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Pros: Engine diagnostics that tell you how efficiently you are driving, Sync
Advice: Strongly consider this oneOutstanding car. Has the comfort of a much larger car, but fuel economy is great. Can regularly get better than the posted milage once you get the hang out of maximizing the elctric motor. Sync feature is without comparison in other vehicles.
Cons: gas mileage/transmision
Advice: don'tI, like many of the others have also had transmission problems. The comfort and the room are ok. The style is above par. However, when you still owe for your vehicle you don't really want to put 1,000 dollars into fixing the transmission. I don't know about anyone else but I will never buy a Ford/Mercury product again.
Pros: heated seats!
Cons: access to the jack
Advice: drive a honda first..and then try the Mariner Premier..same price, no comparisonAfter two years in the Escape Hybrid 2WD (not recommended) I was looking for something that was quieter, more comfortable, large enough to transport an 85 pound dog, a kayak or skiis..and provided the safety of full air bag and electronic stability control. The price point on the upgraded Premier Mariner was far more competetive with the equipment than any of the others in this class. It drives and handles extremely well, with a smooth ride, good acceleration, excellent trim and finish, and it is QUIET inside! I am not one to extol the virtues of any car I buy..and all of them have had their weaknesses. However, I think this Mariner is nearly as perfect a design of any SUV in the price range. Oh, and the back-up sensor system ( my first) is absolutely great for parking and backing movements!
Pros: Appealling looks
Cons: comfort level
Advice: Look elsewhereThis truck has probably the worst ride I have ever found. After only 20 minutes of riding, my back begins to hurt. I have owned previous SUV's and this is nothing like the others. We took it back to the dealer and swapped it for another one and it rode just as bad. The salesman did not seem surprised. He told me that everyone says that about the Explore and Mountaineers.
Pros: Look of the vehicle
Cons: All the mechanical problems with it.
Advice: Do not buy one. They have not seemed to fixed any problems with themI have had my mountaineer for 2 years and have had nothing but problems with it.It is only a 2002 with only 89000 miles on it. I have replaced the drive shaft in it not 1 time but 2 times. The transfer case broke. I have had to replace shock & struts, ball joints and a wheel bearing/hub assembly. This vehicle is the worst I have ever had in my life.
Pros: Side impact airbags
Advice: Don't hesitate, it is a great vehicle.This vehicle help save our lives in a recent accident. Every airbag deployed while it rolled over four times. It stayed intact and did it's job. We are thrilled to be alive!
Pros: Comfy Leather Seats
Cons: Turning Radius
Advice: Don't forget to BE SURE this car has an Ipod adapter.I am a ex Honda/VW owner. This is the first 'American' car that I felt had the whole package. The look is sleak and sophisticated while still being sexy and sporty. It has all the options you can think of, a very comfortable ride, and all the get up and go that you could need. It is spacious and seats 4 adults comfortably. The trunk is large and with the seats down, have had had no problem transporting. I am SO happy pleasantly surprised with this car, it is A LOT of car for the $$!