1992 Mercury Topaz from North America


An awesome, but plain car


Not a whole lot had gone wrong with this car.

The brakes seemed to "pop" when stepped on in normal driving conditions, but still worked fine.

The clock radio display did not show sometimes. For example, at night, the green back-light would not come on, sometimes due to a loose wire.

Other than that the car ran perfectly.

General Comments:

We bought this car from relatives who kept it in great shape.

It did not have a lot of power on hills, but on straight stretches the car would fly.

The seats were not luxury, but were not uncomfortable.

The Plain-Jane structure of the car was awesome for a new or beginner driver. The less things there were, the less things that could go wrong.

Overall, I loved this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th May, 2004

1992 Mercury Topaz GL 3.0 liter V6 from North America


A lackadaisical, sluggish, boring, but roomier than my current car


The brakes are absolutely horrible, no matter how new the brakes are they squeak and sometimes grind and it takes some serious leg power to stop the car.

The car is the slowest I have ever driven. When going up a hill, it almost feels as if you might just roll back down when approaching the top. That is scary!

What is also scary, is when I need to make a quick left turn before oncoming traffic and the accelerator doesn't want to work or appears stuck.

The a/c compressor went out at 69,000 miles.

The battery cables corroded easily and often and the car wouldn't start until I cleaned them or replaced the cables.

The engine was very weak (despite that it was a V6) and had a lot of pinging after it warmed up which would also result in a loss of engine power.

This car ate through tires.

Motorized seat belts got stuck a lot.

Had recall on the ignition-- it could catch fire at any time and cause serious facial burns.

The temperature gage was always on the high end.

General Comments:

This car was the slowest thing I have ever driven and anyone who says it had good power obviously doesn't have much experience driving other cars.

This car had a 3 liter V6 engine, but it felt like 4 cylinder 50 horsepower engine and that isn't an exaggeration.

I took excellent care of this car and so did the previous owner, so it should have been a better car. Obviously Ford just sucks!!

Only positive thing was that the engine was very quiet at stops and you couldn't tell that it was even on.

It got better gas mileage than the manufacturer specified. I did take good care of the pile of junk.

It is also pretty roomy.

Oh yeah, did I mention the heater didn't work?

It got repossessed before it could cause me any further problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th November, 2002

15th Jul 2004, 18:21

I've driven a 92 Topaz with a 3.0 V6 (and still do on a regular basis). Had none of the problems you talk about. Not the fastest car I've driven, but I had no problems with keeping up with traffic or going uphill. Never had any problems with the accelerator while turning. I'd hate to say it, but most likely the one you had had some issues with the engine. No matter how well maintained a car is, problems can still come up, engines can get "tired" and lose power with age.

26th Feb 2006, 15:25

Why didn't you just fix the heater? its obvious you know how.

1992 Mercury Topaz XR5 3.0 V6 from North America


The XR5 is a stock sleeper!


Tie rod ends go more frequently than they should.

Original clutch now needs replacement at 150,000 miles.

General Comments:

This is my first car and she has treated me well even when I've not been able to take the best care of her.

The engine/transmission combination and independent suspension make the XR5 a quick and agile handler.

This stock black Topaz with fog lamps, ground effects, 15x7" aluminum alloys and low-profile spoiler turns more heads than I ever expected. The XR5 was made for people who enjoy driving!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th May, 2002

12th Dec 2007, 11:54

I have had a 92 XR5 for about 5 years, and although it uses some oil (no smoke) between changes, it still goes like heck and just loves corners. It is the 3 litre engine.