1991 Mercury Colony Park LS 5.0 Litre
Fords answer to the dependability issues of domestic cars
Air Conditioning needed re-charged.
Power windows and locks malfunctioned on 3 of the four passenger doors. rear passenger side door still functions (weird). I think it is a ground problem, but I will be taking it in to get it looked at next week.
Trip odometer doesn't work.
Glove box latch jammed.
This is the second full size ford station wagon I own. The panther platform with the 5.0 litre engines are the most dependable vehicles I have owned. I also have a 1988 Country Squire and 1989 Lincoln Town Car which I love just as much. The wagons are very comfortable and enjoyable to drive. When things go wrong they are very easy and inexpensive to repair. I also have power window issues with the country squire. Much better gas mileage than an SUV. There are still some wood panel wagon enthusiasts out there! Not too many SUV enthusiasts. Ford defiantly was the "Wagon Master" in its day.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th May, 2007
I've had a number of GMs with the Olds 307. These engines are weak, and some have self-destructed fairly early.
Frankly, I prefer the big RWD Ford products... not that the GMs don't do some things better, but... the Ford products run better because of the fuel injection vs. carbs.
The big Fords/Mercurys are also far superior in the seat department. Admittedly, the big RWD GMs shift smoother and somewhat less frequency of power window problems.
Yet the overall quality of components in the RWD FoMoCo products is higher than the GMs: some of the Buicks that I've owned have really chintzy, cheap quality, IMO.
Now that we're knee-deep in the 21st century, I'll buy a RWD non-air bag Ford or Mercury over a GM, especially a wagon.