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Mercury Mariner Hybrid, SUV
#38 of 120 Mercury Mariner Hybrid Bad Mileage
Feb 12, 2007 (6:39 pm)
I am still getting awful mileage with the 2007 Mariner Hybrid - usually less than 20 mpg. This weekend got 22-23 on the highway, but that is peak. Heard from Ford/Mercury. They claim no responsibility and will do nothing for me. Very disappointing. Will be going to the media and taking legal action. Anyone have any experience with this? If not, I will let you know how I am doing as it progresses.
Feb 16, 2007 (1:44 pm)
Try searching the Web for an experienced hybrid drive technician. A lot of repair jobs require knowing a certain "trick" to fix a problem.
#40 of 120 Re: Recommendation [transpower]
Mar 01, 2007 (1:57 pm)
"Try searching the Web for an experienced hybrid drive technician. A lot of repair jobs require knowing a certain "trick" to fix a problem. "
Be sure and report back the results. Even the dealers don't have enough "experienced hybrid drive technicians".
#41 of 120 Re: Recommendation [stevedebi]
Mar 01, 2007 (5:08 pm)
Well, I expected you to do the search. But you didn't, so I spent a couple of minutes with Google and found a mechanic who teaches other mechanics about hybrids. His name is Craig Van Batenburg, former owner of Van Batenburg's Garage in Worcester, Mass. Look him up--perhaps he can help you.
#42 of 120 Re: Recommendation [transpower]
Mar 01, 2007 (5:36 pm)
I checked google as well. Mr. Batenburg is no doubt a fine mechanic. However, his sites offer much for sale and no free advice to a non-mechanic as far as I could tell.
As a regular car buyer from Minnesota, I should not have to try to track down a mechanic in Mass. to solve my problem of awful gas mileage with the 2007 Mercury Mariner Hybrid. Ford/Mercury or the dealer should stand behind their product instead of taking no responsibility and simply using the company line of "Well, gas mileage varies with conditions, drivers blah, blah, blah". When you are getting about 18 and should be getting at least 30, something is obviously wrong.
#43 of 120 Re: Recommendation [smrekar]
Mar 02, 2007 (9:22 am)
Mr. Batenburg travels aroung the country training hybrid mechanics. Perhaps he knows of a good one in your area...
#44 of 120 Re: Recommendation [transpower]
Mar 02, 2007 (12:46 pm)
"Well, I expected you to do the search. But you didn't, so I spent a couple of minutes with Google and found a mechanic who teaches other mechanics about hybrids."
It took you two minutes to find a single mechanic on Google? That means there aren't a lot of them.
Most of the hits were people talking about how they could train mechanics, or the lack of mechanics, etc.
#45 of 120 Re: Recommendation [smrekar]
Mar 11, 2007 (4:25 pm)
Before complaining to Ford, why don't you try to figure out why you aren't getting the advertised mileage. Winter fuel mixes contain more ethanol and your mileage will be lower than usual. This applies to all cars. For the hybrid, the engine runs until it gets to 140F and will start back up once it drops below 120F. I would assume its hard to maintain that temperature in Minnesota winters. That is severely going to limit your mileage, especially if you are running the heater. If you don't use good fuel mileage techniques, that's also going to drop your mileage. Its very possible that there is nothing wrong with the car. The combination of all of these things may be the problem.
#46 of 120 Re: For those who haven't seen it... [pf_flyer]
Mar 15, 2007 (6:01 pm)
Here are some non profesional photos. It looks pretty nice from the outside, but having read all the posts... I guess looks can be deceiving.
Lincoln Mariner Photos
#47 of 120 You're Really Confused
Mar 16, 2007 (9:07 am)
First, it's Mercury--not Lincoln. Second, that's a 2007 model. The 2008 model began production on January 26. And I've got one! And it's a heck of a lot better than the 2007 model!!!!!!!!!!