2006 Mercury Montego - Luxury (100A) FWD
Pros: FUEL CONSUMPTION
Advice: GET THE CVT TRANSMISSIONON MY FIRST TEST DRIVE I KNEW I DID NOT LIKE THE UPRIGHT SEATING POSITION,BUT THOUGHT I WOULD GET USED TO IT,I DIDN'T. A TILT WHEEL ( NOT COLUMN ) WOULD HELP. FUEL CONSUMPTION IS GREAT. THE 6 SPEED TRANSMISSION IS THE WORST I'VE EVER DRIVEN,IT DOESN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO OR WHEN TO DO IT. DOWNSHIFTS ARE VERY HARSH WITH A CLUNKING SOUND. OH,HOW I LONG FOR THE CVT. SIX MONTHS AND SIX THOUSAND MILES AFTER PURCHASE ( $21,000 ) I WENT TO A FORD DEALER TO TRADE,CAR'S NOW WORTH $14,500. OH,AND THE BRAKES.DON'T GET ME STARTED ON THE BRAKES, I ONLY HAVE 500 WORDS. CAN I TYPE THE WORD 'SQUEAL' 500 TIMES?
2006 Mercury Montego - Premier (130A) AWD
Pros: Interior comfort and safety
Cons: Really is nothing I don't like.
Advice: Make sure you are not looking for a 'sport' car. Power is adequate, not more.It is what it is and it does what it does very well: ultra safe, comfortable, spacious, aesthetically pleasing inside and out. Very nicely appointed with high end options. A nav system that works unobtrusively and exactly as one should. AC worked particulalry well. Seating is higher than normal and a pleasant change from the norm. We took it on a 300 mile road trip and got 27mpg on the highway. The V6 will not win any power contests, and dead starts are not particularly speedy, however the CVT transmission does a commendable job of facilitating quick passing when driving at highway speeds. Having AWD is a big bounus for added confidence in rain and snow. Overall, we very pleased with our decision and find the car to be attractive, comfortable, and satisfying to drive.