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Mercury Mariner Hybrid, SUV
#12 of 121 Re: 2008 Mercury Mariner [castlemist]
Oct 17, 2006 (7:27 am)
From the drivezen.com Web site, I gather that there is no woodgrain at all in the Hybrid model. It's all aluminum, satin, chrome, as far as I can tell.
I took my first test-drive in a 2007 Mariner Hybrid yesterday. It was very nice. I particularly liked backing up under electric power only. The 2008 model will correct two major deficiencies in the previous models: lack of stability control and lack of a DVD navigation system. The 2005-2007 CD navigation system had a very small screen; the 2008 system will have a 6.5" screen!
The 2007 handles fine and has great visibility. The front and rear seats are comfortable. Cargo space is adequate. I presume the 2008 will be similar in these respects.
#13 of 121 Re: 2006 Mariner [beartraprr]
Oct 17, 2006 (11:00 pm)
"After I get my tax credit I am trading it in for a Lexus.."
Better think twice and check with your tax advisor. If you sell the vehicle, you have to pay back part of the tax credit you received. You have to hold the vehicle for three years, if I recall correctly.
#14 of 121 Re: 2006 Mariner [stevedebi]
Oct 18, 2006 (5:33 am)
I am not sure how Uncle Sam will keep track, but that is the way the hybrid incentive is written.
If you lease a hybrid the leasing company can take the tax credit according to the IRS website. So make sure you have that in writing if you are leasing.
The vehicle is acquired for use or lease by the taxpayer, and not for resale. (The credit is only available to the original purchaser of a new, qualifying vehicle. If a qualifying vehicle is leased to a consumer, the leasing company may claim the credit.)
#16 of 121 Re: 2008 Mercury Mariner [transpower]
Oct 19, 2006 (8:21 am)
Sorry transpower, I didn't notice that this thread refers to the 2008 Mariner. I just bought a 2007 Mariner Hybrid, and it does have the Sapele woodgrain in it. I have read conflicting reports about whether this is real laminated wood or simply plastic painted to look like wood, and I am wondering which it is. Thanks in advance for any info.
#17 of 121 Re: 2008 Mercury Mariner [castlemist]
Oct 19, 2006 (5:19 pm)
According to the 2007 Mariner Hybrid catalog, the center console has real Sapele woodgrain. I took another test drive today in the 2007 Mariner Hybrid and looked at it. It looks like plastic to me, but I'm really not sure (maybe it's real wood preserved in plastic). On the whole, the interior of the Mariner is far better looking than that of any other compact SUV I've looked at.
#18 of 121 Re: 2006 Mariner Questions [thinkgreen]
Oct 26, 2006 (4:15 pm)
I just got the 2007 MM Hybrid, and it has the auto headlamps. They come on automatically when it gets dark, turn off auto when you turn the car off (after a very brief delay). Nice.
#19 of 121 2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid
Nov 10, 2006 (9:14 pm)
I post this in a sincere effort to simply provide my experience owning a Mariner Hybrid. I purchased (knowing full well that the vehicle did not make economic sense) the vehicle in large part to support American Automobile Manufacturers and to support ongoing ingenuity in auto engineering.
I average approximately 23 mpg. I realize that advertised mpg estimates are probably a bit off, but 23 instead of the advertised 36 is pretty extreme. Ford should simply state that this vehicle will only get in the vicinity of the advertised mpg if it's driven on completely flat ground and the a/c is NOT used.
Today, my brakes went out. I dropped the vehicle off at the dealer and they said that the computer that controls the brakes simply went out. Oh well.....no one hurt, no big deal.
Overall, my reaction to this vehicle is that it feels as if a Design Engineer NEVER sat in the vehicle. There are so many little things that are poorly thought out and/or missing....mp3, strange navigation system, poorly engineered method of lowering back seats and the list goes on.
I completely accept personal responsibility for buying this car. I don't blame Ford. Not one bit. Ultimately, it's just terribly dissapointing that for whatever reasons (and I'm sure there are good ones) American Firms are not able to assemble the best and brightest and put out a first class product. I wish it were different.
*Note: This is only the reflection of one owner. I have owned many other Ford vehicles that performed flawlessly.
Nov 11, 2006 (9:16 am)
Brent8: The 2008 Mercury Mariner Hybrid supposedly fixes most of the problems you listed. Let's hope, anyway. I'm in the metropolitan Philadelphia area, and Mercury says they will have a display of the new model at 30th Street Station on Decemeber 4.
#21 of 121 Real World Fuel Economy
Nov 11, 2006 (12:46 pm)
I respect ConsumerGuide Reviews. They obtained 28.8 mpg overall in their long-term "real world" testing of the Mercury Mariner Hybrid.