I have driven a 2001 Ford Escape and never had a problem with it after 105,000 miles. So I decided to go with the Mecury upscale version. I'm very glad I did. I have the top of the line Premier model. This is a more comfortable ride then the Escape. You don't feel the road as much and I'm sure with a new set of Michelin's instead of the standard Continetals, it would be even better. The interior is roomy and laid out nicely. Lots of cargo room and does not have a trucky feel in it's handling like the larger SUVs. I hope to have this one over a 100,000 miles also. Love the styling too. The 2005 has gotten above average dependability from a consumers magazine.
I love my Mariner. It has everything I want and nothing I don't need. My only complaints are: the back windows don't go all the way down, the glove compartment is very small, the vanity mirrors are not lighted, and the silver finish (around cup-holders and knobs, etc) can scratch. It comes with a 6 CD player and MP3 plug-in and a front and rear charger (for gps, cellphone). I like that the seat fabric is black and low-key...most fabrics are tacky and loud. This Red is gorgeous....I LOVE it! When I first test drove it ....it felt a little rough but I had been driving a Ford Explorer for several years (worth twice as much due to all the bells and whistles), but this is a smaller SUV, so you really can't compare the two. After a few days, I didn't notice a difference. Ford Escapes, Mazda Tributes and Mercury Mariners are all basically the same vehicle with a different name and minor finish differences.
Big bang for your buck - hope my 2008 Mariner lasts for ever!
2005 Mercury MarinerJB - Tustin, CA08/30/2007
My new used car was clean and performed so well that It felt like a brand new car to me. It is roomy and drivers very smooth.
I love it
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