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Mercury Mariner Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 200 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2005 Mercury Mariner

  • Put a Ford Escape in a Mercury outfit and what do you get? An excellent small SUV in pretty dapper digs.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Powerful V6, large cargo capacity, comfortable and stylish interior, carlike handling.

  • Cons

    Faux wood trim is unconvincing, fuel-thirsty V6.

  • What's New for 2005

    The Mariner, based on the successful Ford Escape, is new for 2005.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (91 total reviews)

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

Love my daily driver w/180k+

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Vehicle: 2005 Mercury Mariner Luxury AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

we bought this feb. 06 with 7,000 miles on it, and started putting around 12k a year. strating in 08, new job, i started putting around 45-50K miles a year!(any and every weather condition you can throw at it, from bumper to bumper in the heat, to 18-30inch snow storms, and brutal -0 cold, and any type of road conditions, from interstate driving, to farm/logging roads, to putting the GREAT AWD system to use and foraging my own roads!) I currently have 182k miles and running strong, i religiously change my 5w-20 (summer months, 10w-30 winter months) Pennzoil SYNTHETIC oil every 5k miles, and FRAM extra tough filter every 10k miles. aswell as my fuel filter every 20k miles! plugs and wires

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Most reliable car yet!

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Vehicle: 2005 Mercury Mariner Convenience Fwd 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl 4A)

I have owned this car for 3 years and I can't say enough about it. I have had very few minor problems and absolutely no major problems. I am the second owner and I've had it since it had 44,000 miles. It now has 110,000. No Problems! The car drives great and I average 25mpg city driving. The car has good pick up for a 4cyl SUV. It's very comfortable and is fun and easy to drive. I have received nothing but compliments since I have owned it. If you want a vehicle that is reliable; impressive; and wows others...This is absolutely one to look at!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful


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Vehicle: 2005 Mercury Mariner Premier AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Just purchased a week ago. So far, a lot of wind noise even @ 45mph, rattling noise on passenger rear side, and it vibrates like crazy @ stoplights. Engine sounds like it's idling too high like it's ready to race. Also the windshield wipers are extremely loud!! Thumps. I took 3 months deciding if I wanted this suv or not. Wish I would have waited longer.

Gas Mileage


  • 17
  • cty
  • 23
  • highway
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Full 2005 Mercury Mariner Review

What's New for 2005

The Mariner, based on the successful Ford Escape, is new for 2005.

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I have a 2005 Mariner Premier (V6 AWD), and over the past week or so I have noticed that whenever the car is idling, whether sitting in a parking lot or at a long stop light, I can smell a burning sme...

There is a lot! of tire road noise from my 2005 Mariner. The faster you go, the louder it gets. Has anyone experiened the same thing, if so I would like to know what did you do about it, did you chang...

I am looking at a Mercury Mariner 2005 here in Louisiana to replace the wife's flooded Jeep by this weekend. So far I see the '05's have the best rebates. Is the employee price that they advertise aft...