The Truth About Cars » Mercury http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Tue, 03 May 2016 15:30:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Junkyard Find: 1989 Mercury Sable LS Sedan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/junkyard-find-1989-mercury-sable-ls-sedan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/junkyard-find-1989-mercury-sable-ls-sedan/#comments Mon, 21 Mar 2016 12:00:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1303329 The first-generation Mercury Sable, like its revolutionary Ford Taurus sibling, was a smash sales hit. Then, well, the plastic in those cool-looking “lightbar” grilles yellowed after a few years, sales of later Sables declined, and then the 1986-1991 Sables were just about all gone. I don’t see many first-gen Sables at U-Yank-It yards these days, […]

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The first-generation Mercury Sable, like its revolutionary Ford Taurus sibling, was a smash sales hit. Then, well, the plastic in those cool-looking “lightbar” grilles yellowed after a few years, sales of later Sables declined, and then the 1986-1991 Sables were just about all gone. I don’t see many first-gen Sables at U-Yank-It yards these days, […]

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Piston Slap: Because You Don’t Sell Your First! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/piston-slap-dont-sell-first/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/piston-slap-dont-sell-first/#comments Thu, 07 Jan 2016 13:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1256297 TTAC Commentator Matador writes: Dear Sajeev/Sanjeev, I own two cars (and two older pickup trucks): a 1995 LeSabre with 223,000 miles and a 2001 Audi A6 Avant with 165,000 miles on the clock. I drive 80-100 miles per day for work. Between work and personal miles, I drive about 45,000 miles per year. The trucks aren’t daily […]

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TTAC Commentator Matador writes: Dear Sajeev/Sanjeev, I own two cars (and two older pickup trucks): a 1995 LeSabre with 223,000 miles and a 2001 Audi A6 Avant with 165,000 miles on the clock. I drive 80-100 miles per day for work. Between work and personal miles, I drive about 45,000 miles per year. The trucks aren’t daily […]

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Junkyard Find: 1983 Mercury Marquis Station Wagon http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/junkyard-find-1983-mercury-marquis-station-wagon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/junkyard-find-1983-mercury-marquis-station-wagon/#comments Mon, 16 Nov 2015 13:00:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1219281 In 1983, Ford decided to put the Mercury Marquis on the new-ish Fox Platform, while the Grand Marquis remained on the Panther Platform (where it would stay until the bitter end). Confused? Hey, at least the Marquis/Grand Marquis split wasn’t as puzzling as, say, the Toyota Corolla Tercel (which was unrelated to the Corolla) or […]

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In 1983, Ford decided to put the Mercury Marquis on the new-ish Fox Platform, while the Grand Marquis remained on the Panther Platform (where it would stay until the bitter end). Confused? Hey, at least the Marquis/Grand Marquis split wasn’t as puzzling as, say, the Toyota Corolla Tercel (which was unrelated to the Corolla) or […]

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Vintage Road Test: 1971 Mercury Marquis, Get Your Dramamine Ready! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/vintage-road-test-1971-mercury-marquis-get-your-dramamine-ready/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/vintage-road-test-1971-mercury-marquis-get-your-dramamine-ready/#comments Tue, 15 Mar 2011 12:00:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=387343 YouTube user Bajabusta has done us quite a service by uploading so many old Car & Track road tests from the late 1960s and early 1970s. We watched the ’72 Volkswagen 412 exhibit some scary trailing throttle oversteer last week, and now it’s time to watch a classic Detroit land yacht make its stately way […]

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YouTube user Bajabusta has done us quite a service by uploading so many old Car & Track road tests from the late 1960s and early 1970s. We watched the ’72 Volkswagen 412 exhibit some scary trailing throttle oversteer last week, and now it’s time to watch a classic Detroit land yacht make its stately way […]

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Rentin’ The Blues: Second Place: 2009 Mercury Sable Premier http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/rentin%e2%80%99-the-blues-second-place-2009-mercury-sable-premier/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/rentin%e2%80%99-the-blues-second-place-2009-mercury-sable-premier/#comments Mon, 12 Apr 2010 18:06:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=352211 I was born in the city A city with no shame And when I play guitar They all know my name Well, as fate would have it, they only really know my name at the local restaurant where I play lunch gigs on my Gibson CS-336. I don’t consider myself a blues man, but I […]

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I was born in the city A city with no shame And when I play guitar They all know my name Well, as fate would have it, they only really know my name at the local restaurant where I play lunch gigs on my Gibson CS-336. I don’t consider myself a blues man, but I […]

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Mercury Milan Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2007/06/mercury-milan-review/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2007/06/mercury-milan-review/#comments Mon, 11 Jun 2007 10:44:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=3912 front.jpgMilan is the fashion capital of Italy. Step off the tourist trail and it’s a combination of industrial parks and urban sprawl with only slightly more charm than Trenton, New Jersey. Still, you have got to give Ford’s beleaguered near-luxury division credit for naming their hecho-en-Mexico Fusion derivative after the home of Alfa Romeo, rather than resorting to the alphanumerics afflicting Lincoln’s take on the same model. But the question remains: is Mercury’s glammed-up Fusion a credible fashionista or an industrial waste?     

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front.jpgMilan is the fashion capital of Italy. Step off the tourist trail and it’s a combination of industrial parks and urban sprawl with only slightly more charm than Trenton, New Jersey. Still, you have got to give Ford’s beleaguered near-luxury division credit for naming their hecho-en-Mexico Fusion derivative after the home of Alfa Romeo, rather than resorting to the alphanumerics afflicting Lincoln’s take on the same model. But the question remains: is Mercury’s glammed-up Fusion a credible fashionista or an industrial waste?     

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Mercury Montego Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2007/03/mercury-montego/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2007/03/mercury-montego/#comments Fri, 16 Mar 2007 11:24:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=3337 07mercurymontego_03.jpgMy parents' first new car was a 1970 Montego coupe. They liked it so much they added a Montego sedan to the ranks-- just in time to transport this nascent pistonhead home from the hospital. They no longer own a Montego. And soon, no one else will either. At least not a new one. Ford is about to rebadge the current Montego (a gussied-up Ford Five Hundred) a Sable; just as they’re about to rebadge the Five Hundred (the Taurus’ replacement) a Taurus. Which leaves everyone exactly where they started. I think. Let’s take a look.

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07mercurymontego_03.jpgMy parents' first new car was a 1970 Montego coupe. They liked it so much they added a Montego sedan to the ranks-- just in time to transport this nascent pistonhead home from the hospital. They no longer own a Montego. And soon, no one else will either. At least not a new one. Ford is about to rebadge the current Montego (a gussied-up Ford Five Hundred) a Sable; just as they’re about to rebadge the Five Hundred (the Taurus’ replacement) a Taurus. Which leaves everyone exactly where they started. I think. Let’s take a look.

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Mercury Mariner Hybrid Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2006/08/mercury-mariner-hybrid/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2006/08/mercury-mariner-hybrid/#comments Thu, 03 Aug 2006 13:05:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1950 06MarinerHybrid_16_HR.jpgDuring a business trip to Canada, my manager and I watched a Swedish colleague use his cell phone to hold a three-way conference call with Tel Aviv and Hong Kong. The boss was infuriated; his US cell couldn’t even reach Toronto from Toronto. He called Sprint on a land line. "This is unacceptable,” he screamed. “It’s un-American to sell technology that’s seven years behind the Europeans!" The exact same thing’s been said about Detroit’s inability to counter fuel-sipping low-emission hybrids.  Enter, finally, the Mercury Mariner Hybrid. Ah, but is the gas/electric Merc ready for prime time or is it just a Johnny-come-lately phoning it in?

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06MarinerHybrid_16_HR.jpgDuring a business trip to Canada, my manager and I watched a Swedish colleague use his cell phone to hold a three-way conference call with Tel Aviv and Hong Kong. The boss was infuriated; his US cell couldn’t even reach Toronto from Toronto. He called Sprint on a land line. "This is unacceptable,” he screamed. “It’s un-American to sell technology that’s seven years behind the Europeans!" The exact same thing’s been said about Detroit’s inability to counter fuel-sipping low-emission hybrids.  Enter, finally, the Mercury Mariner Hybrid. Ah, but is the gas/electric Merc ready for prime time or is it just a Johnny-come-lately phoning it in?

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Mercury Grand Marquis Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2006/05/mercury-grand-marquis/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2006/05/mercury-grand-marquis/#comments Sat, 06 May 2006 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1413  Way forward. Bold Moves. Screw that. If America wants a bold, innovative car, they'll buy a Toyota. If they want something honest, inexpensive and comfortable, they'll buy a Ford. If they want an honest car with added spizzarkle, they'll spend a little more for a Mercury. Well, that's how it used to be, until Ford started building sub-par Japanese wanna-be's. Thankfully, the Blue Oval offers at least one rear-wheel drive automobile that stays true to the company's roots: the Mercury Grand Marquis.

Park the Grand Marquis next to its foreign counterparts and it's clear that the American luxobarge ain't livin' large no mo'. Snout-to-tail comparisons with a Camry require measurements smaller than a foot; millimeters differentiate their relative heights. Fortunately, the Marquis' ping-pong table hood and aircraft-carrier rear deck survive into the new millennium, while its broad shoulders continue to evoke memories of Officer Badass. Although the Marquis' police-a-like shape sends shivers down the spines of Boy Racers, the car's basic design is wildly inoffensive. This despite a new-for-'06 schnoz that blends-in about as well as a Speedo-wearing fat guy in Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue.

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 Way forward. Bold Moves. Screw that. If America wants a bold, innovative car, they'll buy a Toyota. If they want something honest, inexpensive and comfortable, they'll buy a Ford. If they want an honest car with added spizzarkle, they'll spend a little more for a Mercury. Well, that's how it used to be, until Ford started building sub-par Japanese wanna-be's. Thankfully, the Blue Oval offers at least one rear-wheel drive automobile that stays true to the company's roots: the Mercury Grand Marquis.

Park the Grand Marquis next to its foreign counterparts and it's clear that the American luxobarge ain't livin' large no mo'. Snout-to-tail comparisons with a Camry require measurements smaller than a foot; millimeters differentiate their relative heights. Fortunately, the Marquis' ping-pong table hood and aircraft-carrier rear deck survive into the new millennium, while its broad shoulders continue to evoke memories of Officer Badass. Although the Marquis' police-a-like shape sends shivers down the spines of Boy Racers, the car's basic design is wildly inoffensive. This despite a new-for-'06 schnoz that blends-in about as well as a Speedo-wearing fat guy in Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue.

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