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SOLD ‘97 5-speed Mercury Tracer wagon

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    copcarguy FEOA Member

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    Hello! I have my ‘97 Mercury Tracer wagon for sale. I’m the second owner, I got it from the original 74 year old owner back in 2011 (or’12??) with 74K on the clock. She now has 217K. I commuted 100 miles a day in this car, it got whatever it needed to be safe and reliable. Oil changes were every 3K during my ownership.

    The car is truly a unicorn, it is a 1997 only Boysenberry Blue (code JK) color, 5-speed, cruise, power everything, and even has the rare built-in child seat. She’s 1 of 206 according to the Marti Report - an extremely rare but relatively worthless vehicle lol.

    While this car has been above average mechanically maintained, it is now thoroughly worn out lol. Everything works except the rear defroster. A/C is arctic and blows out in the low 30 degrees. Heat is hot. Has a nice matching set of Altimax Arctic winter tires. The interior is absolutely beautiful.

    I’ve basically posted almost the entire life of this car on here during my ownership, do a search and you can see when the heater core, timing belt, etc. etc. etc. was replaced. I kept up on everything as I didn’t want to break down on my commute to NY every day.

    The body has bumps and bruises, and for some reason the metal recently just got tired and rust is sprouting up EVERYWHERE. There’s some bondo on the passenger 1/4, a quick tack-welded on patch on the tailgate, and now the drivers 1/4 is bubbling with the tin-worm. Where I live in PA, your car will not pass it’s annual state inspection if the vehicle has rust. I’m tired of chasing rust, reason #1 she’s for sale.

    There also is a random high-idle, the car hates sitting and idling and occasionally the RPM’s flare up for no reason whatsoever. I have replaced everything related (IAC, TPS, etc. etc.) and could never figure this out. I DID figure out cleaning the MAF with CRC cleaner spray at every oil change, and replacing the PCV with a genuine Motorcraft part keeps this in check most of the time. I usually just cruised at 65 so the car rarely sat enough to idle anyway and just lived with this, even though it was super annoying.

    The latest thing and the second reason the car is on here now for sale is that if it sits for a few days, upon initial start up she chugs a little for a few moments, and some white smoke comes out of the exhaust. It’ll then clear up and be ok. If you drive it everyday this doesn’t happen. Sounds like some coolant seeps into a cylinder if it sits too long, I don’t know?? The oil is fine and not milky at all. I personally can’t worry about it on my commute to NY, and now with considering everything the ol’ wagon has served her purpose. She’s been the second best car of my life.

    I’m open to offers, drop me a PM on here.
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    I forgot to add this is a factory rear disc brake car with ABS, the ABS works when it feels like it. The ABS light isn’t on.

    Also, on extremely damp days the airbag light flashes “3-4” for about 30 minutes. It then goes away.


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    These summer wheels and tires can also go with the car for some additional $.

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