The Mercury Milan midsized sedan is very agile and satisfying to drive. It has a sporty feel, with the V6 and automatic transmission also making for a smooth and responsive powertrain. The four-cylinder is a bit coarse. The interior is well made and space is generous.
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2009 Mercury Milan owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"After hard stop, brake pedal went down 2-3 more inches. Happened twice over a year. Both times recovered in few days. This year happened again. Did not recover. Dealer replace ABS unit. Brakes now ok. Stopping when failed required extra effort. Some danger"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Mercury Milan Premier 3.0-L V6)

"Warning light that the ABS system was failing approximately 15 days after the warranty ran out. The dealer was good enough to pay half the cost for the repair, but was still very expensive"

Cherri K., FL (2009 Mercury Milan)

"An electronic part in the ABS system management failed. It was a part of a greater engine management system. My mechanic says replacement would be over $2,000 for parts. He says the vehicle passes NY State inspection without ABS. I am now using the car without ABS. I drove cars for decades without ABS and feel safe, but it's no longer an ideal winter car."

Chris C., NY (2009 Mercury Milan Premier 3.0-L V6)
Calipers

"Right rear caliper stuck. Common for this age vehicle in upstate New York with snowy roads treated with sand and salt"

Chris C., NY (2009 Mercury Milan Premier 3.0-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Brakes were pulsating, new pads and rotors turned"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Mercury Milan Premier 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Back brakes were worn out at 30,000 miles. I think this is not acceptable. I was told it was due to winter conditions in Chicago. I now live in Alabama so I will see how it goes"

Anonymous, AL (2009 Mercury Milan Premier 3.0-L V6)
Rotors

"I needed new brake pads & rotors at 95,000. I felt repair cost too high"

John W., MI (2009 Mercury Milan Premier 3.0-L V6)

"Rear rotors damaged by stuck caliper. Understandable"

Chris C., NY (2009 Mercury Milan Premier 3.0-L V6)

"Needed to replace due to wear from brake pads"

Anonymous, ME (2009 Mercury Milan 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to purchase 4 NEW Rotors in mid-late 2013 due to rusting & pitting that caused significant grinding noise just before coming to stop. Now the new rotors are making the same grinding noise, and at last dealer visit was told rotors had to be replac"

Anonymous, DC (2009 Mercury Milan Premier 3.0-L V6)

"Car needed rotors due to back brakes worn out"

Anonymous, AL (2009 Mercury Milan Premier 3.0-L V6)

"Warped front rotors at 32000 miles"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Mercury Milan Premier 3.0-L V6)
Squeaking

"After front brake pads & rotors replaced, brakes "squeak" when car is first driven on cold mornings"

John W., MI (2009 Mercury Milan Premier 3.0-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"The vehicle had to be aligned"

Irwin R., IN (2009 Mercury Milan Premier 3.0-L V6)
Bushings

"Sway bar link bushings deteriorated & made clunking noises"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Mercury Milan Base 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

"The power steering suddenly lost power and started making whining noises which could be felt in the steering wheel. I added fluid, but it was pumped out almost immediately. A local independent garage diagnosed it as a failed control valve and repaired it for $175."

Jerry J., FL (2009 Mercury Milan Premier 3.0-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Steering system hose failed completely. Car was transported to dealer. Hose and fluid were replaced under extended warranty. Repair was completed in 24 hours"

J D., AL (2009 Mercury Milan Premier 3.0-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"The front driver side wheel bearing had to be replaced"

Irwin R., IN (2009 Mercury Milan Premier 3.0-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"driver side door cannot be opened from the inside but can from the outside"

Christine H., MI (2009 Mercury Milan Premier 3.0-L V6)
Locks and latches

"The door locks have broken a few times and I had to have them replaced"

Cheryl W., FL (2009 Mercury Milan Premier 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

"The engine would start and idle, but would not engage drive or reverse. Dealership replaced a module which was no longer covered under my extended warranty. No further trouble has occurred"

Rachel T., AL (2009 Mercury Milan Premier 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"electronic compass stopped working resulting in a warning when starting car. Shop suggested not worth the cost to repair it. Not a drive-ability issue."

Demetrios M., MD (2009 Mercury Milan Premier 3.0-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"replaced module while in warranty"

James T., AL (2009 Mercury Milan Premier 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Recalled"

James D., NJ (2009 Mercury Milan Premier 3.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"CHECK ENGINE LIGHT WENT ON TWICE"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Mercury Milan Premier 3.0-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Oil leak that needed to replace the pan gasket. also found the engine & transmission mounts to be needing replacement"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Mercury Milan Premier 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Condenser

"condensate did not drain to the outside but wet the passenger and rear passenger carpeted areas. Dealer extended the drain hose from inside cabin into the engine bay fixing the drainage back-flow into the cabin. Web search should this to be a common problem"

D M., MD (2009 Mercury Milan Premier 3.0-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission sensor or solenoid

"not sure what happened here either your page reset or Firefox did a reset because everything I typed here in the last 10-15 minutes disappeared and I do not feel like typing it over again. Next time I will type my response in a word processor and copy and paste here."

Anonymous, WY (2009 Mercury Milan Base 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Rust

"trunk deck where trunk lid meets near keyhole inside right rear wheelwell"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Mercury Milan Base 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"Just noticed today 05-23-2015 not-too loud squeaking/clicking noise from left bottom of dashboard next to steering column. unsure of cause, but will check before taking to dealer"

Anonymous, DC (2009 Mercury Milan Premier 3.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"There is a long delay in shifting from first to second gear for several years"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Mercury Milan Base 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"REPLACED BATTERY AFTER 4 YEARS"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Mercury Milan Premier 3.0-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveline vibration

"replaced rear drive shaft"

Anonymous, ME (2009 Mercury Milan Premier 3.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

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Recalls
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SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:ANTILOCK/TRACTION CONTROL/ELECTRONIC LIMITED SLIP:CONTROL UNIT/MODULE
Dec 18 2019
If the valves do not properly close, additional brake pedal travel may be required to stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2006-2010 Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, Lincoln Zephyr and MKZ vehicles. The valves within the ABS Hydraulic Control Units (HCU) may react with brake fluids containing specific corrosion preventative additives. This reaction may cause the valves to not close properly.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will flush the brake system with DOT 4 fluid and install a new brake fluid reservoir cap. In addition, the HCU will be tested to detect a possible stuck valve condition, replacing the HCU as necessary. All services will be performed free of charge. Owners were notified of the safety risk with an interim letter on January 22, 2020. A second notice will be sent once parts are available, expected to be in the first quarter of 2021. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19S54.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V904000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 600166
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:PASSENGER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE
Jan 11 2018
An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2013 Ford Mustang vehicles sold, or ever registered in the states of Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands or "Zone A." Additionally, Ford is recalling certain 2010 Ford Edge, Fusion, Mustang and Ranger, Lincoln MKX and Zephyr/MKZ, and Mercury Milan vehicles ever registered in the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia or "Zone B." Ford is also recalling certain 2009 Ford Edge, Fusion, Mustang and Ranger, Lincoln MKX and Zephyr/MKZ, and Mercury Milan vehicles ever registered in the states of Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming or "Zone C." These vehicles are equipped with air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules, used as original equipment or replacement equipment (such as after a vehicle crash necessitating replacement of the original air bags), that may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19S01.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V046000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 327796
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:PASSENGER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE
Jan 10 2017
An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2012 Ford Fusion and Mustang and Lincoln Zephyr and MKZ vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands, or "Zone A." Additionally, unless included in "Zone A" above, Ford is recalling certain 2009 Ford Ranger, Edge, Fusion and Mustang, Lincoln MKX, MKZ and Zephyr and Mercury Milan vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, or "Zone B." Additionally, unless included in "Zone A" or "Zone B" above, Ford is recalling certain 2007-2008 Ford Ranger, Edge and Lincoln MKX, 2006-2008 Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, Lincoln Zephyr and MKZ, 2005-2008 Ford Mustang and 2005-2006 Ford GT vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air bag, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. Interim letters informing owners of the recall and that parts are not yet available began mailing March 1, 2017. Owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts become available. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19S01.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V024000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 654695
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:PASSENGER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE
May 31 2016
An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2007-2011 Ford Ranger vehicles, 2006-2011 Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan and Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ vehicles, 2007-2010 Ford Edge, Lincoln MKX vehicles, 2005-2006 Ford GT vehicles, and 2005-2011 Ford Mustang vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands, or "Zone A." Additionally, unless included in "Zone A" above, Ford is recalling certain model year 2007-2008 Ford Ranger, Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles, 2006-2008 Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan and Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ vehicles, 2005-2006 Ford GT vehicles and 2005-2008 Ford Mustang vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, or "Zone B." Any vehicle not included in "Zone A", or "Zone B" is not included in the safety recall. These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front air bags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. Ford mailed interim letters informing owners that parts are not yet available on July 15, 2016. Owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts become available. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19S01.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V384000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1892343
EQUIPMENT
May 29 2014
The floor mat could shift such that it could interfere with the accelerator pedal, preventing its return to an idle position, which could result in unintended vehicle speeds, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain all weather driver side accessory floor mats sold for use in model year 2006-2011 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan, 2006 Lincoln Zephyr, and 2007-2011 Lincoln MKZ vehicles manufactured November 9, 2007, through October 31, 2010. The affected floor mats may move and possibly interfere with the accelerator pedal.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will install new replacement mats, free of charge. The recall began in July 2014. Owners may contact Ford's customer service at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14S07. NOTE: Vehicles built after October 31, 2010, while potentially equipped with the same floor mats, are equipped with a Brake Over Accelerator (BOA) feature that prevents simultaneous accelerator and brake application, allowing the vehicle to be safely stopped by pressing firmly and steadily on the brake pedal.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14E028000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 82579
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