Mercury Comet Review from North America

1960 Mercury Comet 4-door sedan 200 cid six

Model year1960
Year of manufacture1960
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 200 cid six Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired92000 miles
Most recent distance94000 miles
Previous carDodge Dart

Summary:

Stylish, small and economical, but a bit of a handful to drive

Faults:

Leaks terribly.

Bad fuel pump.

Needed rebuilt front suspension, new front seat.

Needs new door and trunk seals.

General Comments:

A good sized car, but a little cramped for larger people.

Access to the trunk is not great.

Back seat useable, but not especially comfortable for adults.

Steering wheel not as comfortable to hold as it could be (shape doesn't conform to hand well).

2-speed automatic transmission is not the best... it really needs a three speed for best performance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th April, 2008

12th Jan 2009, 02:46

I am the original poster on this comment thread.

I've since replaced the leaky 200 six with a rebuilt 170 six and rebuilt two speed. The engine and tranny are now better balanced to each other, and the car is running much better.

31st Aug 2009, 00:45

Yes, the 200 six was out of a '70s Maverick. These are often swapped in as replacements for the 144/170 engines.

In 1960 only the 144 was available (in the Falcon also, I believe). The 170 wasn't introduced until 1961.

5th Nov 2010, 13:11

My mom had a 1960 Comet with the standard engine when I was a kid. We called it "Chug chug". Very slow.

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 1 review