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davran
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Location: Victoria, BC, Canada

PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 17:57    Post subject: Hello from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Reply with quote

My Land Rover Disco-2 V8 was costing me too much money so I got rid of it and on a whim picked up a well-used '99 Chevy Tracker -- Suzuki Vitara -- 1.6, 16-valve, 2-door. I love this little thing! It's good on fuel, parts are cheap, and it goes almost anywhere with impunity. I was originally going to use it for the winter and pass it on, but it's got zero rust so I'm fixing it up (mechanically).
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2014 9:07    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Devran !  Interesting for me to read your post. We are obviously miles apart but perhaps in a similar situation. I hadn't previously realised that a Chevy Tracker would be anything like a Susuki Vitara 1999. Perhaps the UK version Vitara may not be like your Chevy Tracker. With one previous owner, 60,000 miles on the clock, and shiny black/silver paintwork, I initially thought the one I purchased was virtually "rust free" but, when investigating a fog light that was flopping around a bit in the bumper, I was quite shocked to discover that an "out of sight" fixing plate inside the bumper had completely rusted away. When I removed two perfectly shiny fixing screws, the inside pressed steel component just disintegrated to a pile of rust on the ground. I hope yours doen't turn out to be the same. I have also discovered that the high level stop light unit mounted in the rear spoiler isn't working so I will need to start checking if spare parts like these are still available. I will be looking out for your posts to see how you get on but, in the meantime, hope you continue to have fun driving your new toy. Regards, Mike.
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davran
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 17:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Mike. I spent three months in the summer of '90 riding an '81 Yamaha FJ650 around the UK: good memories Smile

The Chevy Tracker encompassed both gen1 Sidekicks and ten2 Vitaras; they were so poorly re-badged that everything except the grill and steering wheel says Suzuki Smile Mine is a Canadian build unit from the Magna plant near Toronto.

Southern Vancovuer Island BC is Canada's warm spot, and not much road salt is ever used, so there are often rust-free cars here that are rusted and gone everywhere else in Canada. I had to replace the back door with one from a wreck, and the high-mount stop light is working.

My summer 'car' is a '74 Land Rover series III 88 Smile


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