2005 Mercury Villager Review from North America

2005 Mercury Villager

Year of manufacture2005
Engine and transmission Automatic
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance200000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Caprice


Up to this knock, it has been good

General Comments:

1995 Mercury Villager crankshaft questions.

I just had an interesting thing happen with my 95 Mercury Villager. I changed the spark plugs, and when I restarted the engine, a terrible knock appeared in the engine. I suspected bad plugs or possibly something dirty fell into the engine, but I feel that these can be ruled out, since the compression is good on all the cylinders. The engine has 200,000 kms. (120,000 miles) on it.

I have received two different opinions on this. First opinion from the dealer is that a piece of carbon dropped in and has been caught in the valves or something. They put in some engine cleaner and the problem seems to be better. There is still a knocking noise when the engine starts in the cold, but quiets down when the engine is warm.

A second opinion given to me is that likely the crankshaft is broken. It was just a coincidence that it happened after the plugs were changed. Does anyone know the symptoms of a bad crankshaft?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 4th January, 2005

1st Apr 2005, 19:37

My 95' Villager may be making the same noise. For the first 1-2 seconds after startup it is quiet... then this chatter starts. I bought it this way... and have noticed a few others on the road that make the same noise. Not sure what it is? It is kind of mysterious, I have been told everything from a piston wrist pin to a weak valve lifter or a knocking pulley in the accessories. If you find out what it is, please post the reason, for now I figure I am not going to mess with it. Mine has 137,000 miles on it and I figure digging into the engine is not worth it, especially because it runs great! Good luck!