1989 Mercury Topaz GS AWD 2.3 from North America
Since owning this car, it has never left me beside the road yet
I changed the alternator last month (which was the original), along with the weather cracked belt.
I have changed the four universal joints in the rear every year for three years.
I have replaced all of the brakes except for the master cylinder and the rear hoses last week.
Four months ago I had the rear wheel bearings replaced; the mechanic didn't know there was a spacer behind the bearing, and ruined a set of of them torching them out. Then we waited a week for new wheel bearings, because not everyone has these on hand; they have to be ordered.
Two months ago I replaced the head lights, I could not see more than five feet in front of me with my old yellow, dim, weather cracked head lights.
It also has water leaking in the trunk, due to the sun shrunken weather stripping around the rear window.
About twice a year my alternator belt starts squealing and needs to be tightened.
It also needs a new carrier bearing, which the dealerships no longer produce. I will probably have to have one made by a machinist.
It also needs front wheel bearings.
The paint is weather cracked on the sides, and just about the entire roof is covered in surface rust, so needs paint work.
Handles great, and the suspension has really held in there.
AWD parts are hard to find, and rear suspension parts.
I also really enjoy the push button AWD, it handles great in the snow.
Great mileage if you stay up on the maintenance.
This car is still in good shape for its age; just surface rust, I'll say it again, with maintenance.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 22nd May, 2011