1996 Mercury Mystique from North America - Comments

17th Jul 2002, 17:23

I bought my 1996 Mercury Mystique when it had about 25k miles on it. The car handles really well so it's unfortunate that folks have had so many problems with it. Last year I it started stalling on me at stoplights and stop-signs (especially in hot weather.) I had to have the mass air flow sensor replaced. This cost me about $500. A couple of months later the check engine light came back on and I had similar problems. I then had to have the oxygen sensor replaced. This cost me over $300. Over the last couple of months the rear passenger-side turn signal has stopped working properly. I'm not sure I want to spend any more money on this car. It still only has 90k miles on it.

2nd Nov 2002, 20:29

I just recently brought a 95 Mercury Mystique that had 153,000 miles on it. After about two days of driving the car, the car starting running hot and the antifreeze just kept leaking out of the car. After having the car looked at several times, I fought out that I had a blown head gasket. So after driving the car home from the shop, the car made a loud noise and it just cut off in the middle of the road. After pushing the car over to the side of the road, I found out that the engine locked up on me. So now I just spent $1200.00 to get a engine put in, and the car is still driving funny. It takes a while for it to pick up speed, and when it shifts gears it jerks really hard. Now I have to take it to the shop again to see if my transmission is going bad on the car.

4th Nov 2002, 11:54

I got a 1997 Mystique two years ago, and have had many little problems since. A few of the comments I've seen said they've had problems with the car stalling or not turning on all the time. After many people telling me it's the battery or it's the alternator, the dealership finally got it right- they replaced the fuel pump and the problem was solved. However, the motors for my power windows have all died, which were 350 bucks each. Anyone want to buy a car?

29th Nov 2002, 05:35

I purchase my 96 Mercury Mystique 3 years ago and have been keeping it well maintenance ever since, I have had a few problems with it throughout the years, but nothing major. My odometer recently went over 145,000 and the transmission has completely went out, I always knew there was something wrong with the transmission because every once in a while the transmission would hit hard when taking off, but when taking it in for preventive maintenance they would tell me that it's nothing and that your car would keep running as long as you keep the maintenance up. Now isn't that something?

13th Jan 2003, 04:18

I purchase my 1998 Mercury Mystake in 2000 with only 30,000 miles on it. I started having trouble with the cooling system about 9 months ago. The car started overheating, I took it in and they found nothing was wrong. A few months later the engine light came on, once again I took it in and they found nothing wrong. Well, now the car is seriously overheating, stalling, and shutting it self off on stops. I changed the thermostat and coolant temp sensor, that didn't fix the problem. Tomorrow, I'm changing the water pump, I'll let you know how that went. Never again would I buy Ford or an American car again.

20th Jan 2003, 12:19

Bought it new off the floor in 1997. It's a 2.0L Zetec.

Had various, annoying problems up til now, but nothing like having to get the Tranny Rebuilt/Replaced at 56,000miles ($2000). Now I'm at 99,000miles and the Tranny is GONE again. Will cost another $2000. What do you do? spend $2000 on a questionable vehicle, or spend $2000 on another used car that may, or may not, be more reliable. Signed, totally pissed. Good Luck To ya.

28th Jan 2003, 22:15

I just bought a USED 1995 Mystique. It has 119,000 miles on it and seems to run fine. However, the check engine light is permanently on, the automatic transmission shifts very hard up and down, and it appears that there is no overdrive at all. After reading through all the comments here I have not found anyone with a similar tranny problem. Anyone ever hear such a thing? No overdrive?

5th Feb 2003, 13:55

I have a 96 mystique and I have 85,000 miles on it. first off, the cup holders broke off. then, the windows stopped working. my relay for the blinkers went out so it clicks constantly real fast. my trunk leaks, my gas cap only opens when it wants to and my dimmer switch went out. now recently the upper radiator hose blew and I've always had problems with overheating. most recently all my wiring went bad so its sitting in my front yard till I can get the money to fix it. I hate this care so much I wanna just roll it off a cliff, but I can't afford it. would someone please let ford know we all need new cars? if someone wants to try and get something together e-mail me at possom281@yahoo.com.

12th Feb 2003, 09:17

My wife has a 1996 Mystique GS that has approx 149K KM on it. She just informed me that the car has started to act up. Apparently the overdrive light flashes periodically and the engine emits a high pitched whine. I imagine this has something to do with the transmission not being in the correct gear. Can anyone shed any light on this situation before it ends up costing a fortune to fix. Thanks.

26th Feb 2003, 19:46

When I bought it about a year ago I wondered how a car in such seemingly good condition could be that cheap, now I know, everything fails all the time. I've even been thinking about crashing it to use the insurance money and buy something decent, first thing to go were the rear windows, they don't work anymore, then the ac stopped working and it took about 500 dollars to fix, it worked for about a month and then I decided i'd live without it until the compressor stalled, requiring another 500 dollar repair and breaking the alternator belt, the instrument lights then stopped working and last week the speed sensor broke, taking with it the transmission, now I'm faced with a 1200 dollar repair on a 1600 dollar car, but I wouldn't sell it to anyone, I'd have an enemy for life after that, so I'll see how much the junkyard offers for it.

9th Mar 2003, 08:53

Since I can't use four letter words, I can't comment on Ford and its Mystique.

23rd Mar 2003, 14:04

I am the owner of a 1998 Mystique, it has served me well for many miles... however now in its high mileage years (105000) it is starting to be unreliable and I would never drive it out of town. The check engine light was on for 2 years and I needed it out for registration... cost me $1000 some sort of solenoid... now it stalls in turns or whenever it feels like it. Trunk leaks, electric door locks sometimes won't work... It is time for a new car... all in all I have had good luck with Ford and will purchase another Ford Product... I guess cars are not made to last as long as the older simpler models of my youth. If you took care of them they would last forever. Oh well I will have this paid off just in time for it to go to the junk yard.