1995 Mercury Mystique Reviews - Page 9 of 11

1995 Mercury Mystique GS 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carGeo Tracker

Summary:

Mercury MISTAKE, not Mystique!

Faults:

Head gasket blew at 100,000.

Timing belt & timing belt tensioner at 100,000.

Replaced front springs at 75,000.

Front wheel bearings at 110,000.

Replaced heater core at 120,000.

Transmission replaced at 110,000

Cigarette lighter & clock don`t work

Tape player doesn`t work

Driver side headrest broken

Passenger side door handle broke off in my hand

Cold weather comes & the doors freeze shut!

Both back doors squeak loudly when opened

When trunk is opened, water pours out from the turn signal compartment, if it raining that day

General Comments:

This car has never seemed to have the power it should.

In the shop more than it's on the road.

I will never buy another Ford or Mercury product!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 8th March, 2003

14th Jun 2003, 01:50

Thought I was reading the story of my 1997 Mercury Mistake! Only thing different is that my clock and door handle are still working. That is just about the ONLY difference! Can't believe your drivers headrest is broke too. Shame on Ford for this car!!

17th Jul 2003, 11:37

Deja vu! We bought a used 1995 Mercury Mystique for our son last August. It had 110,000 miles on it. It had a broken headrest, too, but we found one at a salvage yard. The thermostat always runs hot, and the clock doesn't work. In December, we had to have the timing belt and tensioner fixed. Earlier this month, the springs and struts needed to be replaced. A week later, the car died--it's the timing belt and tensioner again! While I love my Mercury Villager, my husband keeps pointing out that it was really made by Nissan. This will be our last Ford or Mercury product.

1995 Mercury Mystique GS 4 Cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4 Cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired53000 miles
Most recent distance82000 miles

Summary:

Very comfortable and very reliable... just be prepared to spend some cash to maintain it

Faults:

First, one major plus about the car: Despite all the expensive repairs it has required since I purchased it, only twice has the required maintenance rendered it undrivable: 1) when the battery died and 2) when a nail puncture necessitated a tire patch.

Other than that one big positive, this car has actually eaten a lot of cash in the nearly four years that I've had it. Some of the following repairs are expected with age, but all in all, the amount of big-ticket repairs has felt rather excessive:

All of the springs have needed replacement.

The tie rods have needed replacement.

A trailing-arm replacement was needed, as well.

The bushings in the rear (mainly on the right) needed replacement.

The brakes, rotors, and calipers have needed replacement. (The rotors were very worn.)

Both tail lights burnt out and needed replacement. Not together, though.

Wiper blades wore out... although, that's not surprising at all.

Tire tread wore down, necessitating new tires. Although that's not a shocker either. Only two of the four tires were really bad, though.

The fan belt needed replacement.

The timing-belt was the latest to go, and the water pump had some side-to-side play to it, meaning it maybe wasn't far behind, so that was replaced as well.

And I have had to have a few alignments done... if I remember correctly, three so far. This is definitely a recurring repair. And it's not cheap.

Also, the light burnt out on the clock on the dashboard. But that's fairly trivial, so it hasn't been repaired.

More yet-to-be-repaired items:

Driver's side head-rest is broken.

The buttons to maneuver the electric seat (driver's seat) fell off. (Although, it can still be maneuvered via the nubs that are left.)

The door-lock mechanism is finicky... locks tend to not open on the first turn of the key.

General Comments:

As I have said, despite the amount of money I have had to shell out for some rather excessive and expensive repairs, this car is extremely reliable. No matter what has been wrong with it, it has always gotten me from Point A to Point B. It has never broken down or stranded me.

The car is also very comfortable. The electric driver's seat was a selling point for me. I am not tall, so the ability to move the seat up vertically, and not just back and forth, has allowed me to feel like a trucker when driving my little four-door. Also, the seat expands (seems to inflate) near the lower area of the driver's back, so it serves as an excellent cushion. The car is great for long drives and road trip.

The truck is very roomy! I have used it to move myself and my belongings across half the country and between old and new apartments a couple of times.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th January, 2003

Average review marks: 6.3 / 10, based on 35 reviews