1995 Mercury Villager Nautica from North America
Great driving car. It has a smooth ride
I have a 1995 Villager Nautica, 279,000 kms.
Lately, the last couple of years the car has been shutting down while driving. It has happened on the highway going 100 kms an hour, happened making a left turn at a light, and it has happened in a parking lot trying to find a parking spot.
I have had it towed to the garage, only to start right away and they couldn't find anything wrong with the car.
It has happened too many times to count, but I am worried on the highway, as it would die right there out of nowhere.
At first I thought it was because of the heat.. overheating, that wasn't it. Then I thought it was wet wires, that wasn't it because it never rained before the car died in an intersection.
My kids will no longer drive the car, however it's a great car...
Any idea what is wrong with this car? Anyone had the same problem?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 14th September, 2010
It sounds like it might be the crankshaft position sensor.
The fuel pump in the Mercury Villager has a design flaw -- it is prone to over heating if you let the fuel fall below the quarter indicator on the fuel gauge. It will shut down and restart when it has cooled down. My research indicates that running below the quarter mark will cause premature failure of the fuel pump.