You are one of the very few people who are unhappy with this car. I own a Mercury and would trust any Ford, Mercury, or Lincoln (all made by Ford). You must have just gotten a bad one. Every model line has a few.
I own a '95 Tracer that I delivered pizzas in for two years and it never once gave me any trouble. Even at 155,000 miles, it still runs like brand new. I am very sorry that you're having such trouble with yours.
I get great gas mileage from my 1992 Mercury Tracer.
My wife wishes she could drive it. It's a 5 speed and it is a LTS. I get on a average of 400 miles on just in town driving. Just imagine what I could on the open road.
I have 92,239 miles on it.
I love my mercury and wouldn't trade it for the world.
I am currently driving my third Tracer. This one is a ’92, and it had 52000 on it when I bought it last year for $1500 (great deal). Right now, it has 90000, and the alternator needs replacing. Other than that, it runs perfectly. Before that, my wife bought a ‘91 with 29000 miles, and we retired it two years ago with 180000. I replaced the transmission on that one, and the timing belt slipped around 100000. But other than that, it ran great too. The other Tracer was an ’89 – back when they were Mazda clones. But that one was also a fine car. I bought it for $1000 at 80000 miles and put 100K on it myself.
I will buy another Tracer in the future if the right deal comes along!
I currently own a '92 Tracer LTS. I've had very few problems with the car. Any problems have only been minor, and I quickly repaired them. Currently it has 177,000 miles on it and is running absolutely perfect. I think it could last another 25,000 miles or so EASILY! Sorry to hear about your woes with the Tracer.
Take a good look at replacing the timing belt. I have a 95 that has been wonderful... the only problem I've had was it stopped running after making a turn and accelerating. The timing belt was bad. Lucky no damage to the engine. Replaced the belt and have been driving ever since. Over 163,000 miles and doing 72 miles a day.
I currently own a 1992 Ford Mercury Tracer. It has at least 300000 on it, and lately I've been having trouble with the battery, the place where you put the key in, air conditioner, air blower fan, muffler, and recently I think my alternator might have blown out.
I don't know why things are just falling apart left and right, but it's beginning to be costly to keep this car working, what should I do?
I had just bought a 95 tracer, beautiful car, the previous owner took awesome care of it both inside and out. I loved the look of it and bought it on just that. She had warned me that the transmission is going out on it at 85000 miles. I drove it for 5 days before the transmission went completely. I wanted to cry! its such a nice car, I've been told that this is a common problem with these models. Any input would be appreciated!
I have had my 1992 Mercury tracer for the past four and a half years. It's been a good car with great gas mileage, but its time to trade it in 150,000 miles.
In the past four years here's the work I had done on it.
- Oil changes/tune-ups/brakes
- Timing belt
- Replace resonator pipe assembly twice (perhaps due to too much salt on the roads in the winter and/or the bottom of my car getting scraped when leaving the library parking lot).
- Replace all struts and rear springs
- Replace tie rod ends
- New tires
- New battery
- New Serpentine belts
- Replace heater core
- Fix damaged wiring to blower motor for heat.
This winter, the heat is broken again. My mechanic thinks it may be due to a clogged water pump. Also, in really heavy rainstorms, water leaks in through a couple of places. Also, it looks like it may be rusting underneath the pain above the rear wheel. I'm glad I had the car, but I'm going to get a new car rather than fixing the current problems.
I purchased a 1995 Tracer when I graduated high school. I'm still driving it to this day. That's 10 years that I've had it now. It has about 160k on the odometer. Sadly, it's getting to a point where it's value is less than any major repair cost. No major problems with the car. The entire drive-train is original. The 1995 Tracer is very easy to do regular maintenance on if you want to save some money. Changing the plugs, replacing the brakes, fluid changes, are all pretty easy to do. I've only had a few problems with the vehicle. One was severe bucking when driving the car. The dealer reprogrammed the computer and everything was fine. I'll be sad to see this car go. Only let me down once or twice in the 10 years of moderate usage. (50-100 miles per day)
I purchased a 1992 Mercury Tracer LTS in March,1999. It only had 36,000 miles on it. It now has 232,000 miles on it and is still running GREAT! This is THE BEST car that I have EVER owned!!
Aside from I would call minor repairs such as a battery, fuel pump, alternator, brakes, etc., this car has had NO major mechanical problems.
I've never had a car where I can wipe anything that has spilled on the seat, and it does not stain, not even coffee.
The exterior would be just fine except my daughter and I both hit deer (a few dents and some paint peeled).
I drive 82 miles, 5 days a week to work. I will drive this car until it absolutely will not go anymore, and then cry when it doesn't.