My Mercury Estate is underpowered and
has a difficult time achieving any fuel
economy. My best highway fuel average
is 24 mpg. It is also difficult to
fuel completely. When the pump shuts
off indicating it is full I can still
add an additional 3 gallons or more.
The ride is comfortable and it handles
well. The body is prone to scratches.
The air conditioning system is very
good the leather interior is well done.
Put in a fuel tank that can easily be
filled and improve the fuel mileage.
This has been a pretty darn reliable vehicle. It has over 100,000 miles on it and it still runs real good. I wish i would have gotten a Ford Expedition 4x4 because this vehicle is too small for us, and it does pretty bad in the snow. It does real good on gas 14cty 19-21hw. There has been absolutly nothing mechanically wrong with it.
Reliability, gas mileage, cheap parts, cheap purchase price
Make it tougher, so it doesn't look as crappy at 100,000 miles. Maybe a v8 4x4. Maybe a larger size. the front seats are rather small. Better paint quality.
Im definitely glad I found this vehicle while shopping for used vans on craigslist last year. I bought it a year ago with 114,000 miles and have been driving it hard, putting 22,000 miles on it. I use every day as a service vehicle.
It has been reliable over all but it has had several wear & tear issues such as new brakes, bad distibutor & new tires. Theres also a knocking or crunching noise coming from the driver side wheel over bumps. It think it may be cv joint or something.
So its not invinsible but its definitley reliable & a phenomenal value. I just hope mine hold up to 200-250k miles like many others have.
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