This is your father's Mercury... a great OLD design, now surpassed by newer models. RIP!
Had an oil burning smell; most likely from a head gasket leak.
Needed new shocks, front end bushings.
Replaced intake manifold myself... had the OEM plastic coolant crossover.
Transmission shift problems.
Died on the interstate - abrupt stoppage, but restarted.
Replaced radio, which died.
Power windows were slow - common problem on these cars as they age.
A big family sedan, whose design is now outmoded.
Relatively short legroom in the back seat for a big car.
Huge trunk, but its depth makes lifting heavy items difficult.
LONG stepover door sills make exiting difficult.
Long reach to radio & heater controls.
Excellent highway mileage for a big V8 car: 28 MPG.
Great ride, with a little rear end hop over bumpy curves.
Quiet, rattle free body. Little wind or road noise.
Steering is numb on center and tends to wander. Not enough caster in the front end design.
Needs a small console over trans hump for additional storage. Door storage is nearly inaccessible, and cup holders in the ashtray obscure the radio.
The stoppage on the highway destroyed my confidence in this car, so I sold it. I doubt this is endemic in the model year, though.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 13th August, 2012