1993 Geo Tracker 1.6L from North America
I love this car; very reliable, fun to drive, easy to work on
Had to have the transmission rebuilt at around 190,000 miles, and now at 263,000 miles. The original engine has given out and needs to be replaced.
Minor problems include interior door handle breaking at the hinges, and now the window crank mechanism has broken. Had to replace the heater fan switch assembly, which I was able to do myself. Minor equipment problems such as these can be expected on a 23 year old car. I think for all of the use it's gotten, things have held up pretty well. Other than that just regular maintenance issues.
This is one of the most reliable cars I've ever had. It just keeps going. I commute around 250 miles a week and this is my main commute car. I'm slightly over 6' 5", yet I'm able to sit up straight without my head banging on the roof, and the seat is very comfortable during my 1.5 to 2 hour drives.
I've changed the oil regularly, every 3 to 5 thousand miles and always add Rislone at the oil changes, and it has kept going for 263,000 miles, but now needs to be replaced. Will be having the work done by a local mechanic. It will cost about $4,500, but it's cheaper than buying another late model used car. It's so reliable and fun to drive that I think it's well worth the money to throw another engine in it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th December, 2017
28th Dec 2017, 15:50
I think your car is too old to be throwing money at it like a new motor. Use the money to buy a 10 year old Toyota.
31st Dec 2017, 20:25
Or, five more Geo Trackers.
2nd Jan 2018, 23:37
As I mentioned previously, I had the transmission rebuilt a little over 2 years ago. With a rebuilt engine I'll be in good shape. If I buy a 10 year old car from someone else, who knows what I'll get, or how well they took care of it. I might inherit someone else's problems. I know this car and what I'm dealing with. Toyotas also don't have much headroom for a guy my height, which is a big deal when you have to commute long distances. Thanks for your input though!
3rd Jan 2018, 16:54
Well, pray that it doesn't get totaled in accident or some other mishap. Insurance companies don't care that you just spent $4500+ on a transmission and engine rebuild. You will be offered book/market value for it.