15th Apr 2005, 15:52
I bought my daughter a 1993 Topaz with 120,000 miles two years ago for $400. The car had 15,000 miles on a rebuilt motor, the lady had never checked the oil in the original engine! After I got the car home the rear main seal started leaking, the rebuild had been done with a bad crankshaft. Called a local junk yard and the owner said he had several low mileage 2.3 liter Tempo/Topaz engines because that engine is so reliable that he hardly ever sells one. Spent $230 for an engine with 45,000 miles, and the labor to have it installed. Has run well for two years, with only minor repairs. She goes off to college this Fall 50 miles from home, I think the Topaz will get her through 4 years with only minor repairs.
Has been a good, reliable, efficient car for us.
21st Jan 2006, 17:01
I just bought a 1993 merc topaz. Nice car clean good running. No rust which is unusual here in canada. Easy simple car to operate. A nice car. Did all the brakes for cheap.Plan to have it for years to come SOMEBODY TOOK CARE OF IT.. Replacing shocks and brakes and tires does not mean car is junk. Maybe your mechanic is not that good. Also above guy who replaced transmission 3 times in 36000 kms. Doubt if they were new ones Somebody ripped you off.
27th Jun 2007, 19:39
I am a Topaz lover. I have a 1992 Mercury Topaz with a 2.3 engine. I just had it all bored out and port polished, and just added a 1 stage turbo pumping about 7 lbs boost.
I have a single gallon NOS tank, and reinforced front end springs.
I have 5 4 10 inch completion and 1 15 subs, plus 4 tweakers.
I have the car all midnight black with 17 inch white custom rims. It's sitting about 1-2 inches off the ground, and has a custom dual exhaust with blue underground lights.
Now I agree with the one guy that he's right, don't buy any American car that's has 140,000 miles on it, go foreign. I also have a 1995 Mazda RX-7, but the trans is bad; it's got the 13 b rotary block.
29th Sep 2007, 22:50
I own a 1991 2.3 topaz with 420.000 km on it and beside replacing brakes every couple of years I have no problem at all with it and still got alot of power. Keep in mind that is a topaz not a lamborghini so don't complain too much...
20th Feb 2008, 14:46
I own a '93 Topaz GS 4 door, 2.3 liter, 5-speed manual transmission. -Just turned 365,000km, the car still looks 'almost' show-room condition. The key was having the car Rust-Checked every other year... The air conditioning still works great, only replaced the exhaust once (with Ford single piece unit) -the clamp nuts were actually removeable - a testament to the advantage of rust proofing, still running the original clutch, just replaced original battery before winter, perform all work myself, 150,000kms on original set of Michelin tires so I keep putting Michelins back on the aluminum rims, only second set of brakes in it, original rear drums.
The car stalled once due to extreme heat, and was the cause of the TFI module overheating (mounted on the distributor). Bought a replacement for $25.00 at the wreckers, and used my dead TFI to make a wiring harness to move the new TFI out from behind the hot radiator, and closer to the air box. This won't fail again. The 3.0 litre V6 engine TFI / distributor is mounted near the top of the engine and does not get as hot.
An excellent car for the $11,500.00 I paid for it. I know all of the weaknesses, which are few really, to keep this car going for a long time.
19th May 2008, 13:17
I own a 92 Topaz 4 cyl. Have had it since 92, and it has been through 3 teenage drivers.
It has been a very reliable car. The only maintenance required outside of oil changes, brakes and tires has been a couple of bad starters, a few mufflers, and now a radiator since it was left sitting idle too long without maintenance.
I am in the Navy, so I deploy at times, which is not good for the car, but it still runs like a champ and I will probably never get rid of her.
My Topaz now has over 200000 miles, and is still used as a daily driver.
I need to fix some of the door locks and windows, which were not a defect, but misuse by a lot of teens playing around for many miles.
This car has not been garage kept, so the paint is a little rough, but she is now going to be my little project car, since I have a new daily driver.
10th Oct 2009, 20:13
I have owned 6 of these cars over the last 17 years. Only replaced normal wear items. They have survived teenaged drivers and a few wrecks. And as long as I can still find them, I will still buy them. Perfect car for in town driving.
16th Feb 2011, 21:24
I have a 1993 Ford Mercury Topaz and it stalls going down the road almost every time I drive it. It only has 95,000 miles on it. I've replaced fuel pump, O2 sensor, distributor cap, coils, electronic control module, ignition switch. I'm running out of ideas and I can't think of anything else or anywhere to take it because no one can fix it.
I live in Wisconsin so it is very cold in the winters and all the other years that I drove this car it ran just fine. I did manage to put diesel in the car instead of regular gas. This might be the problem, but we've replaced a bunch of things and it's starting to add up.
Almost ready to just drive the car into a tree and saying that's that. To anyone who is ever going to buy a Ford Mercury Topaz, think twice they are piles of junk.
20th Feb 2011, 14:53
Does your Topaz stall when it's within, like, 30 minutes of leaving your driveway, or when it's good and hot, or does it just stall all the time?