Reliable if cared for and driven properly
December 17, 2018
I inherited this 1998 V-6 LS series Mystique in 2009 with 43K miles on it. Now, in December, 2018, it has just passed 95K miles. I flush the transmission every 20K miles. Takes 8 quarts and is easy and inexpensive to do. Reason for frequent flushes is cheap FoMoCo did not put a transmission filter on this model. I replaced the spark plugs and timing belt and water pump belt at 75K miles. I use Mobil 1 extended performance 5/30 synthetic oil.
In rural Texas driving, it averages 27+ mpg on top tier regular unleaded gas. Drives and runs very well. I tend to drive it rather gently, aware that this model is not the most robust ever made! Only big expense was an alternator replacement for $800, which I could not do because this usually easy repair requires removing the engine! Bad design, Ford.
Otherwise, I am very pleased with this car.