1996 Geo Tracker Reviews

1996 Geo Tracker LX 1.6 petrol from Mexico

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 kilometres
Most recent distance170000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Blazer

Summary:

Practical, inexpensive and tough

Faults:

Some noises.

The transmission was overhauled at 140,000 kms.

The water pump at 165,000 kms.

And spark plug cables at 120,000 kms.

General Comments:

Fascinating car for poor surface roads.

Extremely good for flooded roads in countries like Mexico.

Very easy to fix, easy to park and inexpensive to maintain.

This car was built following the philosophy like those legendary vehicles as the VW Beetle, or CJ Jeep or MB 250 that say: strong, simple and inexpensive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st June, 2010

1996 Geo Tracker 4-Door LSI 1.6 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired63000 miles
Most recent distance108000 miles
Previous carJeep Cherokee

Faults:

Not much, nothing major or expensive.

The battery died and was replaced in about 2007.

I think the timing belt was replaced around 70k miles.

The starter had to be replaced in 2008, and the body started to rust before we bought it, so we couldn't prevent it. It was only surface rust, so in 2008 the lower 1/4 of the body of the car was painted with truck bed liner...

General Comments:

I absolutely hate my Geo, but it has been extremely reliable. My parents bought it in 2004 for my step-mom's winter car (she drives a BMW during the summer), it had 63k miles and they paid $3000. Now going on almost 6 years and 45k miles, it's required MAYBE $1000 of repairs or maintenance (including oil changes and basic stuff like that).

It's really slow, it's definitely not a highway car, I have to put it to the floor to pass vehicles or just got 65mph up a hill. I feel bad doing this because the tachometer goes to 6k RPM's and the wind easily blows you around.

Mine gets horrible MPG's, I'm getting around 18MPG if I'm lucky, the winter is even worse.

I have a love hate relationship with this car, this winter was the straw that broke the camels back though. We had some -25*F weather, the first day it started fine, the next day it was dead so I had to start plugging it in over night.

The doors would freeze, I could get in, but then the door wouldn't shut.

The shifter sometimes won't move out of park.

It puffs white smoke when I first start it, and sometimes the remote starter doesn't start the car.

The 4WD system is annoying; luckily I have the automatic wheel hub things, so I don't have to get out to put it in 4WD, but having to stop to put it in sucks because I lose momentum so I get stuck. Then having to back up after taking it out is annoying, because I have to make sure no car is coming, so I just quickly back up and be on my way.

But, even though I have given more cons than pros about this car, it really has been a good car. It won't die! (sometimes I wish it would, but it won't)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th July, 2009

1996 Geo Tracker from Mexico

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired46000 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles
Previous carFord Explorer

Summary:

Love it!

Faults:

Nada, nothing, has gone wrong. It had been well maintained and was in cream puff condition when I bought it.

I don't care for the back window bar on the convertible top, it limits access. I would recommend a removable hardtop over the soft top, but I love the ease of folding back just the front section for a 'moon roof' exposure. Have never bothered to unzip the whole thing; seems like that would be too difficult and it's way too dusty where I drive anyway.

It's a little noisy, but mostly from rattles from the hard use I put it to.

General Comments:

I'm a 59 year old single woman, and I love my car. Purchased it in Phoenix, AZ, USA and drove it down Mex 1 to my beach palapa there, where it is my only vehicle now.

It's reliable, it's fun, it goes everywhere, and I mean everywhere. It's quick. and people offer to buy it all the time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th March, 2008

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 38 reviews