1996 Mercury Mystique GS 2.0L from North America
A fun car that drives and handles well
Stabilizer bar mounts
A/C Compressor and drier
Dash vents fell apart but were covered by warranty
The 4 cylinder 5-speed has enough power and torque to get the job done, and the car handles and drives well. The 6500 red line allow the engine to be revved pretty high, though it can be a bit loud on the highway at higher speeds and RPMs. The amenities in the Mercury are very nice for the price. After putting stock 15" alloy wheels and tires on the car, the handling and ride improved noticeably, and the interior noise dropped some. Brakes and tires last about 40,000 miles which is pretty normal as is a battery life of 3 years. I do most minor repair work myself, so it's been a fairly cheap car to maintain on the average. After 3 years of no maintenance, I put $2500 in to it for A/C work ($960), Timing belt and pulleys ($550), transmision and radiator flush, wheel bearing ($200), and new tires ($400). It has had several recalls, all of which were taken care of promptly. The 'Contour Enthusiasts Group' was a great asset in understanding and working with this car, and dealing with its few short-comings. E-bay had been a good source for parts, as needed. After hearing about the problems with the 2.5L and Automatic transmissions, I'm glad I have the 4 cylinder 5-speed! I don't know if I'd buy another Mercury, as they don't make anything I like at the moment.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 4th January, 2004