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1998 Mercury Mystique brakes problems

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1998 Mercury Mystique Owner Comments

problem #12

Jul 122004

Mystique 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving ABS brake warning light continuously illuminated on the dashboard. As a result, there was extended stopping distance. Vehicle was taken to the dealership, and technician determined that ABS module failed, an will cost about $900 at consumer's expense to fix it.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #11

Oct 012001

Mystique

  • miles
The car makes a funny noise from the engine compartment after each startup. Was told that it is likely the ABS going through a test. The noise is also heard when making an agressive turn while stopping, typically when the ABS would engage. The noise could be best described as a loud, high pitch wine that last only a few seconds. I was told that this is common and is a major safety issue.

- South Daytona, FL, USA

problem #10

Oct 092001

Mystique

  • miles
Car is fire and safety hazard as well as child-welfare and safety hazard and Ford Motor Company refuses to talk with me about this auto. No safety defec tlisted. (tiresize: 205/60R15)

- Kansas, IL, USA

problem #9

May 222001

Mystique

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Brake pedal gets and remains hard (pedal at full top) while at highway and then at local street speeds. Although this has happened twice and reported to dealer at service time (10/26/2000 & 05/22/2001), when it does happen it is constant. Feels like the brakes are activated, and sometimes problem causes the car to vibrate serverly, causing concern of possible accident. Dealer could not verify my concern at both instances.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #8

Dec 152000

Mystique

  • miles
There is a short in the ABS controller system which causes the fuse for the fan blower to blow therefore there is no heat and no ABS which makes the car inoperable. When I took my car into the Ford dealer there was another lady with the same problem.

- Ottumwa, IA, USA

problem #7

May 102000

Mystique

  • miles
After taking the vehicle to the dealer for a sensor recall, the brakes made a metal-grinding noise. Consumer stated noise was not there before. Owner paid for brake repairs, seeks reimbursement.

- Tamarac, FL, USA

problem #6

Jan 202000

Mystique

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

In January 2000, my fan stopped running and my ABS light went off simultaneously as I was rolling to a complete stop in a parking lot. My speed was very slow, as I was just stopping at the exit to the parking lot. Ford covered the fan switch, as it was under my extended warranty. They researched and stated the ABS module had blown, and was in no way related to what had happened with the fan. This is the third time the fan switch had been replaced. Ford would not cover the ABS module, and told me that the part alone was $936 and it would require a half a day's labor to install. The dealer charged me $79.77 for running the diagnostic tests on the vehicle to find the problem. I took the car to a local garage, and had the repair done for $450. I was very angry, as my warranty would not cover this part or labor, and I lease the vehicle. This part is covered in 3.4L models, but not in my car. Yesterday, I was driving home and applied the brakes as I approached my home, the lights dimmed and the ABS light went off. My fan was not on, therefore, it did not blow. My wipers and lights were on. I assume this is the same problem with the ABS as last time. I feel that there has to be some electrical problem shorting this module out, and I do not want to pay more money to replace this if it is going to continue to occur. I went through all of the channels I could at Ford Motor Company, to no avail, the first time. I feel that there is a defect with my car that could be electrical and just may result in other problems. I lease this vehicle and will be done with it in February, however, I do not want to have to either drive around with my ABS system not functioning, or pay more money to fix a problem that would logically seem to be a defect of the car. I would appreciate any assistance you could offer me with this situation. Thank you for any help you can offer.

- Rome, NY, USA

problem #5

May 032000

(reported on)

Mystique

  • miles
Braking system malfunctioned, causing pulsation while braking and extended stopping distance which may increase the risk of a crash. There is a tsb bulletin on this problem.

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #4

Apr 252000

(reported on)

Mystique

  • miles
Consumer contacted dealer in reference to NHTSA recalls 00V075000 and 99V103000/ manufacturer's recalls 99S14 and 00203 concerning ABS brakes and headlight switch wiring. Dealer refused to correct the recall problems.

- Rio Grande, PR, USA

problem #3

Jul 201999

Mystique

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When driving at any speed and applying the brakes, there is a knocking noise, and the brakes go straight to the floorboard. Also, transmission is slipping, and consumer can't shift the gears. In addition, vehicle accelerates when driving or coming to a stop.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #2

Mar 041999

Mystique

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When backing out and making a turn, vehicle is making a popping noise. Vehicle has been in repair shop three times. Dealer has not been able to determine the problem. Also, when the brakes are applied a grinding noise is heard. Consumer thinks the bracket is loose.

- Victoria, TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 011997

Mystique

  • miles
While driving the vehicle the braking system malfunctioned, causing a "scrubbing of metal to metal" sound and extended stopping distance. Been to dealer, dealer cannot determine problem.

- Phildelphia, PA, USA

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