1996 Geo Tracker Reviews - Page 4 of 9

1996 Geo Tracker V4 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission V4 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired46000 miles
Most recent distance63000 miles
Previous carDodge Dart

Summary:

Great little car for zipping around town

Faults:

The air conditioners main gasket broke at about 60,000 miles. Fortunatley the cost of fixing it was minimal, only $35.00.

The convertible top had to be replaced at 50,000 miles, it was kept well, but normal wear and tear had gotten to it. It wasn't much, about $150.00, from an on-ddline retailer.

General Comments:

This car is a good little car, its convenient and realiable. Not so comfortable for long distances, but for short trips, it is perfect.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th August, 2005

15th Aug 2005, 11:56

Other owners for the same make model and year have said that the automatics are fairly good on gas and yet others agree with you. Why would you say that it is so bad on gas? Do you leave the 4WD hubs locked in? Do you leave it in 4WD all the time? I am getting one primarily because I believed that it would be better on gas than my 1990 Chrysler New Yorker. I hope I am making a good decision.

1996 Geo Tracker LSI 4 cylinder from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired11000 miles
Most recent distance124000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Van

Summary:

Love my Geo Tracker!!

Faults:

For the past 4 years, I've had trouble with my Tracker cutting out during slow stops. For example, I'll be pulling up to a red light, and as the engine goes to idle, it cuts off. Or I'll slow down for a turn and then it will cut off. I can either use the key ignition or "jump-start" it to get it going. I've had the Tracker in the shop 6 times (4 times at the Chevrolet dealership) to correct this "elusive" problem. They have readjusted the Throttle Adjustment several times, and eventually the same problem starts to happen again. Has anyone else had this problem?

General Comments:

Love my Geo Tracker!! This is my second one, we live near the beach and take all the tops off, except the main shell.

The best thing about the Tracker is it has a "car" feeling instead of a bare "jeep" feeling about.

Like the convenience of being able to flip the front top back without removing the rest of the windows.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th June, 2005

23rd Jun 2005, 01:37

First try fuel system cleaners, and a fuel filter replacement. If no good, then try cleaning your EGR valve, or replacing it. also do all your basic maintenance. I've got a lot more mileage on my Tracker, and it runs great, still getting 30 MPG in the city.

13th Nov 2005, 18:57

I had the same problem with stalling. I had a major tuneup done just to make sure everything is taken care of, and had the EGR valve cleaned. Never had the problem again. After 107,000 miles I guess some maintenance is expected. Great little car. Cute as a button too (if the paint still shines).

26th Nov 2006, 09:04

I, too, have the "stalling" problem. My Geo is a 1996 Tracker and has stalled continuously. I've had the ERG valve replaced twice and to no avail the "Check Engine" light comes on within 25 miles of driving it away from the maintenance garage. Have tried to find out if there is a recall because I know of three others who have the same issue. I love the car, but it's costing a lot of money to try and figure out. Also, some day they're not going to pass the inspection on it! Am frustrated!

24th Jan 2007, 07:28

Take a good look at the rubber intake duct work. I had small cracks in the flex tube that caused similar issues. Replaced the duct work and all is good now.

1996 Geo Tracker from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired560 miles
Most recent distance152609 miles
Previous carMazda 626

Summary:

Well built, great car

Faults:

At 53000 the clutch went out. Had a friend put one in for $200. No problem since, that was 100,000 miles ago. The AC isn't quite as cold as it used to be; serviced once about 3 years ago. That's it. I changed out the timing belt once at 76K, repacked wheel bearings, flushed radiator 3 times, oil/filter every 3000, air filter twice. Still getting 29 miles to the gallon. The belts are starting to slip though, so I will be replacing this month, and looking at replacing timing belt next month. What else could you ask for?

General Comments:

Handles great. I'm passing it down to my son going to college.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th April, 2005

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