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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems

2005 Mercury Monterey (Page 1 of 3)


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,291 miles

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2005 Mercury Monterey transmission problems

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2005 Mercury Monterey Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #50

Aug 062009

Monterey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2005 Mercury Monterey. Consumer writes in regards to reimbursement for transmission replacement the consumer stated he received a check from Ford Motor Company for $1,450 to cover the expense of replacing the transmission. However, the consumer stated he paid $ $2077.11 and would like the entire amount to be paid.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #49

Dec 092011


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2005 Mercury Monterey. Consumer states vehicle lost complete power while driving the consumer was informed the torque converter and the input shaft were a huge problem on his vehicle and the parts were inferior. A mechanic stated, the part was made of aluminum which could not withstand the pressure in which it was loaded.

- Carterville, IL, USA

problem #48

Jul 022011

Monterey 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
As per your website defect investigations. My 2005 Mercury Monterey I was driving on the freeway at 65 mph and all of a sudden the engine RPM rose up rapidly. I at first thought there was a problem with the cruise control. But no it was the transmission. As your investigation shows it was a stripped output shaft and the torque converter. I am having it repaired today. I would like to know if Ford is doing anything about this problem "?" my vehicle has only 69,000 miles on it. I am the original owner. Thank you

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #47

Jun 262011

Monterey 6-cyl

  • 104,000 miles


I was driving on interstate 75 at approximately 70 mph. Without warning I heard a loud whining noise and I had no forward power. I somehow was able to steer the car to the side of the road. I required a tow and am being told that the transmission is gone, costing over $3000 to repair. I now know that numerous reports of sudden transmission failure have been made. I believe I should have been made aware of this problem.

- Clermont, FL, USA

problem #46

May 152008


  • 6,500 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Mercury Monterey. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the vehicle suddenly began to decelerate, befor stalling. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where the contact was informed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. After the repairs, the vehicle stalled a second time and was towed to a mechanic. The vehicle was again repaired. There was an open investigation under NHTSA action number: EA09016 (power train:automatic transmission power train:automatic transmission:torque converter) that may be related to the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 6,500. The VIN was unavailable.

- Plainfield, IL, USA

problem #45

Jun 092011

Monterey 6-cyl

  • 53,512 miles
I have a Mercury Monterey which nearly got my wife and I killed by a rear-end collision. It just all of a sudden died no power nothing just like all these other complaints of transmissions malfunctions. I am on social security and need my vehicle I stopped my daughter in law from driving it she has 4 children and her some where losing power with those children is not a good thing I will go visit the Mercury dealership this week to see what they say. I still owe 2 years of payments on this vehicle and can not afford to buy another vehicle.

- 3425 East Wembley, MI, USA

problem #44

May 212011

Monterey 6-cyl

  • 47,500 miles


I recently purchased a 2005 Mercury Monterey mini-van with 45,000 miles. It now has 47500 miles and I have been told it needs a torque converter to repair the transmission. I was driving at approx 35 miles per hour when the van completely lost forward motion. The engine was running, there wasn't any noise, service lights or fluid leakage. The car simply had no gears. We had no prior warning, the car had never had any hesitation, jerking or any signs of distress. Thankfully we had just pulled off the interstate. We pulled off the road into a parking lot where we coasted to a stop.

- Chesterfield, MO, USA

problem #43

May 252011

Monterey 6-cyl

  • 114,000 miles
The torque converter went out on my 2005 Mercury Monterey van. This happened after reporting transmission issues to both hastings Ford and whitaker Lincoln Mercury several times since 8/22/2005, which was the purchase date of my van. When the torque converter went out, I was driving approximately 40 mph. Without warning, the van lost power and it seemed like I was driving in neutral. The van would not move in drive or reverse. I had to coast to the shoulder where a couple of guys then had to push the van so that it was out of harms way. After having the van towed to hastings Ford and doing a little research, I'm now finding that many other 2005 Mercury Monterey vans have experienced the same problem as my van. It was interesting and a little odd to me that the mechanic was able to diagnose the problem without having to take anything apart. This to me now indicates that Ford is well aware of the problem. I find it very disappointing that hastings Ford did not mention any of this to me before they started servicing the van. My main complaint is that I do not feel that I should have to pay for fixing this problem since I have reported and documented transmission problems several times, many of which were well within the warranty period. My other complaint is that Ford seems to be doing nothing about this potentially very dangerous problem. It was a very unsafe situation that I was in when I totally lost power. I was on a slight incline when my problem happened. I was fortunate to have enough power to coast close enough to the shoulder of the road. I hate to think if I was going highway speeds and I needed to get over multiple lanes to a shoulder or a safe part of the road.

- Hastings, MN, USA

problem #42

Oct 062009

Monterey 4WD 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
Vehicle...just slowed down from 65 mph...coasted to a stop. Engine runs fine but vehicle did not move with transmission selector in any position, reverse, drive, etc.

- Seaford, VA, USA

problem #41

Apr 242011

Monterey 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
I was driving a 2005 Mercury Monterey minivan and lost power. The engine continues to run but I cannot go anywhere. This has not happened with this vehicle before. Have not replaced anything yet, as this just happened today - easter Sunday April 24, 2011.

- Bloomington, IL, USA

problem #40

Feb 072011

Monterey 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


On Feb 7, 2011, after exiting I10, I stopped my 2005 Monterey van at my grandson's home. As I restarted I backed out and switched to forward gear. As I pressed the accelerator, nothing happened. I tried all gears and same result. Checking google, I found out that this has happened to thousands of 2005 Monterey vans and Mercury/Ford has done nothing to rectify this major problem with the transmission. My dealership quoted me a price of over$2,100 to fix. I believe that this is Ford's bill and I shouldn't be responsiible for their extremely poor engineering.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #39

Jan 222011


  • 88,000 miles
I purchased a used 2005 Mercury Monterey on January 22nd 2011. During test drive it felt great. Two days later I am feeling a jerking when taking off from a dead stop. I starting checking on line to see if there are problems with this vehicle. I was shocked to find over two hundred complaints of transmission failure! why is it with so many similar incidents or problems that no one is doing anything about it?

- Glen Burnie, MD, USA

problem #38

Oct 012007


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Mercury Monterey. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, the rpms went higher than normal. She was able to get the vehicle to the side of the road but could not steer or move after that. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who informed her that she needed to replace the transmission. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 35,000.

- Chesapeake City, MD, USA

problem #37

Nov 202010

Monterey 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
At 105000 miles the transmission on my 2005 Mercury Monterey van quit on I-80 cruising at 70mph...for no reason the vehicle lost power and would not accelerate...had to be towed to shop and am told $3000 in repairs..Ford has known about this bad transmission for 5 years and nothing has been done....why"?" I now discover that several hundred people have filed the same complaint and as many as 205,000 vehicles may have this problem which I understand is a possible bad torque converter shaft....I am really upset with Ford as this the 4th vehicle I have purchased from them with faulty transmissions....

- Commerce Twp., MI, USA

problem #36

Jul 232010

Monterey 6-cyl

  • 55,800 miles
On July 23th 2010, I was driving my 2005 Mercury Monterey up an incline then all of a sudden the vehicle went to a brief acceleration. I let go of the acceleration pedal, then went to accelerate again, I had no power. The engine would rev but it was not engaged to the transmission. Luckily I was a able to coast down the hill and pull off to a safe spot. I had the vehicle towed and was told the transmission had went. I had the Ford dealership install a new transmission in the vehicle. The vehicle had 55,000 miles on it. The vehicle before then showed no signs of transmission trouble. After further research I noticed there has been multiple complaints regarding the same issue.

- Fairview Park, OH, USA

problem #35

Nov 092010

Monterey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Mercury Monterey. The contact was driving approximately 40 mph, and when the accelerator pedal was applied the transmission would not respond. The vehicle was towed to the residence where a certified mechanic inspected the vehicle. The failure was related to the torque converter. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 77,000. Updated 01/31/11 updated 03/16/11

- Ferdinand , IN, USA

problem #34

Oct 012010


  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Mercury Monterey. While driving approximately 65 mph when the vehicle stalled; however, he was able to drive onto the emergency lane and shut the engine off. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where he was informed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 62,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Norcross, GA, USA

problem #33

Sep 102010

Monterey 6-cyl

  • 89,500 miles
Transmission failure. The van started making noises that was coming from the engine compartment. The transmission light then came on and the van started acting like it would not go. Had to basically coast to get the van back home and the transmission light stayed on. Check the fluid and it has not lost any transmission fluid. The transmission is failing.

- King, NC, USA

problem #32

Sep 042010


  • 53,000 miles
2005 Mercury Monterey van...transmission failed driving away from stop sign, no power to wheels. The transmission fluid was changed 6 weeks ago during normal fluid maintenance. Mostly highway miles since taking ownership. Car had to be towed to Ford dealer. They have just called and said transmission has no pressure & needs a new torque converter & seal kit. Bought this car w/ 8400 miles and now has only 53,000 in 4 years with regular service and oil changes. Estimated repair time 2 days @ approx. $ $1020.

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #31

Aug 252010


  • 66,500 miles
Transmission failure of our 2005 Mercury Monterey mini-van with only 66,000 miles on it left my wife and kids stranded on a dirt road in the country far from the city. We got the van fixed and the new transmission went out again 8000 miles later. Ford needs to recall these transmissions before someone gets hurt.

- Leroy, MI, USA

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