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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Exhaust System: Manifold/Header/Muffler/Tail Pipe Problems


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1998 Mercury Mystique exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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1998 Mercury Mystique Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 242000


  • miles


Oil was running out 3 days at a time. Had oil changed. Vehicle would cut off at stop sign, but started right back up. Also, . white smoke was coming from the rear.

- Salisbury, NC, USA

problem #1

Jun 221999


  • 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

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