1988 Mercury Topaz L 2.3L from North America
Awesome first car, if you can find one in good shape
I just bought my Topaz, but the thing is in amazing condition. It has very little rust on it and the little bit there is is around the bottom of the doors. It still looks great after all these years!
The A/C is gone, but that's OK, that's why they put windows in cars.
The only other real issue with it is that the fuel gauge doesn't work properly. It sits over full for about half a tank and then starts to drop fast. Usually it is time for a refill about the time the gauge shows 3/4 of a tank because it is actually around a 1/4 of a tank.
My Topaz is an amazing first car, easy on gas, good looking and not a fuel guzzler. It is 19 years old and I have about 225000 kms left on it so she should be around for a couple of years longer.
The steering can be difficult, but that mostly comes from the fact that I am used to power steering.
I am more than pleased with this car. It's a workhorse that can handle abuse all while looking good. Kudos to Ford for this one.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 25th July, 2007