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definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
42,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
1998 Mercury Mystique engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Mercury Mystique Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 022005

(reported on)

Mystique LS

  • 29,000 miles


This car now has 105,000 miles. It was a gift from my mother-in-law because she got a new car (Toyota, thank God). Even before the warranty expired she took it to the dealer several times. Each time she had to spend a couple hundred dollars, and they never really fixed. The CHECK ENGINE light is ALWAYS on, and both Ford and Mercury dealers cann't fixt it! This car sucks! I'm trading in for a Toyota or Honda.

- , Encinitas, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 242002

(reported on)

Mystique LS

  • 55,000 miles

The check engine light has been going on and off at will for over a year. Last winter I took it to my family's mechanic (very reputable) and he said he couldn't find a problem; he suspected a computer glitch and told me that I could either have him just shut the light off or have the car dealer service it and "reboot" the computer. I opted to take it to the dealer and they ended up finding $400 worth of other things that needed to be fixed, afterwhich the car didn't perform any better and the light still comes on and goes off any time it darn well pleases.

- , Morris, IL, USA

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