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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Mercury Tracer accessories - interior problems

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1998 Mercury Tracer Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 082004

Tracer 4-cyl

  • 150,000 miles


While driving the horn started blowing and I had to take the fues out to stop it.

- Princeton , TX, USA

problem #3

Feb 122003


  • miles
The horn started blowing on its on.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #2

Feb 181999


  • miles
I reported this problem twice to cortese. The horn will not sound unless you press really hard on the horn icon. Cortese told me that they checked other Tracers on the lot and quoting now "that's just the way they are". they said to quote "press really hard on the horn icon" I feel this is unsafe. If I need to warn an oncoming car in a potential accident situation I would be unable to do so. I feel there must be away for Mercury to retro fit another horn somehow. Cortese also said part of the problem was due to the airbag being just underneath the horn.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #1

Mar 301998

(reported on)


  • miles
Horn difficult to activate due to design.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

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