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Old 01-08-2007, 07:43 AM   #1
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Am considering a Chevy Tracker to use as a toad (am tired of crawling in and out of a Saturn L-200). Realize that in order to tow, I need a 4X4, but am interested in experience from other Tracker toad owners. Thank you.
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Am considering a Chevy Tracker to use as a toad (am tired of crawling in and out of a Saturn L-200). Realize that in order to tow, I need a 4X4, but am interested in experience from other Tracker toad owners. Thank you.
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Old 01-08-2007, 05:51 PM   #3
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Had a 99 tracker Two-wheel drive and towed great, also the Suzuki Grand Virtara with 4X4 and Automatic. Both were the same to drive but the 5-speed and 4 banger got almost twice as much gas millage as the Suzuki[V-6] Both great toads.Wish I had the Tracker back..
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Red T, I have been dragging around a 1999 Chevy Tracker 4x4 for the last few yrs. What a sweet toad they make, ours is a manual trans. They are out there for low prices if ya shop around for a used one and parts are very abundant. Buy a beater and clean her up.
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Old 01-09-2007, 04:48 AM   #5
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Have been looking here in the Phoenix area, but 4X4 Trackers are a bit scarce. Think I'll take your advice and keep looking - am not in a hurry, so will wait for the right one to come along.

M&G tells me that their toad braking system will fit, but is a bit difficult to make it fit due to the frame strut under the hood. Gotta have my M&G brake system! <G>
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Old 01-09-2007, 06:09 AM   #6
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We've had two 4 Door, 4WD Trackers and towed them happily for about 55,000 miles so far. Had a 2000 4 cylinder and now have a 2003 V6, both automatics. The V6 gets about 2 mpg less than the 4 banger but is smoother and much more powerful. This is our only car, so we drive everywhere, including long non-RV trips, and are quite happy with it. About the only complaint we have is fairly loud rear tire noise, but this tends to happen in all small SUVs. The rear wheels are close to the cab and sound insulation isn't that good to begin with.

The Suzuki Vitara & Grand Vitara is the same vehicle - both are made in a Suzuki plant in Canada. I actually like the Grand Vitara a bit better, but got a better price on the Trackers.

We recently bought a bigger coach with more towing capacity and will probably trade up to something a bit larger now, possibly A GMC Envoy. Want to buy a nice 03 ZR2 with base plates and hitch ready to go?
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We have a 2002 Tracker 4X4 automatic with V6 4 door that we use for a Toad. Has about 12,000 miles on it towed. I did not want to stand on my head to pull and install fuses so I installed a Marine Battery switch under hood to switch Off when towing. works great,you will have to reset the clock, but thats why we bring our wives!!!
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the little 2 dr rag tops IMHO are the best. Top down beach cruiser

Mr C I like the battery disconnect switch idea, save battery and may save the car from bandits.
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I've got a '96 Sidekick for sale. I've used it as my toad for several years. It's a 2dr convertable 4x4, 5spd. It's in great shape. I'm selling it because I now plan on towing my '04 Explorer and no longer need the sidekick
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Old 01-11-2007, 05:23 AM   #10
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">We have a 2002 Tracker 4X4 automatic with V6 4 door that we use for a Toad. Has about 12,000 miles on it towed. I did not want to stand on my head to pull and install fuses </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

But why do you pull fuses on the Tracker? It's not necessary...I have never done so with either of ours.
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Thanks for the offer of a ZR2, Gary but Florida is a bit far to travel. &lt;G&gt;

The search for a Tracker turned up an '03 Jeep Liberty......it's loaded, a bit heavier than I really wanted, but hey, the old CAT says no problem, and it's the same color as the coach. What else would I need? &lt;G&gt;

So, now I'll have to change my signature element as soon as I install the base plate and swap the M&G brake system over.
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Congrats on the new toad Red.

I too have a Tracker as my toad. I never even know its back there most of the time (except when I want to back up ) Its a rag top and the major problems in the 20+ thousand miles it has been toad is the plastic strap that actually holds the top to the vehicle broke and I had to replace that and recently the rear axle seal started leaking. Great little toad but I dont recommend it for longer trips.

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