Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: You're not going to win any style points rolling down the street in your Villager, but you're also not going to need many trips to the mechanic outside normal maintenance.


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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
202,500 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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1997 Mercury Villager electrical problems

electrical problem

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1997 Mercury Villager Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 122011

Villager GS 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 202,500 miles


The speed sensor in my van works intermittently, causing the speedometer to fluctuate wildly as I drive down the road. The needle on the speedometer will give my correct reading and then suddenly drop to "0 mph" for a few seconds. It will then return to my actual speed, flutter and drop back to 0 for 30 seconds or more.

Losing my speedometer isn't a huge deal, I usually travel with a GPS and that gives me a pretty accurate reading. But the speed sensor in most vehicles also works with the transmission to determine shift points and with the ABS to prevent skidding while braking, and that's what worries me most. If those things start to fail I will need to have the sensor replaced, which should run about $100 + labor.

- , Williston, VT, USA

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