1996 Geo Tracker Reviews - Page 2 of 9

1996 Geo Tracker LSI 1.6 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired120540 kilometres
Most recent distance121600 kilometres

Summary:

It is a fun little car, a great hard worker, and I would buy another one just like it if I could!

Faults:

The speedometer. I worked up until it got really cold, then it stopped, and the needle (while bounces) remains at the bottom of the gauge.

The "O" Ring at the converter was gone when I bought the car.

The windshield washer works, but does not spray to the upper part of the windshield.

The drivers side window panel, on the rag top comes out of the track.

General Comments:

The Tracker, is fast at turns, is fun to drive, and the 4X4 is extremely easy to use. You can shift from 2 wheel to 4 wheel without any problem.

I have found that the gas mileage is not at the point that I would like it to be, but that is a work in progress, but it starts and runs, idles so quietly that I often wonder if it is still running.

The heater will heat you out into the cold! Transmission shifts quietly also.

I have used the Four wheel drive several times, and in light of the recent snow storm, (14 inches +), it got me to and from work without a hitch.

I have not had it long enough to have the top down, or the A/C running.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th March, 2008

1996 Geo Tracker 1.6 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.5 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 miles
Most recent distance140000 miles

Summary:

Worst car you can buy

Faults:

Check engine light burnt out when it was bought.

Erg valve replaced.

Expensive Transmission leak, $1200 fix.

Top leaks and its brand new.

Transmission starting to slip.

Starter went out at 100,000 miles and had to be replaced.

A/C hose blew out and was $100 to replace.

Fan switch doesn't always work.

Burns out the interior light every 500 miles or so.

Hoses burst randomly.

Oil leaks.

Locks freeze in the winter.

Stalls out on hot days when in reverse.

Power steering leaks.

General Comments:

This is the most uncomfortable car I've ever been in. The seats have no back support and you can feel every bump in the road. Every time You hit a bump the dash board squeaks.

The top was bought last year and every time it rains hard the seats get wet and it smells like wet dog inside. It can take DAYS to dry.

It has the worst handling. The steering is loose and jittery. There is no acceleration and the gas mileage should be a lot better for the size engine it has. Snow is a night mare. It just slides across the top of the ice, and with no ABS pumping is a must. I've been stuck in numerous driveways in the winter (including mine).

The A/c works sporadically and is hard to keep on. The switch only works well in high and none of the other settings work. And on very hot days if the A/C is on it sometimes stalls out when I put it in reverse.

We bought the car in South Carolina and it had no rust. After 2 Ohio winters and constant washings it has already began to rust.

I will give the heater credit. It will bur you out of the car in the winter.

This car has also never really left me stranded. While it may be junk it will always start (though sometimes it dosnt want to).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd August, 2007

8th Jul 2009, 22:59

Just wondering, do you follow any kind of regular maintenance schedule at all???

1996 Geo Tracker Geo LSi 1.6 Liter In Line 4 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.6 Liter In Line 4 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired55000 miles
Most recent distance113000 miles
Previous carNissan 300ZX

Summary:

Fun, economical, slow, trucky and great mini-SUV 4X4

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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

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