1993 Mercury Topaz GS 2.3 from North America
Just as good as a Toyota or Honda
Had to put 3 starters, brakes.
Took us to Reno to get married.
Real beat up.
Never let us down.
Very good motor
I hated Fords till we got this one. We have an 88 Aerostar as well.
Easy car to work on.
Parts are cheap.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 21st November, 2009
I beg to differ with your title. It is BETTER than a Honda or a Toyota.
All cast iron and push-rods.. can't get any better than that, engine-wise.
"I beg to differ with your title. It is BETTER than a Honda or a Toyota."
Not if it needed 3 starters in 180,000 miles. My Honda went 230,000 before needing anything.
"My Honda went 230,000 before needing anything"
No CV joints? No timing belts? No struts? No brake pads?
"No CV joints? No timing belts? No struts? No brake pads?"
I figured people would understand that I meant nothing out of the ordinary. Basic maintenance is completely different.
To answer your question:
Timing belt every 60,000 miles.
Tires varied depending on the brand.
Brake pads every 90,000 miles or so.
Oil change every 3,000 miles.
Transmission fluid change every 30,000 miles.
Coolant every 60,000 miles.
Heck, it even survived an accident that destroyed the Buick that collided with it.
Never needed CV joints or struts... Sorry.
In 180,000 miles I'd much rather replace 3 starters than 3 timing belts. I've changed several of both in my lifetime. Honda timing belt is a PITA. And if you're having a mechanic change that belt for you - ouch $. If you add the cost of the timing belt change to how much more you paid for the Honda than a Topaz, the Honda doesn't come out looking as good as you'd think in total cost of ownership. I'm not knocking Honda. I've owned 3 of them. They are good cars. They are just not as astronomically superior to domestic cars as we are led to believe. In fact I own a 93 Topaz and I fully agree with the OP. It is just as good as a Honda or Toyota.
I'll take a cheap old push-rod motor with a timing chain any day over a rubber band motor. No more for me.