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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,222 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Mercury Villager Owner Comments

problem #9

Oct 122005

Villager 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The vehicle automatic door locks automatically lock the doors this has happened innumerable occasions. This began shortly after purchase of the vehicle in 1998, and continues today. The doors ar not to lock if the keys are in the ignition, and they do. This has occurred while driving the vehicle, while it is parked, when entering, and exiting the vehicle. The interior doors do not override the locks, and in an emergency, one would be unable to exit the vehicle if they were to lock. Usually this occurs most often when the doors are being closed; and if the battery is unhooked, and reconnected, it may remedy the situation for several days. The rear automatic windows go out when you press the buttons to make them go in, and the rear wiper stays down as if the window is unlocked. That can be remedied by unlocking the window, and relatching it, it usually stays up for 2-3 days. When you attempt to retract the rear windows, they will not go in automatically. I have contacted putnam Lincoln Mercury in fort smith, Arkansas, and I do not have the money to complete these repairs which could possibly cause injury or death if the doors locked someone in. In other news, the gas pedal is sticking also, this happens when you take off in the vehicle, and happens every time. This has also been reported to the dealership.

- Boles, AR, USA

problem #8

Jun 252004

Villager

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Bought used 1998 Mercury Villager in June, 2004. From June through present date, we have had accelerator pedal sticking in upright position causing lurching from a stopped position due to having to press down unusually hard to accelerate. Due to this "failure", I do not want to crash into someone in front of me in traffic to move forward into traffic from a stopped or slowed position. I have sprayed WD40 on the pedal from inside the vehicle that relieved the problem for a little while, but it has started sticking again.

- Ft. Thomas, KY, USA

problem #7

Jun 012001

Villager 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The accelerator pedal some times sticks were you can not give it gas. This has been happening for about 3 yrs. It causes fear, because you if you had to speed up some time it will not let you.

- Aurora, IN, USA

problem #6

Jul 112004

Villager 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My 1998 Mercury Villager mini van has a problem with the accelerator. The pedal can be hard to push sometimes causing to push down too far. Several times the accelerator became stuck causing the vehicle to lunge out of control. I felt very unsafe and I am concerned about the condition.

- Harrison, OH, USA

problem #5

Jan 152001

Villager

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Accelerator pedal sticks, at any speed. Consumer has to press pedal hard to get it to unstuck, problem getting worse. Dealer said throttle body needs to be replaced.

- Gaines, MI, USA

problem #4

Feb 212001

Villager

  • miles
Accelerator pedal sticking intermittently. Dealer was not notified at this time. Feel free to provide any further details on this matter.

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #3

Mar 142001

(reported on)

Villager

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

When depressing gas pedal to gain speed pedal becomes stuck and will not depress to floorboard.

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #2

Feb 202001

(reported on)

Villager

  • miles
After making a stop tied to return to normal speed. Consumer had to depress gas pedal very hard to gain speed.

- Midlothian, TX, USA

problem #1

Jun 021998

(reported on)

Villager

  • miles
Design problem; the brake pedal and the accelerator pedal are the same height. If driver has part of foot on the brake pedal he steps on the accelerator pedal at the same time. Driver was involved in a crash on June 1, 1988 because of problem.

- Rodchester, MN, USA

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