I love it and am buying another. I would recommend it to anyone
My engine just went out after I let my sister borrow it. She never put oil in it.
Engine plugs and timing belt.
I am very pleased I purchased this car in April 2004. I was in the market for my first vehicle, and wanted something different from my friends. I new about the Contour (Ford's version), but I didn't really know the Mystique was only a more luxury version of the Contour.
I was looking to spend no more than $4,000. I was 18, and wanted a decent vehicle. I went to every car lot I know. Then I stumbled across my Mystique, and it was like love at first sight... I had to have this car. The next day I went to the dealer. I drove it, and immediately put a deposit on it. I purchased it with 73,000 miles for $4,000.
The only things that have gone wrong with my car are that it needed a timing belt at 95,000, and two engine plugs at 88,000 and 92,000. I consider that normal, because when you drive a car like I do, it takes a lot of punishment.
Overall, I am extremely happy I bought this car, and despite all these reviews, I don't believe it was a so called "Mercury Mistake". I find that a little extreme, seeing that some of these people purchased their cars with near 100,000 or more miles. What do you expect? A car with that type of mileage doesn't owe anyone anything in my opinion. It's made somebody happy.
Anyway, I have set out to buy another Mystique today. It is a 1998 like my old one, but has only 37,000 miles. It is blue, and it is a fully loaded LS Spree with the 2.5 Liter Duratec V6. They are asking 5,200. I feel this is well worth it for such a great car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th January, 2006