Fun-to-drive, German-engineered Mercury offers great bang-for-the-buck. Either of the Mystique's powerplant work well with the 5-speed manual transmission, but the 2.5-liter Duratec is the one you'll want if you need to do much high-speed freeway driving.
The tires on the GS are inadequate for this car's otherwise excellent handling capabilities. The rear seat is not big enough to hold two full-size adults comfortably.
What's New for 1997
The addition of a Spree Package for the GS model and the inclusion of a tilt steering wheel and standard trunk light are the only changes for the 1997 Mystique.
by eddieallen on Aug 6, 2013 Vehicle: 1997 Mercury Mystique GS 4dr Sedan
My mom bought our car in 2008, it's always been there for us and it always starts up. We've driven it to Florida, New Jersey, and Cali before. We live in NY. It gets excellent gas mileage and is really sporty for a 4 door. My mom got a new car and it's mine now it's my first car and I've been rocking it for 1 1/2 years. The only things we've had to replace is the blinker light in the rear back. We have the Spree model and its a great model. It's always there for me and has never stalled. I'm 6' 2" and I fit in it comfortably. I just don't like the outside look of it besides that its my baby.
by brettmoe on Jul 3, 2012 Vehicle: 1997 Mercury Mystique GS 4dr Sedan
I bought this car when I was 16 because it was priced low and it had very low miles (65,xxx).
Turns out this was a big mistake.
This car has been nothing but a money pit.
First off it is not an easy task to change oil in the 4 cyl. model.
The oil filter sits up above some linkages making it very time consuming to get out.
Something was always wrong with this car in the 3 years I had it! First it had a leaky head-gasket next its catalytic converter insides clasped on its self and clogged the exhaust pipe.
both were mildy expensive to replace.
Finally at 95,000 miles the car blew a set of rings and has been a nightmare to get apart! This car is a maintenance nightmare!
by OK Car on Jun 5, 2010 Vehicle: 1997 Mercury Mystique GS 4dr Sedan
I have had this car since 2008 it is an ok car. But they have had a lot of recalls. The heater works but it had to be recharged. The ac doesn't work unless I want to break my car. The muffler is not the best. When I go to the mechanic and fix the car something else breaks. It is an ok car but it has some issues. The radio is awesome. Unfortunately when I go up a steep hill the car started smoking and I got a bad smell. I fixed the smoke but I still have the smell it's a Cadillac Converter problem. Also beware of the ugly colors try to get a good color exterior. This car is so comfortable my kids always fall asleep in it. Work on the transmission
by barnes-jr on May 27, 2008 Vehicle: 1997 Mercury Mystique GS 4dr Sedan
Bought it at cheap heaps so it needed a lot of work from the get-go but then wow just regular maintenance was needed in three years since. Talk about comfortable/roomy! Talk about very good mileage ( my best 32.3 mpg on a trip Pennsylvania-Connecticut ) Talk about quiet & smooth running yet powerful! Talk about a pleasure to drive! This is one under-rated car. Would highly recommend to anyone/everyone!
by EPierce on Feb 15, 2006 Vehicle: 1997 Mercury Mystique LS 4dr Sedan
Bought used with 50,000 miles. Looked to be in goods shape. In less than a year had to replace the water pump (plastic impeller broke in two), power steering pump, puller idler arm, and some vacuum hoses. Now transmission is making noises and idle problem has cropped up that no one can find. Not my idea of reliability. Have cars with double the mileage with less problems.
by Kevin Landy on Dec 17, 2003 Vehicle: 1997 Mercury Mystique GS 4dr Sedan
I CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT THIS VEHICLE
IS OVERALL WONDERFUL. MY MYSTIQUE IS
IN PEARL WHITE WITH A KEYLESS ENTRY,
SUNROOF, ALL POWER OPTIONS, AND IS
EQUIPPED WITHT HE SPREE PACKAGE. I
BELIEVE THAT THIS 4CYL IS ONE OF THE
MOST TOUGHEST 4 BANGERS AROUND
ESPCIALLY HAVIN A DOHC INSTEAD OF A
SHOC. PASSING MANUEVERS ARE NOT BAD,
THROTTLE RESPONSE IS SATISFYING, GAS
MILEAGE IS VERY GOOD, AN HAS ONE OF
THE SMOOTHEST RIDES A 4 BANGER CAN
OFFER. BELIEVE ME PEOPLE I KNOW MY
VEHICLES AND IM TELLIN YA IF YOUR LOOK
FOR A REAL NICE CAR, BEAUTIFUL
FEATURE,HAS GOOD POWER, GOOD GAS
MILEAGE, AND GREAT RELIABILITY. THE
MYSTIQUE IS FOR U.
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