1998 Mercury Mystique LS 2.5L V6 from North America
A car to avoid at all costs - shop elsewhere.
Air conditioner compressor went 1 1/2 years ago and too costly to fix.
Auto transmission has a leak where transmission intersects engine - also too costly to fix.
Rattle in dash on passenger side when floor vents are used for heating car.
An unknown liguid leaks down the rear bumper after fill up at gas station.
Keyless entry only works if you aim key fob at front window and are no more than 2 feet away from car.
Oxygen sensor just replaced at 75K.
Water leaks through trunk lid and into trunk.
I purchased this car due to the good value I thought I was getting in a 2 year old used car.
Right from the get go the car was problems within 2 weeks of bringing it home. Without getting into the horrible dealership experience (at my local Ford dealer), the car needed numerous trips to the dealership for minor repairs which, luckily, were covered under the extended warranty as the car was a'qualified certified' used car.
The little V6 is gem on the highway, but lacks torque for city driving (unless the overdrive is turned off).
An amazing feature to this car is that when the a/c is used, it actually increases the car's performance by acting like a mini-supercharger, but can be dangerous as the car acts completely different when the a/c is on - car also like to lurch forward at stoplights when a/c is on (when the a/c was working).
Parts seem to be hard to come by for this car and are very expensive as many parts need to be specially ordered, but do seem to get to the dealership pretty fast.
The seats in the LS model are excellent and the interior has a very 'upper-class' look to it.
However, after owning this car since 2000, I am ready to trade it in. I can't bare the thought of going through another summer with no a/c, but I must as I am still paying off this car until the end of the year.
A/c and transmission leaks are way too costly to repair. Hence, when the payments end, so will my time with this car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 8th June, 2005
10th Jun 2005, 01:39
"An unknown liquid runs down the rear bumper after filling up at a gas station" Uh, Hello.. if this "unknown liquid" meets an ignition source, you`ll quickly find out what it might be.
26th Jul 2005, 15:01
It smells like gasoline...gosh...I NEED A GIGARETTE!...kaBOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMM!!!
3rd Aug 2005, 17:32
There's no way that the air conditioning compressor can increase the engine performance by acting as a mini-supercharger.
It may make the engine's power delivery different, but it will only decrease peak power (usually by about 4hp)
3rd Aug 2005, 19:59
The apparent surge in power when you switch on the air conditioning is caused by the "Idle-up" solenoid which steps up the gas to compensate for the extra load on the engine from the a/c compressor.
I find your interpretation of this hilarious.
You are about as mechanically inept as anyone can be.
12th May 2010, 14:07
I've only owned my 1998 Mercury Mystique for a few weeks now. I bought the car because of its low mileage, 62,000 miles. Although I am not a mechanic, I think the engine runs okay. It makes a whining sound all the time. I don't know what it is or if I have reason to be concerned. I hope it's not the beginnings of something going wrong.
I like the car overall. The ride is smooth with normal acceleration. It's not a fast car, not that I want it to be. It's not really fancy or eye catching, it's just a car. It gets me where I'm going, so far.