1990 Mercury Topaz L 2.3 Gas from North America
Pass this car up for a used bargain..
All of the usual things...
The brakes needed replacing quicker than usual.
The axles needed replacing.
The ball joints and the tie rods were prone to wearing out prematurely.
The fuel pump began running intermittently, and then stopped altogether. It left me in the middle of a busy intersection one day.
The gas tank rusted out.
The the car started every time! Except when the fuel pump quit.
The acceleration that the car had was very surprising at times!
The seats are comfortable for long trips. I now own a Honda and that car is a lot more punishing, although it is 1000 times more reliable.
This car is a cheap car in comparison to a new car. Do your homework if you choose to purchase a used car. Unless you pan to buy new, I do not suggest you buy this car. It is simply too old to be reliable. Better values exist. You can save money by doing your research on the reliability of used cars. On top of that, since the car has been discontinued for more than ten years, the parts will be harder to come by. Pass this car up if you plan to buy used.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 14th November, 2005
Apparently this guy really has nothing else to do than to talk about his topaz and praise it. Also, apparently you (the commenter) care enough about the Topaz/Tempo reviews to read them. Geez, somebody needs to stop the ego trip or talk about a real car instead of cheap junk from over 10 years ago.
Thank you for your comments. Being the original commentator I can assure that all my comments are factual and I can back up all of my allegations with documented repair records. I am not trying to slam this particular make of car, but more importantly to inform potential buyers of the particular problems I have had with the vehicle while I have owned it. My only purpose on this site is to inform potential buyers of the potential risks (given the age) of the vehicle so they can make an informed decision.