30th Nov 2008, 14:45
Love my Trackers.
I owned a 1991 8 Valve Manual SoftTop from 2002-2005, then gave it to my son who's still running it at over 245,000 miles. He's done minor transmission work and many little things to keep it going, but the truck just won't die!
I bought a replacement for it in June 2007. A 1995 16V Manual SoftTop, missing the soft and a factory hardTop installed. After putting the correct wheels & tires on it (16 inchers do NOT fit or work!), replacing minor trim items, a new window regulator and a set of spark plugs (150K on the ORIGINAL ND Plugs!) the beast runs like a top and has the power to run expressways that the 8Valve just plain lacked.
I've put 14,000 miles on it with my daily driving, and have to say it's truly a great vehicle for the needs I have: 70 mile round trip to/from work over backroads through snow, rain, mud, etc. I wash it once a month, whether it needs it or not. I change the oil every other month and check the tires when I get home every night (2 flats so far due to road hazards).
It's not stylish, very comfortable for my 280lbs. or even a good grocery-getter due to lack of space. It is a FANTASTIC commuter with 24-31mpg (depending on 4WD needs), rock-solid dependability and an ease of maintenance that the automakers seem to have forgotten about.
Highly recommended for folks living out in the country with snow to deal with. Probably the most popular vehicle for little old ladies in my county since it has a good reputation for mileage, dependability and getting through the snow.
Overall - I'm in love with it, and plan to keep it for as long as it lasts - especially since there's nothing else like it out there without the Jccp name and pricetag on it anymore.
9th Dec 2009, 23:22
I love my 95 2 door conv 4x4 Tracker, had 36,000 miles when I bought it. I have never had to do any major repairs, other than a rear wheel bearing. I doesn't shake on the highway even at 80MPH. I would say if anyone's does it needs a wheel alignment. I use mine to travel all the time, it has never let me down in the 2 years I have owned it, it now has 79,000 and is still running perfect.
As for the musty smell and the water, it is from the rear cab corners rusting out, I'm almost positive if you pull the carpet up you will see light from the outside. Some body putty and undercoat spray should fix that issue.