What is PainRank™?

PainRank™ is a scoring system by CarComplaints.com that uses relative complaint analysis to determine which vehicles suffer the most defects. It's more than just complaint volume as the score also considers the average cost of repairs, the mileage at failure, the age of the vehicle, among other factors.

Bottom line: the higher the score, the more painful it is to own.

Least Reliable Mercury Generations

Mercury generations have an average PainRank™ of 3.64.

RankModelComplaintsScore
28th2nd Generation Mountaineer (2002-2005)40117.99
27th1st Generation Mariner (2005-2007)5311.15
26th2nd Generation Mariner (2008-2011)11310.32
25th4th Generation Sable (2000-2005)1278.65
24th1st Generation Milan (2006-2011)1235.54
23rd1st Generation Monterey (2004-2007)285.47
22nd8th Generation Cougar (1999-2002)714.77
21st3rd Generation Sable (1996-1999)554.41
20th3rd Generation Mountaineer (2006-2010)674.28
19th4th Generation Grand Marquis (2003-2011)1404.21
18th3rd Generation Grand Marquis (1998-2002)593.99
17th2nd Generation Grand Marquis (1992-1997)623.87
16th3rd Generation Montego (2005-2007)273.1
15th1st Generation Mariner Hybrid (2006-2007)42.11
14th2nd Generation Mariner Hybrid (2008-2011)162.04
13th2nd Generation Sable (1992-1995)191.8
12th3rd Generation Tracer (1997-1999)171.75
11th3rd Generation Marauder (2003-2004)81.63
10th1st Generation Mountaineer (1997-2001)301.61
9th1st Generation Mystique (1995-2000)301.33
8th5th Generation Sable (2008-2009)51.23
7th2nd Generation Villager (1999-2002)161.08
6th1st Generation Topaz (1987-1993)180.68
5th1st Generation Sable (1986-1991)40.61
4th1st Generation Grand Marquis (1984-1991)160.53
3rd7th Generation Cougar (1989-1997)170.51
2nd1st Generation Villager (1993-1998)200.47
1st2nd Generation Tracer (1991-1996)70.32
N/A1st Generation Tracer (1988-1990)1N/A

Have a complaint about your vehicle?

The best way to find out what's wrong with a vehicle is from the people who drive them. Not only do owner complaints help us rank vehicles by reliability, but they're often used to spark class-action lawsuits and warranty extensions. Plus, they're a great way to vent.