trouble going into first gear for a while, but it didn't seem to be that much of a problem, but then recently, from a dead stop, it made an awful grinding sound when you try to put it in reverse so I had to start the car with it in reverse already to avoid that. Anyway, so that's being repaired for $380.

Hopefully that's all that's going to be wrong with the car for another year at least!

I got my last 2 repairs done by a very honest friend who gave me honest prices for the work.

General Comments:

Even with all the recent problems, I love my geo tracker for all the same reasons everyone else states;

-Easy to park.

-Extremely fun to drive with the top off.

-Is peppy in low gears, can go when it wants.

-We once drove a couch home from from Ikea with it tied securely over the back like a mini pick up!! Great for throwing stuff in the back when the seats are put down. Groceries, bikes, furniture. Very practical design!

-Also, I love the fact that I don't have to worry about locking it anywhere, it's a convertible, if they want to get it, its not too difficult so instead of smashed windows and slashed soft tops, I just never ever lock it up!

I believe it has personality, can't believe they stopped making them. Am definitely looking for a newer one as this one has served me very well, but has a lot of miles on it.

I'm definitely hooked on convertibles now, was thinking of a Mazda Miata as my next car, but the lack of space and practicality brings be back to my trusty Geo Tracker!

Someone also mentioned is that lack of security does mean you can't have anything you don't want stolen in the car so its easy to solve that situation, just never leave anything valuable in there! I have an ipod which I hook up when I get in the car and take away when I park which works really well.

Someone did steal our broken CD player earlier this year, but no hard feelings as it was broken anyway!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th November, 2005

24th Apr 2006, 08:28

I just got a 92-Geo tracker from my aunt. It is a grey and black 5 speed with a black soft top. This is by far the best car me. It is lots of fun in the summer with the top down and very reliable in the winter weather. I have only had one problem with the vehicle. After the vehicle had sat for about 2 years in my yard, I decided to get it on the road. After a new battery and oil change the thing ran great. After about 2 weeks of driving it the gears were a little hard to get into one night and all of a sudden something snapped. Luckily I was only a few blocks from my house and my friends and I pushed it back to my house. I later found out it was only the clutch cable that broke and there were no problems with the motor. I purchased a new clutch cable for $45 and the thing runs great again. I put a removable CD player in it and rewired the speakers with 18-gauge wire so now it sounds great. I would recommend doing this to your tracker as well. It is easy, inexpensive job that really pays off in the long run, makes your speakers sound 10 TIMES better.

27th Apr 2009, 22:39

I love my 94 Tracker for many reasons... most of all it's Hot Pink! You can't stay in a bad mood with a convertible that's called Pinky!

1992 Geo Tracker LSi 1.6L from North America

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired128000 miles
Most recent distance145000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

Cool, Reliable, Fun and Great Off-road!!

Faults:

Leaks in the crankshaft seal because the oil pan was overfilled with oil by the previous owner.

Transmission pan is leaking bad, I did not even bother to check the problem I am going to swap it for a 5spd anyways.

Exhaust is gone and is almost dragging the pavement, I will replace it with a Calmini sytem.

General Comments:

It is peppier that I thought it would be.

Is very reliable it hasn't leave me stranded yet.

Great off-road it has put some jeeps and full-size trucks to shame.

Simple and easy to work on, if you don't mess with the TBI system.

It seems that it was designed for 3rd world countries were maintenance is poor or non-existent (I come from one).

It is not the roomiest car in the back, the front seats space is good, cargo space without folding the rear seats is limited.

The "sunroof" is a great feature.

Probably I am going to keep it, swap the automatic transmission for a 5spd, get a Calmini 3"lift or a straight axle swap if they ever come up with one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th May, 2005

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 16 reviews