Mercury Villager - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Mercury Villager owners have reported a total of 884 problems for their cars built in the 7 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Mercury Villager. The 1996 Mercury Villager cars have the most problems reported (253 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Mercury Villager

Model Year Number of Problems
  2002 Villager
18
  2001 Villager
20
  2000 Villager
89
  1999 Villager
249
  1998 Villager
98
  1997 Villager
153
  1996 Villager
253

  Common problems of Mercury Villager

The following chart shows the 24 most common problems for Mercury Villager cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's vehicle speed control (165 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's structure (79 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Mercury Villager

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Vehicle Speed Control
165
  Structure
79
  Engine And Engine Cooling
76
  Gasoline Fuel System
69
  Service Brakes
60
  Latches/locks/linkage
58
  Visibility
43
  Air Bag
43
  Power Train
36
  Seat Belt
33
   
  Suspension
32
  Steering
31
  Exterior Lighting
28
  Electrical System
24
  Equipment
24
  Tire
21
  Unknown Or Other
19
  Seats
17
  Other Fuel System
11
  Wheel
5
  Air Brake
3
  Interior Lighting
3
  Child Seat
3
  Parking Brake
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Mercury Villager of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across Villager model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Mercury Villager model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Villager Model Years

Villager
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2002 1818,36716    
0.06
  2001 2018,17817    
0.06
  2000 8931,58018    
0.16

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Mercury Villager is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2002 Villager
2
  2001 Villager
2
  2000 Villager
5
  1999 Villager
25
  1998 Villager
13
  1997 Villager
11
  1996 Villager
25


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