1998 Mercury Mystique GS from North America
Reliable value, comfortable, efficient
Quicky Lube place put filter for 97 Mystique on at 2nd oil change. Flooded engine-towed to dealer. Oil change shop paid for $300 reset of computer
All subsequent maintenance and repairs done by dealer.
Cooling system motor went out at 98000 miles.
Timing belt went out at 102000 miles.
Intermittent problems with stereo/speaker connections.
Rain does collect behind taillights and drips into trunk when you open it.
If the Auto Fairy could wave a magic wand over this car (and add a CD changer) I'd buy it all over again. It's been a terrific value, and the dealer has been great about providing shuttle service or loaner cars when I've needed them.
Still gets 30 mpg highway. The seats provide great support. The trunk is HUGE for a car this size - I spent a few years hauling my mother's wheelchair around in it.
I know it's getting close to the sunset of its years, and I'm going to be sad to see it go!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th August, 2006
5th Sep 2006, 09:44
People, timing belt must be changed every 60000 miles not 100000. You clearly do not take care of the car like you should. Spark plugs must be changed every 15000 miles, air filter too. Have you heard of oil change every 3000 miles? What about synthetic oil in the winter? Try to take care of it constantly, on every car, Rolls Royce or Ford, doesn't matter, you don't maintain it it will go down.