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NHTSA — Electrical System: Instrument Panel Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
112,000 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Mercury Montego accessories - interior problems

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2005 Mercury Montego Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 092014


  • 135,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Mercury Montego. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the instrument panel lights failed to illuminate and all the gauges malfunctioned. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 135,000.

- Kingston , OH, USA

problem #1

Jun 062012

Montego 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
The instrument gauge on my 2005 Mercury Montego just went "dead". nothing registered, so there was no reading on my speed, engine heat gauge, fuel level, or tachometer. This happened once in early spring of this year (2012), but did not repeat until recently. It is now June and the same thing has re-occurred about 10 times in the past two weeks. After turning the car off and restarting, this sometimes (but not always), "fixes" the problem. Most recently, if the gauges do work, the "check engine" light turns on. The airbag light stays on, and the AWD malfunction message displays in the information panel until I hit the reset button. From a safety perspective, is this a short in the system or is my airbag really malfunctioning" and how do I know my speed other than to guess"

- Willoughby Hills, OH, USA

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