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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,450 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Chevrolet Tracker engine problems

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2001 Chevrolet Tracker Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 122005

Tracker 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles


4 years old, 82K miles, and the timing chains (both of them) broke. Mechanic has had the car for a week waiting for a back ordered tensioner, finally got it, and the engine starts but runs very rough - mechanic says he thinks the breaking timing chains damaged the valves. Timing chains aren't supposed to break at 82K miles!!!

- Waukesha, WI, USA

problem #3

May 172004

Tracker 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
1) normal driving in traffic 2)timing chain and and/or tensioner breakage, resulting in immediate power and steering loss, with subsequent damage to valves. 3) timing chain, tensioner, timing gears and valves all had to be replaced.

- Kingwood, TX, USA

problem #2

Feb 192004

Tracker 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,800 miles
Only after 3 years of ownership and 53,000 miles I have to replace all 26 lifters in the engine.

- Auburn, MI, USA

problem #1

Sep 012002

Tracker 4WD

  • miles
The engine knocks and rattle when it is first started sounds like there is either a valvtrain or piston slap problem in the engine. Also the air conditioning has this odor that is really nasty to smell when you first turn on the unit. The brake pads have been replaced twice within the last year and the rotors have been replaced as well.

- Chapmanville, WV, USA

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