Automobile Experience with Geo Tracker is Inveitable

Tracker is the name of a small SUV that was developed by CAMI, a joint venture between General Motor Company (Canada) and Suzuki in the year 1988 as a model for the year 1989. Initially called Geo Tracker, this vehicle was actually certified as a pickup truck because of its off road capabilities. It later became popular as Chevrolet Tracker. Geo happened to be a subdivision of Chevrolet and a brand of cars under General Motors. It was an endeavour by GM to counter the onslaught of imported Japanese and German cars in the American market.

Geo was presented as a cheaper alternative to Jeep in the year 1989. It was manufactured on the platform of Suzuki Sidekick that later developed into Suzuki Vitara and Grand Vitara. Geo Tracker was a mini SUV with 2 doors and a hard/ fixed roof top or a convertible one. All the models made under the nameplate of Geo Tracker from 1989 till 1990 were 4 wheeled drive and they were fitted with a 5 speed manual transmission. It was in 1996 that the company decided to do away with the 2 door models and switched to 4 door Trackers. These vehicles had 4 speed automatic transmission and they were fitted with engines producing a power of 95HP. This may not be much considering powerful SUV’s of the present times but back in the 90’s it was more than sufficient. Interestingly, Tracker was made and sold as Geo Tracker from 1989 till 1997 but later it was sold as Chevrolet Tracker from 1998 till 2004. In 2005, Chevrolet replaced Tracker with a car called Equinox. However, one can still find a good condition Geo Tracker for sale if he is desirous of it.

Geo Tracker

As Tracker was presented as a cheap alternative to Jeep, the company did little to make it look luxurious from outside or inside.  Base models of this car had little for the owners in terms of luxury and they had to contend with cloth seats. The other trim offered to customers was Lsi where owners got an AM/FM radio and a simple audio system. One could get air conditioning and power brakes as optional features. Tracker was fitted with a 1.6litre 4 cylinder engine that produced a power of 80HP. One respite was its good fuel efficiency with owners of 5 speed manual transmission getting a mileage of mid to high 20’s in a gallon of gas. The front seats inside Geo Tracker were bucket seats and the instrument panel was decent enough with a nice audio system. There was a bench seat at the rear to seat two passengers but this bench seat was foldable to release 32 cubic feet of space for storage.

If we talk about ride quality and comfort, Geo Tracker did not exactly provide a very high quality and comfortable ride under urban traffic conditions. In retrospect, it seems to be underpowered SUV that also appeared to be out of balance because of a high centre of gravity. Owners also complained of a lot of engine noise and the noise produced when it moved at high speed on the road. However, despite all its limitations, Geo Tracker still remained popular for a long time among the customers as it gave them opportunity to own a SUV at a very low price. It served the purpose of giving unlimited thrill and excitement in the form of a 4X4 toy with all it’s of road capabilities.

In 1996, dual airbags were made standard in all Geo Trackers to enhance the safety of the vehicle. However, the company still kept features like cruise control and antilock brakes as optional. Daytime running lights were added to the front and rear and the styling was revised to make the vehicle look attractive and modern. Not many changes were made in this SUV after that.

One thing that remained in favour of Geo Tracker all along was its price tag. It was an inexpensive car to buy and maintain. If you get Geo Tracker for sale today, it is even more alluring because of its down to earth price tag. However, you must remain mindful of the fact that you may not get spare parts at all Chevrolet dealerships now a days.

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