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Every Mercury vehicle has problems, some just have more than others.

PainRank combines owner data, recall frequency, vehicle age, and other factors to give you a guide about which vehicles are a pain-in-the-butt to own. We’ve also ranked Mercury generations, so you can get a better sense of which vehicles and model years you should avoid like the plague.

Cougar

Score 4.82

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 48
  • Investigations 41
  • TSBs 1185

NHTSA Data

Lynx

Score 0.6

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 2
  • Investigations 7
  • TSBs 11

Marauder

Score 2.1

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 2
  • Investigations 2
  • TSBs 13

Mariner

Score 12.77

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 26
  • Investigations 19
  • TSBs 181

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 0
  • Investigations 4
  • TSBs 36

Milan

Score 7.21

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 19
  • Investigations 35
  • TSBs 105

Montego

Score 4.05

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 3
  • Investigations 4
  • TSBs 78

Monterey

Score 5.29

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 16
  • Investigations 43
  • TSBs 128

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 47
  • Investigations 90
  • TSBs 1857

Mystique

Score 1.62

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 49
  • Investigations 32
  • TSBs 1102

Sable

Score 7.96

NHTSA Data

Topaz

Score 1.02

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 11
  • Investigations 18
  • TSBs 276

Tracer

Score 1.69

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 18
  • Investigations 9
  • TSBs 827

Villager

Score 0.83

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 25
  • Investigations 29
  • TSBs 945

Answers to the most frequently asked questions

What is PainRank™? Where Does it Come From?

PainRank™ is a CarComplaints.com algorithm that uses complaint data from owners (the average mileage of failures, the cost to make repairs, etc), relative complaints analysis, sales numbers, NHTSA data, & owners’ own vehicle rankings to come up with a number representing how much pain a car inflicts on its owners. The higher the PainRank™ score, the more painful a car is to own (typically).

What Are Vehicle Generations?

Generations are groups of model years where the vehicles are continuously produced, use similar engineering, and share features. Generational data is not always cut-and-dry – manufacturers might not always release generation information, some generations might last longer in different countries, and various trim levels and model variants can make the whole thing confusing. We do our best but make no guarantees about our generation data. When in doubt, we stick with data about US models.

What is NHTSA Data?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is a government agency dedicated to keeping the roads safer by conducting investigations into potential problems, recalling safety issues, and tracking technical service bulletins issued by automakers.