Diesel 1986 Mercury Topaz Ls Sedan 4-door 2.0l on 2040-cars
Agency, Iowa, United States
I am selling my old Merc Topaz Diesel. It is all original and gets about 40 miles per gallon overall. I can take it down the 4 lane road with the cruise control set at 65 and the air on and do this. It is not a race car. Acceleration is slow but is still fun to drive. I bought it from the original owner to drive to work. The body is pretty rusty on the bottom and needs work if you are going to drive it a lot. I replaced the water pump, glow plugs and fuel line and serviced it when I bought it. It starts well in the winter. Also has a 110V engine heater. In January I replaced the front axle assemblies, RH wheel bearing and ball joints. I also replaced a tie rod end and the LH front caliper and rear brake shoes. The air conditioning works well. 2 electric window are not working. I put on used 14 radials that have approx. 70% tread remaining.
I have been driving it and it is ok. The body is rusty and floor panels are perforated. The drive train is decent. I would like to see someone do some work on body/frame if they are to use it. It does run and drives.
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Sun, 10 Mar 2013 11:00:00 EST
The rust issue in the rear wheel wells of 2004-2007 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans has finally led to a recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began an investigation into the matter in 2011, said investigation being upgraded to an engineering analysis a year later while NHTSA tried to figure out how many model years should be included in the assessment.
Fri, 30 Aug 2013 13:00:00 EST
Ford has decided to recall all of the 230,000 minivans potentially affected, namely those sold in salt-belt states and countries like Canada. The excess rust in the rear wheel wells was also able to prevent the third-row seats from locking to the floor of the minivan. To repair the problem, owners can take their minivans to dealers, and the dealers will place new panels in the wheel wells, replace the third-row seat mounting brackets and relocate the latches to an area away from any corrosion.
Ford says it will begin notifying owners during the last week of March.
The Detroit News is reporting that Ford will recall some 370,000 Crown Victoria (pictured), Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car vehicles from model years 2005 through 2011, for an issue regarding the lower intermediate steering shaft. 355,000 of the vehicles in question were sold in the US, with the other 15,000 sold in Canada.
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:31:00 EST
The report indicates that corrosion of the lower intermediate steering shaft could cause a "loss of steering," presumably because of a partial or complete failure of the part. The report points out the dealers will inspect and replace the offending steering component for recalled cars, and may also secure a lower steering column bearing and replace the upper intermediate steering shaft as needed. The company is unaware of any reports of the faulty part causing any accidents or injuries.
Ford helpfully lists states in which corrosion is more likely to have taken place, mostly in the Snow Belt, as you might guess. Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia are listed.
Ford is recalling about 70,209 examples of the 2005-2008 Ford Escape Hybrid and the 2006-2008 Mercury Mariner Hybrid because the cooling pumps for their hybrid systems could fail.
According to the company's defect notice, it's possible for the original "Motor Electronics Coolant (MEC) Pump" to wear out and fail, which would could cause the hybrid system to overheat. If this happens, the vehicle goes into a safety mode that takes away most or all of its power. However, braking and steering still operate normally. After cooling down, the affected models restart normally. The company says that it's not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this problem.
Ford will begin repairing the vehicles in late October, and dealers will be installing improved, brushless pumps on the affected models at no charge to owners. If drivers had their pumps fail before this recall, they can contact Ford for a possible reimbursement. Scroll down to read the recall announcement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or download the full defect notice as a PDF, here.