Mercury Montego Review

Posted on 16. Mar, 2007 by in Auto News

My parents first new car was a 1970 Montego Coupe. She liked it so much they added a Montego sedan, the series just in time for this nascent piston head from the hospital to transport home. You no longer have a Montego. And soon nobody will not otherwise. At least not new. Ford is about to set the current Montego (a gussied-up Ford Five Hundred) a Sable rebadge as they are about the Five Hundred (Taurus' replacement) rebadge a bull. Each remains exactly where it began. I think. Let's take a look.

The Five Hundred, sorry, Montego began life as an Audi A6-a-like by the same designer who wrote us the A6. Ugly is not. Boring it is: a third grade piano recital on wheels. Needless to say, the Quicksilver boys grossly underestimated the need for brand specific product differentiation. Adding an aluminum-toned spizzarkleprow, eye-catching LED and Xenon headlamps with a Ford Five Hundred is not a replacement for unique plate. It is as if one. Lipstick on a sloth

Even when the Montego had the slender plate, to lure the public in a Mercury showroom, there is very little in the car cabin to keep them there. Fold these large and imposing doorways and geriatric bling theme continues. Sure, radiate the dark wood effect trim and richly textured leather hides a small amount of Teutonic flavor. But someone forgot to sweat the details. The chrome-ringed gauges look good services, you can ignore the wall o 'matte black buttons on the center console.

You can see where Ford thought sorry, Mercury had a winner. Although fundamentally utilitarian, the Montego cabin is basically also huge. After age not image on the official website, can the trunk swallows enough equipment for a small rock band. Stratocaster owners: You can either fold the rear seat (trunk pass-through), and the passenger seat and put your bare unsecured ax into two lines. How great is that?

In any case, the Montego the back seat Old School Caddy is broad and reasonably comfortable, there is plenty of room for three adults as real again. Unfortunately, the room offers the charm of an aircraft hangar. A full complement of airbags (including a side canopy system) provide five-star crash all 'round, save for rollover (four stars), which may explain the class-exclusive roll-over sensor.

At nearly 201 inches, the turnpike Cruisin 'Mercury creams nearly every bump, lump or stump. The intensive spoke 18 "wheels, the things on track, but the noise from the Pirellis at cruising speed takes a howler monkeys in an otherwise competent isolation chamber.

Facilitate Montego into a corner and it's clear that this is not the typical land yacht. Thanks to its Volvo plastered basics, does this large, top-heavy, front-wheel drive sedan to keep a great job understeer at bay without driving. Predictably enough, the Montego is the steering feel on the road, which is a Stannah stairlift to a leg workout. But it's accurate enough to place around the big Merc with precision. And if you do not do this, four wheel discs will store fat (she's the brakes).

Of course it is, you can gain enough speed to the front to get in trouble. Last generation Ford Duratec V6 greets you with a rough idle hum, all the mill remains modest redline (5700rpm). The engine drag to 203 horses fight massive £ 3,670 of Montego frame from rest to 60mph in 8 seconds or accelerative other metric that you can name.

Fortunately, the drive train has a unique saving grace. Well, six of them. The close-ratio six Montego cog slushbox canes the engine fast enough for most respectable, netting fuel economy (21/29) in the process. Also a certified lead foot you will find the combination of a flat torque curve and always ready enough gear at part load, if it is completely unacceptable speed.

In short, the Montego is a fine car to buyers who. An undemanding full-size sedan, which a little more exclusive and sparkly as a Ford Five Hundred is available for around $ 825 more (base to base) Too bad this niche exists only in the world of product planners and anti-aircraft call spin doctors. All other herds established import sedans or "real" American cars like the Grand Marquis. In fact, Mercury Sport royal treasury a competitive sticker price and often tripled the Montego monthly sales figures. Oops.

The Volvo-Mercury is a bowl of porridge Corporate, as "correct", Goldilocks also smell a trap from a mile away is. It is not a game for smaller cars in its class and it lacks the swagger of his Panther chassis partner. Even with (other) names retro and modest upgrades, the Montego's successor a tough fight in 2008. Ford the money would have been better whip the old Crown Victoria, Mercury Marquis and Lincoln LS in the form.