Re: 2004 Mercury Monterey Minivan - Retrofit automatic tailgate?
Jerry Springer wrote:
> We happily own the above, but my wife's back condition makes it hard
> for her to open and close the tailgate. The motorized tailgate was an
> option on the 2004 model (standard in 2005, I believe). Can it be
> retrofit easily? My local dealer never heard of doing it, and their
> estimates ran from $1000 to $3000, because he admitted they'd be
> Anyone know about this?
I can understand the need for a power gate on the minivan. I grunt lifting them
myself sometimes. My former wifes back was a train wreck and she had a hard time
opening the trunk lid on her Taurus. She couldn't have managed a minivan.
I would say the dealers broad estimate is about right. Some options can be basically
plug and play, while others require major changes. The power tailgate strikes me as a
major install, although I've never actually considered it on a vehicle that wasn't
equipped. Have you thought about contacting companies that install Accessability
Equipment like hand controls, wheel chair lifts, etc?. I'm sure they do things like
this and if it's a bolt on installation with OEM parts they would likely tell you.
They may let you know what's involved and what's needed. I've worked with a few of
these companies (it's been about 8 years) on related issues and most seem to be
accomodating to people with inquiries. They seem to understand the needs of people
that maybe can't afford to be customers.
The company that comes immediately to mind, of course I don't remember their name,
made a line of Accessability equipment. I'm thinking Auto Mobility, or some variation
of that name. It was operated and staffed entirely by folks with varying degrees of
disability. This was before power loading doors and tailgates. I'm sure they've gotten
into those areas by now. They were great folks to deal with.