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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,667 miles

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1998 Mercury Tracer suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Mercury Tracer Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 302004

Tracer 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles


Rear coil spring fractured, without provocation, in my 1998 Mercury Tracer sedan. After speaking to 3 different independent shops and 2 different Ford service departments, it was absolutely clear that Ford/Mercury has a known material defect that they have chosen to ignore. Everyone concedes that these springs are failing at absurd rates but fomo co policy is to deny everything (despite what their own service technicians are admitting) catastrophic failures while driving frequently result in tire blowouts... this problem occurs throughout the Taurus/Sable, escort/Tracer, and topaz/Contour car lines... I still have the shattered spring in my possession, fomoco expressed zero interest when I contacted them...

- Norwich, NY, USA

problem #2

Dec 172001


  • miles
Broken rear coil springs at very low mileage, could have caused blowouts, serious accident.

- Newton, MA, USA

problem #1

Dec 172001


  • miles
Broken rear coil springs at very low mileage, could have caused tire blowouts, serious accident.

- Newton, MA, USA

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