Picked up another tracker this weekend. Has a few paint chips in the front but not one ding in the rest of it. A little surface rust where a former battery leaked, besides that no rust anywhere. Paint is a little faded but wax seems to bring it back nicely. They put quite a few new parts on it to sell it, very nice people. The new one is a 98 with air, seems a bit peppier the 97 with air, even though the 97 runs real nice. Both are 4 by 4.
The 98 sounds a little different when starting up, I'd imagine the starters are from different companies. Whatever the 97 has sounds better to me. The steering on the 98 is a little smoother, could be that one came with newer Michelin tires and the 97 came with newer Uniroyal tires, I'm just not sure though.
The transmission shifts much smoother on the 98, maybe it's the oil used in it, I don't know. The 97 shifts fine, just not as smooth. I haven't ever been below 30 mpg on the 97, interested to see how the 98 does. (I drive slow) glide down hills ect. Both have tow hitches on them so the weight should be close.
The 98 was a one owner truck and they took very good care of it, both were in their early 60's when the bought it.
I don't know much about trackers yet, just wanted to make some observations. Just wanted to share, I really like these little trucks. My wife is trying to put the breaks on, she say's no more, lol. I said we need at least one more with an automatic for her to drive. We shall see!