Interesting trivia: this car, from '89 - '95, had an MTX-4 transaxle... Ford - branded, built by Mazda. The MTX-4 was a more heavy-duty version of the MTX-3... which was used for all of the years of the Ford Tempo / Mercury Topaz... (other than the rare MTX-2 4-speed version) - I think 1984 - 1994. Actually, the MTX-3 was a decent-enough shifting 'box. I happen to have the factory workshop maual - and there are unmistakable similarities with our Gen3 C66M-R 'box... including shaft oiling funnels, "poor-boy" speed-gears running on splined, oil-fed journals (i.e. not split-cage needle bearings like on my Camry S51 Aisin 'box). Notwithstanding the mildly inferior design - these 'boxes go-the-distance...I briefly had a 95, which was a second gen and the last year offered with a stick. Great engine but the car's build quality left a lot to be desired. I gave it some tlc and prettied it up and sold it for a nice little profit of $1,200. This was it:
Mazda Engineering, again!