1988 Mercury Tracer Base Hatchback 4-door 1.6l on 2040-cars
Wrightstown, New Jersey, United States
Vehicle has 55,000 original miles! I am the 2nd owner and have had it for almost 1 year. I purchased it from Miller Subaru on Route 38 in Mt. Holly along with another vehicle last year. This vehicle was traded in by the original owner for a new Subaru Impreza at the request of her family members to "get a new car". My wife and I saw it and thought it was so cool, like a trip back in time to the 80's. The car was 100% original equipment down to the tires! The vehicle has been completely restored. Repairs consist of over $5500 worth of work (not counting the price of the car $2800): new tires, belts, hoses, axle shafts, exhaust system, A/c compressor w/conversion kit, radiator, thermostat, engine temp sensor, valve cover gasket, oil pan gaskets for engine and transmission, all fluids flushed and cleaned (trans, engine, cooling system, power steering). Vehicle has new paint (no bondo or rust repair was needed prior too paint). Vehicle was purchased as an every day cheap driver, however we just purchased 2 new vehicles and there is no need/purpose for this now. It is a great vehicle, especially for a new driver or even for someone like me that was going to keep it for a long time (until our first child just arrived)... also the vehicle is clean and has never had an accident or flood damage. I am in no rush to sell and this is a car and the buyer will not need to repair, fix, or fear anything.
If you are the highest bidder and surpass the reserve price, I am asking for a $250 deposit within 24 hours of auction close. We will talk at auction close to discuss details of how to make the deposit, or it can be done through PayPal if you prefer.
If you live locally and want to see the vehicle in person, just call and I will work out a time with you.
I reserve the right to end the auction at any time if it sells before auction end.
Mercury Tracer for Sale
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Tue, 25 Sep 2012 16:30:00 EST
It's hard to think back now, but the same man overseeing the design of the 2013 Ford Fusion also presided over a rather lackluster period in Ford design, highlighted by vehicles like the Five Hundred and Freestyle. With the redesigned Fusion receiving high praise, J Mays tells Automotive News that he feels vindicated from criticisms suggesting he's not a daring enough designer.
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:29:00 EST
When Mays took over as lead of design in 1997, he admits to having quite an ego ("My head would barely fit through the door some days. I've long since gotten over myself") and the workload to match. With the Blue Oval's portfolio full of premium brands like Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo at that point, along with the bread-and-butter Ford, Lincoln and Mercury models, Mays certainly had quite the challenge.
It was in the mid-2000s that Mays took over just the premium brands, and took on the new title of Chief Creative Officer. At the time, Mays endured some criticism for looking backwards to retro styling, rather than setting a new standard for American car design - criticism that Mays says he is free from with the all-new Fusion.
There may be more steering woes for the Ford Crown Victoria. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a preliminary evaluation into the Crown Vic and Mercury Grand Marquis from the 2004 to 2007 model years and the Mercury Marauder for the 2004 and 2005 model years because the steering shaft can jam. The issue could potentially affect an estimated 500,000 vehicles.
Tue, 07 Oct 2014 09:30:00 EST
According to the regulator, there is a possibility that the driver's side heat shield for the exhaust manifold can rust, dislodge, and then wedge into the steering shaft. If this occurs, it leads to a situation where the driver can no longer control the car.
NHTSA has received five complaints of this happening, including one alleged case with an injury. In that situation, the car was driving onto the highway, lost control and rolled over. One occupant was hurt in the accident.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is opening an investigation into the 2010-2012 Ford Fusion, Fusion Hybrid and Lincoln MKZ, the 2012 MKZ Hybrid and 2011 Mercury Milan because the agency has hundreds of complaints of electric power steering failure in these models.
According to NHTSA's data, it has received 508 complaints of the power steering allegedly suddenly malfunctioning and resulting in increased effort to turn the wheel. In four incidents, these failures resulted in loss of control and crashes. According to the reports, in some cases a power steering warning message came on as the fault occurred, and other times the system restored itself by turning off and then restarting the vehicle. NHTSA said it has also received further field report data from Ford, but that information hasn't been publicly released yet.
For the moment, there isn't a recall for this failure on these models. NHTSA is just investigating them to "assess the scope, frequency and safety consequences of the alleged defect," and the agency says an estimated 938,000 vehicles could potentially be affected.