Mercury Villager owners have reported 51 problems related to door latch (under the latches/locks/linkage category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Mercury Villager based on all problems reported for the Villager.
While I am driving the sliding door will pop. Currently it does not completely open, but is does become unsecured. The interior lights come on and when driving at night inhibits my vision and makes driving unsafe. My children are also the passengers near the door at this time and I am afraid that the door will fly open and cause harm even though they are in safety belts. I have had a mechanic look at the latch and he sees nothing that should be causing this to malfunction.
See all problems of the 1996 Mercury Villager .
The vehicle automatic door locks automatically lock the doors this has happened innumerable occasions. This began shortly after purchase of the vehicle in 1998, and continues today. The doors ar not to lock if the keys are in the ignition, and they do. This has occurred while driving the vehicle, while it is parked, when entering, and exiting the vehicle. The interior doors do not override the locks, and in an emergency, one would be unable to exit the vehicle if they were to lock. Usually this occurs most often when the doors are being closed; and if the battery is unhooked, and reconnected, it may remedy the situation for several days. The rear automatic windows go out when you press the buttons to make them go in, and the rear wiper stays down as if the window is unlocked. That can be remedied by unlocking the window, and relatching it, it usually stays up for 2-3 days. When you attempt to retract the rear windows, they will not go in automatically. I have contacted putnam Lincoln Mercury in fort smith, arkansas, and I do not have the money to complete these repairs which could possibly cause injury or death if the doors locked someone in. In other news, the gas pedal is sticking also, this happens when you take off in the vehicle, and happens every time. This has also been reported to the dealership.
See all problems of the 1998 Mercury Villager .
While opening and locking doors the remote control was inoperable. Consumer had to open the doors and lock the doors manually. Consumer drove the vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic informed the driver there was not a recall for this vehicle. Consumer told the mechanic that the locks had been replaced numerous times, but problem still exists.
See all problems of the 1997 Mercury Villager .
I purchased a used van, there seem to be several recalls either not idenitfied or not know about, either way they were not fixed. I have been unable to fine a dealer whom will acknowledge the recalls and repair them.
I had a low impact accident where the front of my vehicle hit the back of another vehicle. (forgot to put car in park and was about 4 feet from back of another car on slight grade, well you know the rest). After the accident the sliding door began to "pop" enough for the ajar door light to come on but not enough for the door to actually open. I have checked with the people that gave estimates on repairs and was informed by every one that it was not a result of the accident. What I can not understand is why it started only after the accident. I have been informed that the locks may need to be replaced because of ware.
The power door locks lock when ever they seem to want to, when I unlock them they will lock again as im trying to open the door.
While going 70mph on highway child almost fell out of sliding door. Child proof lock on sliding door is easy to disengage if door is bumped hard enough. Consumer slammed on brakes quickly enough to catch the door. Dealer was informed. Please provide more information.
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Sliding door opened after being locked.
A defect in the keyless entry system of 1998 model year Mercury Villager minivans causes uncontrolled locking and unlocking of the vehicle doors. Company is aware of the defect and a technical memorandum exists regarding this problem but the company refuses to take responsibility for repair of the defect.
Door locks engage intermittently by themselves. This occurs both when the vehicle is running and off, and when the vehicle is moving or parked.
Sliding door will begin to open even if locked, light comes on, door opened.
Consumer can lock all doors and sliding door will fly open. It doesn't matter what surface riding on, it pops open. Sliding door has been manually locked.
Lock mechanism//locks would lock and unlock automatically. I had no control of the locks. Sometimes found myself stuck in the car until the locks decided to stop locking and unlocking on their own. I believe I paid about $500. 00 for repairs to this system just for the whole system to fail again almost two years later. My locks no longer work. I have video of the locks working on their own. As for incident date-too many to count.
Since July 16, 1998 doors locks did not operate properly. Doors would lock without warning. When consumer stepped out of vehicle doors would lock on their own, even with the key still in the ignition switch. Vehicle had been taken to dealer five times for the same problem.
When consumer closes the door all four doors will lock. Dealership was unable to determine a cause of defect. There are TSB's 982012/ 98225/ 98236/ 984814/ 984815, and 5051 for this defect. Please provide any additional information/attachments.
Latch on passenger side sliding will not secure. It comes partially open at slow speeds and variations in the road. This occurs even if the door is securely shut and locked.
Rear passenger sliding door comes open while driving regardless of speed. Door appears to be shut and locked, but when driving latch system fails. Dealer has been contacted. The sliding door pops open whether locked or not.
Side door latching system releases during travel.
Owner was injured by the locking mechanism, due to the design placement of lock and handle, when locking with hand on handle finger was snapped. Mjs.
Locks are not operable. Doors locked when consumer got out and shut the door. Two small children were locked in vehicle with temperatures at 100 degrees. The doors will even lock by themselves while driving. A bump in the road or turning a corner causes doors to lock.
While driving at any speed the sliding door keeps opening.
There has been an ongoing problem with lock immediately relocking after unlocking is attempted. This has been into the dealership on 8 separate service attempts, include an additional problem that was developed with grinding locks. This is a major safety issue, and the dealer and manufacturer do not feel that this is a major safety/ security issue.
Intermittently, while driving sliding door pops open unexpectedly. The dealership is not able to find out what is causing the problem. Please provide any further information.
The saftey issue with my Mercury Villager started on 2/18/99. The door locks will lock by themselves on many occasions. The doors will lock when the keys are in the ignition and a door is shut, when the keys are out of the ignition, when driving over any bumps in the road. As of today, my vehicle has been in for service for the door locks 5 times. A couple of weeks ago my 3 year old was locked in the car in his carseat with the keys in the ignition. I live in key west florida and it is beginning to get very hot here. I am seriously concered with the problem and it has become a huge safety concern. I am tired to taking the vehicle in for servicing and a month or two later it is back in with the same problem. I have phoned Ford customer service. They had the service manger from our one local dealership call me. (his phone call took 2 weeks to get) we eventually set up another appointment for the van. (after I had to wait another week while he was on vacation when I originally called him back. ) I have esp coverage on my van which is paying for part of the rental fee for the van I rented while mine is in the 5th time trying to be repaired. I am not sure where to turn at this point with these safety issues!!! I am becoming very disgusted with the entire process. I am utimately afraid of my toddler being locked in a car in key west when it is 90 degrees. Please respond. Following are the dates the vehical was in for servicing for the locks: 2/18/ 8/25/10/02/ 1/30/2/28/01 : and : 5/8/01.
When vehicle reaches speeds above 40 mph or traveling around a corner passenger's side sliding door will open. Dealership has examined vehicle, and determined that locking mechanism needed to be replaced. Consumer states this is a safety issue and that the service to repair this defect should be free of charge, however dealership is charging a fee for repairs.