by sfhiggins on Aug 24, 2006 Vehicle: 1994 Mercury Tracer
I've owned this car for a year and put 12k miles on it with no problems. 138k, 5MT and I average 33mpg in mixed driving. It does burn a qt of oil every 1500 miles. Easy car to work on and find parts for. Driving position, visibility, and controls are comfortable, but seats lack lumbar support. Car is very slow, but fun to drive with the stickshift. Brakes are ok, steering response is good. Plenty of online info available w/r/t Escorts. I have two small rust spots starting on panel edges, but the paint and interior are in great condition overall...no peeling paint or torn fabric. Three carseats will BARELY fit across the rear seat. Great car overall...I'd absolutely buy it again.
by CTP on Feb 28, 2003 Vehicle: 1994 Mercury Tracer
Nothing but a disappointment from day
one! Handled okay, had okay gas
mileage, but burned thru transmissions
like a teenaged girl goes thru
boybands! Parts were expensive and even
when under warranty, the dealership
never could fix it right. I went thru 2
engines, 3 heater cores, and 4 (count
em four!!!) transmissions. Engine had
no power or pickup (either of the two!)
and I will not be buying another
Mercury / Ford ever again!
A passenger airbag is finally available for the Tracer. Unfortunately, some engineering genius decided to retain the annoying motorized shoulder belts. An integrated child seat is introduced as an optional safety feature. The Trio package is introduced, designed to give budget shoppers the option of purchasing some of the more popular LTS features such as the spoiler, aluminum wheels and leather-wrapped steering wheel.