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1998 Mercury Tracer Wagon

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Mercury Tracer Features and Specs

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Review of the 1998 Mercury Tracer

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  • Pros

    Economical transportation. Willing engine.

  • Cons

    Ugly front end.

  • What's New for 1998

    No changes to Mercury's recently redesigned entry-level car.

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Customer Reviews

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Good car

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Vehicle: 1997 Mercury Tracer

I have had this car for nine years. Bought it used. It now has over 208,000 miles. Over the years it has required basic wear and tear maintenance. What a miracle of a car!

The epitome of economical

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Vehicle: 1997 Mercury Tracer

I bought the car 11yrs. old with 34k miles. As of 7/10/08 the car has 48k miles. It's been an ideal car for me. I work in town, but commute an hour away for college. The car has been very reliable and economical. Maintenance is cheap. It sips fuel. The wagon body style has come in useful on many occasions. The car seems very well built for just being a cheap economy car. The interior is comfortable. It drives pretty nicely. Great brakes. Great steering. Very smooth, yet stable ride. The seats are firm, but seem good for my bad back. For the low initial price and dependable, affordable service that follows, this is a great choice in used economy cars of this age.


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Vehicle: 1997 Mercury Tracer

I've got 120,000 miles on my car and have had minimal problems. Biggest repair was replacing a corroded electrical harness for about $400 in 2002.

Surpassed my expectations

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Vehicle: 1997 Mercury Tracer

We bought this wagon as our second car/grocery getter because it was listed in Consumer Reports as a recommended used car buy, Edmunds had good things to say about it & (let's face it) it was inexpensive. We've owned it for a couple years now and we've had zero problems with it. It's fun to drive, easy to park & good on gas. My husband was prepared to hate it because it's a "wagon" but he has to admit that it's grown on him. He's commuted to work in it & was pleasantly surprised how well it performed for him. I would definitely buy one of these again!

Lots of gusto for an

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Vehicle: 1997 Mercury Tracer

I bought this car at 98k to go to work and back, weekend work and just kicking around town. It now has 107k & I love it. For a small economy car I'm surprised at it's get up and go power, handling, and comfort. The styling is nice too. The car I have has everything you would want in a car today. Airbags, ABS, A/C, power everything & alloy wheels The model I'm driving is a stick which I don't mind but I'd rather be in an automatic but what do you want for under $2,000. (It's a 97 bought in 02. NOT BAD JACK!!) Only thing I'v had to do w/ this thing is a tune-up and oil changes. (Knock on wood)

Love my wagon!

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Vehicle: 1997 Mercury Tracer

We've owned this car for 5 years & the only extra money that we've put out is for new tires & brake service. That's gotta be good enough to satisfy anybody. Back in '97 I thought about getting an import & Ford updated the Escort/Tracer just in time to get my attention. I'm happy with my little wagon & intend to keep it for a long time!

Full 1998 Mercury Tracer Review

What's New for 1998

No changes to Mercury's recently redesigned entry-level car.

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Gas Mileage


  • 24
  • cty
  • 34
  • highway
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