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5.1

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,143 miles

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1998 Mercury Mystique engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Mercury Mystique Owner Comments

problem #7

Dec 092003

(reported on)

Mystique

  • 134,000 miles

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

Vehicle stalled intermittently. When this occurred steering and brakes locked up.

- Canada, 00, USA

problem #6

Jan 012002

Mystique

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While suddenly all the dash lights illuminated, then temperature gauge goes to hot and vehicle suddenly dies. White smoke also comes out of tail pipe. Vehicle keeps running hot and stops, the engine head gasket failed twice, all recall work was not performed.

- Kingstree, SC, USA

problem #5

Mar 262001

Mystique

  • miles
Unable to fuel my 1998 Mercury Mystique without frequent pump shut down and/or gasoline spillage. This problem began in November 2000 and became progressively worse until repairs were made on March 26, 2001. The problem was linked to a product defect - a sticking flapper valve (tsb 98-15-3). A new flapper valve was installed at a cost of $ $224.26 ($6.07 parts & remainder labor and tax). The replacement of the valve has corrected the problem. While it is fortunate that no injuries or significant environmental damage occurred in this instance because of the defect, a high potential for injury and damage exists.

- Mckeesport, PA, USA

problem #4

Feb 012000

Mystique

  • miles

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

Engine cooling- temperature runs on the high range of normal. Engine - two bolts fell out of water pump pulley causing unknown vibration which in turn caused failure of serpentine belt which caused belt to fray into engine which in turn dislodged timing belt and caused oil light to come on. Dealer not "user friendly" during repair process which drug out the repair for a week. Engine has not run in the same fashion since the incident even though two different dealers have addressed the problem. Engine now stalls during initial start up almost causing engine to die entirely which has almost been the cause of several accidents. Tires- uneven and unusual wear on rear tires causing tires to wear prematurely. Windshield- unusal amount of chips perhaps caused by design and shape of windshield. Ignition- when removing key ingintion stays stuck into the steering column causing buzzer to sound. Did I mention that we will never buy a Ford product again especially since we have only owned this car since December 1999.( dot number: 23912 ur tire size: P205/60R15 )

- Kansas City, KS, USA

problem #3

Dec 011999

Mystique

  • miles
Noise is coming from engine area because only one bolt is holding the pump pulley, two bolts are missing.yh

- Nobleton, FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 221999

Mystique

  • miles
While driving vehicle at approximately 55mph noticed smoke coming out of tail pipe.also, engine was leaking oil after putting oil in it. Been to mechanic & was informed vehicle still under warranty. Finally took vehicle to dealership & informed by mechanic nothing could be done.

- Clio, SC, USA

problem #1

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Mystique

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine warning sensor failed. Mjs

- San Diego, CA, USA

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