1995 Mercury Mystique GS from North America
Will never buy a Ford car again
This car should have been named the Mercury mistake.
The trunk leaks water.
The back doors make an embarassingly loud sound when opened and closed.
The radio/tape player had to be replaced.
Repeated oil leaks.
The car has spent more time in the shop than on the road or in my driveway.
At 70,000 the air conditioning went out. That cost me $750.
At 72,000 miles the DC PE sensors went out when the check engine light came on and I sunk another $300 into it.
In the past two years I have spent more than $4,000 on the car.
The air conditioning failed again. Then the sun roof motor failed and had to be replaced.
Then the engine began making a loud sound.
Then oil and transmission fluid began leaking simultaneously.
The list goes on and on.
The worst of my problems came in the past two months.
The air conditioning failed once again and I decided I was not fixing it a third time, since each mechanic I took the car too came up with a different diagnoses as to why it wasn't working.
But the car was making a very loud sound and was not accelerating.
It seemed to be losing power and I was scared to death of making U-turns or left turns across oncoming traffic for fear, even with the gas pedal pressed all the way down, that it wouldn't make it across in time.
I took it to one place who told me I needed a new transmission and that would cost me $2000 plus.
So I took it for a second opinion to a national transmission place and they said I did not need a new transmission, but I did need a new seal around the transmission and they would send me to a place they trusted to fix the power issue.
That's when the engine light came on. I took it to the new place.
They did a fuel injection flush and allegedly fixed everything.
One week later I am driving down the road, the speedometer goes haywire, jumping from 65 mph to 0 to 35 to 90.
And the airbag light comes on, as does the engine light.
I make it back home in one piece and return to the place I had taken it before with a list of the new problems.
But now the car has lost all power and the gears are grinding and making a horrible squeaking noise.
Seven-hundred dollars and 10 days later, they call me and say the car is good as new and all fixed.
I attempt to go out of town again.
One hour into the drive again and every single thing that I brought the car in for is now failing, the car is failing and the brakes are losing power as is the car.
The car is now sitting in another state.
There is a class action lawsuit against Ford right now because several, meaning more than 20 or 30, Mercury Mystique models have caught on fire as a result of this part and caused a lot of damage.
Seems the problems with my car are due to the failure of the under-hood wiring harness.
But the cutoff for getting in on the lawsuit is 100,000 miles.
I am at 102,000.
My under-hood wire harness was actually replaced because of the recall more than one year ago. But the warranty on the part was good for only one year.
But it has failed again.
And Ford refuses to replace it. So I guess they can knowingly put in a faulty part that puts people's lives in danger and put a one-year cap on the life expectancy of the part.
I will never buy a car made by Ford or any of their subsidiary companies again, and am looking into hiring my own attorney and filing suit against this company, who are too cheap to make good, solid cars that keep people safe.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 24th August, 2003
This car sucks. Horribly.
I received this car for free from my pastor and his wife.
(Thank God I didn't have to pay.)
Engine light: Always on.
RPMS: I can make it to 3 1/2 thousand, and... what do you know? The transmission slips and throws who/whatever is sitting in the back into the front seat.
Speedometer just went out.
I'll be on the freeway, doing about 65-70, and, what do you know? The RPMs decide to lower themselves and the car starts to lose power and dwindle down until about 15 mph.
Resulting in me pulling off to the side of the road.
I can't complain because, yes, it was free. But too bad. Horrible car. I completely agree that it should be called a Mercury Mistake.
Well what do you know, I also have a mistake, and the check engine light keeps coming on. Being a part time mechanic, I was doing an inspection on it, and all of the wires under hood are dry rotted, and there are bare wires showing. If this isn't enough, the wires leading to the throttle position sensor are completely bare, causing in a lack of power, missfiring and dying out. I think that Ford should pay for all of these problems, and it's ridiculous that they won't.
Do not buy a '95 Mercury Mystique. If you have one now trade or sell immediately. My wife and I purchased one from a dealer about a year ago. It has broken down on a regular basis. Here is a list of everything I've fixed.
Rewired the front wiring harness, was dry rotted and bare wires.
Radiator fan/shroud and wiring, ended up hard wiring the fan into the key switch to keep the car from overheating.
Alternator, starter, brakes, both rear wheel cylinders, speedometer cable, had to rewire alternator wires after they burnt to a crisp, rear view mirror fell off, mass air flow sensor, now the front struts and water pump are starting to make noise, its just a never ending cycle. Not to mention the numerous cosmetic/body problems like the doors making terrible noises, trunk leaking, gas cap lid sticking. All this in under a year. I will never buy another Ford/Mercury again.
* If you own one of these cars, have the wiring checked immediately, these cars are dangerous and have risk to catch fire.