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Mercury Villager

Mercury Villager

The Mercury Villager is a minivan that was manufactured and sold by Ford for model years 1993–2003. A rebadged variant of the Nissan Quest. the Villager was a product of a joint venture between Ford and Nissan and was built at Ford’s Ohio Assembly plant in Avon Lake, Ohio.

It was Mercury’s first of only two minivan models it ever featured (before the 2004-07 Mercury Monterey ). In spite of Mercury’s tradition to use compatible Ford platforms, the Villager was completely unrelated to the Ford Aerostar. the Ford Windstar. the Ford Freestar or the Mercury Monterey (2004–2007). The Villager carried the code name VX54 within Ford.

First generation [ edit ]

Mercury Villager

3,815#160;lb (1,730#160;kg)

In 1987, Ford and Nissan entered a joint agreement to develop an all-new vehicle to compete in the minivan segment scheduled for 1991. Ford’s version of the vehicle, however, was to be a Mercury rather than a Ford due to the simultaneous development of the Ford Windstar. Development officially began later that year under the codename VX54, with the final designs being chosen in 1989.

Prototypes went into initial testing in 1990 at Ford and Nissan test tracks, later real-world testing throughout 1991, with development concluding at the end of that year. The first-generation Villager was introduced in 1993 as a 1993 model.

The first Villagers were available in three trim levels: GS . LS . and the luxury Nautica Special Edition . All Nautica models came with a two-toned blue and white, paint scheme, an elegant yellow pinstripe, second row captain’s chairs, and blue and white, or grey leather upholstery. Lincoln-Mercury dealers gave Villager Nautica customers complimentary carrying bags, which were custom-designed by Nautica and were basically large yellow camping bags.

The first Villagers had seating for seven passengers (including the driver). The 2-seater bench seat in the second row was removable (although it weighed almost 60 lbs), allowing the third row bench of 3 seats to slide up (either folded up for more room or down for passengers) behind the front for more rear cargo room.

Up to 1998, Villagers had three passenger doors, meaning that on the left side of the second-row seat was a small audio and climate control deck for the second-row passenger to use. The first generation Villagers had Dolby sound systems which were divided into Premium Sound and Super Sound categories. Dolby Super Sound systems were only available on Villagers equipped with a CD player, which was usually equipped on higher-end models.

The 1993-1998 Villager engine seems to have a serious flaw in the crankshaft, as they break at the front stub. Nissan increased the diameter from 25 to 27#160;mm around 1995.

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