1989 Mercury Topaz GS 2.3 from North America
A great all around, fun car to drive
The blower motor went out.
I replaced the alternator because it was making funny noises.
Speedometer stopped working.
Motor mounts broke from too many neutral drops.
This has been my best running car yet. No major problems have ever occurred. I've done some cosmetic work on it (I.E. painted valve cover, painted distributor cover, painted spark plug wires,) I put a new exhaust on it which consists of a glass-pack muffler and a tip (to get that loud tuner sound.) Car has decent acceleration, and a top speed of about 115mph. There's no shaking during high speed driving. The seats are VERY comfortable, and I receive compliments on them daily.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th July, 2004
The Mercury Topaz (and its awful brother, the Ford Tempo) ranks near the bottom of the Automotive world as one of the very worst vehicles ever.
Whatever the category - engine performance, steering, handling, ride comfort, noise, quality - it represents the darkest ages of Ford Motor and the American car industry.
It always reminds me of third world cars in design, execution and function.
It was Ford US early attempt at compact FWD (second after the horrid original Escort), with no experience or engineering knowhow in FWD, a strangled development budget, and lousy build quality.
Low expectations breed low results.
Thank God we're past that chapter.