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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,161 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Mercury Tracer transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Mercury Tracer Owner Comments

problem #3

May 102007

Tracer 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 132,482 miles


While I am on the foot brake slowing down, car suddenly revs, shifts into gear and accelerates. I am unable to hold back the vehicle even when pushing as hard as I can on the brake pedal. I have to knock the shift lever into neutral to stop.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #2

Feb 282002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While stopping at spot light and without any indication vehicle surged while brakes were depressed. Dealer was contacted. Consumer took vehicle to have the computer and transmission functions checked. Transmission was serviced and adjustments were made.

- Middle Village, NY, USA

problem #1

Oct 252001

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission fails to shift properly into gears, this causes vehicle to jerk and shift hard into gears, sometimes would flutter when driving at 50-55mph. Consumer stated vehicle has been to numerous dealership for the same problem.

- Palmyra, NY, USA

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