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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,429 miles

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2006 Mercury Montego drivetrain problems

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2006 Mercury Montego Owner Comments

problem #14

Jul 262016


  • 186,000 miles


My car has a issue with electronic throttle, I called and was told sorry your 189,000 is over 150,000 limit to be repaired. I haven't had the car for 3 years yet. This should be a recall vs a customer care issue. I drove to my son's on Monday and car loss power a total of 14 times in a 2 hr drive. I was in heavy traffic. Seems to me Ford cares more about their bottom line then their customers lives. I was almost hit several times. I have had it in the shop and the alternator replaced 3 times, with them thinking this is the issue one being replaced yesterday after the one before hand only been on their a little over a month. Come to find out Ford knows about the issue with their electronic throttles on vehicles from 2002 and up to date. This is very bad business and I had purchased this car due to a accident I was in (no fault to my own) and I have a permanent disability of a messed up sciatic nerve. I was told no issue, boy was I lied to. This needs to be fixed and asap after I have spent so much in repairs already to find out that wasn't even the issue. Ford needs to step up before someone dies over the negligent of the electronic throttle. I would like to hear from Ford on what they are going to do about my vehicle. Also the wrench light comes on the engine light when it goes into loss of power. When in traffic, it's hard to get off the road stately when your car looses power.

- Roanoke Rapids, NC, USA

problem #13

Jun 082016


  • 50,900 miles
Transmission failed with 50900 miles on the odometer. Complete rebuild was necessary for car to function properly. New torque converter, valve body, two computer modules. Shop owner said he has seen many of these transmissions fail and Ford should issue a recall/campaign.

- Shawano, WI, USA

problem #12

Jan 152016


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Mercury Montego. While driving 50 mph up an incline, the vehicle jerked. As the accelerator pedal was depressed, the vehicle failed to accelerate and the check engine warning light illuminated. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnosed that the valve body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Sherwood, AR, USA

problem #11

Jun 142015


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Mercury Montego. While driving approximately 35 mph, the transmission failed without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V006000 (power train). The manufacturer wa not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #10

Apr 012012


  • 32,000 miles
My 2006 Montego jerks and clunks feels like it is going to drop out. It also slips into neutral from drive. The trans jerks so hard it feels like it is going to drop on the street. First noted this with less than32000 miller. Also had to replace front engine mount $475, full instrument cluster $1100 36000million. There is a lot of people complaining to Ford but nothing is being done.if not taken care of this will be my langford product.3ford's inmyimmediatefamily now. All will be scrapped ordering for cars from a company that takes care of its customers. Ford new the cvt trans was a problem.

- St Louis, MO, USA

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problem #9

Feb 162015

Montego 6-cyl

  • miles
When I started accelerating it would studder when rpms went up and then basically wouldn't let me go over 50. I took it into car repair shop and they said my throttle body needed to be replaced. I looked online and saw this was a recent recall. Have I missed out on this or what? I need some answers please!

- Columbia, MO, USA

problem #8

May 012013

Montego 6-cyl

  • 100 miles


When accelerating I noted the tranny started to slip, I drive very cautious, not a speedster, I watched the RPM shoot to five and no speed shift, I drove the car for a while hoping it would come out of it, I was driving back and fourth some 4000 miles to work and had little time to get to mechanics finally my wife took it in they said 4 gear was missing in tranny, just getting back to work I had to look up a used tranny because the cost was well over 3000. I found a 2007 used tranny from a reputable used dealer, we place the tranny in at a cost of 700, the tranny itself 475, upon getting car back the tranny is doing it all over again, I am now taking it to a dealership to have it synchronized with computer programing to see if this fixes problem, I am not happy with the recalls on this car but if Ford refunds me and fixes I would be satisfied we love Ford truck and their products and feel Ford does take care of their customers.

- Waterloo, IN, USA

problem #7

Oct 182012


  • 98,000 miles
I am also in the group of bamboozled people that have the unfortunate experience of owning a 2006 Mercury Montego. Recently on a 90 mile trip about 40 miles in driving approximately 65 going up a hill I accelerated to pass a vehicle and my car suddenly and unexpectedly jerked and lost speed down to a about 45 and would not accelerate. The cars behind me had to slow down abruptly and were none to happy at my inconvenience. Since then I have had the same issue repeatedly each time getting worse. I can now feel the transmission getting week when I drive on the highway and its only a matter time before it goes out. This is a major safety issue as the you are not aware of when this will happen and the vehicle is difficult to control when jerking abruptly. Ford needs to do something. My car does have 116000 miles on it and I know cars are not meant to last forever but this is ridiculous there is no reason a properly maintained transmission. Should be having problems like this. I am certain this is a manufacturer defect. I went against my better judgment and bought a Ford because I thought the Montego was a nice car. I should have stuck with my 97 firebird that had 167000 miles on it, lost way less oil, and ran way smoother on it's original drivetrain and got 10 mpg better than this car. Never again Ford! you should stand behind your products.

- College Station , TX, USA

problem #6

Apr 102013


  • 72,000 miles
Driving down road car just stopped in the middle road was running just would not go.transmission trouble I guess Ford new about this I still owe 3000 on this car. Lots of peuple with is trouble.

- Cedar Springs , MI, USA

problem #5

Jan 022012

Montego 6-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
After the engine warms up, upon acceleration and the automatic transmission is shifting gears from 1 to 2, 2 to 3 and 3 to 4 there is a stuttering and often a jerking when the automatic transmission is shifting. This jerking also occurs upon slow braking when the transmission is down-shifting from gears 4 to 3 to 2 to 1. it's getting worse!!

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #4

Jan 082012

Montego 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


When shifting out of park or neutral, or from drive to reverse (or reverse to drive), the car lurches forward or back with no warning. This can be a hazard, if near pedestrians or if parked in a tight space. Additionally, if this occurs several times, (eg:parking) the car will stall & the repair "wrench" on the dashboard lights up. The car must be turned off for about 1 minute & re-started to get back to normal. This unfortunately is too common occurrence. Is Ford waiting for a fatality before taking steps for corrective action.

- Jackson, NJ, USA

problem #3

Nov 012011


  • miles
2006 Mercury Montego lurched an lunges also even with foot on brake will stop in the middle of highway will not take gas transmission jerks.

- Rayville , LA, USA

problem #2

Aug 182011

Montego 6-cyl

  • 103,000 miles
My 2006 Mercury monteago lunges forward when put in drive, and lunges back when put in reverse, wrecking my rear bumper and garage. Ford is very aware of this problem and does nothing about it.

- Massachusetts, MA, USA

problem #1

Jan 052009


  • 30,000 miles
2 problems with car 1) transmission failed at less than 20,000 miles and 2) cylinder 5 failed at 30,000 miles.

- Huntington Bay, NY, USA

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