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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,800 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.

1998 Mercury Villager transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Mercury Villager Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 012004

Villager 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


Sometimes when I go from a stop position or slow down and you want to accelerate, you put your foot down and get nothing, when tap harder on it, it will lurch forward, and whip back your passengers (children). It seems to occur when humidity is higher, regardless of season.

- Graytown, OH, USA

problem #4

May 302005

Villager 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Contact put the vehicle in park and exited the vehicle and it rolled backwards. The door pulled the contact under the vehicle, and both sets of tires ran her over. She sustained a broken pelvic bone, a broken hip, a broken femur, a broken knee, a broken ankle, and a broken back from L1-5. as a result, she spent the summer in a nursing home. The vehicle has not been to a mechanic for this problem.

- Norwell, MA, USA

problem #3

Oct 032003

(reported on)


  • 99,000 miles
The vehicle was in park when a small child mistakenly knocked gear shifter to reverse. The vehicle rolled backwards onto the grass which helped it come to a stop.

- Watnut Ridge, AZ, USA

problem #2

Sep 172000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle vibrates uncontrollably at speeds of 70mph and higher. Dealer has not been able to determine the cause or correct the problem. The cause for the vehicle's vibration was found to be transmission. The transmission fluid and screen was replaced.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 261998


  • miles
Transmission mounts failed causing noise.

- Roodhouse, IL, USA

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