A good reliable car. You will be
surprised how much stuff you can fit in
The gas milage is not as good as on
other small models... 26 MPG for mixed
driving; No more than 28 on highway.
The automatic seatbelts are somewhat
I had good experience with this car
until about two years or 22,000 mile
ago. This is a very inexpensive car up
to about 80,000 miles. Then you need to
unload this car because many problems
will arise. My major issue now is that
the transmission began failing about a
year ago (would not shift to overdrive).
Now the problems are worst. I couldn't
get $50 for this car now.
The gas mileage has always been great
and maintenance had been low until
about a 1 1/2 ago.
I've driven this car for six years and
have never been pleased with any aspect
of the car. The engine and cabin are
noisy at idle and on the highway not to
mention numerous problems such as
engine shake due to a broken motor
mount, a leaky radiator, factory mis-
aligned rear wheels, stalling, and
transmission shift problems. The car's
acceleration is similar to that of a
kid on a tricycle. The car simply
can't get out of its own way.
The only feature I like about this car
are the 60/40 folding rear seats. They
allow for much more cargo even though
the car cannot carry it well.
The Tracer definitely needs lots more
power and torque as well as wider tires
and larger brakes to improve its docile
acceleration,slugglish cornering and
long stopping distances.
The only major problem I've had with
this car after 9 years was a cracked
valve seat at 140,000 miles. It's had
other minor problems throughout, so
I've probably spent about $2500 in 9
years of repairs. However, it's always
started up and run, never left me
stranded. Even with the cracked valve
seat, it limped 60 miles home on 3
cylinders. It's not a performer. It'll
get up to 100mph but I'd turn the A/C
off before trying anything more than
half-hearted acceleration. On the other
hand, fuel economy is excellent. The
fold-down seats and roof rack come in
Favorite would have to be the cargo
space with the rear seats folded down,
and the roof rack. Also, the gas
mileage is very good even compared to
new cars. I've gotten close to 32mpg
More power. This car needs another 15hp
or so, then it could be quite fun. No
airbags or ABS. The driver's airbag was
standard on the '94. A stronger spare
tire cover in the cargo area would've
been useful. It cracks. Also, the rear
springs seem to be a common problem.
Driving and owning this car was a delight. Sadly, after only 18 months of owning it, the reliability proved me wrong. The motor started to load up really bad after I used the a/c (would using the a/c take away engine power?)and it just died on me on the side of the road!! I loved my little wagon and so did my family. Problem was dropped valve and a cracked piston! My mechanic said it just wasn't worth fixing, so now it sits in a junkyard. They say the trannys have problems at around 80-90K miles. Mine hit 170,000 and no tranny issues at all! Some are good, some not. Purchasing another one come tax time! Besides the problem I had, I would very much recommend these inexpensive cars.
Engine reliability, excellent gas mileage, cute exterior design, nice smooth ride, handled well, great get around (grocery shopping!) car and the key turns every time. I love the cargo room. Great for lugging groceries around!
Seats are very uncomfortable after prolonged rides, add some cupholders and more power.
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