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Mercury Milan vs Toyota Camry



  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,564
    My 2000 FORD Taurus (yes it is Duratech equipped) is just approaching 60,000 miles, and no problems yet and my 1990 Taurus went ten years, and except for an AC repair, a radiator and a starter, only routine maintenance was required on it. Sold it at 98K and ten years, mostly because I wanted something new, not because it was unreliable.

    Fords don't fold at 50K miles.
  • scape2scape2 Posts: 4,119
    Keyword here .. "ASSEMBLED" in the USA. Hate to burst your bubble even further. But most of the tooling (machines)and support in your Toyota plants are from Japan. Been there I know.
    I know my Fusion is "ASSEMBLED" in Mexico. Heck, even the transmission is from Japan ;) . But hey the majority of the parts do come from USA and the profits come back to the USA. I did some research on the Hermi plant in Mexico and its pretty impressive. Ford has invested some big $$ down there. Plant is very effecient, clean and work force is top notch.
    I don't believe any Toyota plants or Honda plants are union. I'm going to do some asking around about this one. Japanese don't like unions too much. It goes against their philosphy of how management and worker should work as one to work towards a given goal.
    Oh, I also got 0% financing for 60months on my Fusion, and the dealership gave me $10,000 for my Escape..Your a banker right? Do the math, figure out what I saved in interest, along with what my payment is.. sorry to rub salt in the wounds.. :sick:
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    I would prefer a Mercury Milan over a Toyota Camry based on my personal experience with a NEW Toyota. My 2006 Toyota Sienna LE had a 2nd row bucket seat installed wrong at the factory and it could not be removed or moved to the alternate position because of this defect. :sick:
  • andy82471andy82471 Posts: 120
    I hardly see any new Mercurys on the road. The only Mercury I see is the Grandpa Marquis. I have yet to see a Mercury Milan although I have seen quite a few FORD FUSIONS.
  • bv050506bv050506 Posts: 97
    I hope badger fan makes you from Wisconsin. I got my master there about 3 years ago, a great school and Madison is a great town. You got lucky with your Fords! I've had 3 Mustangs and 2 Ford Windstars, and had numerous problems with them all. Happy for you though.
  • bv050506bv050506 Posts: 97
    They offer 0% for a reason, they wouldn't sell otherwise!!! You'll never see Toyota credit doing it, because their cars sell on their own, they don't need interest subvention programs to make people over look the fact there are much better choices than what their offering. Good for you that you got 0%, it will save you big bucks after the warranty expires and you start having repair issues. Or better yet you can start now and set aside for an extended warranty, better go for their best plan. I am not pro-union, have been in one, and frankly nothing has caused more inflation over the last 40 years than trying to keep all the "workers" happy with a new contract. I know their needed, but it has added huge money to the costs of goods and services. I'm sure this spark some real vehemence from people. On to round 3.
  • bv050506bv050506 Posts: 97
    Go ahead and buy a Mercury Villager and let me know how it stacks up against the Sienna! The Sienna is top ranked by everybody, you have a minor seat problem and think its inferior to a Mercury. You have to be kidding!!! The Milan is a great car for the money, but no Toyota Camry. I wish you good fortune and safe driving.
  • scape2scape2 Posts: 4,119
    Oh please.. please stop praying to the Toyota god..
  • I have to make a quick decision on buying a new Milan this week. Right now they are offering such a great deal with 0% for 72 months and I'm getting it at a great deal because of knowing the owner of Lincoln Mercury Mazda...I've driven a Honda Accord for 6 years and have had some problems, but for the most part its been a great car. Advice? Needing more input on the Milan's! Thanks!
  • pwaspwas Posts: 34
    Im trying to make a decision to trade in a 2006 Honda Accord EXL 4 cyl. And get a Millan or Zephyr because of the 0% interest rates. I could get my Payments down and Save. Any Opinions please help me out. Must move on it this week.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    Keep the Honda. It's not giving you any trouble is it?
  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,564
    Yes, a Badger fan and alum, currently in suburban Milwaukee.
    Have season football tickets and I am ready for some football!

    My Tauri have been excellent cars and good values. Wouldn't hesitate to buy a Milan or Fusion, though it will be a few years off, as the current Taurus at 60K miles is just getting broken in.
  • pwaspwas Posts: 34
    No the Honda is fine I was just looking into the 0% from Mercury vs 11% from honda on the accord. Plus the Honda is a 4cyl and I was going to get the V6 Milan fully loaded. I could save about $200 in payments a month on the Milan.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    How did you get stuck with 11%? Could you refinance at a lower rate?

    You'll save in monthly payments with the Milan, but that's mostly because the loan is for 6 years. It's not a good idea to drag out a car loan that long; for one thing, if you don't put down a large down payment, you'll likely owe more on the car than it's worth for most of those 6 years.

    The 4-cylinder Accord is probably very close in performance to the V6 Fusion/Milan. Plus you already have the top-of-the-line trim. And the Accord has proven to be very reliable.
  • scape2scape2 Posts: 4,119
    If you like the Milan, prefer the styling and driving experience go for it! If your Accord EXL is an automatic, its performance does not mathc the V6 in the Milan by the way. The Milan is quicker. However, you will loose MPG. If you made an extra $50 a month payment on the Milan it could easily be knocked down to about a 5 year loan by the way.
  • bv050506bv050506 Posts: 97
    I'm a banker. Why would you pay down a loan quicker at 0% for any reason? It's free money, I'd take it for 20 years, you can always find money someplace else if you need it. But 6 years interest free is too good. I ask you, why do they need to do it? They aren't selling and the name and quality are inferior to Honda, Toyota, etc. Otherwise people will buy them if the rate is 7% if they perceive them as quality and worth the price being asked!!! I'd unload the Honda and get the Milan (still a very nice vehicle) and take the 0%. Plus he's saving on cash flow!
  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,564
    True, once you have committed to a 0% financing deal, it makes no sense to pay it off early. Stretch it out as long as possible and use other peoples money at no interest.

    There are more issues to be unraveled for this deal however. The buyer is giving up a $1000 rebate to get the 0% financing. Also, how much upside down is this buyer on the car he now owns? Unless he put a lot down, he has lost a lot of depreciation--even the imports DO depreciate. Usually does not make any sense from a depreciation standpoint to unload a 1 or 2 year old car.

    The best bet might be to refinance the present car at a lower rate. I cannot believe anyone would stick themselves with an 11% APR anyways. This person may have very bad credit rating to begin with, thus the high rate, and it is not clear they would qualify for the Ford/Mercury promotion, even though it supposedly is open to those with less than stellar credit ratings.
  • The promotion is open to ANYONE that qualifies on any tier for financing with Ford Motor Credit. Unfortunatly, as of September 5th, the promotion is over. :cry:
  • Do not know about Mercury Millan nor Camry, but I can tell you that the only car that actually lasts on rough roads is Toyota, followed by Nissan and somewhere far far away is Ford and any other american car. I worked in a mine in South America and we had only Toyota Landcruisers Pickups (I think you do not get those in US, but they are the workhorses in South America), they were treated rough as hell(combination of bad roads and bad drivers) and lasted for 2-3 years no problems, then we had a new manager who decided that we need fords, the F series double cabin pickups (I cannot remember which), they virtually fell apart after 6 month of same treatment. Toyota rules in my book.
  • lol, in milwaukee area i have seen 3 07 camrys with broken trannys, a tow truck driver i talked to earlier today said he has picked up 10 camrys with this issue this summer... wow.
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