1986 Mercury Topaz Reviews

1986 Mercury Topaz LX 2.3 Gasoline from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.3 Gasoline Manual
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired188786 kilometres
Most recent distance190456 kilometres

Summary:

Economical transportation, Very reliable

Faults:

Clutch wore out at 188000km.

Rear shocks replaced 188678km.

Exhaust rusted out after 150456km, Also some body rust.

General Comments:

Very economical transportation.

Easy to work on.

I've found this car to be quite underpowerd, And rather noisy at highway speed.

Handling is acceptable, Under normal driving conditions,

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th February, 2004

1986 Mercury Topaz GS 2.3 I-4 from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.3 I-4 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired230000 kilometres
Most recent distance260000 kilometres

Summary:

Fast, furious, but the repairs sure hurt

Faults:

There have been many things I have had to replace since I had it. I have had to replace the clutch, as it hadn't been replaced for 8 years by the previous owner.

I had to have the flywheel resurfaced.

I have had to replace the emergency brake, and the front brakes.

The front drums had to be resurfaced.

The alternator and the battery both had to be replaced.

The a/c wasn't a necessity, but it also had to be replaced.

The heater core had to be replaced.

General Comments:

I only paid $1,000 for the car when I initially bought it. Since then, I've put almost double that into it in repairs.

The good news with putting so much into it is that it should last me a very long time. It's very fast as I have yet to be defeated in a street race, and the car takes such a beating like you would never believe.

Most people when I race them laugh at the car because of what it is, but when they catch up to me a block later and their jaws are on the floor, I can't help, but laugh back at them. Overall, it's a really good car if you can afford to keep up with the repair work.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th June, 2003

15th Jan 2004, 11:37

Are you sure they were racing you? Maybe they are still just laughing...

10th Mar 2004, 20:40

I have a 85 mercury topaz 2.3L 5 speed. I have nothing, but problems with it. but they are pretty fast my car doesn't want to stay running if you know what it might be please let me know here is my email address nicoi69@yahoo.com thank you.

11th Jun 2007, 11:56

I own a 87 Topaz and I love it! As the review states, it is FAST! The high swirl combustion chamber is the secret. I wonder why the Japanese auto makers never adopted the technology? Lord knows, they've copied everything else!

22nd Sep 2008, 02:31

I have a 1986 Topaz GS and its top speed is 141 KPH (87 MPH) In my opinion it is not that fast.

1986 Mercury Topaz GS 2.3L HO from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.3L HO Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance155000 miles
Previous carMercury Topaz

Summary:

There is no car in the world more reliable or safe than a Topaz

Faults:

Well considering the age of my car lets just say that I have pretty much replaced everything that usually wears out. The most annoying problem I have experienced is the engine stalling (related to faulty O2 sensors), and the screeching of the fan belt on a cold start. Aside from that I LOVE MY TOPAZ and always will. Oh and the sun roof leaks pretty bad too.

General Comments:

I have owned my Topaz since 1995 and can't imaging my life without it. My Husband and I have been married for two years now and he's a Doctor and I'm a nurse... some imagine why a Doctor's wife would still be driving a Topaz...it's simple... you just cannot kill a Topaz, hey, give me a break I've owned the car since HS, I am emotionally attached.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th March, 2003

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 3 reviews