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1988 Mercury TopazReview
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Disaster On Wheels — The all wheel drive was a great idea but obviously ahead of its time and always in need of repair. I liked the looks and it ran well enough but everything related to the 4 wheel drive broke multiple times. Also had problems with the rear brakes and it used up tires faster than any other car I've owned.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Four wheel drive option, was great in snow.

Cons: This was the first car I bought an extended warranty on and boy was I glad I did. The car cost $12,000 in 1988. By 1992 when I bought another car, it had had $24,000 (that is not a mistake) worth of warranty work done on it.  Replaced the transfer case twice, ball joints several times, tie rods so many times I don't remeber.

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1988 Mercury TopazReview

Mercury Topaz Gs — Topaz I had this car for 6 years. Overall I should say it's a good reliable car. Can't talk about on performance on this car as it's only 98 horse power with a in-line 4 2.3 engine. The most impressive thing for this car is the sur-round sound system. Can't imagine there is a factory built sub-woofer in a mid size sedan. Why pay for the premium for imports if you can have everything for a domestic sedan. Compare to my friends japanese cars. This car relatively has a lower maintenance cost. (a rebuilt alternator only cost me less than CAD 100 vesus over CAD 250 for one fit in a 1991 Toyota Camry. Too bad all Topaz are getting old. Perhaps we should go for Contour for replacement car.

Pros: Great sound system, 12KM/L on highway, Cheap to run, smooth shifting

Cons: 3 speed automatic transmission

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1988 Mercury TopazReview

Topaz. Diamond In The Rough — mediocre describes everything about this vehicle, its appearance, performance and quality. even so, for some odd reason, I love this car. very simple, no B.S. has only left me stranded once, and thats when i first bought it. very fun to drive, because no one likes to get passed by this vehicle.

Pros: good daily driver

Cons: slightly underpowered

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1988 Mercury TopazReview

Best Friends First Car-it Was Fun — built like a tank, ran well until it just died. Weirdly expensive rims. pimping red interior.

Pros: Reliable, durable

Cons: kinda ugly, shiny red vinyl interior

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Reviews From Other Years

1994 Mercury Topaz Reviews

It's Friggin Paid For!!! By Nicklaus

It's in perfect shape, gets great mileage and is my general all around work car. Poor Performance, I have to beg it to get up to 60. It's not really fun but it does the job. Plus I'm not concerned ... Read More

Basic Transportation Appliance By Isaac

This car is great to get you from place to place; it serves the primary function of a car very well. Styling is typical 90s econo-box, and acceleration is mild (though not quite as slow as automatic m... Read More

1993 Mercury Topaz Reviews

Starter Car By Caleb

The Topaz is the first car I've owned. And aside from needing to replace the head gasket after I bought it, it runs pretty good. There will be modifications made soon...I will be giving it a custom ... Read More

Holding Up Well By Pam

I've put this car through the wringer and it comes back for more. Read More

1992 Mercury Topaz Reviews

Very Missed Vehicle And Was Always Loads Of Fun. Never Let Me Down Ever. By Paul

The 1992 LTS model was only produced for that year . Mine was White with grey frost lower half and blue interior. The exterior came standard with ground full affects kit with lower body stripsin silve... Read More

Nice Fun Car By Josh

eh, its a canadian car. so it can make it through any kind of snow or rain :) nice and fast, tested it myself to 130mph, gets a lovely 20mpg, and still has the power to take out and ricer out there! Read More

1991 Mercury Topaz Reviews

Worst Car I Ever Owned! By Michael

I bought this car as one of my first independent car purchases, Got it in Feb of 1992. Car was great at first, did well in snow and was very comfortable. Then when spring arrived, so did the probl... Read More

Din't Like It, Junk! By Timothy

This car was a peice of junk. I had a 88' Tempo before this one and it was a awesome little car. But the Topaz was junk. It didn't run right, had an over heating problem, and the electric had probl... Read More

1990 Mercury Topaz Reviews

Buy It If Its Under 1k. Its A Fun Car That You Can Roll And No One Cares. By Kyle

Tim is a solid little car. Comfy seats. Not the worst looking either. Stayed in good condition considering its older than I am, only had to fix the breaks so far. Sadly though, NO BALLS. 95hp. And not... Read More

Stay Away! By Ryan

I owned this car for about 4 months over the winter. First I got this car for $250 and for a reason at that. This car is very easy to break, the driver side window does not work the transmission st... Read More

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