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SobeSVT
03-23-2007, 09:51 AM
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Autoblog Garage: 2007 Mercury Montego Premier (http://www.autoblog.com/2007/03/22/in-the-autoblog-garage-2007-mercury-montego-premier/)

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Alas, Montego, we hardly knew ye. Of course, the large sedan from Mercury is not going away, but being relaunched as the Sable with a new schnoz, larger engine, and some interior upgrades. The Montego name will once again drift off into obscurity like its Torino-based forebear. While the Sable picks up where the Montego left off, it would be foolish to think the Montego is a dud. The 2007 Montego Premier AWD is a big car, with some dimensions exceeding the Grand Marquis. With a bump here and a nip there, the Montego would make the best Marquis ever. As it is, the Volvo-donated architecture underneath the Montego makes it a very modern driving sedan that belies the comfort-sized dimensions.

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. . . For such a large car, the Montego is easy to wheel around in town or parking lots. The large mirrors make parallel parking easy, and the reverse-sensing system helps you avoid the practice of parking by feel. The Volvos on this platform have dismal turning circles, equivalent to a supertanker. Not so the Montego. . .

. . . The navigation/entertainment system is easy to use and intuitive. We couldn't confuse it, though we tried . . .

. . . The 3.0 liter DOHC V6 has been criticized for lack of oomph, which is unfounded. We found it adequate and in character with the rest of the car. It's not a 540i, but it doesn't have a problem building a head of steam to merge or pass. At its essence, the Montego is a car that dutifully does what you ask. It speeds up when you press the accelerator, if you press harder, it speeds up at a faster rate. Nothing heart-pounding here, but you attain 80MPH easily. . .

for the whole review CLICK HERE. (http://www.autoblog.com/2007/03/22/in-the-autoblog-garage-2007-mercury-montego-premier/)

FordRules
03-27-2007, 12:05 AM
Ive always liked the 500 and Montego. Their interiors are top-notch, and they give you a little sense of luxury.

LincolnFan
03-27-2007, 03:08 PM
Ive always liked the 500 and Montego. Their interiors are top-notch, and they give you a little sense of luxury.

You rode in the Fivehundread?

B.R.
03-27-2007, 03:12 PM
Ive always liked the 500 and Montego. Their interiors are top-notch, and they give you a little sense of luxury.

I have always liked them too. When I drove the 500 there just wasn't enough power especially with AWD. But Ford has fixed that problem now.

RG59061
04-17-2007, 05:38 PM
The Mercury Montego/Ford Five Hundred are great cars. As Autoblog states they do exactly what you ask of them admirably and efficiently with little whining or complaint.

The brevy of reviews that call to question the Duratec 30 and its 207 bhp are from the writers of Car and Driver, Motor Trend, Automobile, and other "enthusiasts" that can't live with a car that doesn't have more than 300 bhp or wear a European Manufacturers emblem.

I have driven the Five Hundred with the 6-Speed and the Navigation System...It is rock solid and a very pleasant cruiser that as Autoblog stated feels substantialy more managable then its size projects.

I know that the redesign, the new Duratec 35, and the Sable name will change things substantially. The new design and new Engine undoubtedly for the better. As for the return of the Sable moniker, we will have to see if that is true.

Farewell Montego, you will be missed.
As Always...Stay Fabulous!
RG59061

SobeSVT
04-17-2007, 06:04 PM
As for the return of the Sable moniker, we will have to see if that is true.

Farewell Montego, you will be missed.
As Always...Stay Fabulous!
RG59061

Oh, it is true RG. . . and official. Is on Mercury's website (http://www.mercuryvehicles.com/sable)

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B.R.
04-17-2007, 08:40 PM
The brevy of reviews that call to question the Duratec 30 and its 207 bhp are from the writers of Car and Driver, Motor Trend, Automobile, and other "enthusiasts" that can't live with a car that doesn't have more than 300 bhp or wear a European Manufacturers emblem.



I have beeb noticing this too. C&D had an MKZ review, and said it was a boring car. Sure, it is no BMW 3 Series, but I dont think that is what the MKZ is intended to be. It would be more of an ES competitor. MT is better because they seem to realize that not every car has to be like an A4, 3 Series etc. and they test them the way they are meant to be driven. FoMoCoNews posted the MT MKZ review here:http://www.fomoconews.com/forums/showthread.php?t=255

RG59061
04-17-2007, 10:17 PM
I am in agreement, and that is why I only subscribe to Motor Trend. They seem to be more balanced and fair to the vehicles that they review. Car and Driver is really oriented towards enthusiasts, preformance drivers and fans of the Teutonic Trio of manufacturers.

I relly on Motor Trend a **** of alot more than I do Car and Driver for reliable and fair reviews.

Also, Motor Trend has more enjoyable articles and better writers in my opinion.

As Always...Stay Fabulous!
RG59061

2b2
04-18-2007, 12:03 AM
...The new design and new Engine undoubtedly for the better. As for the return of the Sable moniker, we will have to see if that is true.



I kinda hope they change their minds about the Montego. (Sable just sounds ...umm... fuzzy) Don't think it, unlike Taurus, has that much residual recognition - tho I've also jokingly(?) suggested they call it the GrandMilan ;)
who knows?, if the D3 & CD3 unite on an EUCD-2 platform... tho they'd probably go with Mondeo & GrandMondeo :-(

or
(this just occurred to me)
considering that Merc doesn't have all that many cars, they might be able to do without model names alltogether :eek:
just have The Mercury + a MiniMercury + a GrandMercury [shudder] hope Ford doesn't read this!

changing the subject (quickly), I wish they'd start using Ultimate across the board for the top of each model - wouldn't have to do anything but make the badges and apply them Only to those ordered with every option.

MaxLegroom
05-25-2007, 12:19 PM
My thoughts on this car are fairly simple. The Five Hundred/Montego/Taurus/Sable offer more of what one would sensibly buy a sedan for, that thing being room. The power of the new models helps, but really, do you buy a sedan to be stylish (though these are good), or to break the land speed record (as if)?

falcon lover
05-25-2007, 01:34 PM
Nice car, but isnt enough to stay in par with Toyota , Lexus and Acura

SobeSVT
05-25-2007, 01:55 PM
Nice car, but isnt enough to stay in par with Toyota , Lexus and Acura
Nor is in their price range.