for a minivan it's a very comfortable and practical vehicle, we were pleasantly surprised bythe performance of the awd. we switched from an envoy xl and really enjoy the ride and gas economy much better on the montana.
This is a list of the things that went wrong with the vehicle since 2-05: Alternator replaced (going to be recalled) 11-05 Left crankcase seal (dealer said its due to faulty build at plant) 11-05 All lettering fell off rear hatch (finally replaced 12-05) Rear hatch handle faulty (never fixed by dealer properly) Transmission slipping (dealer had found no evidence of this) Tracking system engaged during dry Texas weather, locking up the wheels and making van undrivable unless you turned off the tracking system. Happened 1-1-06 when nobody could help us. Stability tracking system service message on (dealer on 2nd try found a short in the computer which made wheels lock up.
Like the interior design though the build quality is definately in question. Do like the message center and trip computer as long as it doesn't give me faulty messages.
Take my friend's advice and wait 2-3 years before buying a new model or style of a vehicle. Also, be assured the build quality is good and the warranty is valid. And if you buy this vehicle, live close to the dealership so you don't get too inconvenieced by going in for warranty work.
Bought the new SV6 due to the expanding family. Looked at others but none except ford/mercury included the expanded features for a reasonable price. While I like the apperance and the creature comforts of the SV6, and the drive is typical of a minivan thats all there is to be happy or content with. My vehicle has been in the shop 4 times over the first 3 months for various reasons including a faulty aligned door, replacement of a rear sliding door motor, replacement of a door handle, replacement of body molding, steering well casing replacement, windshield stripping replacement, and a dead battery. Highway noise (wind) on this vehicle is terrible. Recommend pay extra $ for better quality
Appearance, creature comforts for the price, acceptable drive (power and handling) for a mini-van
Better quality carpeting and seat fabric, better overall parts quality, and quality control when vehicles leave the factory.