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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,333 miles

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2006 Mercury Montego Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 012015

Montego 6-cyl

  • 99,000 miles


While traveling home from church, my car suddenly shut down with no warning. I was in traffic and able to pull off with no power at all. When I stopped and put it in park, the car would not allow you to take it out. It would not crank even after replacing the battery. I found out the next day that I had a blown passenger side tail light. This caused my car to cut off and Ford stated that this is what happens. This is a very dangerous wiring issue. Apparently, the tail lights are connected to the main system and if one goes out it shuts the car off and activates the theft protection system. This needs to be looked at. If I would have been on the express way, the issue could have become serious. It was still a serious issue. Thank you.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #2

Sep 122013


  • 109,000 miles
While driving at night, suddenly the instrument cluster gauges stopped working and when to zero value. They flickered momentarily and continued this for about 1 minute while driving. The appeared to have reset themselves. However, two days after the initial incident the gauges stopped working again, and have continued to not function properly. The major safety issue (I almost got into an accident) is that when the gauges don't work, the reverse lights come on. This makes other drivers think I am reversing when I am not. I have done additional online research and found a service bulletin published by Ford indicating this is an issue with these models.

- Ocean, NJ, USA

problem #1

Mar 212013

Montego 6-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
As I backed out of a parking space, the car surged & I hit another parked car behind me. Even though I had my foot on the brake, the car accelerated for a few seconds. I then placed the other foot on top of the right foot & put the gear into park & the car stopped.

- Williamsville , NY, USA

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