1998 Mercury Mystique GS 2.5L Duratec V6 from North America
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
15th Jul 2002, 09:09
This is the only bad review that I've read about the V6-manual combo.
Your last car was a Jetta? Good choice! It was the only car in its class that beat out the Mystique in Consumer's Reports tests.
29th Aug 2003, 15:22
I have had the Mercury Mystique since it first came on to the show floor and it has been nothing but an absolute nightmare if not for one reason, but for another and it is usually for the fact that they built the car to compete with up growing style of European cars, but their design is a flop, and the car went south as soon as it came on the show room floor.