Wow, I just don't know where to start. I have worked on cars since my dad put a wrench in my hand when I was, I don't know probably 12. I'm not a professional auto mechanic, but I was a diesel mechanic for several years. I've owned and worked on a lot of used cars (mine, friends, relatives, etc.) but I have to say my mom's 1995 Mercury Mystique 4cyl 5speed she bought used with 50,000 miles on it, has to be one of the worst cars that ever came off the assembly line. I do admit that when you buy a used car you don't know what your going to get and sometimes you get a lemon, but COME ON! I agree with all the posts that call it a mercury mistake. At least with the 95'-98' models. All the problems that have been posted here has happened to my mom's car and then some. If I had to write down everything that has gone wrong with this car, there wouldn't be enough room. Just my opinion, take it or leave it.
My son just bought a 95 Mystique... for $200.00.. not a bad deal as the radio is worth more than the car... but reading this forum has shown him (and me) that this is a short term car for him (he is a new driver)... the car has been sitting around for 18 months so everything was a little tight.. we put new rear bakes on (Rotors and Pads) that was bought by the previous owner and it has a brand new battery... so now for the whats still wrong part... cup holder broken off (what a stupid design) Exhaust leak at manifold (not looking forward to that job) this is a V6 so should be interesting, Left Front Wheel bearing is done, the outside seals for the windows (fit on the door) all 4 are rotted!.. and the usual stuff of a car that's been sitting around for a while... anyone got a good workshop manual (PDF) for this thing? Haynes does not cut it..
I thought it was just "me" and my "Mistake." Same things, leaky trunk, broken cup holders, everything falling off or apart. We have had the window switch fixed for the Fifth time. Wheel bearings replaced a few weeks ago.
Wow...what a shame, I just hit 100,000 miles.
My parents almost bought 2 of these and I'm glad that they didn't. The main problem with these cars is that they are difficult to work on. There is more crap jammed under the hood and you can barely get your hands in to fix anything. Stick with vehicles that are known to be reliable and you won't be sorry.
Anyone got a good workshop manual (PDF) for this thing? Haynes does not cut it..
Haynes manuals are not perfect. They do help though. The "Contour Enthusiast Group" and "Mad Moles" are useful web sites.
I know exactly what you mean. This has been one of Mercury's Mistake. From day one I should have given this car back. It was nothing but trouble. The warranty was even exhausted by the repairs it took to bring a bit of life back into this car. I have spent countless of dollars on this Mercury's Mistake. No wonder this car was sitting to the side of the dealer's shop. Should have known something was wrong. When I call the shop and they ask me the model, I say Mercury's Mistake. And let me not forget, my radiator stopped working and I had to get another. Guess what, they don't make the radiator that was made for this car; they had stop making it. So I had to get a newer model, and find an auto store that makes a part to fit the new radiator, in order for my car to have a radiator.