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
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