2003 Chevrolet Tracker

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of the 2003 Chevrolet Tracker. Base trim shown.

2003 Chevrolet Tracker Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Posted on 12/9/02
Vehicle Overview
The Chevrolet Tracker is available in two-door convertible and four-door wagon forms, and it may be equipped with rear-wheel drive (RWD) or four-wheel drive (4WD). This compact sport utility vehicle is Chevrolet’s version of the Suzuki Vitara. Especially in its wagon body style, the Tracker competes with the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.

Capitalizing on the interest of small SUVs, Chevrolet sold 52,368 Trackers during 2001 — that’s a 9-percent increase, according to Automotive News. Only a handful of changes are evident for the 2003 Tracker. They include new yellow paint and optional deep tinted glass. Monochromatic paint goes on the LT edition.

“This is an authentic sport utility that can handle the roughest terrain,” says Marketing Director Margaret Brooks. The two-door convertible models are offered in base and ZR2 trim levels and come with a four-cylinder engine and a manual or automatic transmission. The four-door ZR2 and LT models come with a 165-horsepower, 2.5-liter V-6 engine as standard equipment, and these trims get the automatic transmission. The Tracker and the equivalent Suzuki SUV are built at a Canadian plant that is jointly owned by General Motors and Suzuki.

Exterior
The Tracker is built on a ladder-type frame and features what Chevrolet calls “bold, distinctive, sculpted flanks” that are complemented by contoured edges. The four-door solid-roof Tracker is 162.6 inches long overall ...
Posted on 12/9/02
Vehicle Overview
The Chevrolet Tracker is available in two-door convertible and four-door wagon forms, and it may be equipped with rear-wheel drive (RWD) or four-wheel drive (4WD). This compact sport utility vehicle is Chevrolet’s version of the Suzuki Vitara. Especially in its wagon body style, the Tracker competes with the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.

Capitalizing on the interest of small SUVs, Chevrolet sold 52,368 Trackers during 2001 — that’s a 9-percent increase, according to Automotive News. Only a handful of changes are evident for the 2003 Tracker. They include new yellow paint and optional deep tinted glass. Monochromatic paint goes on the LT edition.

“This is an authentic sport utility that can handle the roughest terrain,” says Marketing Director Margaret Brooks. The two-door convertible models are offered in base and ZR2 trim levels and come with a four-cylinder engine and a manual or automatic transmission. The four-door ZR2 and LT models come with a 165-horsepower, 2.5-liter V-6 engine as standard equipment, and these trims get the automatic transmission. The Tracker and the equivalent Suzuki SUV are built at a Canadian plant that is jointly owned by General Motors and Suzuki.

Exterior
The Tracker is built on a ladder-type frame and features what Chevrolet calls “bold, distinctive, sculpted flanks” that are complemented by contoured edges. The four-door solid-roof Tracker is 162.6 inches long overall and has a 97.6-inch wheelbase — that makes the solid-roof model 11 inches longer in both dimensions than the two-door convertible. The soft-top model has a manually folding canvas roof.

Both body styles are approximately 66 inches tall. The spare tire is mounted on the tailgate, which opens to the right on both body styles. All models ride 15-inch tires, and alloy wheels are standard on the LT and ZR2. Skid plates are included on the ZR2. Options include tubular side steps, a brush guard, ski and bike racks, and a removable hardtop for the convertible.

Interior
Larger dimensions give the four-door Tracker greater interior space. The convertible seats four occupants, and the four-door wagon seats five. Folding down the split rear seat expands the cargo space to nearly 34 cubic feet on the convertible and 45 cubic feet on the wagon.

All models have air conditioning and a CD player. Leather upholstery is optional only on the LT model.

Under the Hood
The base engine for the regular convertible and four-door wagon and ZR2 is a 127-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder. A 165-hp, 2.5-liter V-6 goes into the LT and ZR2 wagons. The four-cylinder engine teams with either a four-speed-automatic or five-speed-manual transmission, and the V-6 comes only with the automatic. Both body styles work with either RWD or shift-on-the-fly 4WD.

Safety
Antilock brakes are optional, and daytime running lights are standard. Side-impact airbags are not available in the Tracker.

Driving Impressions
The Tracker is on the noisy side, but it’s generally a satisfying little machine. The noise comes from the V-6 engine and driveline. While the new model is better than the past model, it still triggers a trucklike sensation. The automatic transmission tends to stay a trifle too long in lower gears, which also adds to the extra sound level.

The Tracker is easy to steer and control, and it maneuvers nicely in city driving. When equipped with 4WD, it also performs capably on snow and ice. A somewhat choppy ride is inevitable, but it’s not much of a problem. The Tracker’s acceleration won’t win any awards, but it’s wholly adequate for all but the most assertive drivers. The SUV’s seats are excellent and well cushioned, and they offer good support, but legroom is limited in the backseat.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2003 Buying Guide

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Fantastic car. Period.

by xyz on May 23, 2018

Fantastic and very reliable car. I drove it for almost 2 years. Fancy car, too. People ask you what kind of car it is. Great buy. Read full review

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Owned two '95 2 doors

by 800wildcat from Ripon, WI on December 4, 2017

First one was a 5 spd and got 29 MPG highway. 2nd was heavily modified with a Suzuki 2.7L 183 hp V6 with 4 spd automatic swapped in place of the 1.6L 95 hp 4 cylinder. Still had space in engine ... Read full review

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Tracker received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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