Used 1997 Geo Tracker

1997 Geo Tracker
List Price Estimate
$1,158 - $2,461

Pros & Cons

  • Low price, cute styling, excellent visibility, performs well off-road
  • Underpowered engine, small cargo area, tippy handling, convertible top is difficult to manage
Geo Tracker years
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Edmunds' Expert Review

Vehicle overview

To the delight of Chevrolet dealers, Geo introduced a new four-door hardtop variant of the cute little Tracker last year. Also new in 1996 was a revised instrument panel with dual airbags. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes were optional. So equipped, the new Tracker proved quite popular in the burgeoning mini sport-ute marketplace.

After a heavy makeover for 1996, changes for 1997 are limited. Convertibles get a standard fold-and-stow rear bench seat along with an enhanced evaporative emissions system. All Trackers can be painted Sunset Red Metallic or Azurite Blue Metallic for the first time. Prices have been at or near 1996 levels in an effort to make the Tracker more attractive to folks shopping Kia Sportage, Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V.

Fun-in-the-sun takes on fresh meaning behind the wheel of a snug-but-cozy Tracker convertible, whether its engine is driving two wheels or four. A 16-valve engine powers all Tracker models, sending out 95 horsepower. Naturally, the optional automatic transmission saps much of that strength.

Short and stubby, these friendly little vehicles maneuver easily but handle with a very light, sometimes twitchy touch on both the highway and off-road. They're more solidly built than they appear at first glance--not at all like a toy--and deliver a passably pleasant ride most of the time. Differing little from the Suzuki Sidekick, Trackers look and feel substantial, though during off-road driving, the door frames shudder just enough to let in a fine silt of dust that coats every plastic interior trim piece. Front seats are firm but lack leg support, and wear nice-looking upholstery. The rear seat of four-door models is surprisingly comfortable for two adults. Dual cupholders and a storage tray sit in the center console.

Convertibles have an "easy opening" top that folds in two ways: either the front half folds back like a sunroof, or the entire canvas top can be stowed for fully open motoring. Though improved, putting the top up and down still isn't exactly a quickie operation. Several "expressions packages" feature color-keyed convertible tops and wheels, and a Tracker can be equipped to tow half a ton. LSi editions feature automatic-locking hubs, which are nice to have if you switch often between two- and four-wheel drive.

Four-door models can be equipped with power windows, door locks and mirrors. Child security rear door locks are standard on four-door, and daytime running lights are standard on all Trackers. The 1.6-liter engine provides barely enough power in convertibles; in the four-door the engine is severely overmatched. Interstate cruising requires putting the pedal nearly to the metal just to maintain speed.

Would you want the convertible as your sole vehicle? Probably not, but a soft top Tracker in the garage just might turn sunny summer days into a veritable binge of adventure. Practical-minded folks, on the other hand, might prefer the weather-tight construction of a hardtop model. Sadly, we can't recommend using a Tracker for anything but light duty in the flatlands. The 1.6-liter motor is zippy enough to keep up in city traffic, but a heavy load of passengers or cargo keeps the Tracker's breathless engine wound out tightly on slight inclines or at freeway speeds. With a bigger engine, lightly-equipped Trackers would certainly give the competition a run for the money.

1997 Highlights

After a heavy makeover for 1996, changes for 1997 are limited. Convertibles get a standard fold-and-stow rear bench seat along with an enhanced evaporative emissions system. All Trackers can be painted Sunset Red Metallic or Azurite Blue Metallic for the first time.


Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 1997 Geo Tracker.

5 star reviews: 25%
4 star reviews: 60%
3 star reviews: 15%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%
Average user rating: 4.1 stars based on 20 total reviews

Trending topics in reviews

  • fuel efficiency
  • reliability & manufacturing quality
  • oil
  • driving experience
  • off-roading
  • electrical system
  • appearance
  • spaciousness
  • maintenance & parts
  • interior
  • sound system
  • lights
  • doors
  • emission system
  • engine
  • brakes
  • comfort
  • dashboard
  • seats
  • warranty
  • transmission
  • value
  • climate control
  • towing
  • handling & steering

Most helpful consumer reviews

4.25 out of 5 stars, Best Little Car On the Market

I bought my Tracker for $1750; it had 73,800 miles on it, ran awesome, and was in good shape for a 14 year old car. One of the best moves I've ever made. In the winter it's great because it has 4x4 and is amazing in the snow. In the summer it's great because it's a convertible and it's surprisingly phenomenal off-road, even when completely stock. It's durable and can handle lots of work. For such a small car it can fit 1/3 cord of wood, and you won't wreck the strong interior. It's uncomfortable and 55mph on the highway is 3K rpm, but it gets 35 mpg, it's amazingly reliable, and it has the heart and soul of a big truck.

4.5 out of 5 stars, great car

Had the car ten years, changed the oil and plugs every year, had 196,000 miles when I sold to co-worker in feb 2008, he is still driving it. It had no Major problems.

4.25 out of 5 stars, 97 GEO LSI our Best Buy!
Barry Cantrell,

We bought our LSI 4X4 4 Door. I wanted black but we ended up with the dull red one, my wife loves it, I accepted it, it is her car! We had them add remote locks, but it came loaded, CD prim, pwr everything except seats. It has 130k and we changed: brakes, front autohub to manual (auto were too expensive, though it came with auto) O2 sensors-2x, complete exhaust-converter, tires so over all that is great! We did have to redo the AC. The gate lift handle cover fell off, put back. Wife loves it, I am crippeled with bad back, more than 30 miles I have to have a pain hypo! Not good on windy days! Rust on bottom-rockers/quarters.

4 out of 5 stars, 97 Tracker

I have put 200,000 miles on this 5 spd 4WD Tracker and consider it to be trouble free and cheap to drive. The worst that I have gotten was 27 MPG and that was in 4WD on snow. I get between 30 and 35 MPG with every tank. Maint: replaced the front brakes 3 times, rear brakes 2 times; starter and alternator once; tires every 45,; just replaced the speedometer cluster because the speedometer quit working; some light bulbs have never been replaced. If a vehicle lasts this long in WV it's a good design. I'll be looking for a newer Tracker in another 50K or so.

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Features & Specs

4dr SUV 4WD features & specs
4dr SUV 4WD
MPG 21 city / 24 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
95 hp @ 5600 rpm

LSi 4dr SUV features & specs
LSi 4dr SUV
MPG 21 city / 24 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
95 hp @ 5600 rpm

2dr SUV 4WD w/Soft Top features & specs
2dr SUV 4WD w/Soft Top
MPG 21 city / 24 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
95 hp @ 5600 rpm

4dr SUV features & specs
4dr SUV
MPG 21 city / 24 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
95 hp @ 5600 rpm

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NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver2 / 5
Passenger3 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
DriverNot Rated
PassengerNot Rated
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
RolloverNot Rated
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact TestNot Tested
Roof Strength TestNot Tested
Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintNot Tested
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test


Is the Geo Tracker a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 1997 Tracker both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Geo Tracker fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Tracker gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the Tracker ranges from 32.9 to 45.0 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Geo Tracker. Learn more

Is the Geo Tracker reliable?

To determine whether the Geo Tracker is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Tracker. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Tracker's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 1997 Geo Tracker a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 1997 Geo Tracker is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 1997 Tracker is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 1997 Geo Tracker?

The least-expensive 1997 Geo Tracker is the 1997 Geo Tracker LSi 4dr SUV 4WD. Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $0.

Other versions include:

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    What are the different models of Geo Tracker?

    If you're interested in the Geo Tracker, the next question is, which Tracker model is right for you? Tracker variants include 4dr SUV 4WD, LSi 4dr SUV, 2dr SUV 4WD w/Soft Top, and 4dr SUV. For a full list of Tracker models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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    Used 1997 Geo Tracker Overview

    The Used 1997 Geo Tracker is offered in the following submodels: Tracker SUV. Available styles include 4dr SUV 4WD, LSi 4dr SUV, 2dr SUV 4WD w/Soft Top, 4dr SUV, 2dr SUV w/Soft Top, and LSi 4dr SUV 4WD.

    What do people think of the 1997 Geo Tracker?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 1997 Geo Tracker and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 1997 Tracker 4.1 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 1997 Tracker.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 1997 Geo Tracker and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 1997 Tracker featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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