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4.2

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,300 miles

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1998 Mercury Mystique transmission problems

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1998 Mercury Mystique Owner Comments

problem #20

Oct 032006

Mystique 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 158,689 miles

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

Failed to go into gear from park, changing gears difficult, did not move in drive, would not go into reverse, engine died while driving 35 M.P.H made loud noise.

- Valley Center, CA, USA

problem #19

Aug 072005

Mystique 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The trans is out not working. It worked fine, and just stop, made a funny noise and just stoped. Ipulled in my yard.know it want move.for know reason.

- Augusta, GA, USA

problem #18

Mar 182005

Mystique 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a 1998 Mercury Mystique, andi think the transmission ought to be recalled because I have seen countles numbers of transmission failures on searching the internet and I happen to be one too, the transmission wen T out on ours a few years ago while the car was basically new, found out I had warrenty on it stiill got that fixed, now a little over a year since thenand it's went out again, but I have nno warrenty now which really sucks, so they has to be something going on with this model of car because there is too many transmission problems with so many people. Please write back and let me know something. Thanx alot.

- Big Stone Gap, VA, USA

problem #17

Aug 092004

Mystique 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

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

Transmission failure in that had loss of forward motion had reverse only). Car only has 55000 miles.

- Roslyn Heights, NY, USA

problem #16

Jan 282004

Mystique 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,200 miles
Automatic transmission failure.

- Newburg, PA, USA

problem #15

Jan 262004

(reported on)

Mystique

  • 117,116 miles
The vehicle experienced problems with it's air bags. The vehicle' also leaked fluid at the transmission joint. The vehicle leaked 2 1/2 qts of transmission fluid in approximately 3 weeks. Since the vehicle was no longer under warranty the dealer refused to assist the consumer.

- Cobalt, 00, USA

problem #14

May 262003

Mystique 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

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

I have had shifting problems with the automatic transmissions on a 1998 Mercury Mystique. From my research this transmission made by a joint Venture between Mazda and Ford has had major problmes. I have had it to the local Ford dealer seven times to get it fixed. They thought it was all electrical but now tell me they need to pull the transmission and check three things inside it. The car has been undriveable for three months through this process. I have already spent $650 and now the real expensed process starts.

- Red Wing, MN, USA

problem #13

Feb 052003

Mystique

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The transmission failed, which caused the vehicle not to accelerate.

- Pontiac, MI, USA

problem #12

Nov 022002

Mystique 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
Consumer stated the transmission gears did not shift properly.

- Toms Rivers, NJ, USA

problem #11

Nov 262001

Mystique

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 20 mph heard a loud noise from under the hood. Vehicle started to slow down and would not respond to accelerator pedal. Dealer determined that transmission needed to be replaced.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #10

Oct 282001

Mystique

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Transmission went out of car without any warning in the middle of traffic.

- Austell, GA, USA

problem #9

Dec 012000

Mystique

  • miles
Approx. 3 weeks ago, the original battery in my car was completely dead. It had showed no signs of losing power prior to that day. I bought a new battery and when I hooked it up the engine started turning over. The keys were in my pocket. As a result the starter died. I had the car towed to a local service station. They replaced the starter and a cracked serpantine belt. A few days later I was driving from NJ to pa when I heard a strange buzzing sound under my hood and I smelt the faint smell of something burning. I pulled over, turned off the ignition and looked under the hood. I did not see anything out of the ordinary. The car would not start back up. I had it towed to a near bye service station. Again the starter had to be replaced along with a burned relay wire and a battery. When I went to pick the car up, the new battery had died and we noticed some more burnt wires near the fuse box. I than had the car towed to haldeman Lincoln Mercury in allentown, pa 610-797-5005. Until this point I was reluctant to take my car to the dealer because they had been extremely unresponsive to past issues I have had with the transmission shifting delayed and hard and also with the check engine light and a engine timing issue. These issues happened right after my warranty expired and despite three seperate letters to Ford, the company did nothing to address my situation. I conveyed this entire story to the service advisor, mike siemons, at haldeman Lincoln Mercury dealership and he gave me the customer service number for Ford. On 2/10/01 I spoke with a customer service rep. Who stated that he would relay my report to a area account rep. Who would help remedy my problem. I was informed the rep. Would call me by the end of business today. So far he has not called. The dealership informed me today that I needed to pay $2K+ for a new wire harness and a 3rd starter in as many weeks. They attribute the problem to a battery that leaked acid. This isn't the proble

- Somerset, NJ, USA

problem #8

Feb 092001

(reported on)

Mystique

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission failure.

- New Port, VT, USA

problem #7

Jul 172000

Mystique

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

- Iowa Park, TX, USA

problem #6

Nov 011999

Mystique

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Salisbury, MD, USA

problem #5

Sep 191999

Mystique

  • miles
When driving at various speeds during rainy and wet conditions, the power steering fails during the enactment of a turn. The dealership "cannot diagnose"this dangerous occurance.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #4

Jul 071999

Mystique

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission shift lever failed resulting hard in to gear, dealer replaced and transmission is not shifting again.

- Las Vegas, NV, 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

Nov 211998

Mystique

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When driving at any speed the transmission jumps, and skips gears. Also, transaxle failed, vehicle is shifting hard at hwy speed.

- Coram, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 291999

(reported on)

Mystique

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The automatic transmission broke and needs to be fixed. Also, there is knocking noise coming from the vehicle.

- Starca, TX, USA

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