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2008 Mercury Milan

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2008 Mercury Milan Review

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As part of the brand's revival plan, Mercury has aimed the 2008 Milan squarely at customers who place a premium on upscale styling both inside and out. Sharing its engines and chassis with the Ford Fusion (and thus with the Mazda Mazda6), the Milan wades into the lucrative midsize family sedan market with a sense of individual style and available all-wheel-drive capabilities not found in the Honda Accord or Toyota Camry. Offered with a choice of a fuel-efficient four-cylinder or powerful V6 engine, the Milan features enough diversity to satisfy all but the most hardcore driving enthusiast. With prices starting just below $20,000, the affordable Milan should appeal to fashion-conscious buyers who want to look good but don't want to spend a fortune doing so.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you like a roomy sedan that does just about everything well, the 2008 Mercury Milan is a sensible choice. Upscale amenities and premium interior touches help give it a distinct identity from its Ford Fusion cousin.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a sizeable rear seat capable of comfortably fitting three persons, the Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata or larger Mercury Sable make better choices. Those who desire both V6 power and the ability to shift their own gears with a manual transmission should look to the Honda Accord or Nissan Altima.

What's Significant About This Car?

New standard features include a tire-pressure monitoring system and keypad keyless entry. Optional for 2008 is the new Sync voice-activated audio system. Developed in conjunction with Microsoft, Sync allows the driver hands-free communication when using a cell phone, selecting music from an external MP3/iPod-like device or surfing satellite radio.

Driving the Milan

Driving Impressions Overall, the 2008 Mercury Milan feels a tad more refined and luxurious than Ford's Fusion. Although the ride is generally good, occasional hard bumps can produce harsher reactions than expected....

Easy to drive, the Milan doesn't lean much in curves and stays on course, but more enthusiastic drivers might prefer it to be more precise. Except for slight road noise on some surfaces, plus some engine noise during hard acceleration, the V6 Milan is impressively quiet. After moderate delay on initial acceleration, the Milan is eager to pass or merge, delivering ample energy in a steady flow. The automatic transmission is generally well-behaved, but low-speed operation can produce occasional uncertain jolts.

Two-Tone Interior
Premium touches are the main reason to buy a Milan rather than a Fusion, and two-tone upholstery helps give this sedan a stylish, additional inducement.

Dashboard Covered Tray
The Milan isn't alone in having a covered tray atop the dashboard center. Still, it's a handy extra space for small items.

2008 Mercury Milan Details
Interior

The use of satin aluminum finishes and high-quality materials is meant to extend the appeal of the Milan's body into its five-passenger cockpit. Roomy and open-feeling up front, the Milan offers plenty of head and elbow space for the driver and front passenger. Seats aren't especially firm, providing modest bolstering and support. Rear-seat knee, toe and head space are ample at each side, but the center spot is a somewhat hard perch with scant headroom. A 60/40 split-folding rear seat is standard. The extended back doors make entry easier for taller passengers.

Exterior

Mercury says the Milan's design was inspired by large, modern cities. Signature styling cues start with the satin-finished aluminum "waterfall" grille, which has been a Mercury hallmark in recent years. This helps set the Milan apart from the Ford Fusion, which shares the same profile and structure. Built on a comparatively long (107.4-inch) wheelbase, the four-door sedan has a clean, modestly-adorned overall appearance, brandishing gentle curves as well as body lines that could be called "chiseled." Headlamps wrap up and over the sharply-creased front fenders. A bright chrome beltline accents each body side, and LED taillights promise quicker illumination.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2008 Mercury Milan comes nicely equipped and includes front-seat side-impact airbags, side-curtain airbags, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with redundant audio controls, remote keyless keypad entry, air conditioning, speed control, a Securilock passive anti-theft system, power heated mirrors, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and power windows and locks. The standard six-speaker stereo plays MP3-encoded CDs and features an auxiliary input jack. The Premier V6 model adds the Sync audio system (late availability), fog lights, electronic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, 17-inch alloy wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel with touch controls, six-disc CD changer and leather seating surfaces.

Optional Equipment

SIRIUS Satellite Radio, all-wheel drive (V6 only), the Sync audio system and a DVD navigation system lead the options list for 2008. Other options include ambient lighting, a two-tone interior, a power moonroof, leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, an active perimeter alarm and puddle lamps. The interior can be dressed up with a Wales mahogany wood center panel, and four-cylinder models can be equipped with a five-speed automatic transmission.

Under the Hood

Like the Ford Fusion, Mercury's Milan has either a four-cylinder or V6 engine, and each engine is available in either the base model or the Premier edition. A five-speed manual transmission or optional five-speed automatic mates with the four-cylinder engine, while the V6 comes only with a six-speed automatic.

2.3-liter in-line 4
160 horsepower @ 6250 rpm
156 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/29 (manual), 20/28 (automatic)

3.0-liter V6
221 horsepower @ 6250 rpm
205 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/26 (2WD), 17/25 (AWD)

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2008 Mercury Milan Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 265 Ratings for the 2006 - 2009 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

Best first car Ever!!!

By on Monday, October 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 232,360

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Paid under $2500"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

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"I bought this car not so long ago, and it is a 2008 Mercury Milan Premier V6. I think this one is much better than a Toyota Camry XLE. My parents have a 12 Toyota Camry XLE, and the Mercury is maybe older but much much nicer looking. The leather in the Milan is much softer, and the elements on the dashboard, and all around inside the car are soft to the touch, unlike the hard plastic made to look like leather in the Camry. The Camry has a bigger engine with more horsepower (3.5l V6 268hp), The Milan's engine its a VVT Duratec 30 V6 3.0 221hp.(VVT stands for Variable Valve Timing) I got the car with 230k and already put 2k miles on it and there is no problems. I Recommend getting the V6 not the V4, V6 has more power and the Duratec 30 engine is very reliable and very dependable."

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Awesome

By on Friday, October 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 81,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great interior, comfortable, loaded"

Cons: "Road noise ( but probably needed to switch out tir"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have yet to do anything but add brakes, oil changes, and ties (once). Been an awesome first experience with Ford."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

a very good car.

By on Friday, September 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 56,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "very dependable, good gas milage"

Cons: "see above"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"only 3 complaints. 1- four cylinder is noisy 2- turning ratio is poor 3- climate control in poor position. should be higher."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Great car! Minimal maintenance with 100K miles

By on Sunday, July 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "easy handling. great pick-up (6 cylinder)"

Cons: "no easy way to raise the trunk deck/lid"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have enjoyed this car! I wish Mercury had designed an easier way to raise the trunk once you have released/opened it. Other than this, this has been a great car."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

pretty good car

By on Friday, July 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 87,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "good handling and ride"

Cons: "alternator died at 87,000 miles"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"descent car, only 1 repair- alternator went at only 87,000 miles but otherwise been pretty dependable. rides and handles better than the 2009 accord coupe I had. gas mileage in town not very good-16for a small v6. gets up and goes pretty good and I like the 6 speed auto which for 2006 was not common. descent stock stereo once I put in kicker speakers."

all around very good auto

By on Monday, June 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,750

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"my friend and I have gone to the west coast 2 times now. It got 27mpg. on hwy. . Handled as good as any car eather one of us have eavey had."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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