1996 Mercury Mystique LS 2.5 V6
A good car if you're looking for fun
Water pump around 50k; expected that, not a big deal.
Transmission blew around 75k-80k. Wasn't a big problem, because this is my racer... so got a fully rebuilt one with the best internals you can buy for around 1400.
Cup holder is broken.
Driver's foot air vent doesn't work any more.
Window switches are a pain; every couple of thousand I replace them. Tried a new motor and regulator; nothing different.
Check engine light is always on, but that's because of all the mods.
Stock seats have bad placement
14 MPG, but that's mostly because of the mods.
Runs a little lean.
Struts are bad right now.
I put in racing seats and a 4 point, and removed the back seats and all of the trunk liner. Cut all the weight that was possible.
Installed a custom intake. The hood scoop leads straight to the intake. It made a HUGE difference.
New spark plugs, iridium, great.
Simmed the front O2s.
Dual exhaust, no resonator. Dual 3.5 inch mufflers. It sounds mean.
Dynamatted everything from the front seats back.
The 0-60 is great; a little over 6 seconds; around 6.4 to 6.5.
I've raced turbo Eclipses, a Dodge Stratus R/T, a Civic, 240SX and 200s. All of them started out faster, but once you hit that 3-4k mark, she takes off. A blink of an eye, and you'd miss the shift.
I run this car hard, and it runs great.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th September, 2012