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About Mercury Monterey

Serving as a twin of Ford Freestar, Mercury Monterey was built by the great American multinational automaker Ford Motor Company and sold under its entry-level premium brand Mercury between 2003 and 2007 as a minivan. Originally introduced as the successor of Mercury Village, Monterey got its name from previous models and became the competitor to Chrysler Town & Country and Buick Terraza. But due to selling far under sales projections, Mercury Monterey was discontinued after the 2007 model year and the last Monterey rolled off the assembly line on August 25, 2006.
Mercury Monterey made its debut in 2003 for the 2004 model year and it was offered in only one body style, 4-door minivan. Monterey came in three trim levels: base Convenience, mid-level Luxury and upscale Premier. Equipped with anti-lock brakes, 16-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone air-conditioning, a power driver seat, front and center captain's chairs, a CD audio system and optional rear-seat DVD entertainment system, Mercury Monterey was powered by a 4.2 L V6 rated at 201 horsepower and this engine sent power through a 4-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels. Though changes were few over the short life of the Mercury Monterey, heated and cooled perforated leather seats with suede inserts, a power rear liftgate, front side-impact airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, a wood steering wheel and so on were added in succession.

Mercury Monterey Common Problems & Maintenance Tips

Although boasting an abundance of safety and luxury features and being suitable for a family van, Mercury Monterey is deficient in terms of ride, handling, comfort and value. Therefore, you need to be alert about these common problems on your Monterey:
First, according to the data showing on the car repair statistics site CarComplaints.com, the worst reported issue on Mercury Monterey is the transmission failure. And it is said that the vehicle often appears when the Monterey reaches about 80,000 miles. In fact, transmission failure is a very serious problem that could result in drivability issue. But some owners said you can diagnose it in time to prevent the worst result. At the first, there will be clunking noises from underneath the vehicle; then you will feel transmission surging and slippage, see indicator not matching the gear, the vehicle starts in another gear, difficulty shifting gear and vehicle refuses to go into any gear. Transmission fluids will also leak on the ground, and all these symptoms could be attributed to the Monterey shift cable, transfer case seal, automatic transmission filter, automatic transmission shifter, clutch fork and transmission pan.
Second, for Mercury Monterey owners, engine failure is also a troublesome problem that could bring about fatal consequences. As the soul of a vehicle, any problem on the engine could result in the complete breakdown of the whole vehicle, the sooner you solve it, the further the vehicle will be from the breakdown. Based on Monterey drivers' experience, this issue often starts with rattling or whining sounds from the engine while idling; gradually the engine runs roughly, misfires, stalls and even suffers from starting issues such as hard starting or inability to start. Before the engine fails completely, you need to notice if there is a decrease in engine performance, power and fuel economy, and if the Check Engine Light is also activated, please start to inspect the Monterey engine mount, body control module, timing chain, timing belt, timing chain guide, timing belt tensioner, spark plug, oil filter and air filter.
As a qualified and responsible Mercury Monterey driver, you need to attach enough importance to routine maintenance on vulnerable auto parts on your Mercury Monterey. After all, some auto parts could not last as long as the vehicle could due to fragile materials and harsh working conditions. Thus, please put the Monterey seat belt, windshield wiper, wiper blade, fog light, headlight, antenna and cabin air filter on your routine maintenance list since they are also vital in creating safe and comfortable driving environment.
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