has 88,000 miles--mechanic has told me
to get rid of it--BUYER BEWARE--ive had
this car since 9/99--dont drive 2.3
engine with auto transmission very fast-
-i put a quart of oil in it every 1200
miles...watch for head gasket--watch
radiator--it leaks...ive replaced motor
and trans mounts--front end gets
knocked out of whack easy--check front
end alignment twice a yr...good a/c and
stereo..replaced head gasket...u got to
baby this vehicle--"check engine" light
is on often--doesnt necessary mean
there is a problem--could be soft-code
problem--i was told to replace gas cap--
that might help--could be a sensor prob-
poor design--late 70's design vehicle--
surprised it lasted from 1984 to 1994--
could the new ford focus be any
Love this car! Roadster Edition - Fun
to drive & haul kids around. Still
Had trouble with fuel pump - replaced
4 times in 5 years - fixed at Ford
until last time - WE found loose wire
in sending unit - Ford no longer makes
that part according to local Ford
dealership. Was very disappointed car
is only 10 years old & Ford can't work
It looks great after 10 years - slight
chipping in clear coat -- drives
perfect - other than fuel pump issue,
no mechanical problems yet.
Very easy to drive on higways & long
trips. Very roomy for kids.
Be able to fix the cars you build for
longer than 10 years. Hubby & I both
over 6' tall, could use a little extra
This car may be an eyesore, but it hasn't let
me down yet. I initially bought it for my 5mi
commute to work and figured that anything
would suffice. Since then I have developed
enough confidence in her to drive from NYC to
Montreal and back ("check engine light"
blinking most of the way). Aside from a
couple hundred dollars of basic repairs in the
past 3 years I have poured nothing into this
car and it has consistently performed better
than I could have dreamed. Not much pick up
and difficulty exceeding 75MPH, but for what I
paid a true gem (be it topaz or carbuncle).
Radio has great sound and excellent
Cruise control is useless on hilly terrain.
Gas and trunk buttons in glove compartment
Not very reliable, like all fords. Too
much play in steering, bad mid-high
range power. Many problems to be
expected. My topaz at 86k has had new
brakes, new muffler, new trans, new
tires, new water pump. Low end torque
is great with the large cylinders.
Unfortunatly that means the motor
mounts will break quicker. Mid-high
range power is awful, which results in
everyone passing you because you can't
keep up. Power seatbelts break, power
locks fail, power windows stop working.
My mpg is awful. The suspension
eventually sags. This car is cheap, but
don't hang on to a topaz for too long,
because it will let you down.
Radio is better than expected, smooth
ride, comfortable interior, steering
very easy(one finger) Power in low end.
Good trunk space, easy to work
on/repair. Parts are fairly cheap. Low
Give it to another company and redo the
engine(ford engines/trans are awful) A
rear wiper would be nice.