The Geo Tracker might look to the casual observer like another unibody car-based light SUV like Toyota’s RAV4 or Honda’s CRV, but you would be mistaken. The Geo Tracker was developed (alongside the Suzuki Sidekick/Escudo) by a joint venture between GM and Suzuki at a Canadian factory. The Tracker was built on a rugged body-on-frame light truck chassis with a recirculating ball steering box and front-mounted longitudinal engine connected via a 5-speed manual to a hi-lo 2-4 transfer case. It is the real deal when it comes to light SUV off-roading, and at first glance the concept of “investment grade” might seem silly…until you research the prices of used Ford Broncos. Maybe this is an investment. Find this 1997 Geo Tracker offered for $6,921 in Orange County, CA via craigslist.
he Suzuki Cappuccino was introduced for the 1987 model year as an attempt to add some sportiness to the Suzuki lineup in native Japan. In a photograph it looks like a Mazda Miata competitor, but with a total length of only 129 inches and a 1598 lb curb weight, the Cappuccino was closer to a go-kart and it conformed to Japan’s Kei (Keijidosha light car) regulations that gave buyers a tax break and easier license/insurance requirements. The pint sized cup of Japanese coffee was never sold in North America, but a few made it across the pond and into the wilds of the US car market. Find this 1992 Suzuki Cappuccino offered for $11,000 in Clifton, TX via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Today’s next feature is a special…no, that’s not right. Today’s next feature is special. It features two cars where the asking prices are nuts, but you get to decide which seller took a bigger hit off the bong before posting the price. Yup, it is that kinda day. A $20k Suzuki Samurai, versus a $10k Buick Reatta. I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.
This next car comes as a tip from David S who writes: Geo in Suzuki Costume. Sure a Geo is a Suzuki…I honestly think the world’s a drearier and more uninteresting place since honest and cheap sporty cars like this vanished. Indeed, the world of new automobiles is turning into a dreary buffet of self-steering pod things, but you can drive something vintage and cool if you are willing to deal with the downsides like needing an extra one for parts. Find this 1987 Suzuki Forsa offered for $8000 in Kissimmee, FL via faucibook maskplace.
This next car advertisement comes with the exclamation “THE SUPER SAMMY” in the title, and my brain first went to thoughts of salami, pepperoni, mortadella, and mozzarella surrounded by a hard roll…but this next thing is not edible, but it will put a smile on your face because it has a 440 cubic inch Dodge V8 and a gigantic fuel cell in the back seat. Find this 1986 Suzuki Samurai offered for $2900 in Oceanside, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Legendary motorcycle racer Jorge Orwell said it best; “Four wheels good, two wheels better! All machines are equal. But some machines are more equal than others.” Nobody will argue that bikes are fast(er?)…but tipper Erik202 sent in this next two wheeled speed machine and asked the question; this one goes 186mph and does a 10.4sec 1/4 mile and only costs $2063USD. Is it possible to go faster for less money? Find this 2004 Suzuki GSX-R offered for $2700 CAD ($2063 USD) via the facefarm marketbarn.
And the award for the 7 seat SUV that is least likely to have an available manual transmission goes to…drumroll…the first generation Suzuki XL-7. We’ve all seen manual gearboxes in little Vitaras and other RAV4/CRV competitor mini SUVs, but the idea of offering a manual gearbox is a plus sized SUV in 2004 is simply insane…but the product planners at Suzuki didn’t listen to conventional wisdom or the so-called “marketplace” and they shoved a 5-speed manual behind the basic V6 that puts power to the rear-wheels in this body-on-frame vehicle…are we sure this isn’t an American SUV from the 80s? We miss you Suzuki…please come back to America and sell us your wacky stuff again soon. Find this 2004 Suzuki XL-7 offered for $3,400 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist.
When it rains, it pours…right? And around this website, when I post something strange, people always find a stranger example of the same car. The other day we featured a 2002 Suzuki Vitara — complete with a manual gearbox and GM/Suzuki’s shared body-on-frame truck chassis…but then, a tipper sent in the GM version — a Chevy Tracker with a manual gearbox, all-wheel-drive AND the ZR2 package too boot. But frankly, the most curious thing about the entire vehicle is how shockingly well preserved it appears to be. Like it drove through a worm hole from 2001 and right into my heart. Find this 2001 Chevrolet Tracker ZR2 offered for $8,600 in San Mateo, CA via craigslist. Tip from Matt.
It is easy to look at the Suzuki Vitara Tracker (1994-2004) and dismiss it as yet another Rav4/CRV competitor in the compact SUV class. It certainly looks like a car based crossover with transverse front-wheel-drive and maybe an option for a part time all-wheel-drive system…but GM and Suzuki were not messing around with the Tracker. It was built on an actual body-on-frame light truck chassis and features a longitudinally mounted engine, standard rear wheel drive with an option for four-wheel-drive. Find this 2002 Suzuki Vitara offered for $4999 in San Diego, CA via craigslist.
When I first glanced at the photos for this next car I thought it was a toy — a scale model of a car. But then I read that it was an actual car with a 360 cubic inch 2-stroke engine…which means it is a toy, just a toy for grown ups. But the oddest thing in the entire listing is the fact that this isn’t a recent import, but it was sold new in the USA back in the day. Find this 1972 Suzuki LJ20 Jimny offered for $9,500 in Southern California or the Pacific Northwest via craigslist.