Great on gas, but costly tune-ups
Control arm/ball joint.
Metal sleeve for lower control arm bushing.
Speedometer stopped working.
Starter was replaced two times.
Automatic Transmission failed and was replaced.
Coolant leak, which lead to a new water pump.
Left-front ball joints worn out.
Replaced the left-front bearing and hub.
Car made knocking sounds when turning which lead to new knuckle joints at the end of the stabilizer bar.
Headlight flew off of car while driving on the highway.
Drivers side window was smashed due to local break-in.
Service engine soon light has been on since I bought the car. Something wrong with the main computer.
This car isn't great, but it also isn't terrible, it's very mediocre. Too much stuff has gone wrong with it that wasn't my fault. The topaz is cheaply made and was referred by a mechanic that it's like driving in a tin can. The topaz is also very wimpy while driving on highways or expressways, I don't feel safe when I'm on them.
However, the car has no rust at all for a 11 year old car and the insurance is very cheap considering I'm a primary driver. The Topaz is great on gas, which is a good thing considering the rising gas prices in Canada. It's also great for getting around in the city.
Overall the mercury topaz is a great city car, but can very costly when everything adds up.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 11th June, 2004