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NHTSA — Visibility: Glass, Side/Rear Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,000 miles

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1998 Mercury Villager windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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1998 Mercury Villager Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 122005

Villager 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles


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 #1

Sep 261998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Rear window on liftgate door shattered for unknown reason. Dealer notified and refused to repair. Consumer took vehicle to another dealer and they repaired it at no cost.

- San Bruno, CA, USA

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