I bought my 96 Tracker 4 months ago (July 2000). It had 72,000 miles on it. Guess what??? It handles and feels like a SUV. I like it so much I'm buying my wife one for Xmas and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for good gas mileage and A LOT of fun.
I bought a 1996 Geo Tracker in November of 2001. It is the best car that I have ever had. Not only does it ride extremely well for its size, but it goes anywhere in the snow, wind or rain. I am sorry that you don't like your Tracker, but I love mine it has 160,000 miles on it and nothing has ever went wrong with it.
I have a 96, when I got it, it had been rolled twice. I've put 30000 miles on it, and just love it. It's a 2 door convertible, so I expect it to be a little noisy with the soft top, expecially since the body had been twisted. It's one of the most reliable cars I've ever owned. It does great in the snow too. It's light, so it gets blown around on windy roads a little, but it's not a big car. Not every car can do every job, that's why I have more than one. My opinion: good car, good mileage, good 4wd, it's a go cart, have fun with it, I do.
I have owned 3 Trackers in my life and I`m currently looking for another one. They never break down, are cheap on gas, and are unbelievable offroad, and in the snow.
Downsides are cheap doors, seats, and soft top, bouncy ride, and sways a little on very windy days when doing high speeds (75-100 m.p.h).
I love em. Sad that they discontinued the model after 2005. They stopped making them because there were too many small SUVs to compete with, not because of crap workmanship, and if you look at the new Suzuki SUVs, they are great, but out of my price range.
That's all a Geo is; a Suzuki, or Toyota, with Chevy name on it. All real Chevys nowadays are junk.