Originally Posted by DetroitMike
I just recently heard a rumor that Ford will be discontinuing its Mercury brand of cars. Does anyone know if there is any truth or substance to that rumor? I am in the market for a new car and have been looking very closely at purchasing either an '09 Mercury Mariner or Mariner hybrid, so I am very curious to find out whether or not the vehicle will even be around for much longer. If anyone has any details they could share or has heard anything to either substantiate or disprove this rumor, I would appreciate it. Thanks!
Even if it went away... the car is an IDENTICAL copy of an Escape with different body panels to make it look different. Ford wants people to THINK theres a difference and Mercury is some higher quality vehicle... but its pretty much a sham. Some of the interior amenities are different to differentiate the two vehicles but thats it. Its all marketing. They are even built at the same factory.
All the electronics, suspension, drive train, identical. Ford would cover the warranties, everything that actually MAKES the car go would be produced by Ford for the FEH repairs.... cosmetic things would have parts available for years (likely just as long as they would be if Mercury were still around)
In a sense I'm saying I wouldn't worry about it and if I wanted a Mercury I'd buy one anyway.