1994 Geo Tracker Reviews - Page 2 of 12

1994 Geo Tracker Hardtop 1.6 8v from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.6 8v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance135000 miles

Summary:

Excellent, reliable, and economical alternative to a Jeep

Faults:

Two small rust holes in both rear wheel wells where the rear seat belts bolt through body.

Original exhaust system rotted off at 110K miles.

Mounting bolt for A/C pump broke.

Paint faded a little on hood and front fenders.

Normal wear items.

General Comments:

This is one of the most reliable cars/trucks I have ever owned. Nothing other than two small rust holes which I easily repaired myself, the original exhaust finally falling off, and a A/C bolt breaking have ever gone wrong with this truck. It gets close to 30 mpg highway or in town. Everything including the air conditioning works like it should (now that I fixed the bolt). I live in an area (southern Poconos) in PA where it snows A LOT, so 4x4 is almost a must. With new snow tires, this thing is just about unstoppable. I am passing 4x4 pickups in ditches in 18 inches of snow and barely slowing down in 4wd High Range. 4wd Low Range isn't necessary onroad unless you want to drive straight up the side of a building in a snow storm, although I have used Low Range offroad a couple times. My only complaints are that I have three big dogs who are a little cramped in the back (the seat is in the garage and has been since I acquired the truck), but that's no fault of the truck. Its also not very comfortable on long highway trips, unless those trips are during blizzard conditions.

Its also easy to work on and the parts are dirt cheap, including tires. Not that youll be buying a lot of parts; the Tracker is incredibly reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th February, 2007

1994 Geo Tracker 2D Convertible 1.6L 4 cylinder from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.6L 4 cylinder Manual
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 miles
Most recent distance156000 miles
Previous carPontiac Fiero

Summary:

Reliable little SUV for your money

Faults:

-Clutch wire that goes from the pedal to the engine (100 dollars) this was at 145,000 miles.

-Headlamps every 30k or so.

-The cataytic converter back twice (first time the muffler mechanic didn't do his job correctly) over 100,000k

-The ragtop is seeing wear at all the seems, but I sewed the ripped seems my self with black spider-wire and that works fine, also replaced the velco patches with a heavier duty velco and adhesive.

-Had some problems with getting the front hubs to go to 4X4 after 100,000 miles.

-Because the doors are thin, and the lock assembly is flimsy, I have had some problems getting the door unlocked in cold temperatures. (Usually just take a large container of hot water and poor down the outside of the window and around the the lock assembly and voila)

General Comments:

I feel that for the money to buy this vehicle, this is an extremely reliable and dependable little SUV. Of course you can't take a stock Tracker off road, its design is not robust for this, but for trips in camping grounds, around a small farm or in the snow, I feel it works, runs and operates pretty well.

It is not extremely comfortable on long trips, but on a day-to-day basis and putting around town, this car is great. I have taken mine from Ohio to Florida 5 times (when it was over 80,000 miles). And I consistently drive it still at (156,000miles) on the highway at least 200 miles every weekend.

The car has a short wheel base and for inexperienced drivers, if you turn to sharp you can actually get the front wheels to jack-knife, so cornering has to be done conservatively. Also the thin construction gets blown a lot on the highway and at high speeds you have to stay on top of the car's handling.

Overall for the money I can't believe that this car has put me through what it has, I wish all vehicles started/ran as good this one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th March, 2006

1st Apr 2010, 00:01

I completely agree with you. I am a former Geo Tracker owner and I miss it more everyday. I would gladly take it over my current car, even though it is older and has some rust issues. It is extremely easy to work on as well. I love it and I am planning on buying another one soon. This time, one with four wheel drive, because my last Tracker was 2WD.

21st Apr 2010, 18:24

Just got a 94 rag top 1.6. Love it so far. It's got 115k.

It's got a little miss till it warms up. Any suggestions, you can e-mail me at hillbilly705@yahoo.com

Thanks, Jay.

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 46 reviews