I have had this car since 1995 (Trio). Had some minor repairs. Belts, loose heat sheild,etc. Kept up my maintenance. Never left me stranded. Did overheat one time (needed temp thing, cheap) Now my son drives it. Little bit of rust, interior is ok (teenager owned now), gas mileage good. Was not my choice when I bought. But it has taken good care of my family for a long time! And now I wouldn't give it up for nothing. Paid off, cheap repairs, and still runs! Not til it gives up on us. otherwise my daughter will have it next. rather she likes it or not! It is after all 4 moving wheels.
smooth riding car with decent acceleration . no mechanical problems at all just rutine maintenance. freezing cold air conditioning!!! GREAT GAS MILEAGE FOR CITY AND HIGHWAY! all around a very nice affordable car
This was one of the best cars I have
ever owned oe driven. This car never
broke down and left me stranted. Very
little maintance. I had 180,000= miles
when it finally "went". I htink the
deal was wanting me to buy a new car.
Told me my engine just went. I had it
in the shop for a accelerator motor put
on and a tune up. Less then a month
latter my engine went. It may not have
been a $200,000 dollar car but to me it
was priceless. I should have gotten a
I bought this car because I wanted an
economy car. That's exactly what this
car is. This car had very little
extras, and most everything was manual,
not power. I pay very little to keep
this car up. Gas mileage is good and
the car has only had a couple small
repairs, which costed very little. It
left me stranded once, but that was
because a belt broke, and it was a very
cheap fix. It has been very reliable
for me. It gets a lot of use but keeps
on truckin, needing little more then
it's usuall maintenance. It is the only
car that I feel I have gotten my
money's worth out of.
I have had no expensive fixes, like I
have with the chevy lumina and brand
new malibu, ford taurus, and dodge
600.Still looks decent even though it's
an old boxy car.
The AC seams to suck power from the
car, that needs to be remedied.
I'd caution against purchasing a
Merc that is more than 3 years old.
For the first few years, I had no
problems whatsoever. The best
attribute of the Tracer is that it is
cheap. My car finally went after
about 5 years of regular usage (also
regular maintenance, oil change, etc.)I
also had to replace a timing belt, and
the air bag partially detonated causing
a loud and embarrassing squeak on long
turns. Since not all of us are getting
a big slice of that mega tax break,
perhaps there is still a market left
for this vehicle. I'd say if you still
have options, look past the Tracer and
get your money's worth on a better
Gas Mileage, price.
Stereo system weak, appearance somewhat
ugly, car is a junky in general