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Mercury Milan vs Toyota Camry

behbeh Posts: 2
edited March 10 in Mercury
I plan to buy a midsize sedan around 20-23,000.
I am a gentle driver, drive average 10.000 miles/year, would like to keep this car for 7-8 years, even maybe more if goes troublelessly! Do care mainly about safety and convenient driving, and want an automatic transmission. Do NOT care about "fancy" features, as most people do!! Hate driving noises, love smooth driving. Have narrowed my options down to these two cars: Mercury Millan 2006 (not sure the basic I4 vs the V6 type though yet), and Toyota Camry 2006/2007 (simply, the basic standard trim). Also, I am open to consider other cars with more-or-less same characteristics, if recommended over these two. Have heard new Hondas have "weak transmission" which breaks down in few years, it may not be really true(?), but makes me nervous about Honda.
What do you guys recommend? Appreciate much.


  • Not to stray too far off topic, but I know the New 3.5L V-6 that is going in the 2007 MKZ boasts 263HP. So that's getting better for sure. I hope they make this optional for Fusion/Milan. So far I haven't heard anything about it, but it certainly seems possible. We can hope anyway! :)
  • picard12picard12 Posts: 55
    Honda transmission problems had been fix before 2005. Other Honda accord users mentioned to me that the transmission of 2005 models run just fine. There is no problem for 2006 model either. The problem with transmission is on Passat 2006 and new audi 2006.

    The camry V6 is much quieter than 4cyl version. You have to remember that the new camry use same engine of Avalon. Therefore it will be quiet as a church mouse. :)
  • scape2scape2 Posts: 4,119
    Nissan Altima
    Chevrolet Malibu
    Hyundai Sonata
    Mazda 6

    Test drive its free!.. :)
  • njeraldnjerald Posts: 688
    The camry V6 is much quieter than 4cyl version.

    Show me the numbers, not your opinions!!!
  • behbeh Posts: 2
    Thanks guys. Looks like you're more in favor of Camry. However, I actually did some more homework, found Ford 500 probably(?) a better choice, kind of same price with current discounts. Any ideas?
  • fsowirlesfsowirles Posts: 195
    Discounts such as those that are prevalent on the domestic makes errode the resale market. Always remember to think....Why is it being discounted?
  • rparisrparis Posts: 368
    I am sure no one will argue that the Camry is a great car as is the Accord. I looked at the Mazda 6, Honda Accord, Camry and Milan and am buying the Milan. For the money, it seems to be a great value and the reviews are excellent. The six cylinder is quieter than the 4 cylinder and seemed very smooth.

    Test drove the Mazda and did not care for the braking or the noisy engine; just my opinion.
  • scape2scape2 Posts: 4,119
    Toyota offers discounts too...?? They have cash back and special finance offers also...
    The 500/Montego is a sleeper. These cars are rate well, for safety and reliability. Some say the 3.0 v6 isn't enough power. Ford is putting a 3.5 in the 500 this fall. May want to wait if you can. But you may feel the 3.0 is enough for you.. Test drive one..
  • fsowirlesfsowirles Posts: 195
    The 500/Montego is a sleeper. Hope they aren't asleep at the wheel when next to a new Camry 3.5 ;)
  • scape2scape2 Posts: 4,119
    The Camry styling is just now becoming halfway sporty and appealing.. Even the Avalon was a "sleeper" as you may call it.
    The 500/Montego are actually turing out to be very good cars. Very safe cars that have value in mind.
    So, How much HP/Torque is enough for you in a family sedan? 275HP? 300HP? 500HP? Where does it end? I look for balance in the drive train. More HP is not always better. I can still remember when the Accord hit the 200HP mark and the rave and ranting reviews that is was the end all to any other brand of family sedan... I guess when we hit 1000HP family sedans the media will be happy?? :shades:
  • BEH
    I purchased the Milan Premier and am more than please with my decision. Its nice and quiet on the highway. It has a smooth ride. It is a nice car for the money. Ill be honest I like the styling on it too. Its also great on gas.

    I recently took it on a trip to the Florida Keys from Miami. (aprox time 3 hrs) If anyone has driven to the Keys they know that the cops there ticket you for barely breaking the speed limit. I put the cruise control at 45 and was getting over 40 MPG according to the in dash reading.

    I got the extended warranty on mine so that I wouldnt have to worry down the road about it going bad.
  • tmp888tmp888 Posts: 20
    Ford buys the 06 Milan/Fusion V6's transmissions (6-speed) from the same supplier who supplies 6-speed transmissions to Toyota (in Avalon/Lexus I think). The Ford 3.0L 24V DOHC engine has been around since mid-90 and it has been modifid/refined. Bottom line, it is solid/reliable powertrain.
  • scape2scape2 Posts: 4,119
    Agree, the 3.0 Duratec has been around for years. Started in Europe and made its way to the states in about 1997/8 time frame. I know Ford gets its transmission from Japan for the Fusion/Milan. I am not sure if its the same supplier for Toyota? Good question though... Time to do some internet research... :)
  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,564
    If it is indeed the same or more likely, similar transmission to the Camry 6 speed, Ford must be doing something better with the entire drive train and computer control hardware and software than Toyota. There seems to be a LOT of complaints with Camry. Check out the 2007 Camry Woes discussion.
  • scape2scape2 Posts: 4,119
    OH yeah! I am fully aware of the 07 Camry issues. Funny though how it hasn't made headlines, nor has it been plastered all over the radio/news.

    Notice when GM/Ford have issues it make headlines?? I am serious I am really beginning to wonder :confuse:
  • venus537venus537 Posts: 1,443
    Funny though how it hasn't made headlines, nor has it been plastered all over the radio/news.

    Take off those domestic filtered glasses of yours and you'll catch those headlines. I know they exist because I read them. You can't name an instance where a recall from Honda and Toyota hasn't been published in the press.

    The "big" headlines from GM and Ford deal mainly with the finance side of the company.

    And I love it when posters point out a particular Honda or Toyota having quality problems because there's a "problem" thread as if that has any weight validity. Newsflash boys, if you lived only in the universe of Edmunds you would think Honda and Toyota were by far the largest automakers in the world by the number of posts in reference to those cars. Are you starting to get it?
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,915
    I thought the 6-speed automatic transmission was a joint venture with GM?

    As far as the Camry tranny woes, it remind me of the issues folks were having with the new Quest transmissions. Hesitation or no power at start-up. turn it off and back on again, all was fine. It was not a transmission issue but a problem with the throttle position and control module causing the tranny to act funny under certain conditions. I expereinced it a few times but has not reared its uglyhead for two years now. It could be part of a learning process.

    Either way, both Milan and Camry are nice cars. I would be very happy with either.
  • Buy a Prius! Honda is a good choice also and the weak transmission blown out of proportion becuase hondas are normally so relaible. It is only a couple of percent and is far less than most other cars.

    Also look at Scion A, Scion B, Yaris and Fit. Mazda 3 is also a good car.

    The Camry is a good car, but first year 2007 big change. First year model problems even with Toyota.

    DO NOT GET A MERCURY, i.e. Milan

    Good Luck,

  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    Couldn't have said it better myself.

    When I saw the title "Mercury Milan vs Toyota Camry??" my reaction was "Milan?!?"
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,915
    The Fusion and Milan are very nice vehicles. Many good reviews. As long as they stay reliable (yes the big question)...
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