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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
667 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2003 Mercury Marauder transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Mercury Marauder Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 142004


  • miles


While shifting gears vehicle down shifted on its own. Transmission went into over drive, and vehicle stalled. Consumer tried to restart vehicle, but was unable to do so. Consumer had vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic was unable to resolve the problem.

- Ward, AL, USA

problem #2

Feb 022003

Marauder 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine cuts out around turns; misalignment, vehicle pulls drastically to the right; low hanging panel on driver's side interferes with throttle and break operations; burning odor emitting form engine compartment; fluid leaking from rear axle; smoke emitting form engine compartment; lack of acceleration between 2000-4000 RPM; engine stalls while idling; noisy clicking, clunking, and grinding sounds coming from front axle; poor acceleration between 20-40 mph; front tires rapidly wearing unevenly; squeaking from front end; loose right front exterior door handle; trunk organizer lid cracked; alarm system not working; remote entry key system inoperable; stains on leather seats; sharp edges around trunk; cruise control malfunctioning. This vehicle was purchased 02/01/03 and has been in the shop seven times for a total out-of-service time of over a month. The entire rear end was replaced but the vehicle still leaks oil. The acceleration problems are posing very dangerous driving conditions for me, as power lacks severely between 2000-4000 RPM. The front end clicks, grinds, clunks, and squeaks during driving. On most occasions while in the shop, the service departments documented that they could not duplicate my concerns even after they verbally confirmed my complaints during test drives with me. On some occasions, then attempted to make repairs without documenting it to avoid "lemon law" status. This vehicle is unsafe, unreliable, and hazardous to drive. Mlg

- Orange, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 252003

Marauder 32-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
Problems with Mercury 2003 Marauder purchased -2/08/03 would like to fax current warranty repair order. Leaks around lens cover, wiper blades replaced, rear left speaker vibrates, brake & brake pedal squeaking, spot on rear window, new window ordered, overdrive light on, car stalled had to be returned, valve body and wiring replaced in transmission, spot on driver's leather seat cover, new cover has been ordered.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

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