1996 Mercury Mystique GS 4 cylinder, 2.0 liter from North America
Definitely a Mercury Mistake, not Mystique
71,100 miles - had problems with running too hot, changed radiator fluid and replaced thermostat and upper radiator hose.
80,500 - timing belt broke as I was driving down the freeway, replaced timing belt and tension pulley, and drive belt.
95,800 - once again replaced tension pulley because the part went bad (had purchased a brand new part to begin with)
97,500 - replaced 02 sensor due to problems with it going out.
116,000 - neutral safety switch going bad which causes the car to not crank when trying to start it, have to put in neutral and then start.
Cup holders are made of light plastic and broke after a few uses.
The trunk leaks water when it rains.
The antenna is permanently up even though it is supposed to go up and down.
The doors make awful squeaking noise even though they have been greased, etc.
The carpet is coming up in the back and I rarely have anyone sitting in the back seat.
The gas cover release doesn't work unless I slide my key around the the outer edge of the cover and then push the release.
The headlights are very dim even when they are on bright.
The left blinker works randomly.
The plastic interior cracking and breaking.
There have been several recalls from Ford Motor Company.
The front passenger door handle is difficult to open and has been fixed twice now.
Throughout owning the car I have had problems with it randomly stalling, and problems with starting. No one can figure out what is wrong with it! It is very frustrating!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 6th July, 2005