Performance bargain with questionable reliability
Unfortunately the car went back to the dealership for two weeks after only a week of ownership. The master brake cylinder had leaked (manufacturer's defect) onto the transmission, corroding the moving parts. I was left with only third and fourth gear for the duration of a long trip. The repair was lengthy and difficult, as the engine is fairly crammed into its bay. They actually had to remove it to replace the transmission parts. I have had other random problems since, but luckily none so bad.
I enjoy driving this car very much. The depreciation on Mercury and Ford made it a very economical acquisition for me considering the comfort and performance of the car. I only wish it were more reliable.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th April, 2001