20k Original Miles? 1995 Geo Tracker

The owner of this 1995 Geo Tracker found the vehicle languishing in a Tennessee barn. He has revived it, and it is in a roadworthy state. It has a genuine 20,500 miles showing on its odometer and is probably one of the cleanest examples you will find on our roads today. He has had his fun, so it is now time for it to head to a new home. The Tracker is located in Port Orange, Florida, and has been listed for sale here on Craigslist. It can be yours by handing the owner $16,000. I have to say a big thank you to Barn Finder Ikey H for spotting this little beauty for us.

It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to determine the lineage of this Sky Blue Tracker. There is no mistaking that it traces its roots back to its cousin, the Suzuki Sidekick. The owner found it hidden in a Tennessee barn, and it isn’t clear how long it had been in storage. Either it wasn’t long, or the conditions were ideal because the little Geo has survived in excellent condition. The paint holds a beautiful shine, with no signs of fading or checking. The panels are laser straight, and there is no evidence of rust. The trim and plastic show no signs of deterioration, while the glass appears to be perfect. The Geo wears its original wheel, and these are free from damage, staining, and corrosion.

While the Tracker was intended to provide its owners with a life of adventure in the great outdoors, many ended up serving as commuter vehicles. This makes perfect sense because they weren’t horrendously expensive to buy, and they provided better visibility than your average small car, thanks to the raised ride height. Judging by the state of this interior, I tend to think that it has led that sort of life. The trim is in good order, and the carpet doesn’t show any of the stains or marks that can result from repeated exposure to mud and other “icky” substances. There are a couple of aftermarket additions, but otherwise, it’s all as it rolled off the showroom floor. The owner has installed a double DIN stereo with Apple/Android capability and GPS. The windows have been converted to power operation, which adds to the convenience that comes with air conditioning and a tilt wheel.

There are no engine photos, but we know that the Geo features a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine, a 3-speed automatic transmission, and 4-wheel-drive with manual locking front hubs. This is where we arrive at the other reason why so many of these little trackers were used as commuter vehicles. As well as the previously mentioned characteristics, they are light, maneuverable, and fuel-efficient. The automatic transmission and power steering would make this little classic a pleasure to drive in heavy traffic. Still, it wouldn’t be a fireball when it comes to acceleration or outright performance. Mind you; there is a lot to be said for an automatic transmission when tackling tougher terrain. It means that any attention that would usually be devoted to a clutch and shifter can be diverted to making sure that you get where you’re going with less chance of getting stuck. When the owner found the Geo in the barn, it had just over 12,000 miles on the clock. He has returned it to a roadworthy state, and it now has 20,500 miles showing. It is said to run and drive well and needs nothing.

The Geo Tracker is an interesting vehicle. Using a Suzuki as the basis for a light off-roader was a smart move because they are a vehicle that developed a solid reputation for off-road versatility and on-road economy. They also have a reputation for mechanical longevity, and there are more than a few kicking around on our roads today with more than 200,000 miles under their wheels. That would tend to suggest that this one probably has plenty of life left in it, especially if it is treated with a reasonable level of respect. For me, the sticking point is the asking price, which is a long way above the average. I did locate a recent sale for one with 38,000 miles on its odometer, and its sale price was around half of the asking price for this vehicle. Even so, I wouldn’t be surprised if the owner achieves something close to their asking price because there won’t be many kicking around today in this sort of condition. We’re talking about the classic car scene, so sometimes you need to expect the unexpected.

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Comments

  1. Bluetec320 Bluetec320 Member

    Good luck with the ask, LOL! Original MSRP was 13K and NADA has high retail on a low mile 1995 Tracker at 4K. Not to mention that these had horrible crash ratings, I certainty would want it as a daily driver on today’s congested highways.

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  2. Mitchell Gildea Member

    Does the seller also some have some swamp land for sale? Because that asking price is preposterous

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  3. nycbjr Member

    Crazy crack pipe, and a slush box to boot! Yuck no thanks

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  4. ace10

    $16K

    Bwhahhahhhaahhhahahhhhhaaaaa.

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    • stu

      Move the decimal over the left by 3 spots and that’s the value…

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  5. William

    He hit to many zeros at best maybe 1600 bucks for the junk idk where anyone thinks they’ll run 200,000 miles there’s tons of junkyards full of them

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  6. azmat rehmat

    Hey guys don’t be so harsh on the seller. Its a simple typo. Asking 16k is correct . its Peso not USD.

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  7. Evan

    Yeah, this guy is high, but I think you folks are being a bit harsh. If it had a stick shift, $5-6k would be reasonable. The automatic hurts a lot, but I’d still call this a $3-4k trucklet.

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  8. Vegaman Dan

    These are still sought after for competent off road rigs, but that price is more than off road, it’s off planet!

    I still kinda want a Daihatsu Rocky…

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  9. Argy

    My buddy drove a ‘91 Tracker convertible in high school. In addition to surviving the untold endless abuses of a teenaged male driver (and all of his friends, who learned to drive stick on it) the Tracker just kept on going. He was in a serious accident where it rolled (he miraculously walked away with a few scratches) and instead of writing it off the insurance company fixed it- his brother took it over after that, delivering pizzas. Say what you will about the Tracker but they were basically indestructible (and the short wheelbase made it brilliant fun off-road, provided the wheezy engine didn’t give out on a steep grade). That said, they weren’t known for performance, comfort or refinement. Wasn’t worth $16K when it was new and certainly doesn’t seem worth it today, even with a nostalgia factor.

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  10. Jim

    Begs the question….will there ever come a day when you see a Geo at a car show?

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  11. Maestro1 Member

    It’s certainly worth having based on its looks but I think the price is too high.

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  12. Pookie Jamie

    I’ll take it for 5k. Living near Daytona beach it will be perfect for the venue…..

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  13. Michael L Gregory

    I bought a new ’94 convertible with a five-speed and 4WD. I drove it all over the country for more than six years virtually trouble-free. It’s still on he road in the city where I live.

    As for the comment about whether we will ever see GEO’s in car shows, the answer is a resounding YES. I have a ’93 Metro convertible that’s been in more than ten shows and have lots of friends who join me.

    As for the comment about how long-lasting GEO’s are: Yes, 200K+ is not uncommon if you take care of them properly.

    The price is way too high for this one, but it’s a beauty!

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  14. K. R. V. Member

    As newlyweds my wife and I bought our first new vehicle together in 91, you guessed it, a 91 GEO Tracker Conv 4×4, 5 speed 1.6. That ran fantastic, got a steady 24-30 mpg and was fantastic off road! Especially after I put Bilstein long travel struts, HD springs front an rear with 1” lift spacers, along with 32” B. F. Goodrich AT tires. Sure it was not very quick, but it kept up with traffic an could cruise all day long at 75-80! We bought it with only one option, the very good skid plate package, that had a plate from just under the front bumper to under the bell housing, then another under the trans, transfer and gas tank! Oh an the 15” alloy wheels, in black with a tan top. We were forced to trade it in when it started blowing fuel system fuses. Seems they developed a short in the fuel pump located in the gas tank! That cost $900 to fix!!

  15. Claudio

    In my younger days ;i had a samurai , what a slug but for montreal winter driving , it was great , i upgraded to a sidekick but the growing family forcedme to sell. I have been looking for a convertible auto one for a while and they are rare and expensive when i great condition
    I got a z3 for less than i will be paying for a sidekick but this one is out of reach and out of price !

  16. Claudio

    In my younger days ;i had a samurai , what a slug but for montreal winter driving , it was great , i upgraded to a sidekick but the growing family forcedme to sell. I have been looking for a convertible auto one for a while and they are rare and expensive when i great condition
    I got a z3 for less than i will be paying for a sidekick but this one is out of reach and out of price !
    But they are getting attention and so are the geo metro of wichmy daughter had 2

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