Mercury Mariner Reviews from North America

2010 Mercury Mariner Base 4 cylinder gas

Model year2010
Year of manufacture2010
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder gas Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired20362 miles
Most recent distance22235 miles
Previous carFord Focus

Summary:

Good vehicle for the money

Faults:

If the vehicle sits for a week or more in hot weather, when first driving it after 3 blocks, it stays in 2nd gear too long for one time. A Ford bulletin says this is normal for this vehicle. After sitting in cooler weather, it does not do it for me. Since most of the year I drive it everyday, it hardly ever happens, or never. I had just let it sit one time in the hot summer when using my other car. If it does happen, you just go carefully, and after it stays in 2nd a little too long, you can go faster, and it is back to normal. Stay at the same speed in 2nd until it shifts late.

Have not had any other problems, and this is really no problem for me. The transmission still seems durable anyway.

General Comments:

I love the car for the money. Drives nice and is quiet inside. I had a Honda CRV that sounded like sitting outside when a semi went by, to me. The Mariner is much more quiet inside. I drove a recent Toyota Rav4, and it feels and sounds a lot more cheap to me.

I have front wheel drive with the 4 cylinder engine. Not thrilled with 6 speed transmissions, but you get used to it. Kinda of go along with it when you don't have to step on it for any reason. I like 4 speed better. Less to go wrong and nicer at slow speeds.

The Mariner has much better heat than I had in the Honda CRV. The Honda would actually give less heat if really cold out, the more you drove, especially at idle. But the Mariner takes a little longer than I would like for heat at the floor, but is always hot at the vents. No big deal for me, because I just blow the vents on me.

I put a rear camera on the Mariner, bought at Autozone. A cheap one, but it works fine since I wired the antenna right next to the screen. Otherwise reception is no good if the antenna is in the back of the vehicle. I would not want this Mariner without it. I can see if kids are behind me.

The steering has a feel of something slightly, when backing out of my garage, turning left a little, but I never feel again when driving. Ford has bulletin on this too, I think I read somewhere, and it is suppose to be normal. Feels like slight binding.

Overall, I love the vehicle for the money. Rides nice. Seats are much better than a lot of vehicles I have been in. Comfortable. Don't like the seats in the newer model. Too narrow for me (I sat in the Mazda version of the Ford Escape).

I got the shade for the back and locking gas cap, and they both are nice.

The 4 cylinder engine has enough power, and has less weight for stopping in snow, which is more important to me than trying to get going. And like I said, plenty of heat! And by the way, the air conditioning is real cold too!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th December, 2012

2009 Mercury Mariner

Model year2009
Year of manufacture2009
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired12 miles
Most recent distance35000 miles
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

This car was not mechanically well built

Faults:

First I had to have the transmission fixed.

Then the back window motors have been replaced twice so far, and will need to be replaced again.

The car now sporadically stalls, and so far I have had the battery replaced and the fuel filter. The car still stalls. The scary part is that it stalls while riding down the highway!

General Comments:

This is my second Mariner, and I really enjoyed my first one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th May, 2011

5th May 2011, 22:32

Sounds like possibly the crank positioning sensor or the fuel pump going out... not cheap to fix...

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 6 reviews