2005 MERCURY MONTEGO

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169,139 Miles
65,285
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Vehicle Details

Mileage: 169139
Color: GRAY
Body Style: Sedan
Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic
Engine Type: 6-Cylinder
Drive Train: FWD
Fuel: GAS
Location: Killeen, TX
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FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY:MOUNTING

ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE STRAPS THAT SECURE THE FUEL TANK TO THE VEHICLE BODY MAY BREAK, CAUSING THE FUEL TANK AND FUEL TANK HEAT SHIELD TO DROP ON THE DRIVESHAFT (ALL WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLES) OR EXHAUST SYSTEM (FRONT WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLES).


Information about Dealer

Excellent

5
Bridgette Petro on 03/19/2016

Customer Service: 5.0 Quality Of Work: 5.0 Friendliness: 5.0 Pricing: 5.0 Overall Experience: 5.0

I bought a 2012 Toyota Rav-4 from Stephen James on 12-31-2015. I had previously purchased a 2009 Honda CRV from Automax about 3 years ago. Both experiences were excellent.In terms of my most recent purchase, Stephen was awesome to deal with. I called and expressed interest in the Rav-4. He had it ready to test drive when I arrived. He worked with me to get the best financing and the highest trade in for my CRV. The Toyota needed body work, which I knew when I purchased it, and I was given a rental while the work was done. The body work was done extremely well and I can't even tell where it was painted.I will continue to go to Automax when I need to purchase a vehicle and will recommend them to my friends.

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Vehicle Rating & Owner Reviews

Overall Rating
4.6
  Based on 117 reviews

Still going strong at 202k miles

4
Fee Bee on 12/24/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4 Safety Rating: 4 Technology Rating: 3 Value Rating: 4

Bought the car in 2007 with 12,000 miles. Aside from some minor engine repairs and maintenance, the car is going strong. I have the FWD version and it did great during a snow storm. One issue I do have is that when I switch the vent from upper to lower, I hear a noise as the hoses switch over. I'm now in the market for a new vehicle and find myself comparing everything to this car.

Very reliable have lot of pros and cons

5
Abrahim Yousif on 11/25/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 3 Value Rating: 4

I own a 2005 Mercury Montego Premier FWD V6, I bought it in 2014 with 160K miles and as of today 11/25/15 I have 178,139 Miles on the odometer. I will talk about all good and bad stuff about the car, but first let me talk about good stuff and everything I'm mentioning comes from my personal experience with this car. I love the huge trunk size you can loaded with many many stuff, The car is a full size sedan which is very rare to find a sedan with the same size as this car now, a 6.1 guy can comfortably sit in any seat, for a 2005 car the interior looks nice and so classic,wish if they had auxiliary jack but it's missing it, Xenon lights and fog lights, visibility in this car is excellent and this is so critical, the tires are big enough to give you a good traction and ride quality of this car is something you will love, back up parking sensors are very helpful and one of my favorite features in this car, even I bought this car 9 years old with 160K miles but it has been a trouble free car as of today the only thing I ever changed is oil and I had to change one of the oxygen sensors which is not a big deal, the car takes me from 0-60 mph in 7 seconds. Now let me talk about the bad stuff, Brakes! yes brakes in this car are not as good as they should be in and they are really not good even though I changed the brakes they are still not good, the rear doors collects water if you wonder how! when it rains the water goes down inside the rear door and as I was told this is the way the car was designed, so when you drive in winter after rain you can hear the water when you stop the car or turn.

Best Car Ever

5
Stan Dieckmann on 09/11/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: Value Rating: 5

I bought my 2005 in 2009, it had 48K miles and had been a one owner car. It now has 162,000 and I took it to a shop to go through it front to back, to let me know their thoughts on if I should keep it or sell it. I like the car SO much, I am going to spend about $3,000 on it to make it "new" again. I have searched and searched for a car that I would like equally well, both new and used, and I can't find it. My wife's 2013 Ford Edge has all the new techno gadgets that I don't have, and I wish I did have, but I can add that after market. The car is such a good car. I take it to Ford for every service at 5,000 miles, change the transmission oil at 50,000, and what a car! I can't think of any other car that I have looked at and researched that I am more willing to spend money on right now than the car I have. And I have the money and or credit to buy any car I want. Just so you know, I don't want a 7 Series BMW, I can't buy that, but I can buy a nice car. I like this car so much, I have looked at 2009's, both Ford and Mercury, to see if I could find the right one with low miles so I could stay with basically the same car, and I can't. So another $3,000 and many more miles...here I come.

Most reliable car I have ever owned

5
Isha on 09/08/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

Bought brand new and this car has been so reliable and never needed any major work just regular maintenance and nothing more.

Dont believe all the hype about this car.

3
chrisg05 on 08/25/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 1 Safety Rating: 4 Technology Rating: 2 Value Rating: 3

I normally dont write reviews butJust like the title says. Dont believe all the hype about this car. There is a reason why these cars did not sell well when new. You will see many of them with low miles for the year. Think twice before you buy. I am an actual owner for 4 years and just traded out of it yesterday. Pluses: Roomy comfortable ride. The trunk is huge and you can easily haul 3 adults in the rear of the car. The ride itself is very acceptable for a big American car. safety ratings are 5 star for the year excellent handling for a large car Negatives: Gas millage: Dont believe what you are told. Real world numbers are more like 17 in the city 25 on the highway. I did a 300 mile trip, all highway.. all at posted speeds of 65 to 70mph and got between 23-to 25 on the highway. Combined we were lucky to get 19mpg. Brakes: They just plain suck. Replaced the rear brakes (rotors, pads) twice on this car in 30K! Yes twice both times pads were down to the rivets. Yes the correct "modified" pads were used from ford the first time (lasted 14k) and the second time Raybestos pads were used. Both sets ceramic material. Sorry but that was unacceptable. Door seals: Rear doors collect water on the bottom of them due to poor design. The door is designed to let the water go through the window seal and out the bottom end of the door. The problem with this is when the door seal blocks the drain hole, water collects in the door. You dont know until you hear it as you open and close the door. This causes the door to rust from the inside out. If you see rust bubbles run. Also the seal, by the seat tends to come off the metal. The only fix is to get a new one at a higher cost. Air conditioning does not work properly. This is a common problem on the montego/five hundred/freestyle. There is a problem with the compressor that is used on these cars where when you idle you get warm air. Not fun in 90 degree humid weather. In there defense, when you run the engine above 1500 rpm the car blows out ice cold. Only fix so far from ford is a new compressor at the cost of 500 dollars. Engine stalling/stumbling when starting. Another common problem... was told to clean maf sensor and throttle body. 6 months later same issue. The engine itself is good and powerful once it is running right. Got really tired of that issue. Transmission clunks and hunts sometimes for gears. Cv axles at 56k. You may think I am being critical on this car... well yes I am. This is why foreign offerings are doing so well here.

Love my Montego!!

5
Alyssa Czewski on 08/04/2015

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

I absolutly love my car! Not only is it comfy but it's roomy too. My boyfriend is 6'1'' and sits comfortably in all the seats. When the car is running you can't even hear the engine (I've tried to start it twice). I bought my car used with a salvaged title since it was totaled once and it still runs great with the original computer and motor still in it. The interior and exterior are durable, I'm accident prone and it stands up against me. The trunk is soo big I never worry about having enough room in it or not. It drives extremly smooth down the road and around curves, it loves the highway and get up to 33mpg, about 21-23 in town. Long car rides are what this is made for, being comfortable in it hour after hour. I love that it tells me when the oil life is low and how many miles I have until E. Plus the self check it does tells you if anything is wrong from fluid levels to the trasmission. This car is PERFECT and I will drive it until it can't drive no more.

A Mercury? for all ages?

4.3
stevec81 on 06/19/2014

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

I bought this as an used car while looking for a variety of mid-size sedans. While not initially on up for consideration, I was sold on it after driving it. While Mercury is generally associated as a car for "old people", I was pleasantly surprised by this. Although the Montego is also a full-size car with large trunk, the similarities with the Grand Marquis end right about there. Although not sporty or fast, the Montego drives light on its feet and feels well-connected to the road. While understated, it still looks like something special.

You get what you pay for

3.4
nobigdl on 08/31/2010

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 2 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 3

This car seemed like a good deal, but after getting used to it I find many annoying items. Like the 2-zone air conditioning is really confusing and doesn't keep the settings when turned off. A/C has already needed major repair. At midday (high sun angle), the glare on the speedo is so bad you can't read it. Poor design foresight throughout. The information display is fairly useless and very confusing when trying to reset oil change interval. Dash board surface is bubbling. Light dash color glares horribly. Seat bottoms are too short and seats are too hard. Interior quality feels like a rental car. If you find dumb design annoying, don't buy this car.

2005 Montego Premier AWD CVT

5
Dave Croft on 04/12/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is probably the last car I'll ever need to buy. I like everything about it. I've had dozens of cars and trucks before. This one's a keeper. It's comfortable and fun to drive. I've found the 3.0 liter to have plenty enough power for my needs and the gas mileage is amazing for this class of vehicle. Average 23-24 local driving and on a long trip using cruise control this thing jumps up to an average of 32-33 mpg. Since 2007 I've driven it 40,000 miles. I bought it with 23,000 on it for a total of 63,000 miles. It runs like new. The Montego is built like a tank, rugged. The AWD coupled with Traction control and the CVT transmission work together allow the car to walk over any ice or snow.

Could Be Better!

3
Meo on 07/01/2009

Performance: 2 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 2 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 3

Negatives 1.Windshield glare from front dash area (have tan interior) 2.Perreille tires good for 24k thats it 3.Rear door panels hold water 4.Service Bulletin rear disc brakes 5.Transmission rough when cold 6 HID front head lights heat to intense for internal yellow turn signal materials 7.Paint quality could be upped a notch 8.Rear bumper needs top external flange so to not scratch the bumper when raising the trunk. 9.Side Mirrors too larger can block visability 10. AC Weak (car is black)

2005 Mercury Montego AWD

5
Randy99 on 06/23/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I picked up my Mercury Montego AWD last March from a wholesaler in Florida. I read a few reviews from here and noticed folks really seemed to like the vehicle, and now I know why. I quickly found the car to be very suitable and probably the most room I've had for a medium size car for my 6' 5" body. I travel extensively on business trips and have already put on 15K miles in just these past few months. It handles just fine and has plenty enough power for my needs, although it is a bit sporty and some buyers might feel as though the car should fly for the way it looks. The gas mileage was the real surprise with trips getting 25 to 29 mph. One issue with the instrument gauges going off.

2005 Mercury Montego

4.9
Lawrence on 06/19/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We have been totally satisfied with our Montego. Driving at 65 MPH on an interstate, we have gotten 31.5 MPG. At 70 MPH, it goes down to 27 MPG. City driving makes it go down to 25 MPG. The height of the seats make getting in and out of the car extremely easy. We are both tall, so the more than ample length seats are a plus. Like all Ford products, the car corners fantastically. The 5-star safety rating is yet another plus.

Best car I ever had

4.9
Jean Clubine on 03/23/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought this car because a I wanted a larger car with front wheel drive. This is one of the few that had it besides GM. Bought it new with 200 miles on it. It is definitely the most trouble free and dependable car I have ever had. I previously had a Cadillac Deville and it has all the bells and whistles I had on the Cadillac. I got the Premier because I wanted the leather seats and then got other options, too. I had always wanted a Mercury but had never had one. I shouldn't have waited so long to get one.

Superficially nice but poor quality

3.3
sue on 03/10/2009

Performance: 1 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 1

I bought this car new, and loved the comfortable and roomy interior. It had a lot of "bells and whistles", like seat warmers, moonroof, leather, beeping back bumper, etc... Unfortunately, the exterior quality and engine quality are out of alignment. I've had nothing but problems with this vehicle. Ranging from minor inconveniences such as the trunk latch not working and the brakes needing replaced after 30K miles (covered by manufacturer recall), to major issues like the a/c needing replaced and the transimission failing after only 63K miles. I would warn anyone looking at this vehicle to not let the outside fool you. This is a poorly made Ford.

Solid car

4.8
StBonas1984 on 10/15/2008

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I love this car and I had the usual problems that most have mentioned. I replaced the front strut mounts (ext warranty) after about 35000 miles. The auto down window regulator broke and that was also covered by my extended warranty. I had the bubbles in the dash compartnemtn lid and the dealer popped a new one in it. The interior is wearing on the door handle and the shifterknow is peeling. Mileage is great and I am getting those mid twenties also. Ride is great and I love the large door. The only problem with this car is that Ford and Mercury never marketed this car correctly. My kids have trashed the bumpers and body panels with scratches and dings but what can you expect with teenagers.

The best car I ever had!

5
Cornelia Strohmeier on 08/08/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I am so glad that I chose the right car. I looked at several cars and did not like them. When I saw Silver Montego I fell in love with it and bought it right away. Still happy with it. It's 10 in rating.

Great Car

4.5
Jim on 08/04/2008

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought this car after the 2006 models had come out. The car is roomy, comfortable and has all the features I want. The dealer discounted the AWD with the CVT transmission. The transmission is very smooth but I only get 25 MPG on the highway and about 20 in town. My guess is that the MPG would be better without the AWD. It's a great car and I'd buy another one. I like the name Montego much better than Sable. I had a 1992 Sable and it fell apart at 50,000 miles.

Still Like it -- at the 3yr anniversary

4.9
Ithantech on 07/13/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I went into my search expecting to go with one of the Japanese sedans, but quickly found they all have a center console that juts into the leg room of the middle backseat passenger -- so they were eliminated. I bought mine 3 summers ago -- now with the warranty set to expire, I wondered: do I keep it or trade it in? My answer -- keep it, I like it so much. When the Montego crossed my radar, it met or exceeded every criteria -- very roomy interior, good gas mileage (31mpg on a recent hiway trip), trunk that can hold many sets of golf clubs, sun roof, cvt, awd. And the price was very reasonable. I feel a little luxury every time I drive it, and I didn't overpay.

Love this car, but still just a Ford

4.5
nsoli on 07/10/2008

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is a car with really big value. I have the Luxury which has nice leather, wood and some brushed metal accents (plastic). Overall, very snazzy car, HID headlights, premium cd, etc. I can't even emphasize enough how roomy this car is inside. Was very happy. Downside - they used the old Taurus transmissions in a new car! What a scam! Only 200 hp, very low low-end torque. Build quality showed thru at the end of my lease. Rear driver's side door became water-logged from car wash, rear sway bars and bushings are shot. Power steering pump is shot, dealer insists there's nothing wrong, all Ford's make that loud whining sound when turning a corner. And that's why I'm buying a BMW next!

Love This Car

5
colonial64 on 07/01/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My first two Mercurys were Sables and I was impressed by their quality and reliability. The Montego has given me outstanding service. It is comfortable and a real pleasure to drive, both in town and on long road trips. The fuel economy surprised me, since the Montego is a large car. I routinely get 29-30 MPG on the highway and 26 in town. In all, a fine package and a good value.

Saintdad

4.8
Bob Saintdad on 03/22/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought this automobile to get a car with space. My wife and I travel alot and the roominess is a strong plus. The large trunk gives us space for golf clubs and 2 large bags and four medium size bags. six speed trans mission, 18 inch wheels are a real plus. We get 29 miles/gal on the highway. 6disc changer, moon roof leaves plenty of head room in this car. So far, 65000 miles and only general maintenance has been done.

100,000 mile review

4.6
Tkaxman on 03/20/2008

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Now at 105,000 miles with very little problems. The car still looks and runs like new. The Montego is a full size car in a mid-size body. Only complaint is noise. There is a lot of engine and road noise.

Surprising!

4.5
tkaxman on 01/03/2008

Performance: 3 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Bought this 2005 with 90K miles on it, and have driven it 15K miles. Still looks and feels brand new. Excellent comfort, spacious interior, and good road manners make this car enjoyable to drive. Excellent build quality. Easily fits five adults. Engine performance very adequate for normal driving.

Great family-business car

4.9
Mark Sell on 08/02/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Just bought our silver, 11,000-mile 2005 Montego Premier with full safety package and were delighted with its performance on 2k-mile trip. Power is adequate, if not inspiring, but handling is nimble and sure-footed and it makes a great road cruiser. It is comfortable, pleasant and a pleasure on the road - versatile enough for a family with teens, classy enough for clients. Fuel economy is fair at about 24 mpg. Our Lincoln-Mercury dealership is quite good. This is Calvinist luxury; it has the amenities of a luxury car, but interior feels more sturdy than buttery. In other words, it works on a dinner date, a client drive or a trip to the vet.

Love my Mercury

4.4
Nancy on 03/21/2007

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Fun car to drive! love the radio/stereo controls on the steering wheel, high seating, heated seats, and two tone leather interior. Only draw backs thus far for me is the disappointing gas mileage. Unlike others that are claiming high 20's I only get 19-20 mpg for mixed city/hwy (I figure it with every fill up.) It handles well, is very comfortable, love all the cup holders too! Ford really got this one right!

Fun to Drive or Fun to Cruise?

4.8
XXGMSMGXX89 on 12/17/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

I love my Montego CVT AWD. It handles so great for a car of its size, and has awesome acceleration (obviously, not better than a Maxima or Avalon...). Last night, I was coming home from a party, and I had some fun on the highway. Let me just say, the CVT really has a great ratio spread and the engine, despite having only 203 hp, is pretty snappy above...60 mph. (ok, around 75 I floored it, and the tacho went up to 6700 rpm, and I went from 75 to 90 in around 2 seconds!) BTW I wasn't drunk, or anything. I just was in a great mood, and I wanted to drive fast. I can only hope the new Montego has more (it will,because of the 3.5 liter engine) driving pleasure

One of the Best

5
Dan on 11/26/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Car is fun to drive. I have owned a few vehicles in my day, but this vehicle is one of the best I have ever driven. It is responsive, visibility is great. Great, Great vehicle.

Lots of room...

4.1
Misti Doty on 09/16/2006

Performance: 2 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

This car has loads of room and fits car seats well but the 6 speed automatic doesn't perform as expected. Also fuel economy is not on par for a 210 hp small V6 that moves the vehicle along brisk enough I guess...

Proof in the Pudding

4.9
Jim Wells on 09/15/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I finally got to take a 3000-mile drive through Wa, Idaho, Montana and Oregon with my 2005 Premier AWD. This is a great long-trip car in the Ford tradition. Comfort and 27-mpg over every type of rural and urban terrain with the CVT tranny. The Duratec V-6 performed more than adequately throughout the trip. It's a little slow at the get-go, but is fine at higher speeds, so don't be put off by hot rod auto magazine editors. A very civilized car with great content, quality and comfort for the money. Nothing so wrong with "modern maturity" as one reviewer wrote.

retired owner

5
Adolph Lobato on 08/17/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Auto is smooth riding, no wind noise, i like the cvt transmission you never feel when it shifts, cup holders are to close to each other that could be improved mileage is good for a car of this size

satisfied owner

5
satisfied customer on 08/16/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I continue to be impressed with the car overall. The fuel mileage has steadly increased from 21.8 during winter driving around town to as high as 24. Highway mileage is 26 to 31+. This mileage is accurate as I compute the mileage every fillup. The awd is fantastic. I drove through snow that was coming over the hood and never lost traction. The low end torque makes it possible to start off without spinning the tires on ice and heavy wet snow. The defrosting is great even with the heavy snow in very poor visibility. The stability and control is better than all the 4 wheel drive vehicles I have had in over 50 years of driving.

My Mercury Montego

4.9
2005 Mercury Montego on 07/24/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car has exceeded my expectations in terms of its performance and comfort. My 6'4" son can sit in the back without being cramped which says a great deal about the size of the interior. On the highway, the car holds it own and seems to command respect from other drivers. Also, it's reassuring to press the accelerator to get an extra surge of power when needed. On top of everything else, the Mercury Montego is exceptionally beautiful. I am very happy with this car.

Love this car

5
carnut on 07/13/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Wanted the all wheel drive, but concerned about fuel mileage. This car exceeds all expectations on mileage so far. Car handles great and CVT is terrific. It seems a little slow from dead start, but it gets going pretty quick so I'm not sure what the complaints are about. If you're looking for neck snapping performance, this won't give it to you, but room, comfort, style and economy all together make this a great choice. Looks good in most of the available colors.

My New Car

5
Darlene Sutherlin on 06/27/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My first new car in awhile and I love it. To look at and to admire it (get a lot of compliments from friends and neighbors). Driving it is so much fun with excellent vision from the elevated seats, snappy performance and good gas mileage, feeling safe with good brakes and all the safety features Drove it all winter with AWD and regular tires, appreciated the auto climate control (especially since the car warmed up quickly) For a full size sedan, it handles more like a smaller car with a very roomy interior. Hopefully, my family and I will have many years to drive and to ride in it

Noisy start

4.5
Sandy on 06/22/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

I love my 05 Montego but it has a loud hesitant start. I just recently experienced another loud noise when steering left or backing up. I took it to the dealership and they told me the strut bearing on the drivers side needed complete replacement. I though this was a little unusual at 22,710 mi.

very happy

4.9
robert siuzdak on 06/19/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Very solid, i also have a 04 town car, this has less wind noise. holds the road well,power ok, i would be happy with a few more horses. interior space is great. we wanted cloth seats, they are comfortable, but the leather version seems a bit wider, rear seat belts are hard to insert. headlights very bright, but have a short distance. local gas mileage good, should be better at highway speeds.

2005 mercury montego

4.4
premier on 06/10/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

fun to drive, has plenty of power except when at a complete stop. like the reverse sensing

Not all of us like SUV's

4.6
rizcpa on 06/01/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The car is absolutly wonderful in the snow. Have had nothing but good to say about it. Caught the gravel once and the car pulled right out of it. Worst snow of the year and drove right through it, the all wheel drive is great! Plenty of room in the back for my teenage boys, more room in the car and trunk than in most of the SUV's on the market. Sits a little higher than other cars but lower than a truck. The only problem I have is reaching over the window sill at the bank and the ATM's. Going to sell the 2005 and buy a new one. I haven't found another car on the market today that handles this well in the snow and rain, and the safety features are really comforting.

Traded Chrysler 300 for Montego AWD

4.4
Rico on 06/01/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

After 2 winters of Chrysler 300 RWD, I wanted an AWD vehicle. Liked the value of Mercury Montego. Added a spoiler and chrome trim on doors, side molding and trunk to spruce up the looks. I am very pleased overall with the car. Very comfortable.

Great Buy

4.9
Hppyintx on 05/29/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Mercury hit a huge win with this car.I have owned 6 Lincoln Mercury products and have given up on the imports for quality. The car is well appointed great performance and very luxurious as well. Gas mileage beats my company hybrid.

FH

5
FH on 05/11/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Handles nice. Roomy interior with very comfortable seating. Very roomy in front & back seat. Large trunk at a nice height for putting in ad removing items. Car seems to have the best features of a car that sits tall like a van.

A great family car.

4.5
Fred S. on 04/24/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Replaced a Ford Windstar that was too large for the wife. She loves this vehicle. I now have my truck back.

thing to change

3.9
chief on 04/20/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 1 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 1 Reliability Rating: 5

car is fine, dealership outstanding,lot of room, not enough horsepower for cvt transmisson, light very good, out side antenna no good. car frame weak. noisy ride, center transmisson should be put back on steering column

Mercury Montego with Hidden Excellence

4.9
Montego on 04/04/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Handling and comfort are both excellent. The mileage on interstates & in town is very good for a vehicle this size. The interior is well thought out and the vehicle is very well equipped.

dotys

4.8
4 door on 03/18/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We moved from Califorina to Klamath Falls and was concerned about snow and ice. We bought the car with Tracktion control as well as shiftless transmission. We have seen people slide alot this winter but we only slid once when, going to fast, I moved into the center lane after a snow fall to make a last minute left turn.

enjoyable ride

5
ellie on 03/10/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

After my children grew up and after driving several vans for 22 years, I finally have a car that I can call my own. I enjoy the features, the controls on the steering wheel, automatic/dual heating/cooling system, the 6 CD changer, etc. So far the mileage in town has been 23+, much better than my vans. The ride and handling is comfortable and smooth. I especially picked this car because of its volvo design and engineering, especially the safety features and elevated seating. I just wish it had side curtain/side impact airbags as a standard feature. I think american automakers are missing the boat, not including these features.

American Quality

5
Andrea on 03/08/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car really takes the bumps & railroad tracks nicely. It's very solid feeling and it has great acceleration. The interior is very roomy. The dash is impressive and I particularly like the analog clock, it seems classy. The trunk is quite large and the vertical grill is cool. And what makes this car all-the-more sweeter, it’s assembled in America with 86% American parts. Ford Motor got the Montego right!

Delightful but underpowered

4.3
jjenny on 02/18/2006

Performance: 2 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Loaded with nice touches: All steering wheel mounted controls lighted, exterior temp on dash, lighted clock remains operative with radio controls, interior rearview mirror magically dims following lights, ground lights from side mirrors, able to control duration of exit lights lag, keyless entry pad permits trunk and 4 door unlatch.

Great Car!

4.9
L. Richard on 02/17/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The Montego is comfortable, stylish and handles well on the road. The high seating arrangement is exceptional and easy to see the road. Back seat is roomy and comfortable, and the car seats five comfortably. Gas mileage is not as stated, but is acceptable. I would purchase this car again!

Don't believe what you've heard

4.9
Bud on 01/26/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Bought the Premier version, Merlot exterior w/ two tone tan interior. Car is a wonderful driver, there is plenty of hp for the everyday driver, maybe not for hp junkies. Very pleasant ride and is optioned out nicely. The HID lights are a plus at night. 18 inch wheels are attractive, but harder to clean with the multiple spokes. Getting a comfortable setting on the seats is easy and the available memory seat is great. A fine automobile, try it.

Dream Car

4.4
dicky on 01/22/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Excellent handling on slick roads. Braking very good. Has plenty of power for passing. CVT provides smooth acceleration. Very good view of outside.

2005 Mercury Montego Review

4
James T. on 01/18/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

I enjoy my 2005 Montego. The vehicle is very roomy and storage space is more than adequate. Gas mileage is good, the ride is firm yet comfortable and responsive, and construction quality is above average. Two problems encountered to date have been one failure to start immediately which self-corrected and has not been experienced since it occurred and acceleration from a "dead" stop is, in my opinion, below average. Also, the recall concerning the straps holding the gas tank was disturbing but was handled quickly and professionally. Overall, I rate the vehicle above- average and would consider buying another.

05 Merc Montego in shop

2.8
montego crap on 01/11/2006

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 2 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 2

Currently my 05 mercury is in the shop with a bad strut mount. I have gingerly gone over bumps so to not have this problem. I'm in my early 40's and have driven cars up to 225,000 miles, and never needed to buy a strut mount. The gas mileage is also so, so, I've been getting about 19 city, and possibly 26 highway. Boy my next car is going to be a Toyota.

Best in its segment

4.9
txhoser on 01/05/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I like the size at 200" it fits into the garage much better than my F150. The ride is smooth but not at Cadilac standards. The sound system is good but could use a sub-woofer -- and an amp. Watch out of large bumps and dips. The wheele travel is short and bottoms out quickly. The seats offer good support but are by no means sport buckets -- more for comfort which they do very well.

CPA

4.9
The Nest on 12/31/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I am extremely pleased w/ the design of the vehicle, it is comfortable for 4 adults and luggage. Also the gas mileage is very good - power on highway is adequate - traveling 75-80 on interstate. Very roomy interior and trunk is very large. Vehicle handles very well in traffic and responds well. sound system is very good and I am just plain very pleased with the vehicle after 12,000 miles.

Molto Bene

4.9
C. L. Marshall on 12/30/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The Montego is well thought out, excellant vision all around, forward, backing, lots of storage compartments, ease of entry/exit, leg room for rear seating is supurb, better than Town Car, trunk space plus fold down seats provides great carrying capacity, pick- up is more than adequate, CVT is great in conjunction with traction control, AWD. Air intake below windshield is designed so that leaves and debris are not sucked in. Braking feels effortless and comfortable. Trunk hinges are designed so they don't intrude into trunk space. Near chair height seats are comfortable and provide good forward view. The designers of the vehicle were careful in covering most all details.

Great Car

4.5
Robert Claus on 12/22/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

The Montego is a great car for the money, it has all the options you want included in the price. The car handles great in town or on the highway. Gas mileage in the twenties . Power seat on passenger side is only two way. No key lock for the trunk. Side veiw mirrors are large, already have broke one. Visibility is great front and rear.

2005 Mercury

4.8
Bob Pollock on 12/13/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

No problems to date - wife's car so it is not driven daily. Have had two (2) 500 mile trips - mileage just now getting up to rated - 28 / 29 mpg highway. Like the six speed auto - very smooth. Good looks outside and inside. Lots of room in back seat and trunk area. Could use more power but the six speed helps the 3 liter engine perform fairly well.

It is what it is...

4.6
Steve on 12/02/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

If you are looking for a performance sedan, this probably isn't the best choice of vehicles. If you are looking for a CAR that is actually comfortable for 5 people who might have luggage, this might just be THE BEST car on the market --> especially when price is a consideration. Backseat head and legroom is excellent in all three seat positions. The six- speed automatic transmission takes some getting use to, but gets the job done. I preferred this to the Ford 500 for the two-tone leather interior, HID headlamps and LED taillights. Gas mileage has been decent so far averaging about 26 mpg in mixed city/hwy driving.

Great Value and Comfort

5
Jim Wells on 10/24/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

It won't snap your neck from the take- off, but then I don't need to get to 60 MPH in 4.5 seconds...The reviews citing this as a severely underpowered car are way over the top. It is a well- designed and straight-forward car that evokes the qualities that Ford made famous in the '30s through the 60s. Great value for the money and everyone who has seen my merlot Premium is impresssed. I am looking forward to a long road trip.

Mercury Montego is best in class...

4.9
Better Fords on 10/20/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I'm a long-time car enthusiast, reading everything automotive & owning too many cars. For the 1st time ever, I had to buy a car for comfort over sportiness. After 3 mo. of research & test drives, the Montego w/employee discount + $1000 won me over. The "underpowered" blather in reviews is off- base...horsepower ratings are over- emphasized. It's funny, too, that the new SAE methodology for rating HP (stricter w/independent observer req'd) dropped the Camry's base V-6 from 210 to 190 HP, a car often compared to the Montego. Honda didn't rate the Accord V-6, but their other engines that have been rated dropped. I'm getting high 20's for mpg, many compliments, & riding in comfort & style.

The Auto Press Has It Wrong

4.4
ejko on 10/15/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

As a previous owner of vehicles by Mazda, Saab, Toyota, etc., I was pretty much conditioned to believe that American cars were inferior. My experience with my Montego FWD Premier has changed all of that. This is a very nice car!!! The exterior appearance speaks for itself; it exudes class. The interior is very elegant as well; I particularly like the two-tone leather and audiophile radio. The safety features (I have the safety package option)are world class. I traded in a Pontiac GTO (built by Holden in Australia) on this car. Coming off a 350 HP car and reading the stinging criticism of this car being underpowered, I haven't found anything to be concerned about! It's a non-issue

A Great Car for the Money

4.9
Brian Wilson on 10/07/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Performs very well. My only complaint is that it didn't come with a retractable antenna as an option. I guess if that's my only complaint, it must be a good car!

Montego!!!

4.6
VOORHEES on 09/30/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Nice car, lots of options on the Premier. Handling is solid and power from the 3.0 V6 is very good. Not what the reviewers say. If you want super performance, buy a Mustang GT. Very happy with it. Comfortable too.

Bad Replacement for the Sable

5
Mercury lover on 09/24/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My 2005 Mercury Montego Premier is great it has great syling and performance and has a HUGE backseat and a HUGE trunk and i love the smooth quiet ride and the beautiful Norsea Blue Paint and those nice 18in rims and i love the HID Headlamps and The Chromed Trimmed LED Tail lamps and the Command seating gives you a much better veiw of the road and so does the HID Headlamps all in all the Montego is a great car but my wife has a 2005 Mercury Sable LS Premium and i like that much better because it has a much more richer and classy interior but i like my Montego just the way it is ...

Excellent balance,fuel economy vs. power

4.9
John T. on 09/17/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

As a Professional Engineer with many years of automotive experience I find my 2005 Mercury Montego,Premier FWD, to be of excellent balance between fuel economy and performance. After 7600 miles of driving I averaged 28.5 mpg HWY and 20.2 mpg city. The inside space and trunk size is best in class, overall quality is excellent,as is the driving and handling performance. For those who complain about engine size and power, I suggest get yourself a sports car and disqualify yourself commenting on an excellent family car,which is very appropriate considering current gas prices !

Best Sedan I've Owned

5
George on 09/10/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I knew this was the right car for me as soon as I sat down in the driver's seat. The comfort of the seat, the position of the wheel and pedals, the layout of the switches on the steering wheel, the large door mirrors, and the view of the road are all so superior to the competition's product. I've received compliments on the rear seats, too. Even though I have the driver's seat moved back, adults have plenty of foot room. The engine has plenty of power for normal city and freeway driving, and the CVT transmission is so smooth! Handling and braking are exceptional - helped by the large wheels and tires.

Satisfied

4.9
Montego on 08/29/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

In past years we have driven Mercury Grand Marque's but more recent we drove a Ford Windstar(2002). It was large and intimidating for the wife so it was traded for the Montego. The Montego has more room than the GM, a little shorter also, and rides great. The gas mileage is "right on the money" what the advertised numbers are. The complaint of being "underpowered" is overstated. We are not buying this vehicle for the "drag-strip" but for comfortable and fairly economical family sedan which it is.

2005 Montego

4.4
Ted on 08/27/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

Car has adequate power.Ride is very comfortable. Gas mileage is very good. Transmission shifts very smoothly. Adjustable pedals are a plus for short drivers. Air bags front,side and side curtain are great safety feature. Large rear view mirrors keep blind spots to a minimum. A fine car around town and on the road.

one of the best cars I have ever owned

5
clifford morse on 08/20/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The 2005 Mercury Montego has it all; style (inside and out), roomy interior, comfort, economy, safety, enormous trunk, handles well on the road, a pleasure to drive with its quiet ride and ease of handling, has power when needed. It is an all around GREAT car. I am proud to be an owner.

Mercuey Montego Engineering improvments

4.9
William Parris on 08/11/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

One of the best handling automobiles I have ever driven. The way this transmission and revolutions of the engine work together is really great. This gives you the horse power you need and keeps the engine RPM turning where your most HP is generated. You never feel or hear any shifing inside the car.

Ford man all the way.

5
Mike D. on 08/09/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

1st of all, I traded an 04 F150. great truck needed something that didn't drink the gas as fast. I love the car, style, comfort, sound system everything about it. I purchased the all wheel drive Premere edition with that CVT transmition. Took the car on a ride over route 2 in Ma. it handled the mountain rd with no problems. For those of you who are thinking of buying the Montego or the Ford 500, GO FOR IT. Mike D.

Great Car

4.9
R. Long on 07/30/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The ride is very comfortable. My wife and I like the way the adjustable seating works. We both like the looks of the interior and exterior of the car. I like the view one gets while driving. We only have 3000 miles driven, but we are very pleased with the car so far.

New Montego

4.5
Dave on 07/26/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

So far I have been very pleased with this car. I have read many reviews about the "under-sized" engine being the Achilles heel of the vehicle. This is not an accurate statement. I have had no problems accelerating into highway traffic and certainly no problems accelerating IN highway traffic. Unless you are Mario Andretti or you are going for a new quarter mile record, the engine power is appropriate. This is the most comfortable car I have ever ridden in. The high seating helps prevent your forward view from being totally obstructed by SUVs and small trucks. The car is also very well equipped even at the entry level.

my montego

4.9
2005 mercury montego on 07/19/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

So far it has been just what I wanted. I have three grandchildren and they fit in it just fine, car seats and all. I also work out of my car and the seat going down in the back makes life much easier for me.

Montego awd 2005 Premier

5
William Parris on 07/10/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Inside noise level is very low. The driver seat adjustment has enough travel room to satisfy most any driver. Traction control is great in keeping the car level in any kind of quick turns. This new Transmission does a great job with no feel that the engine, transmission ratio is changing. I think this is the best automobile that Ford has come up with by using some of Volvo proven designs.

Love My Montego

5
LTCnTX on 07/09/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I think the 2005 Mercury Montego is the most comfortable car in it's size group I have ridden in. I drove cross country and remained comfortable the entire time. I'm very short and love the way the Montego seats sit up higher than in a normal sedan. I also like all of the safey features packed into this car. I would be happier with a little bit better gas mileage but I will trade that for the comfort.

Another better idea from Ford L/M

5
j.o. on 07/02/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

What a fantastic car!! It is so comfortable and fun to drive. We had the spoiler, clear bra, window tint, Eclipse navagation system and locking gas cap added aftermarket. It is very sporty and has all the features that more expensive cars have. The CVT transmission is very smooth. We could have bought a more expensive car, but this car has it all for a great price. It handles very well on corners and excellent braking. We were going to get a Lincoln Zephyr in 2006, but the Montego has more room and AWD with almost Lincoln luxury. Ford kicks GM's butt with this and many other fine cars and trucks. Chrysler 300 is no match for this car either. Compare any sedan to top notch Montego.

Month Driving Experience-- Three Months

4.6
John A. Whalen on 07/02/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

My Mercury Montego Premier Has been a pleasure to drive. I especially enjoy the excellent visibility and the pedal and seat selections available.

Walnut Quality

4.6
WALNUT on 06/29/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Montego is everthing as advertised; exact mileage, comfort and solid feel. Plus, you feel safe because of all the safety features. * Only would have like a GPS mapping system navigation on board !

Mercury Revival

4.8
Mercury Montego on 06/20/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car has great handling and great ride quality. The build quality is also better than that of Japanese competitors. It just needs a better engine.

Enjoy driving the Montego

5
Suzanne on 06/12/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I just returned from a 500 mile trip to North Carolina, driving my new AWD Merc Montego. It is a joy to drive on the road and through the mountains. Very comfortable both in the front and back seat area. With 4 adults in the car, we felt uncrowded. The trunk is enormous and held all of our luggage with ease. All in all, it is a great car for travel.

They finally did it!

5
Don on 05/23/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car is unbelievable! I'm 36 years old and NEVER in my life would have thought I'd own a Mercury, but this car converted me. I was shopping for an upscale sedan that was good-looking, fun to drive, well-built and could carry people in comfort. I looked at everything from Audi's and BMW's to Toyota's and Honda's, but NONE of them compared to this car. The Montego has European ride and handling with Japanese build quality! Sure its not as exciting on the outside as some of the others, but it is very elegant looking and the interior far surpasses them in style, quality, and comfort. I've driven nothing but imports for 15 years and I have to say, this is the best car I've ever owned.

Our First Trip

5
Gene Roza on 05/20/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Our quick trip from central California to eastern Arizona put the Montego on its first real test and it passed with flying colors. Cruising at 77 mph we were getting 29.8 mpg; the entire trip through deserts, mountains and cities (over 1600 miles) averaged 25.4. The comfort was more than expected. We have the AWD which proved great during a snow storm in Pinetop/Lakeside. We shopped around before making a decision and we believe so far this was the right decision. Anyone looking for a luxury (?) car without paying into the range of $40-55K should try the Montego. Try the AWD with the CVT transmission......highly recomended!!!!!

Best Car I've Ever Owned

4.8
Margaret Fitzgerald on 05/17/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is my 9th car and I can say that it it truly the best I've ever owned. The amenities are great, it feels good and I look good in it. It is a joy to pull up in the gas station and someone asks about my car. All my cars have been Ford/Mercury, except for one drastic mistake I made when I was much younger. But since then been grown I stay in the Ford/Mercury line!

Totally Satisfied

5
Dale K. Anderson on 05/15/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have owned about 20 Lincolns and Mercurys, have been generally satisfied with most, but disliked my 2004 Gr. Marq because the manufacturer cheapened the car by deleting standard equipment. By chance, a neighbor purchased a new Montego, allowed me to drive it and I decided THEN to buy. I settled upon the Montego Premier and believe that it is probably one of the best cars I have ever owned. It is solid,performing, comfortable, fuel- effficient car with safety features beyond any other car that I have owned.

2005 Montego All Wheel Drive with CVT

4.9
Call me Satisfied on 05/06/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is really a nice car. Moved from a Linclon LS to this. The engine is a little underpowered but this is a very comfortable car to ride in and it has tons of room and lots of leg room. The interior is well appointed. I already have two door dings which may be caused by the increased height of the vehicle, but overall, it is well designed, very comfortable and attractive.

Want a great car Get A Mercury Montego

4.8
Tony on 04/12/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Smooth ride and very quiet powerful V6 and opional AWD and very nice interior with very comfortable seating and very roomy and it has great crash test ratings

Audi-esque

4.5
Montgomery on 04/05/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have owned many cars and SUV's. I wanted an all wheel drive sedan. The Mercury Montego reminds me very much of my 2001 Audi A6. The design is clean, not garrish like the Chrysler 300. The CVT is extrememly smooth. The car handles well and is HUGE inside. The gas mileage is better than any other full size sedan or SUV I have driven recently, and it performs on regular gas, not premium. The engine is a little coarse, but has adequate power.

New Montego

4.4
Scott on 03/31/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

All in all i would say this a very good vehicle.Slightly underpowered but not sluggish at all.

Montego

4.8
Linwood Farmer on 03/29/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

drives well. very comfortable. looks very nice. taillights can be seen from far away, good safety feature

Comparison to Aviator

5
Mr. Heckmann on 03/23/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Main reason to switch from the Aviator was to get a high performance car that would get me more miles per gallon. Montego does just that from 10 mph to 21 mph city and 27 mph. Just the way one drives gets that. I did not want to give up many extras but are satisified with what the features have. The seating is quite comofortable and like the way the recliner is at best. Even my gas station asks me where I've been so this definitely was a solid decision I made when selecting the car, also a Ford man. The smoothness with which the car performs is impressive to me. Firm and glides beautifully on the roads. Like the structure and more important the safety devices attached to the car.

Likin' it

4.6
StewartFan on 03/16/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I traded my Lincoln LS in for a roomier car and I got it! It's only 6" longer but has ever so much more room. I went for the Premier AWD because my Lincoln was soooo bad in snow. I got used to all the nice amenities though so I went for it in the Montego. I have not been disappointed and with the CVT transmission, I don't find any lack of power when I need it. So far, I think it's a great car for the money!

From Town Car to Montego

4.6
JerryL on 03/12/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

On 1-17-05 traded a '03 TC for a new Montego. On 1-18 left on a 3 wk. roundabout trip to AZ. Returned with 6,500 miles on the clock. Cold, hot, desert, mountains, snow,and ice. Driving was a pleasure, AWD was great. My wife is 5' tall and she could see fine. Had no problems whatever with the vehicle. Ford has finally got it about right. The engine is strong but it does work getting up to speed. but with the CVT it is an adequate performer. Averaged 26.2 MPG on a new vehicle and we both have heavy feet. CVT is same unit as Audi uses, AWD is Volvo. More comfortable and enjoyable to drive than the TC. Handling is more positive and it dosent have the TC seat from hell.

Montego Test Drive

3
R J Harris on 02/28/2005

Performance: 3 Comfort: 2 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 2 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 3

I was looking for an AWD sedan, and drove the CVT Montego. The car is big, but I found the driver's seating position to be cramped. Power was adequate, but the engine was rough and noisy. The CVT was weird, but seemed to work OK. I could get used to it. The car is nothing special to look at and a bit unrefined. The price is right, however, and if it had been more comfortable, I might consider it. There are too many other choices out there.

Too much money for Too little power!

3.5
Michael Schenker on 02/24/2005

Performance: 2 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

This is a nice car but IT IS PAINFULLY underpowered. It's one thing if the Premier AWD model is under $25,000. It's another when it's close to or over $30,000 fully loaded. For that amount of coin, I should be getting a V-8 with close to 300 hp. Or at least a much more powerful V-6....maybe supercharged. Don't pay $28-30,000 for Premier AWD model. Realistically, it's worth the $24-26,000 range and supply will catchup with demand and resale value WILL plummet. The price won't go down on these but you will be able to get them cheaper with rebates in a few years.

Montego....Great!

5
Jim on 02/18/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is a fantastic vehicle. Combination of AWD and CVT is a great package. Acceleration is smooth, strong, and swift. I have a 60 mile daily expressway commute - Montego is a great highway cruiser as well as an excellent stop-and-go city vehicle. Very comfortable. HUGE trunk. Extremely roomy interior with very classy styling. 18" spoked wheels, HID headlamps, LED tail lights, waterfall grille, and nicely placed chrome are all very attractive features that add luxurious and stylish touches to the car. The "Command Seating" is a GREAT design - the higher seating position gives a great view of the road. Smooth and enjoyable driving experience. Give this one a test drive. Enjoy!

Mercury Montego Premium

4.4
John Wiktor on 02/15/2005

Performance: 2 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The Montego rides comfortably and quiet with a well designed interior and large trunk capacity. Much quieter ride than my previous Lincoln LS. Good visibility with its higher seat confiduration with ample room in the back. Very pleased with the vehicle.

Mercury MontegoBest Car I've ever owned!

5
ericjroberson on 02/12/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is the best car I've ever owned. Former owner of: 99' Contour SE Sport 00' Cougar v6 00' F-150 Lariat 5.4 liter v8 01' Taurus SEL 01' Cougar v6 02' Cougar v6 35th aniversary edition Currently own 05' Mercury Montego Premier 03' Mercury Mountaineer Premier Without a doubt, the best performance & handling (not to mention space) I've ever seen in a sedan. This one is for keeps folks! A real winner for the road ahead. 30 y/o male in Houston, TX

Quiet and comfortable ride

4.8
Liney on 01/31/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Just purchased 1 mo ago. Ride very good, quiet With all the cold winter weather it is too soon to appraise gas mileage. In limited short trip city driving averge mpg so far about 16. Acceleration has been more than adequate. Went from van to Montego and am pleased with the driver's seat height and visibity - much better for me than most sedans (too low). Front passenger space seems a bit confining. Leg room in back is excellent.

My new Montego

5
Diana McNeil on 01/27/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is a great new american product from Ford Motor. I have only owned Ford products for the past 20+ years. This is the very best I have ever driven. I cant imagine why anyone would ever buy an import now.

I call it my Montego Mercedes by Shawn

5
Shawn on 01/27/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I normally don't buy new cars, but this one had every feature I wanted. I want to say something about a previous review. There are two electrical outlets in the front (not one). One is in the typical place and the other one is somewhat hidden in the front center console, apparently for charging a cell phone. This is my first Mercury and I couldn't be happier.

It's too soon to tell, but so far ....

4.6
Leo Grachow on 01/16/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

I have been driving the Montego for almost 4 weeks, and it has yet to disappoint. Although most automotive rags dissed the engine as too small (should be an "8") I have found that with the CVT (transmission), the car flows nicely in highway traffic, and couldn't be smoother in the city. No problems there! The only problem I have encountered to date is the "rain spotting"; for some reason, the windows do not release water droplets well, and it is necessary to squeegee them after a rainfall, especially the rear window (which could probably use a wiper). Overall safety impression is positive due to volvo platform and higher stance (to counter SUVs, etc.). I give an A+ overall.

Great Car

5
C Parmelee on 01/15/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have had the Montego only a couple of months, however I find this to be one of the best vehicles that I have owned. The ride is comfortable with plenty of storage inside and trunk area. The gas milege is terrific.

my new experience

5
v murphy on 01/02/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I had several Mercury Grand Marquis sedans that were fully loaded, and wanted to try a change to this new model, and it really is new/different...

new montego v. old sable

4.1
pod on 12/31/2004

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Visually a successful modernization of the Sable. Solid feeling chassis. Larger wheels. Excellent, though conservative, body lines and exterior materials. The interior is improved over the Sable giving a superb seating position. The few new electronic readouts are helpful. The seats are disappointing in that there is inadequate lateral bolstering, although this car isn't going to generate much g-force on turns so it may be academic. I wanted to remain loyal to mercury's value oriented products but the engine/transmission combination and the added weight make this a sluggish, underpowered car. I prefer my Sable in that regard. Overall an impressive redo but fatally underpowered.

My opinion

2.5
dougontheboat on 12/29/2004

Performance: 1 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 2 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 2

I think this car is a truck in disguise because it rides like one it has no powerto get on the highway. the interior is truck like.also a very hard ride not sporty just hard. (truck)Being the owner of a grand marque this car is not even close and cost more to me.

Great, Quiet Ride & European Style

4.8
Lewis on 12/19/2004

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought a low-end model for less than $24K; priced about the same as a Sable wagon, but much nicer. Even the popular priced model has many luxury appointments, a quiet, controlled ride and smooth transmission. I'm 6'4" tall and need lots of headroom and legroom. This car has it in abundance, plus a huge trunk. It won't seat six passengers like the Grand Marquis, but its design, styling, interior appointments and ride are much more up- to-date. If this new model proves to be reliable, then Mercury has a real winner.

second to lexus

5
john trommer on 12/07/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

handles well. turn in small space. excellent driver viewing area. wonderful storage space. wife enjoys driving this car which is our runabout town car. our primary car is a lexus 400L. feels sturdy to drive. good pickup.

montego soars

5
nikhil on 11/14/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Wow!! this car is amazing. it is built on a Volvo body , and has tenacious all-wheel drive. The interior is like a Benz. If they made this car any better Bmw would be out of the market.

mercury montiego

5
lklkl;k;lk;l on 11/13/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

good buy and good quality fun to drive great dealer

Just like a little caddy

5
privateograv on 11/03/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Traded my 1995 caddy in for this stylish newcomer. Looks great, handles very well and the gas mileage is very acceptable on regular unleaded. The interior is very roomy as I am over six foot tall and need head and leg room. All the little extras that come on this premier model make it easy to like. Highly recommend taking a test ride to anyone taken by it good exterior design. By the way, lifelong GM owner who is very pleased with this Mercury!

Great Value

4.8
Jim_R on 10/30/2004

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Mercury brand is back. Great value.

Premium Car, for real!

5
CTSteve on 10/27/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I was somewhat worried when going to test drive this car, mostly about how it would accelerate. Turns out, it's completely fine, I put it to the test on the highway and was perfectly satisfied. Great Interior design, Exterior design is where these cars shine, they look great from all angles. Handling is much better then I thought, feels smaller than it is.

2005 MERCURY MONTEGO

5
DIGGERJ on 10/17/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I PURCHASED A 2005 MERCURY MONTEGO NOT A 2004. AUTO IS COMFORTABLE TO ENTER, HANDLES WELL AND IS PEPPY.

MONTEGO

4.9
PAINTSKY/SUSAN on 10/16/2004

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

WOW! IT ONLY TOOK ME A FEW MINUTES TO KNOW THIS WAS THE CAR FOR ME. "MERLOT" IN COLOR I ADDED AN AFTER MARKET HIGH END KENWOOD EXCELON NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH EVERYTHING BUT THE KITCHEN SINK! THEN I ADDED ROXX CHROME WHEELS AND TINTED THE WINDOWS. WHAT A CAR. THE DEALERSHIP COULDN'T KEEP OTHER PEOPLES HANDS OFF IT AFTER MAKE READY. THIS GOES HEAD TO HEAD WITH THE CHYSLER 300C MINUS THE HEMI AND AT A MORE AFFORDABLE PRICE. I WISHED IT HAD MORE POWER AS I AM A V8 FAN BUT ALL IN ALL IT HAS SOME GET UP AND GO THAT WILL MAKE ME HAPPY. FINALLY, MERCURY (VOLVO ENGINEERS?) DID A FANTASTIC JOB!

Looks good, but not so fast

4
jdesir on 10/15/2004

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

I am happy with it, but it is now my wife's car. The lack of get up and go after pushing the accelerator just wasn't worth it. I need more power than that, and with it coming with Pirelli Tires and 18" rims, I was deceived at first sight. The Montego is a nice vehicle to look at and is ultra roomy. I've never been in a Ford/Mercury vehicle with this many features for such a low price. The price was obviously put into the interior/exterior over the performance. I was told that the AWD model has even less torque. The wife, who doesn't mind the lack of power, enjoys it though, as will many that don't have a huge need for horsepowers.



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