1997 Mercury Mystique GS 2.5 from North America


One BIG Problem


The first thing is the "check Engine" light - it never goes out. It came on for the first time 2 months after I purchased the car and I have had to replace the alternator at 70,000 miles.

I replace back blinker and brake lights 5 times since I had the car. I contacted the Ford dealer about the frequent light blow outs and they told me that most 97 Mystique's have that problem. Because of poor manufacturing, there are a lot of cracks around the lights, and when it rains they can blow.

My radiator fan is extremely loud - you can hear it a mile away, and now at 90,000 miles, and in the dead of winter, my heater blower motor has clunked out on me, so no heat blows and it's -2 degrees in the car, so I'm saving for that 400 dollar job as we speak.

General Comments:

A lot of problems in just one year and that Check Engine light is still shining brightly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd December, 2005

1st Oct 2006, 19:11

Ford did a recall for this specific problem, faulty parts.

1997 Mercury Mystique GS 4 cylinder from North America


' Will never buy another Ford/Mercury because of such poor quality in workmanship


Bad wiring; also, motor mount issues.

General Comments:

Should have looked this "gift horse" (a wholesale buy) more closely in the mouth. Battery light came on. Battery died. Installed new battery. Discovered insulation was cracking and coming off of the large wires that run (out-of-sight under where the battery sits) between the battery posts and the under-hood fuse box. We determined that the uninsulated wires were keeping the battery from charging fully. We checked the alternator and it was working properly, so the problem is the bad wiring. I have owned several different kind of cars over the past 35 years, foreign and domestic (this our 1st Ford Motor Company vehicle). This car has the cheapest quality wiring that I have ever seen.

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

Review Date: 31st October, 2005

1997 Mercury Mystique LS from North America


Ford/Mercury should be ASHAMED of the Mystique!


The oxygen sensor had to be replaced.

The timing belt tensioner pulley broke, leaving me stranded.

It stalls EVERY time I stop and it idles.

It idles at 500rpm, when it used to be 1000-1500rpm.

The taillights collect water.

It refuses to shift smoothly.

Makes a grinding noise while driving on the highway (about 50-60mph).

Gas mileage has went from 30mpg to about 20mpg (which stinks with current gas prices).

When I'm at a stop, it doesn't want to move when I press the gas until all of a sudden, it jumps (so bad it feels like I'm being rear ended) then decides to move along beyond slowly.

Its burning transmission fluid.

The hose that goes from the washer fluid to the sprayers is so close to the hood hinge that it gets pinched.

I swear it must hate my husband... it gives me problems, but it won't hardly even drive a block without something going wrong when he drives.

It has no gauges for you to be able to watch things like oil pressure and check on them before they become problems... it only has those stupid little "idiot lights" that come on when things are usually beyond normal repair jobs.

General Comments:

My car seemed like a good car when it was purchased. The person who sold it said they had just done all the necessary regular maintainance and it was ready to go... apparently not for long though.

Don't buy a Mystique!!!

Like most people, I have had way too many problems with mine and I advise anyone considering one to RUN as fast as you can and don't ever make the mistake of buying one---trust me, you'll regret it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th October, 2005

16th Jan 2006, 11:59

I disagree with running from the mystique. you bought your car with high mileage and you don't know how the other owner took care of the car. I have a 1998 mystique gs spree. the engine just went out at 104,000 miles after I gave my sister the car. the only reason the car died is because she never changed its oil. it was bone dry. that car has never left me stranded and it proved to be very reliable. I purchased mine with 73,000 miles and paid 4,000 a year and half ago. I feel I got my moneys worth from this car, so much so that I am looking at a new one.

31st Aug 2006, 15:26

You're having transmission problems. Have you gotten it fixed? No, wonder why your have such problems. The jumping, low gas mileage, and just about all the other problems that you listed are all because something is wrong with your transmission (sounds like its leaking transmission fluid), get it fixed and you won't have those problems!