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2004 Mercury Monterey Van

4dr Convenience

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2004 Mercury Monterey

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Base Price (MSRP) - $29,310
As Tested (MSRP) - $36,570

Introduction

For the first time ever, Ford Motor Co.'s upscale Mercury Division has a full-size minivan to sell.

The 2004 Mercury Monterey replaces the Villager minivan, which was developed through a joint venture between Ford and Nissan and built at a Ford plant in Ohio. (Nissan's version of the van was the previous-generation Quest; it since has been replaced with a dramatically styled all-new minivan of the same name.) The Villager was never considered a full-fledged minivan. It was far smaller than traditional minivans and in earlier generations it was extremely underpowered and carried a hefty price for its smaller package.

Ford Motor Co. is trying to breath new life into the Mercury division. However, it is doing so by feeding it vehicles that are basically Ford Division models. Such is the case with the Monterey, which is essentially a rebadged Ford Freestar, which in turn, is an updated and renamed Windstar.

The Monterey is a highly competent minivan. It's extremely quiet underway, on par with the new Toyota Sienna. Its ride is smooth, and steering and handling are responsive. Its 4.2-liter V6 is the largest displacement engine for a minivan and delivers adequate power. It has an upscale interior loaded with features such as heated and cooled front seats, a third row that easily folds flat into the floor, and a park-assist system. Safety features abound, though some are optional, and the Monterey is expected to perform well in a crash.

 

Model Lineup

The Monterey comes in a trio of versions: the Convenience, Luxury and Premier.

The Monterey Convenience ($29,310) comes standard with a 4.2-liter, V6 engine, four-speed automatic transmission, anti-lock brakes, tilt steering wheel with speed control, Securilock anti-theft system, dual-zone climate control, front console cup holders and storage, folding third-row bench seat with cloth upholstery and forward and reverse park assist.

The mid-level Monterey Luxury ($33,310) includes all of the standard fare of the Convenience model and adds: first- and second-row leather seats; driver and passenger heated seats; leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; power-adjustable pedals; memory package for the driver's seat, pedals and mirrors; anti-theft system; side air bags and Safety Canopy; dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control; first-row floor console storage; third-row reading lamps; black roof rails; and power sliding doors.

The top-of-the line Monterey Premier ($34,840) includes everything on the Convenience and Luxury models plus: driver and passenger heated and cooled seats (the Monterey is the first minivan to offer cooled seats); front passenger lumbar adjustment; first- and second-row perforated leather seats; AdvanceTrac stability control; and unique split-spoke design aluminum roof rails.

Major options include: Safety Canopy side curtain air bags ($695); AdvanceTrac electronic stability control ($395); self-sealing tires ($195); and DVD rear-seat entertainment system ($1,395). A power liftgate will be available mid model year.

(Base prices do not include incentives that were offered at launch. These programs frequently change, but the initial offer gave customers the choice of a $2,000 cash rebate or financing rates as low as 2.9 percent for 60 months.)

Safety features include dual-stage front airbags that deploy or not with the amount of force required depending on the severity of the accident. Anti-lock brakes (ABS) are standard on all versions. Ford's Safety Canopy, available on all models, is a side curtain airbag that runs the length of the minivan on both sides. The system includes sensors that monitor a rollover. If a rollover is detected, it keeps the side curtain airbags inflated longer, up to six seconds. While the Monterey has not yet been crash tested by the federal government, Ford anticipates it to perform well as did the Windstar. The Windstar had two top five-star ratings for front passengers and two four-star ratings for rear passengers.

The Monterey only comes in front-wheel drive. It is not available with all-wheel drive. Also, no navigation system is available nor is a flip-up table between the front seats, like on the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna, offered.

 

Walkaround

The Monterey is a traditionally styled minivan. It will blend in at the elementary school parking lot.

The Monterey, like the Ford Freestar, barely looks any different from the Windstar. In fact, the only exterior parts that are new from the Windstar to the Freestar are the hood, grille and headlamps, front fenders and rear liftgate. The only parts unique to the Monterey from the Freestar are the grille, which resembles that of the Mercury Mountaineer sport-utility, and the headlamps.

The one distinguishing feature of the Monterey is unusual. The front side windows lower below the inside portion of the door trim so when the window is fully down, the sill protrudes up. Designers say it was done to create an armrest of a comfortable height.

 

2004 Mercury Monterey
2004 Mercury Monterey

Interior Features

The Mercury Monterey benefits from Ford's tripling of investment in vehicle interiors. It features the same elegant interior as the Freestar with more upscale materials than the Windstar had. The focal point of the interior is a watch-like clock in the middle of the center dash.

The Monterey seats seven passengers, two in front, two in the second row and three in the third row. Its third-row seat folds into a well behind the seat, creating a flat floor like that in the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna. The fold-flat third-row seat operates easily by pulling straps numbered in sequence and clearly labeled. The head restraints push down into the seat so they don't require removal to fold the seat, as other minivans do, a nice feature. Ford boasts it can be done one handed, and it is true. It operates about the best of any in the industry. Also, the third-row seat can be dropped backwards to create seating for tailgate parties.

With the third-row seat in place for passengers, the well behind it has about 25 cubic feet of cargo space. With the third-row seat folded and second-row seats removed, it expands to a generous 135 cubic feet of storage. The second-row seats slide horizontally on rails and also fold and tumble forward like those on the Mercury Mountaineer for easy access to the third row or creation of extra cargo space. Removing the second-row seats can be done by one person, but it's a bit clumsy; it's a task better suited for two.

The downside of the Monterey's third-row seat is its short height. Even normal-sized adolescents will find it cramped. Seat comfort, in general, is not terrific. The second-row captain's chairs and front seats are rather narrow.

The front seats can be heated and cooled, good for cold winter mornings and hot summer afternoons.

The Monterey has lots of storage space, from bins in the rear sliding doors for books and toys to double map pockets in the front doors. On the dash is a covered storage compartment for small items like cell phones. It also has numerous cupholders, including front door holders for 20-ounce bottles. Some of the beverage holders, particularly those in the far back are awkwardly positioned, however. Well positioned and well built are sturdy cupholders that fold down from the sides of the second-row captain's chairs. If kicked, as they likely will be, they snap back into storage against the seats.

 

Driving Impressions

Mercury Monterey comes with only one engine, the bigger of the two offered on the Freestar. Its 4.2-liter V6 delivers 201 horsepower and 263 pounds-feet of torque. It doesn't measure up to the horsepower of the new Nissan Quest, rated at 240 horsepower, nor the redesigned Toyota Sienna at 230 horsepower, though torque is competitive. Torque is that force that propels you from intersections and up hills when you have a full load of passengers, so torque is important.

Monterey's four-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly. Ford claims consumer research showed minivan buyers didn't care if it was a four- or five-speed, which others, including the Honda Odyssey and even the Kia Sedona have, as long as shifts were smooth.

The Monterey Premier we tested was extremely quiet, on par with the new Toyota Sienna. Its ride is smooth, its power is adequate, and steering and handling are responsive.

 

2004 Mercury Monterey

Summary

The Mercury Monterey is an extremely competent minivan. Buyers considering the Monterey, however, should also look at a Ford Freestar as the only difference may be in price. The Freestar generally carries a lower list price than does the Monterey. However, depending on the trim level and content package, a Monterey with all of its standard fare could represent a better value than a Freestar that has to be loaded up with options.


Model Line Overview

Base Price (MSRP) $29,310
As Tested (MSRP) $36,570

Model lineup: Mercury Monterey Convenience ($29,310); Luxury ($33,310); Premier ($34,840)
Engines: 4.2-liter 12-valve V6
Transmissions: 4-speed automatic
Safety equipment (Standard): dual-stage front airbags; anti-lock brakes
Safety equipment (Optional): side airbags and Safety Canopy side curtain airbag ($695); AdvanceTrac electronic stability control ($395); self-sealing tires ($195)
Basic warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in: Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP): Mercury Monterey Premier ($36,065)
Standard equipment: side and Safety Canopy airbags; heated and cooled front seats; front and rear parking assist; front passenger lumbar adjustment; AdvanceTrac stability control and traction control; Homelink transmitter; tri-zone heater and air conditioner; leather-wrapped steering wheel with tilt and audio and speed controls; power adjustable pedals with memory; AM/FM cassette/single CD stereo with speed sensitive volume control; rear-seat audio controls; power sliding doors; SecuriLock anti-theft system; remote keyless entry; automatic headlamps
Options as tested: self-sealing tires ($195)
Destination charge: 685
Gas Guzzler Tax: N/A
Layout: front-wheel drive
Engine (Optional): 4.2-liter 12-valve V6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 201 @ 4250
Torque(lb.-ft. @ rpm): 263 @ 3650
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy: 16/22 mpg
Transmission (Optional): 4-speed automatic
Wheelbase: N/A
Length/width/height: 201.8/76.6/68.8 in.
Track, f/r: 64.3/62.8 in.
Turning circle: 39.5 ft.
Seating capacity: 7
Head/hip/leg room, f: 38.8/58.7/40.7 in.
Head/hip/leg room, r: 38.1/48.1/32.7 in.
Cargo volume: 134.3 cu. ft.
Payload N/A
Suspension F: independent MacPherson strut with coil springs and stabilizer bar
Suspension R: semi-independent twist beam, coil springs, shock absorbers, integrated torsion and Panhard rod
Ground Clearance: N/A
Curb weight: 4340 Lbs.
Towing capacity: N/A
Tires: P235/60R16 self-sealing
Brakes, f/r: disc/disc w ABS and Brake Assist
Fuel capacity: 26 gal.

Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of 22/Sep/2003.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-392-3673 - www.mercury.com


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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Opt
Rear Head side Air Bag Opt
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Fog Lamps Std
Intermittent Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Std

Security

Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Mercury Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Manufacturer's 7 years / 100,000 miles Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12-month/12,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty. See dealer for details. Rental Car Reimbursement $30/day.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2009-2011 model years & less than 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 172
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

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