by ashalicious on Sep 13, 2012 Vehicle: 1998 Mercury Villager GS 3dr Minivan
The body is starting to rust away so I imagine the body will be gone before the engine gives out.
My parents bought this van used and then gave it to me in 2009 and it has been a huge help with commuting to work/school and moving furniture etc. I honestly cannot believe that it's still running! Just recently the freaky power lock problem started, but it's just a little quirk of an overall great vehicle!
by pandrew1 on May 29, 2012 Vehicle: 1998 Mercury Villager GS 3dr Cargo Minivan
I am not a van person but bought this van as it was only $500.
I definitely got my money's worth and more!
I have only had brakes bleeding issues when i first bought it and have had air conditioning problems most likely due to an apparent wreck.
Despite the wreck, it starts everyday, runs pretty smooth and gas mileage really isn't that bad.
There are a couple of small things wrong with it but it's a 1998!
If you don't have alot of money to spend but need a quality vehicle & in the market for a van, this is the way to go!
by salserourbano on Oct 12, 2011 Vehicle: 1998 Mercury Villager Nautica 3dr Minivan
Wow, this is a real awesome minivan. my ex-girlfriend 2 years ago put water in to the oil, and she filled totally the engine until the measure stick did pop out due to the immense pressure. By that time it has 140,000 miles. After 8 oil changes and a complete labor to remove the water, the van stills running with no problems. Today it just pass the 180,000 miles, still have the original rear brakes, and the air conditioning that freezes anyone. It seems that the power locks are definitively one common issue in this vehicle, mine are sometimes crazy, the car locks without touching it. This was a unavoidable gift from a friend that left the country, and it was definitively a bless.
by Leo on Mar 16, 2010 Vehicle: 1998 Mercury Villager GS 3dr Minivan
I've owned this van for about 3 months. No problems so far except the door locks only seem to work when they want to. It has 105,000 miles and all I've heard is good things on this site. The later models 2000 and above seemed to be getting dogged by consumer reports. What's up with that? I wonder what they changed.
by Familyguy on Feb 26, 2010 Vehicle: 1998 Mercury Villager LS 3dr Minivan
I got this van in 99' with about 10,000 miles, 11 years later and 180,000 more miles still runs and drives like a champ. Only major issue was steering arm which warranty covered. This has been the best minivan Ive ever owned. By the way I still drive it everyday.
by NFS4LFE on Mar 30, 2009 Vehicle: 1998 Mercury Villager GS 3dr Cargo Minivan
It's a pretty good minivan. It runs well, no performance trouble at all, though the brakes could use some work. I got this puppy when it had 65,000 miles on it, and it never failed me since, though it tends to not start when it's below freezing outside, so I carry a battery charger in the back for just in case. It picks up pretty well for a minivan, and it's very responsive. Just an awesome van overall, feels almost like a big sedan instead of a minivan sometimes. The fuel economy isn't the best, but maybe that's because of my driving. If you're looking for a used minivan, give the Mercury Villager a chance, and I promise you that you won't be disappointed!