1997 Tracker

Consumer Reviews

1997 Geo Tracker

$80 - $5,828  MSRP Range

Review Score

4.0 out of 5 stars

4.0

7 Reviews
86% of drivers recommend this car
Score Breakdown
4 out of 5 stars Comfort
4.3 out of 5 stars Value for the Money
3.3 out of 5 stars Interior Design
4.7 out of 5 stars Reliability
3.7 out of 5 stars Performance
3 out of 5 stars Exterior Styling

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4 out of 5 stars

Great all-around workhurse

by alleycat from on Fri May 29 2009

If you are looking for a vehicle with a lot of pick-up and great handling, find something else. With that said, the Tracker/Sidekick is an awesome little workhorse. It is tiny on the outside, but big on the inside. It is extremely rugged (handles rough dirt roads like a charm) and durable, and the four-wheel drive will get you out of any (reasonable) situation. Mine was a 4-door hardtop, which i highly recommend (the more common 2-door soft-tops are much noisier on the highway). Note that this is a small truck, NOT a car, and handles as such.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
2 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does recommend this car!!

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4 out of 5 stars

Indestructable and Dependable

by Tracker Fan from Metro-Detroit, MI on Mon Jan 26 2009

No, the Tracker (and its sister vehicle, the Sidekick) aren't going to turn many heads because of great looks, and yes, the cabin is a little more than spartan, but I have owned two of these fun little trucks and regret selling both. They are rock-solid dependable (even if you loan them to a friend who happens not to know that cars need oil...) and will get you through any kind of weather. They're not quick and the handling is what you'd expect for a tall, short SUV, but for the price they are unbeatable. These trucks are excellent in the winter. I've never managed to get stuck in Michigan snow despite my best efforts, and had no problem dealing with axle-high mud even with worn street tires. And they are indestructable. I was rear-ended by an Accord going ~35-40 MPH and the Tracker suffered almost no damage whatsoever - only a small scratch and dent on the bumper. To put its durability another way - this is a vehicle that doesn't mind getting airborne.

3 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
3 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
3 out of 5 starsPerformance
3 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car!!

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4 out of 5 stars

A Great Mom Taxi For The Money

by Mom On The Go from McAllen, TX on Wed Dec 27 2006

I love this car. I drive around town as my children's taxi and it is great on gas. My father-in-law paid about $1500 for it. It is worth that and more. I parked my Surburan for this car. I would recommend this highly as a great first time car or as a mom's taxi.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

they never should have stopped building this car

by trackerlover from ny on Mon Feb 21 2011

found a '97 tracker with really lo mileage last year. fab gas mileage +a front roof that comes off with the turn of 4 screws maybe 10 lbs tops+ goes right into the back for easy on + off.! handles beautifully though in a stiff wind..well, light 4 cyl car,but responsive,non-problematic,parks in the tightest spots+ a no recall car!imagine that!fun to drive ,only prob is no a/c in ours + that some replacement parts are hard to get (no longer dealer stocked)but they never should have stopped making these cars. similars are driven all over europe. best,fun, well made, cheap little hard top/convertible suv idea that was unfortunately shelved in the u.s. in this better mileage range.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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4 out of 5 stars

Very Durable Vehicle

by TheGoldenBox from Quakertown, PA on Sun Dec 01 2013

I've driven this Geo Tracker I own for 9 months, have logged over 15k, and other than a minor fuel pump intake feed line issue about 10k ago, the car has been flawless. Would consider myself Blessed if I were to find another one like the one I have.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
3 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
3 out of 5 starsPerformance
3 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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4 out of 5 stars

tracker loveeeee

by Once a tracker owner from Florida on Fri Jun 30 2006

This was my first car. a trusty little tracker. If you come across one in relatively good condition it is a great first car for anyone. Since they aren't being produced anymore you won't find a new one,but the prices of these little cars are always pretty low - thats a plus for a first time buyer. it's ok to make little mistakes like accidently hitting a curb because its not going to be as big of a deal as when you hit the curb with,say, your mommy's BMW. anyway...tracker owners rock my socks. TRACKER LOOOVEEEE

4 out of 5 starsComfort
3 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
2 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
3 out of 5 starsPerformance
1 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does recommend this car!!

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3 out of 5 stars

Reliable

by Cayd Batchelor from Patterson ga on Sat Jul 01 2017

This was a car a reliable car but not the best car but not the worst either it was truly an okay car

4 out of 5 starsComfort
3 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
2 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
3 out of 5 starsPerformance
3 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Off-roading

Does not recommend this car!!

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Our Take on the 1997 Geo Tracker

The Geo Tracker is, depending on your personal taste, either cute and compact or small and boxy.

Economical or underpowered.

Sensible or silly.

These are the kind of controversial qualities that turn little oddball vehicles such as the four-wheel-drive Tracker into cult stars. Young people have flocked to the two-door ragtop version of the Tracker (actually a Suzuki Sidekick in disguise) and the longer, more practical four-door has picked up its share of cheery followers.

As an inexpensive little transport capable of some off-highway excursions or forays into snow country, the Tracker's not a bad little creature. It's also superior to its Suzuki Samurai predecessor, a mini-Jeep that spelled... Read More