The hubcaps are lots weaker and they keep falling off. New, short-throw cable-operated shift linkage for the standard 5-speed manual transmission, and a new low-inertia clutch make shifting quick and easy. Many customers were willing to pay the extra money to get a boost in space and comfort by buying the Sable. The main reason why the Mystique failed was because its size was too close to the , while its price was too close to the larger. Lots of functional options make a car more valuable at trade-in time and their cost is just tacked onto the monthly payment. It offered excellent handling compared to its competetion, and with the V6 and 5 Speed transmission it was very fast. The Mystique's instrument panel is more mainstream in design than on most other current Ford products.
It is an enjoyable car to drive, whether to the local supermarket or across the state. The Contour and the Mystique have a clone in England called the Mondeo and it's identical to the cars here. All five occupants have a 3-point safety harness. Mystiques were built in Kanas City, Missouri and Cuautitian Mexico. On this page we have collected some information and photos of all specifications 1998 Mercury Mystique. She said that she liked the fact that she could see the hood of the car from the driver's seat, and that made it easier for her to parallel park on downtown streets. It is sized for four or five medium-sized people, or two large and two small.
Although the sheetmetal is little changed from the windshield back, the hood, grille, and headlights are all new and give the Mystique flair - and a more-than- passing resemblance to some upscale cousins at Lincoln. The front bucket seats are supportive and good for distance. All share the new exterior styling and interior upgrades for more room and quietness. Coupled to a 4 Speed Automatic or 5 Speed Manual Transmissions. We are reliant upon outside agencies for our data, which you resolve to access at your own risk.
Mercury designed the Mystique for people who are automotive enthusiasts, and is on the mark. The rigid chassis structure provides a solid anchor for the fully independent suspension. Strong midrange torque and 170 peak horsepower make for quick acceleration with a minimum of shifting. It, and its close cousin the Ford Contour, are the North American versions of an international platform that includes the European Ford Mondeo. We rented one when we were there. The driver's seat is power-adjustable.
The somewhat quirky shift mechanism that everybody complained about in the '97 stick-shift models has been upgraded with a new cable-operated device and the clutch pedal mechanism has been made softer, too. Its quarter-mile acceleration times aren't a whole lot slower either, and one of the reasons may be because our test car carried a 4. She says they came off because you kept hitting the curb trying to park the right-hand drive Mondeo on the left side of the street. Unlike some of those imports, it has American-style interior appointments and accessories. Leather upholstery and woodgrain trim on the instrument panel help give American luxury ambiance. Distinctive new styling that gives it a strong resemblance to its upscale relatives at Lincoln is part of the reason, but there's more.
None of the information is entered into the databases by ourselves. The accuracy of the information in our database cannot be guaranteed or verified, and we are unable to certify that a vehicle history is complete. Please refer to our terms of service for more information. The Mystique is quiet inside, and stable in strong crosswinds. Although the manual gearbox adds to the sporty flavor of the car, a 4-speed automatic is available. A thick- rimmed, leather -wrapped, tilt-adjustable steering wheel helps control. We will make the amendments and close the gaps as soon as possible.
The Topaz sold far better than the Mystique. I drove a Mystique so equipped several years ago and found it to be a good match for the engine. A major downside of the Mystique was its lack of rear legroom, bested by smaller cars. Small storage spaces around the cabin, and a large glove box, add convenience, as do power windows, mirrors, and doorlocks. The Mystique's international flavor shouldn't come as a surprise. It makes it easier to judge where the front of the car is during parking maneuvers. I've had a grin on my face most of the time I've been driving the Mystique.
When Suzanne drove the car, she noticed a couple of things that hadn't occurred to me. The higher hoodline has an important benefit besides style. Along with the Contour, the Mystique started the 1998 model year early, in the Spring of 1997. If Mercury is seeking a better-defined style and image, the '98 Mystique will help considerably. Mercury Mystique Successor 2006 Production 1995-2000 Class Luxury Compact Body Style 4-Door Sedan Length 184.
The Mystique successfully combines elements of American and European character. . She got a kick out of the glovebox, too. It was available with a I4 or V6 Engine. Both have a moderate restyling for 1998, as well as numerous small interior and mechanical changes.