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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,800 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Mercury Mystique drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1998 Mercury Mystique Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 012014

Mystique 6-cyl

  • miles


1998 Mercury Mystique. Electrical sub-harness connector problems. The consumer stated he took the vehicle to his mechanic, because the ac wasn't cooling properly and the vehicle would over heat, while it was on. The vehicle has two fans in the front and they found the cooling fan melted and the sub-harness connector burned up. In addition, they showed the consumer the part of the sub-harness with the insulation just falling off the wire. They had to replaced the fan motor unit and had to splice in a fan connector and wire into the rest of the sub-harness, because for said the sub-harness was obsolete and not available. While it functions, the check engine light has since illuminated for a cam shaft position sensor, which the consumer was informed it was related to the sub-harness. Also, the lower control arms, ball joints, front struts, rear struts and rear mounts, numerous O2 sensors, radio antenna, rack and pinion, drivers side power window and switch controller were all replaced. The engine and transmission mounts also had to be replaced.

- North Hills, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles
Took my car in October 15, 2003.jim dobson Ford in winamac to check my car out and they told me it wasn't an electrical problem with my transmission it was hydrolic or the second speed gear went out. I told them to go ahead and rebuild the transmission. They pulled the transmission out on the 16th. Called them on the 17th. They told me that the mechanic called off sick and that they did not have a chance to open the transmission up to find out exactly what is wrong with it. Mechanic called of again on the 18th and the 20th. Asked them about a loaner car. They said they don't have loaner cars. Doesn't my transmission look pretty on a pedestal!

- Winamac, IN, USA

problem #3

Oct 202002


  • miles
While driving the vehicle experience intermittenly gas light become inoperable at the same time the speedometer got crazy up and down. Dealer has been notified. Please provide further inforamtion.

- Watertown, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 172000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving speedometer/cruise control and overdrive malfunctioned. Dealer is replacing the speed sensor.

- Iowa Park, TX, USA

problem #1

Apr 071999


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Speedometer inoperative.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

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