by mrebate on Aug 6, 2012 Vehicle: 1999 Mercury Villager 4dr Minivan
dealership the alarm was tempermental and had to be tweaked by a factory rep.
You soon realize you are driving a
had annoying shimmy at highway speed.
Although it had less than 60,000 miles when we decided to dump it. It needed an
a knock sensor when sold.
Starter motor, wheel bearings,
electric window control panel (drivers door) and rusting exhaust were other repairs for mint condition vehicle.
The clear lens cover for the turn signal
popped off for no reason. AC needed recharged every year after 4 yrs.
A stinko vehicle and inferior dealership do no make for a pleasant experience.
Dealer damaged both rocker panels and blamed their new lift.
by chas36 on May 18, 2011 Vehicle: 1999 Mercury Villager 4dr Minivan
Bought the Villager new in 2000 as a leftover 1999 for a good price.
You can put 7 people in the van, or their luggage, but not both at the same time.
Its a little small.
Its short on power too, but thats about all the negatives there are.
The ride and comfort are great.
Its been very reliable.
I replaced the cvu joints at 80,000.
The radio lights are intermitting.
The throttle sticking is a very common problem.
The solution is not that bad.
Get a can of throttle body cleaner and spray around the edges of the flapper in the throttle body. Overall I'm well pleased.
by drdong on Apr 19, 2011 Vehicle: 1999 Mercury Villager Estate 4dr Minivan
Totaled the 1996 LS with 210K on it.
Bought a "cheapie" donated 1999 for short term but love it inspite of the intermittantly sticky gas pedal.
Have decided to keep her and put in new: irridium spark plugs and wires, rotor, cap, CV joints, front struts, rear shocks, Michellin Hydro Edge tires w/life time balance, timing belt, radiator hoses, thermostat, trans service and regularly change oil and filter.
I want to put disk brakes in the back and looking for a "chip" to increase horse power.
Am I a little nuts?
Cheaper than new car payments yes?
by Ice on Nov 15, 2010 Vehicle: 1999 Mercury Villager Estate 4dr Minivan
Just bought the van from a private party. Had problems I was aware of at time of purchase. Replaced motor mounts, cracked windshield, brakes, plugs and rotor. Had a brief transmission slip. Air conditioning works great. Seems throttle body had some work done to it. Display on radio does not work, but radio does. Service Engine Soon light keeps coming on and off, Passenger rear window won't stay open. Driver window switch is intermittent on roll up. Driver floor mat won't stay flat. Driver rear view outside mirror seems to oscillate a bit while driving. Fuel econ is fluctuating between 17 and 19 in city. Haven't taken on long hi-way trip yet.
by 64FAIRLANESC on Apr 28, 2010 Vehicle: 1999 Mercury Villager 4dr Minivan
Bought the van for my wife and she likes it. I however am 6'3" tall and can tell that it was designed by the Japanese (Nissan). I have to bend in half to get in and have no headroom or leg room and do not like to drive it for very long. My 2001 Ford Windstar that I drive is 10 times more comfortable for a taller person. Mechanically I have had no real problems but I am a stickler for maint, and do all repairs myself. Had to replace ball joints and a CV axle. Some electrical connecters in lights bad, I see this on Japanese designs alot though. It now has 75000 miles and is reliable and ok to drive if your not tall than 5'8"
by KT on Dec 8, 2009 Vehicle: 1999 Mercury Villager 4dr Minivan
I have loved my Villager ever since we got it used ( with 17000) miles on it back in 2001. But this year has been a nightmare.It has 89000 miles on it now. Everything has gone wrong & we have dumped over $5000.00 in it over the last 8 months ( towed 4 times) and thinking that "hopefully this will be the last repair". My advise...when any car first produces a $1500. repair bill...sell it & get something else because chances are it will be the beginning of a long line of repair bills. can't afford it anymore but can't afford anything else either-ha !
The Mercury Villager is completely redesigned for '99. Improvements range from a more powerful engine to a larger interior to a second sliding door on the driver side. New styling features include larger headlights and a distinctive front grille. Inside, ergonomics have been addressed with easier to reach controls and an innovative storage shelf located behind the third seat.