1st Generation (2004—2007) Monterey Problems

This generations ranks 29th out of 33 Mercury generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the transmission (59%), electrical (14%), and the interior (11%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Transmission Went Out 6 complaints at an average of 61,452 miles in the 2004 Mercury Monterey.
  2. Timing Chain Oil Leak 1 complaints at an average of 8,800 miles in the 2007 Mercury Monterey.
  3. Transmission Failure 8 complaints at an average of 95,388 miles in the 2007 Mercury Monterey.

What Monterey Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Mercury model years.

Watch out for the 2004 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2007 2 2 7 6.77
2006 5 3 12 1.99
2005 11 4 41 4.85
2004 9 5 60 7.3

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