Mercury Mystique owners have reported 15 problems related to engine belts and pulleys (under the engine and engine cooling category).
The contact owns a 1999 Mercury Mystique. The contact noticed moisture in the driver's side headlight. In addition, the driver's side tail light dripped water into the trunk when it was opened. She noticed that the moisture was always present, especially after it rained. The vehicle has not been diagnosed. The current mileage is 51,504 and failure mileage was approximately 48,246. Updated 07/07/08. The passenger side seat belt was inoperable, the timing belt was replaced. Updated.
See all problems of the 1999 Mercury Mystique.
We purchased this vehicle in 2001. We were told that an elderly woman got the accelerator stuck and she ran into a tree. Thus, they put a brand new engine in the vehicle. So, we got this great new car with only 1,000 miles on the new engine. We have since replaced the idler pulley three times and the tension pulley once. Ford says that they knew that this is a continual problem with these cars once the head has been removed. I can't believe they would risk stranding people instead of taking responsibility for fixing their problem. For example: Ford had my car for 2 weeks while I was on vacation. They fixed the idler pulley, the serpentine belt and cover, and the oil pump. That same day I got my car back I was driving home and not even 12 miles from town the car broke down again and it was the exact same problem they had my car in the repair shop for 2 weeks. Furthermore, my dash has also peeled back about 3 to 4 inches, and it does obstruct your driving view and also disrupts your defrost. We were never notified of a recall, either by phone or mail, of this problem. When we acquired about it to the Ford dealership they said that the recall time limit has expired.
I replaced my timing belt last year, and again it failed. I have taken it to the Ford dealerships to have it replaced. I really feel that timing belts do not wear out this fast, unless there is a problem with something. This time it was storming, and I left the flashers on, and had to walk 2 miles in the country to get to my truck to tow my car home. In the mean time, the car was towed. So I guess this was a report to the police.
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While driving, the vehicle made a squealing noise. The dealer determined that timing belt pulley was the cause of the problem. The rear brakes had to be replaced, including the drums due to an oil leak.
I own both a 1998 and 1999 Mercury Mystique with the 2. 5l v6 engine. When traveling through standing water or even in a heavy rainstorm the power steering will fail, the generator failure light will light, and the serpentine belt will whine. This can last from 30 sec to a few minutes, and requires one to stop driving as the car is no longer steerable. I have taken my 1998 to the dealer twice for this and they have replaced the belt and tensioner twice. This has not changed the problem, and the dealer called the manufacturer for help and they had no further information or suggestions. I feel that this is a design flaw for this specific engine which could result in a serious accident if evasive maneuvers were required while driving thru standing water. I note two other similar complaints on your website. Ford should design a fix for this important safety issue.
Approx. 3 weeks ago, the original battery in my car was completely dead . It had showed no signs of losing power prior to that day. I bought a new battery and when I hooked it up the engine started turning over. The keys were in my pocket. As a result the starter died. I had the car towed to a local service station. They replaced the starter and a cracked serpantine belt. A few days later I was driving from NJ to PA when I heard a strange buzzing sound under my hood and I smelt the faint smell of something burning. I pulled over, turned off the ignition and looked under the hood. I did not see anything out of the ordinary. The car would not start back up. I had it towed to a near bye service station. Again the starter had to be replaced along with a burned relay wire and a battery. When I went to pick the car up, the new battery had died and we noticed some more burnt wires near the fuse box. I than had the car towed to haldeman Lincoln Mercury in allentown, PA 610-797-5005. Until this point I was reluctant to take my car to the dealer because they had been extremely unresponsive to past issues I have had with the transmission shifting delayed and hard and also with the check engine light and a engine timing issue. These issues happened right after my warranty expired and despite three seperate letters to Ford, the company did nothing to address my situation. I conveyed this entire story to the service advisor, mike siemons, at haldeman Lincoln Mercury dealership and he gave me the customer service number for Ford. On 2/10/01 I spoke with a customer service rep. Who stated that he would relay my report to a area account rep. Who would help remedy my problem. I was informed the rep. Would call me by the end of business today. So far he has not called. The dealership informed me today that I needed to pay $2k+ for a new wire harness and a 3rd starter in as many weeks. They attribute the problem to a battery that leaked acid. This isn't the proble.
See all problems of the 1998 Mercury Mystique.
Engine cooling- temperature runs on the high range of normal. Engine - two bolts fell out of water pump pulley causing unknown vibration which in turn caused failure of serpentine belt which caused belt to fray into engine which in turn dislodged timing belt and caused oil light to come on. Dealer not "user friendly" during repair process which drug out the repair for a week. Engine has not run in the same fashion since the incident even though two different dealers have addressed the problem. Engine now stalls during initial start up almost causing engine to die entirely which has almost been the cause of several accidents. Tires- uneven and unusual wear on rear tires causing tires to wear prematurely. Windshield- unusal amount of chips perhaps caused by design and shape of windshield. Ignition- when removing key ingintion stays stuck into the steering column causing buzzer to sound. Did I mention that we will never buy a Ford product again especially since we have only owned this car since December 1999. ( dot number: 23912 ur tire size: p205/60r15 ).
Noise is coming from engine area because only one bolt is holding the pump pulley, two bolts are missing. Yh.
When driving through a puddle of water the power steering goes out until the fan belt dries. The dealer has been notified about this problem. Problem has not been corrected. Please provide any further details.
While driving the vehicle approximately 35mph, the timing belt broke & hit upper cover. The belt melted on engine. Took to mechanic. Problem only detected when engine is cold.
See all problems of the 1997 Mercury Mystique.
Body paint-acid like blemishes; brakes-premature wearing out; seat- driver's seat loose; seat belt- belt does not retract fully and catches in closing door ,resulting in broken button; engine(cold starts)- engine prone to stalling and low idle speed; remote trunk and fuel filler door release - remote release does not always function; water leaks into trunk while trunk is open; vehicle rides harshly - struts checked and no trouble found; auto transmission shifting difficulty shifting from reverse to park; trunk lock inoperable during cold weather; power windows binding.
When driving over water or a puddle water will get into drivebelt and cause loss of power. Vehicle has no splash guard.
Serpentine belt broke and water pump froze causing vehicle overheating and damage to engine, after replacing engine, belt and pump vehicle is continued to run hot. Mjs.
Crankshaft dampner/pulley failed causing vehicle to loose power steering in wet weather,resulting in vehicle collision and brain injury.
While driving vehicle would suddenly stall. This was caused by the timing belt coming off the crank shaft pulley. This problem occurred several times. The belt had been replaced, but dealership was unable to remedy the problem.
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Car Stall problems||
|Engine Belts And Pulleys problems||
|Engine Cooling System problems||
|Gasoline Engine problems||
|Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problems||
|Engine Exhaust System problems||
|Engine And Engine Cooling problems||
|Cooling Fan problems||
|Emission Control problems||
|Check Engine Light On problems||