by mwb on Jul 4, 2008 Vehicle: 1995 Mercury Mystique LS 4dr Sedan
A one owner car purchased late 2006. Has one of the sweetest V6 engines I've known and terrific mileage at 20 city, 36 hwy. 4spd Auto sometimes seems soft, but no problems. Wiring harness had been replaced, oxy sensors in 04. Passes smog well above avg. AC has slow freon leak- when freon fully charged mpg drops to average 17/25. Without freon mpg goes back to 20/36 averages~ a "mystique mystery". Engine and trans mounts [rubber/liquid filled] had to replace together. Smoothness returned to like new, hope they last another dozen years. Overall a joy to drive, must be well maintained to stay that way. Excellent European style tuned suspension.
by bbs53 on Sep 23, 2006 Vehicle: 1995 Mercury Mystique LS 4dr Sedan
I bought this car with 90,000 on the clock. It performs well and the 5 speed/6cyl combo is nice. The radio commited suicide, but it wasn't that good anyway. The real problem was the engine lost oil pressure and blew up 3 months after I bought it and it was inspected before I bought it. I found an engine with 27,000 and it has done well since then. The engine and install were close to what I paid for the car to begin with but still is a good commuter car and would be hard to replace even with the added expense. Ford needs to concentrate on building cars that will go 200,000 miles. The engine/trans sits on an easy to remove sub assembly, my main gripe is parts are expensive.
Introduced to replace the aging Topaz, the Mystique is a virtual twin to the Ford Contour. Euro-styling combined with German engineering results in a $20,000 American car that can compete with import sedans that cost nearly twice as much. You may choose between two trim levels, the base GS or the more luxurious LS. A 170-horsepower V6 engine is optional.