1991 Mercury Topaz Reviews - Page 4 of 4

1991 Mercury Topaz L 2.3 HO from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.3 HO Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 kilometres
Most recent distance230977 kilometres

Summary:

A Slow, but fun first car

Faults:

CV Joints - both.

Head Gasket.

Lower Engine Mount.

Rear Transmission Mount.

Lower Control Arm.

Wears tires like CRAZY!

Struts.

General Comments:

I LOVED my Topaz! It was my first car, and, as such, I beat the crap out of it. Considering the beating it took, those problems there are minor. 3 Days ago, one cv joint finally let go, and I got a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier.

The gas mileage wasn't too hot (around 20mpg), but I do a lot of my driving in town and when I'm in the country I usually drive at 120+.It didn't accelerate too fast (probably a good thing, being my first car and all) but it would get up to 170 km/h if you stayed on it long enough.

Seats aren't the greatest for long trips, but most of my travelling is short (pizza delivery).

I fell in love with it, and am sad to see it go, but it was time.

I think that the motor will run forever, the oil got changed once a year until just recently.

Handles pretty well, but after I bent the control arm, it understeered pretty badly (in this car, the best technique seems to be brake hard before the turn, then gun it around the turn).

The automatic transmission started leaking a year ago, probably from my abuse.

Feel free to email trek1701@mnsi.net if you have any questions.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th April, 2002

1991 Mercury Topaz GS 2.3L HSC from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.3L HSC Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired157618 miles
Most recent distance158989 miles
Previous carFord Crown Victoria

Summary:

A cheap, easy to repair, decently powerful, reliable car

Faults:

Exhaust rusted ungodly bad, uni-body frame bent.

General Comments:

Well I got this car, then I hit a curb at JUST the wrong angle at about 10 MPH and it bent my frame. I parked it and got an 89 Crown Vic LTD S (police) then I got sick of that, so I checked on how much my frame would be to get straightened... $100!!! I couldn't believe it! Only $100 to fix a frame that was bent in, to the side, and up.

Overall I love my Topaz, right now I'm mod'ing it with K&N's, a new exhaust, and a shift kit. Hopefully getting the V6 in there this summer. :-)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th January, 2002

1991 Mercury Topaz LTS 2.3 from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.3 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired109000 miles
Most recent distance139000 miles
Previous carDodge Shadow

Summary:

A good deal

Faults:

Tie rods busted twice.

A/C doesn't work.

New ball joints replaced.

New exhaust.

I have never ever seen a car go through brakes like this car!

General Comments:

Generally speaking, I am happy with it. It's a nice and pretty quick car. The manual makes it quicker I guess. Has only let me sit one time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th September, 2001

12th Aug 2005, 15:57

I have a 1991 Mercury Topaz. It is a great car even though it is over 10 years old. I am a student and I do sometimes get careless with the repairs to my car, but it has not let me down. It has taken trips to and fro and across the country without hesitation or any problems. I have had to put it in the shop once or twice, but it gets me to where I need to go and back. I can't say that this is a great car, but it does get the job done.

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 13 reviews