bought the car for $2000 and had no problems other than recently in 2008 the rear springs/ shocks have all but given out forcing me to get a new car. it also idles hard with shaking and does not have any passing speed on highway, even with oil/filter/air changes ever 2000 miles, and new spark plugs, cables. paint was pealing off when purchased but has not gotten any worse since. never had a problem starting up in the dead of winter even after sitting around for about a month without a engin turnover. a bit dull on the overall design.
great on gas, fluid changes are very easy to access, and very reliable
tape, or cd player would have been great when in locations that don't pick up radio, cruise control
Had 1997 Tracer for six years, OK car
first 3-4 yrs, then bent a rod at 110k
miles, dealer estimated cost to repair
at $5000+, said if it was not rod then
was a damaged crankshft as that was
also a common problem of these cars.
Car was babied for all six years, oil
change every 3000 miles etc, last three
years had to put $900+ into repairs.
If shopping for used economy car with
60,000 miles then stay away from the
Tracer. it is not a reliable car.
I bought my Mercury, Tracer 97 with
18,000 miles. After about a year and a
half, I had engine work done to it.
Which cost me an arm and a leg. Then
another year later, I had to get a new
tranmisssion at 50,000 miles. If you
guy can avoid buying a ford car do it!!
If you have it sell it. Ford did not do
a good job with the tracer, that's why
they stopped making it so fast. I am
selling mine and getting a car that
I am writing this review nearly 10 years after purchasing the Tracer. We have the 4DR LS model and have been extremely pleased with this vehicle. Living in the harsh Minnesota climate and on a gravel road, we have over 220K miles on it and have only had a few expected repairs, nothing major. As newlyweds, we purchased this car hoping to last a few years until we got settled. Little did we know it would be so incredibly reliable. The maintenance and repairs were affordable and easy to do myself. I wish I could find a 2010 Tracer with the same reliability as the 1997. Granted, I could do with a better inside build quality and cup holders that were actually useful. Great, great car.
Bought my tracer in 2004 with 54K miles. It's very basic but was good for local running around. Mileage was about 24 city, 29 hiway. Took good care of it. Mystery problems began at about 100K miles - engine light would go on, codes were checked (minor stuff) and fixed, engine light would stay off for one day or one week (never knew what to expect). Thought it might be the ECM, but it wasn't. About 2 weeks ago it died - valve seat problem. RIP, it was good while it lasted.
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