23rd Aug 2004, 00:11
I bought a "95 Mercury Mystique in the Fall of 2001. I had to replace the alternator pretty quick. I couldn't afford a new one so I bought a refurbished one and we had a difficult time putting in on. It took two days to do the work.
I also have the water leaking in my trunk, "check engine" light problem, idling problems (was wold it was the EGR Valve: so I replaced that), A/C quit, radio quit, power windows and doors work when they feel like it then went on to replace the Plugs and Wires, bought a new battery (only 40 bucks at Wal-Mart...and now when I try to crank the car, wires are melting on the wiring harness. Sparks and smoke going everywhere. I have been told there has to be a short and after reading this sight, I realize that I have in fact bought a "Mistake". Also on the passenger side the floor board fills with water when it rains. I only paid $1800. and have only put about $500. in it, including new tires; so I think I will move it to my back yard and keep as a souvenir. I did drive it for two years so I feel I got my moneys worth out of it. I'm not putting any more money in to it. Thanks to everyone who has posted here and given me some insight concerning my mistake. I too am a single mom and I am not going to waste any more time with this car.
24th Apr 2005, 18:57
The Mercury Mystique (Mistake) is a piece of Junk. I purchased this car and it has not run since the day I tagged it. I have replaced the Battery, Altenator and starter and stioll the car will not start.
2nd Jun 2006, 18:37
My parents bought the 1995 Mercury Mystic Brand spankin' new and sold it to me two years later with only 40,000 miles on it. Since that time I have literally had everything that has ever been mentioned in every other comment on this website happen to this car, and more than just once or twice. You name it, from the leaking trunk to the weather stripping coming off to the dealership hooking it up to another computer to diagnose a problem they never found, but charged me $175.00. The struts went so many times, I let them go. I was even sold the wrong battery right from the dealership that put a hole in my hood cause it was too big. I have probably spent total $3000.00 in repairs on this car. Numerous tires. Timing went, thermostat went. power window crap. Heater/blower gone, ac gone, cup holders gone. Check engine light all the time.
Shakes at different speeds. Rotors replaced, replaced brakes twice. antenna broke. I finally broke down in it about a month ago. We're thinking timing went again. It will start, but runs bad and has no power to it. I had to push it up on the ramps while my husband was in it! It has also caused some embarrassing fights at Christmas with the whole family. I'm so disapointed that not only do good people get ripped off, but the repairs are way too expensive. It is such a rip off. I am utterly disgusted and I want this car gone!
13th Jul 2006, 13:30
I agree, I have replaced a motor along with some of the other problems. Now, my transmission is shifting from one gear to the next or into neutral. What a piece of junk! I currently own nothing but Ford products, maybe GM can use my money!
6th Oct 2007, 17:07
I think with buying a used car, you are probably in for it no matter what. I just bought my 95' mercury mystique and I paid $850.00 for it. For the amount I paid... the car isn't that bad.
Right now it has a power steering pump issue, and I had to replace the spedometer cable and sensor... and give it a fresh battery. But, the only reasons I have had to do this is because the owner that had the car before me enjoyed playing around with everything in the car. He broke the dash, he clipped random wires, and whatever... but otherwise personally I think it is a reliable car for me especially since it's a 1995 car in the year of 2007.
30th Jan 2008, 09:04
It's so nice to know I am not alone!! I too am the owner of a 1995 "mistake". To begin with, I paid too much for it... and it's been downhill since. I have replaced the timing belt, (twice-and it still rattles) head gasket, spark plugs and wires,serpentine belt and pulley,(it broke off while I was driving!) rotors, calipers, and battery...I'm sure there's more, but I can't remember! The trunk leaks. All the window seals are loose. The driver's door lock sticks sometimes and I have to climb in via the passenger side. The car shakes at about 65 mph. One of the cup holders is stuck in the console. The shift sticks in reverse when I'm parking, and needs to be forced into park. The driver's seat is stuck permanently all the way back. It burns oil occasionally. It leaks anti-freeze occasionally and no sign of where the leakage is coming from is evident. I have had the car for 2 years. I want to sell it, yet, when I fixed all these things, I figure I should hold on to it now that it's "fixed". The body looks great and it only has 83,000 miles on it, but it isn't worth anything. My dad warned me about Fords... he was right.
2nd Sep 2008, 14:19
Our 95 Mystique, 144,000, has been a joy for the past ten years. It is hard on brakes (or my wife is), needing pads every 8k and rotors and calipers every 24k.
We have the rear door lock problems, but it comes and goes. Mostly no inside release on the driver’s rear, but sometimes the passengers’ rear. It seems to fix itself.
We never had the wiring loom replaced to make the ABS work, but don’t miss them. The anti-sway strut bushings last 3 to 4 years, but at under $50.00 installed, not a worry.
Pot holes have been the biggest problem. Three alloy front wheels and 4 struts in ten years from running LSD north to south each day is excessive, but more the Chicago roads than the car.
The engine will shake with the car in drive and the AC on.
The biggest problem is the auto door lock feature. The dealer turns it off but it comes back, usually when she goes out to scrape off ice with the engine on. We each carry a spare key in our wallet, plus have a hidden key outside to get back in.
8th Jan 2009, 17:04
Oh my, I own a 1999 Mercury Mistake also and I bought it used at a car dealership six years ago. Where do I even start?
The gas gauge doesn't work, it shakes when it goes into gear around 55 mph, but when I hit 70 mph it's great.
I have had all this work go into it: let me go in order - Tune up, replaced the battery twice, replaced the radiator, replaced the engine and now the car will not start after a couple of years. It's not the gas and it's not the battery, so there is no telling what it could be. It turns like it's going to start, so I can guess the control module or battery plugs.
Oh I forgot, my back running light doesn't work either, but it works when I press the brake, meaning it's not a fuse or the bulb. It has something to do with the ground, which I would have to take it into a garage to have fixed, and I can't afford it. Right now it's sitting in a parking lot, and I don't want it anymore; gosh I will never buy a Mercury ever again. That's if anyone can figure out how to fix it.