by brian174 on Apr 8, 2011 Vehicle: 2001 Mercury Villager 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 4A)
I've had the van for 3 years now.
I bought it with 85K miles on it and have 140K now.
I bought it because I got Nissan quality at Ford depreciation levels, so it was cheap.
I like the Nissan engine and transmission.
Only problems I've had were the usual Ford electrical gremlins.
It is a gas hog.
Seating system is poorly designed.
Van is noisy going down highway (wind noise mostly.)
I'm basically satisfied but can't figure out why this thing only gets 18-20 mpg when other bigger vans with bigger engines get 25 mpg.
It's a good, cheap van, though.
by WASTE OF MONEY on May 24, 2010 Vehicle: 2001 Mercury Villager Estate 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 4A)
We were initially intrigued with the Villager because it is basically a cheaper version of the Nissan Quest, but it has been the worst investment of our lives. We have had nothing but repairs season after season, year after year. We thought we got if for a bargain, but the cost of the repairs makes this vehicle worthless. I hate this van and would not recommend it to anyone. It is noisy, has brake issues, ac issues and has slow acceleration. It eats gas as if it were an truck. Very very disappointing buy. I am looking for a replacement now. I would never recommend this van to anyone. It may be cheap in price only because it is cheap in quality.
Numerous exterior and interior revisions are on tap for 2001. Also new are optional 16-inch wheels and tires, drivetrain changes for better engine smoothness, new seatbelt pre-tensioners to improve safety, and the addition of an anchorage point for attaching a child seat.