Roomy, stylish and practical, the Montego is well suited for family duty, but with its mediocre engine performance and interior materials, it's simply one of many solid choices in the under-$30,000 price bracket.
by stevec81 on Jun 19, 2014 Vehicle: 2005 Mercury Montego Premier Fwd 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6A)
I bought this as an used car while looking for a variety of mid-size sedans.
While not initially on up for consideration, I was sold on it after driving it.
While Mercury is generally associated as a car for "old people", I was pleasantly surprised by this.
Although the Montego is also a full-size car with large trunk, the similarities with the Grand Marquis end right about there.
Although not sporty or fast, the Montego drives light on its feet and feels well-connected to the road.
While understated, it still looks like something special.
by nobigdl on Aug 30, 2010 Vehicle: 2005 Mercury Montego Luxury Fwd 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6A)
This car seemed like a good deal, but after getting used to it I find many annoying items. Like the 2-zone air conditioning is really confusing and doesn't keep the settings when turned off. A/C has already needed major repair. At midday (high sun angle), the glare on the speedo is so bad you can't read it. Poor design foresight throughout. The information display is fairly useless and very confusing when trying to reset oil change interval. Dash board surface is bubbling. Light dash color glares horribly. Seat bottoms are too short and seats are too hard. Interior quality feels like a rental car. If you find dumb design annoying, don't buy this car.
by Dave Croft on Apr 12, 2010 Vehicle: 2005 Mercury Montego Premier AWD 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl CVT)
This is probably the last car I'll ever need to buy. I like everything about it. I've had dozens of cars and trucks before. This one's a keeper. It's comfortable and fun to drive. I've found the 3.0 liter to have plenty enough power for my needs and the gas mileage is amazing for this class of vehicle. Average 23-24 local driving and on a long trip using cruise control this thing jumps up to an average of 32-33 mpg. Since 2007 I've driven it 40,000 miles. I bought it with 23,000 on it for a total of 63,000 miles. It runs like new. The Montego is built like a tank, rugged. The AWD coupled with Traction control and the CVT transmission work together allow the car to walk over any ice or snow.
by Meo on Jul 1, 2009 Vehicle: 2005 Mercury Montego Luxury Fwd 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6A)
Negatives 1.Windshield glare from front dash area (have tan interior) 2.Perreille tires good for 24k thats it 3.Rear door panels hold water 4.Service Bulletin rear disc brakes 5.Transmission rough when cold 6 HID front head lights heat to intense for internal yellow turn signal materials 7.Paint quality could be upped a notch 8.Rear bumper needs top external flange so to not scratch the bumper when raising the trunk. 9.Side Mirrors too larger can block visability 10. AC Weak (car is black)
by Randy99 on Jun 22, 2009 Vehicle: 2005 Mercury Montego Luxury AWD 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl CVT)
I picked up my Mercury Montego AWD last March from a wholesaler in Florida. I read a few reviews from here and noticed folks really seemed to like the vehicle, and now I know why. I quickly found the car to be very suitable and probably the most room I've had for a medium size car for my 6' 5" body. I travel extensively on business trips and have already put on 15K miles in just these past few months. It handles just fine and has plenty enough power for my needs, although it is a bit sporty and some buyers might feel as though the car should fly for the way it looks. The gas mileage was the real surprise with trips getting 25 to 29 mph. One issue with the instrument gauges going off.
by Lawrence on Jun 19, 2009 Vehicle: 2005 Mercury Montego Luxury Fwd 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6A)
We have been totally satisfied with our Montego. Driving at 65 MPH on an interstate, we have gotten 31.5 MPG. At 70 MPH, it goes down to 27 MPG. City driving makes it go down to 25 MPG. The height of the seats make getting in and out of the car extremely easy. We are both tall, so the more than ample length seats are a plus. Like all Ford products, the car corners fantastically. The 5-star safety rating is yet another plus.
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