fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,000 miles

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1998 Mercury Mystique electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Mercury Mystique Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 012014

Mystique 6-cyl

  • miles


1998 Mercury Mystique. Electrical sub-harness connector problems. The consumer stated he took the vehicle to his mechanic, because the ac wasn't cooling properly and the vehicle would over heat, while it was on. The vehicle has two fans in the front and they found the cooling fan melted and the sub-harness connector burned up. In addition, they showed the consumer the part of the sub-harness with the insulation just falling off the wire. They had to replaced the fan motor unit and had to splice in a fan connector and wire into the rest of the sub-harness, because for said the sub-harness was obsolete and not available. While it functions, the check engine light has since illuminated for a cam shaft position sensor, which the consumer was informed it was related to the sub-harness. Also, the lower control arms, ball joints, front struts, rear struts and rear mounts, numerous O2 sensors, radio antenna, rack and pinion, drivers side power window and switch controller were all replaced. The engine and transmission mounts also had to be replaced.

- North Hills, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 142005

Mystique 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
The contact was having electrical problems. She said the vehicle would not start. The vehicle would jump while she was driving. She was going about 40 mph. She had it looked at, and was told it was in the wiring. She said when the mechanic looked at the vehicle the windshield wipers came on by themselves. A mechanic told her the wires were bad, and they needed to be replaced. She was told this by two different mechanics. She found out about a recall 01V230000 on the wiring harness. Dealer told her the recall has expired. Manufacturer said this vehicle was not included in the recall.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 071999


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Shorting out of wiring caused fuse blowing, two times battery died and alternator failed.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

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