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Great van at a great price. by Villager in MI on 06/19/2009. Trim: 2002 Mercury Villager Estate, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: Size is right, appearance is nice with the two tone paint and alloy wheels. Mileage is not too bad, it's very comfortable (ours has the leather power seats), easy to drive, great highway cruiser. We have not owned it long enough to comment on its reliability, but we've had no problems so far, and our older Villager was bulletproof.
Cons: Not as solid feeling as the older versions. Platform feels more flexible with the dual sliding doors. It's not the quickest thing going, brakes - although new - still feel weak. Middle bucket seats weigh a ton - make sure you have a chiropractor on stand by before attempting to remove them, and rear seat does not remove (this is true of all Villagers). Ours has the digital dashboard, of which I'm not really a fan. Stereo, like our old one, could use better speakers. This van wallows down the road more than our old one, does not handle as sharply.
Overall review: This is our second Villager. We traded in a 1997 for this one. It had 80,000 miles on it when we bought it, it has been trouble free for the 6000 miles we've had it. It's very comfortable, gets decent mileage for its size, handles better than most vans its age, although it's a lot less crisp feeling than our old van. It's pretty slow and could use more poweerful brakes. It's a little creaky, although our moonscape Michigan roads may have something to do with that, and the wind noise makes it always sounds like one of the doors isn't closed all the way. Our 97 only had one sliding door, but as a result felt more solid than this one. Great highway cruiser, a bit cumbersome around town, but it's still the best affordable older van out there. I would reccommend a Villager to anyone wanting a reliable, comfortable van.
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