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1999 Chevrolet Tracker Sport Utility

2dr Convertible 2WD

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1999 Chevrolet Tracker Sport Utility

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1999 Chevrolet Tracker

Source: New Car Test Drive

by Martin Padgett Jr.

Redesigned, refined, comfortable and capable.

Base Price $19,999
As Tested $20,429

For many of us, sport-utility vehicles are the stuff of lottery-winning fantasies. A hefty new Suburban, if you can find one, will set you back nearly $40,000. A Lincoln Navigator, nearly ten thousand dollars more.

But not all SUVs mean a huge deduction from your bank account. Of the truly trail-worthy SUVs, Chevrolet's new Tracker 4X4 is one of the least expensive. And, you might be surprised to read, it's one of the most satisfying.

Like the rest of the crew of mini-SUVs -- Honda's CR-V, Toyota's RAV4, and others -- the Tracker fits a number of bills. It's got cubbyholes and storage space galore for Rollerblades and mountain bikes, and the power to cut and thrust through city traffic. Its four-wheel drive inspires confidence in the wet and snowy months, and might even tug you to an off-road adventure.

But unlike the CR-V and RAV4, the Tracker has some sturdy off-road character underneath its sheet metal. It's built on a ladder frame, and has a four-wheel-drive system that offers low off-road gearing for trail rides and hill climbs. Add in eight inches of ground clearance, and the Tracker has the goods for any activity, on or off the pavement.

The Tracker would make an enjoyable economy car even if it came without the wagon body and off-road gear. But with its tall roof and 4X4 capability, the Tracker makes a strong case as an all-in-one vehicle that suits a wide range of needs. It's a slick piece of work -- and a hip choice if your annual car budget has just one line item.

Walkaround

The new Chevy Tracker is the second generation of GM's mini-utility program. The first Tracker was a popular Geo model that went away last year, smarting from the newer competition from the RAV4 and CR-V.

Unlike the Geo nameplate, the Tracker didn't go away. Instead of banishing the Tracker to the recycling bin, Chevrolet worked with Suzuki on an updated mini-utility. The result is a more upmarket mini-utility. The new Tracker is tighter, more refined and a much better-equipped vehicle than before.

The Tracker sits on a new ladder-frame chassis designed by Suzuki that's much stiffer than the previous generation. It shares this chassis with Suzuki's new Vitara. Chevy's Tracker is distinguished with unique styling cues that seem a little more rugged than the other mini-utilities. The design looks a little cleaner than the Suzuki version.

All four-door Trackers are powered by a 2.0-liter twin-cam four with 127 horsepower. A four-speed automatic transmission, which we didn't sample, is also offered for an additional $1,000.

Four-door Tracker 4X4 models start at $16,295. The base two-wheel-drive four door retails for $15,195.

A two-door Tracker convertible is also available, starting at $13,995. It comes standard with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine or optional with the 2.0-liter engine, and is available in two- and four-wheel-drive configurations.

Our Tracker 4X4 came with optional power windows and mirrors and door locks, tilt steering and cruise control for a total price of $17,345.

The Inside Story

It may look like a truck from the outside, but the Tracker feels like a car from the inside. Front seats put driver and passenger high behind the wheel with plenty of headroom, although the seats are a bit narrow and spongy for truly good support.

The view from the driver's seat is great. The nose of the Tracker slopes away for good road visibility, and the narrow roof pillars allow panoramic vision. The spare tire is set low enough on the back door to see out the rear.

Instruments are clear and switches operate with the click-click finesse of Toyota or Honda switches. The same goes for the Tracker's five-speed shifter, a smooth piece that combines with a light clutch for superior on-road driveability. If it weren't for the tiny little buttons on the radio, the Tracker's dash would be an unqualified success.

Storage is never a problem. In fact, all the armrests, cupholders, door pockets, and netting throughout the Tracker may leave you wanting for more stuff. There's a place for everything in here, so you can keep everything in its place. Flipping the rear seats down provides a large cargo area capable of holding a big dog cage.

Fabrics, plastics and materials are first-rate. They don't shout economy like the vinyl of past Trackers, and the dark gray provides a lighter ambiance. The doors thunk firmly in place, and the seams inside are small and unnoticeable. Of all the changes Chevy has made to the Tracker, the upgraded fit and finish is the most convincing and thorough.

Ride & Drive

In everyday traffic around Atlanta and on short hops to outlet malls in the north Georgia hills, the Tracker proved why it's popular with the young and spendthrift. For a price equal to a well-equipped economy car, the Tracker delivers a surprising amount of versatility.

The Tracker drives more like a small sedan than a bruising American-style SUV. The 2.0-liter is a smooth engine with a usable powerband. It works well with the five-speed manual transmission and provides enough power to entertain. The Tracker can pass with confidence on interstates and there's no fear of getting run over when pulling away from busy intersections.

The nicest surprise, however, is the Tracker's new independent front suspension, which quietly damps down tar strips and other medium-sized bumps, and helps give it almost agile handling. The ride is especially well-controlled for a vehicle with a short wheelbase.

Braking is another pleasant surprise, with firm pedal feel and optional ABS. But as with many SUVs, the steering response is a little mushy on center. That's probably due to the wide P205/75R15 tires that come with the Tracker 4X4, but those tires offer a good compromise of off-road traction and on-road grip.

The four-wheel-drive system is a snap to employ. A lever to the left of the manual transmission shifter allows the driver to choose rear-wheel drive, four-wheel drive or, for the tougher muck, low-range four-wheel-drive. It's a shift-on-the-fly system with automatic locking hubs, which means drivers don't have to stop or get out of the vehicle to engage the four-wheel-drive system. The four-wheel-drive system directs power to both axles equally, as opposed to all-wheel-drive or some on-demand four-wheel-drive systems that send power to the wheels with traction. A two-speed transfer case provides a four-wheel-drive low-range setting for driving through deep mud or snow or traversing steep inclines.

Final Word

Chevrolet's Tracker is one of the growing number of nicely revitalized Chevrolets. Chevy puts it as part of its broad SUV family, but in many ways the tracker feels more like a nimble economy car that just happens to have off-road capability.

The Tracker has been updated and transformed into a capable replacement for the economy car. It feels equally at home off-road, hauling a small load of furniture, or dealing with the daily commute.

© New Car Test Drive, Inc.

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1999 Chevrolet Tracker Sport Utility

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Opt

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std
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1999 Chevrolet Tracker Sport Utility

Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Chevrolet Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

2-year/24,000-Mile¹ CPO Scheduled Maintenance Plan.

12-Month/12,000-Mile² Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty.

5-year/100,000-Mile³ Powertrain Limited Warranty for model years up to 2014.

¹Covers only scheduled oil changes with filter, tire rotations and 27 point inspections, according to your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule for up to 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. Maximum of 4 service events. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.

²Whichever comes first from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.

³Whichever comes first from original in-service date. See participating dealers for limited warranty details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2009-2014 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day 150-Mile Satisfaction Guarantee
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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