2002 MERCURY MOUNTAINEER

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$6,294
$3,854
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100,328 Miles
24,468
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Mileage: 100328
Color: GRAY
Body Style: SUV
Transmission: Automatic
Engine Type: 6 Cyl
Drive Train: AWD
Fuel: GAS
Location: Brunswick, GA

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Overall Rating
4
  Based on 114 reviews

To good to be true...

2
Danyelle on 02/26/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 1 Safety Rating: 2 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 3

Bought this used for a steal of a deal....after owning it 2 days I found out why...transfer case was bad (common problem and expensive to rebuild) front end needed work, my truck spits plugs and coils outlike they are sunflower seeds I can't even drive my vehicle around town with out breaking down and having to be towed on a flat bed back home. My truck has gone through 3 transmissions in 14 years and 3 transfer cases and now it needs a head gasket. Unless you are insanely rich or a mechanic DO NOT but this vehicle, yes its a very beautiful and sharp looking truck but that's the only thing it has going for itself because when ford made this engine they were only thinking of $$$$ not their customers which is [non-permissible content removed] I will NEVER buy another ford for as long as I live!!!

Longest Lasting SUV in this family

4.8
amkrug2 on 08/11/2014

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

My father bought this car in '03 with just over 30k miles on it. Being a repo, there were a couple small problems that the dealership happily fixed, such as a new steering wheel (Lady who owned before broke all the buttons) and one seat replaced. We modified the intake by putting an aftermarket spectre cold air intake on it, but besides that is totally stock. This car lasted like that for 160k miles. The transmission was starting to slip and the front hubs needed attention. We went ahead and replaced them. Now, mind you, nothing ever broke, we just went ahead and replaced before they did. 62k miles later, it broke down for the first time and was just the pump. She is still going strong!

This car saved my life

3.5
anned1993 on 06/10/2013

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 3

Bought this car in 2002, my mother drove it for about 5-6 years and then she gave it to me (19 year old daughter) when I became old enough to drive. Shared it with my siblings on and off for two years. drove it everywhere, had about 110000 miles on it. Boyfriend was driving the car after a long day of hiking, I was in the passenger seat. He dosed off and swerved across the lane hit a fire hydrant that tore off the wheel and then hit a pole that sent us upside down. Airbags deployed on impact and we were wearing our seatbelts. We both walked away from the accident with 2 stitches each. If & when accidents do happen, you want a car that will keep you safe. I thank god for this car.

runs long, dies HARD

3.9
drivenitall80 on 05/30/2013

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 3

It was a pretty good truck. bought it for my girl when her taurus died, had around 80,000 when we got it, we drove it hard, off roading, 90 down the highway, it lived through everything, we got an 08' explorer xlt to replace it cause it had 254000 and was falling apart BIG TIME. i dont know what was worse, the engine ticking, whining aslound as it could, leaking different fliuds, stalling, not starting. it totally startedto fall apart, wegave it to my daughter when she got her license, she drove it for about 2 weeks and the engine took a s****.

2002, 4.6L V8 AWD model

4.4
av8r1x on 07/09/2012

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

217,000 + miles and still going strong! original engine, original transmission. However, I get regular oil changes, change the air filter regularly, clean the engine once in a while, etc...my only complaints are 1) the engineers who designed this vehicle did not put a governor on the accelerator, and sometimes when you take your foot off and coast, the gears shift down with a "thunk," instead of gradually, but this doesn't do any harm to the tranny, and 2) i had problems early-on with the vent system in the rear (3rd row seats). it makes a clicking noise sometimes, like the fan motor isn't working.

First car

3.9
tylermex on 06/23/2011

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 2

This was my first car that i have shared with my brother. it was very easy to drive and pretty fast. it takes a second to kick into gear but its fast and handles good. my only main complaints are these: it is very shaky on the highway, the altinator dies pretty quickly (with car aftermarket audio), and my engine has made squeeky and clicking sounds everynow and then which were minor fixes. i am happy to leave this car for a new one only because of the 10mpg city and 17 highway, its rediculous

2002 Mercury Mountaineer, 4.6L V8, 5-A, AWD.

3.5
car_enthusiast on 03/21/2011

Performance: 4 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 3

Wow, after reading so many terrible reviews about this suv, I must say I am a very fortunate owner then. (3rd owner to precise). My 4.6 has well over 120,000 miles on it and I never had any transmission problems. (Yes, never). The tranny shifts fast and has good gear ratios which enable this suv to have really quick acceleration. And all of the people that say this car has a terrible fuel economy probably drive too aggresively. We took this car out for a very long highway trip and we averaged over 20mpg during the trip and our car had 4-5 people inside, full trunk of heavy bags, and our avg. speed was over 70mph. Mixed Mpg with mostly city driving ranges from low to high teens.

02 MERCURY MOUNTAINEER

2.8
drewny on 03/20/2011

Performance: 1 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 1

AVOID THIS VEHICLE... I BOUGHT THIS VEHICLE WITH 137,000 MILES ON IT. I PUT IN NEW BATTERY NEW HUBS , NEW WHEEL BEARINGS ,HAD TO REPLACE ENTIRE CRUSE CONTROL SYSTEM AND AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM, AFTER PUTTING 4 NEW TIRES ON IT , ALTENATOR GOES AND I NEED A 2ND NEW BATTERY. WHILE DRIVE N DOWN ROAD DOOR AJAR LIGHT WOULD COME ON AND INTERIOR LIGHT WOULD FLICKER ON AND OFF DOOR AJAR LIGHT WOULD BEEP OVER AND OVER.. THE FRONT WHEEL BEARING I HAD REPLACED 4 MONTHS EARLIER STARTED TO GO AND THEN ONE WEEK AFTER GETTING TIRES THE TRANSMISSION WENT.. RUN FAR FROM THIS VEHICLE DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY LIKE I DID.. JUNK

Sweet & Sour

3.9
LMO on 11/27/2010

Performance: 3 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

I bought this vehicle new and maintained it. At 38,000 miles the transmission needed to be replaced. Unacceptable. After threatening to protest at the dealer, they discounted the cost. 50,000 miles later, that one went too. Ford couldn't care less. This in my opinion is not normal. Even the dealer service agreed and they were equally frustrated with Ford HQ. I really had no other complaints besides the disappointing gas mileage however, like I've read in other reviews, I've lost my faith with American cars especially Ford. I'm afraid to chance it. With 130,000 miles being on the 3rd tranny, it's time to start looking.While I still can't really find anything I like as much, I'll skip Ford.

Best Vehicle Owned

4.8
Mike on 10/25/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Bought this vehicle new. It is the first SUV ever owned and a great performer for pulling a boat, carrying a load, and overall road car. Highway average mileage is 20 mpg with nominal load and no boat. Town driving not as good averaging about 16 mpg. Regular maintenance per owners manual has kept this vehicle extremely reliable, it has not let me down yet.

Saying goodbye to a friend

4.8
Rob on 09/08/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This SUV has been a great ride. At 140,000 miles it needed a transmission and transfer case - think my son learning to drive had something to do with that. Now at 220,000 miles, it's time to replace it. We really don't know what to but next. We prefer Mercurys, but Ford is ending that. Mariner? Too small. Ford Edge? Pricey. Maybe we won't sell the Mountaineer!

Love My Mountaineer

5
Sue on 07/08/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I purchased my Mountaineer in 2005 with approximately 25,000 miles on it. I recently took it to the dealership and had a new hose put on it. It is and has been the most comfortable and reliable car that I have ever owned. I love it.

A Real Let-Down

2
mfultz on 05/24/2010

Performance: 2 Comfort: 2 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 1 Interior Design: 2 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 2 Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 1

I bought this 2002 Mountaineer in 2004 with about 37,000 miles. Initially, I was impressed with the car, especially the 3-row seat. About a year later on a trip from LA to San Francisco, I noticed an "clunking" in the transmission. We really do not drive the car except on long family outings because we have two other smaller, more economical cars. Now at 89,000 both the transmission and the rear axle have gone out. Trans cost $2600; rear end $600. Now I see people indicating there are suspension problems. I am terrified. This is not American! Ford has numerous complaints about trans. Problems. The American thing to do, Ford, would be to back your product! Shame, shame, shame!

A Lemon's Lemon

2
mfultz on 05/22/2010

Performance: 2 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 2 Interior Design: 2 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 1

I really tried to buy American when I bought this Mountaineer with only 38,00 miles on it in 2004. Now at 90,000 miles I have had to replace the transmission and not the rear end is failing. I have a Toyota Tundra and a Honda they have 106,000 miles and 170, miles on them respectively. I have NEVER replace a transmission or differential on either one. I just think I should have gotten more service out of this Mountaineer; after all, I thought American car manufacturers PROMISED to build better products. The promised has truly been broken, just like my pocketbook. NO MORE AMERICAN vehicles for me, and that's a promise.

Pretty Good a 140k

4.4
Viper Guy on 04/29/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

Yes, I've had problems, but overall it's been good. The transmission was an issue, as is common. Mine went out at around 60k miles. The bill was about $2k, but Ford covered all but $500 and gave me extended coverage of the entire drive train to 100k miles. Okay, so my rear axle started leaking and i had to repair the clutches and bearings just recently. Also, I had to replace the front bearings last year. At over 100k miles, I'm not sure what people expect. It doesn't bother me that those problems came up at that point. I also had a couple of oil leaks. The paint is still in great shape, as well as the interior, the AC is cold as ever, engine runs great. It looks as good as new SUVs.

Motor and Rear Axle problems

4.3
scooter on 04/16/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

Had to replace front rotors and brakes when we first bought it. Makes a roaring noise because real axle is bad. At 110,000 miles lost all oil and motor went out, oil warning light never came on so I had no idea I had lost all the oil. We replace the motor and now have tranny problems. Also it has a water leak somewhere and have water stains on the seats that won't come out.

Been a Great Car

4.9
jrho on 03/03/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This has been a great car for us. Its safe and reliable, comfortable, and I've been happy with ford's free oil changes they offered us for the time we own the vehicle. Its a very nice car and great up in the mountains.

has your mercury spit a spak plug latley

3.3
Mike on 01/10/2010

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 2

This vehicle was purchased used with 19k miles on it from a local mercury dealership, it has all the options, we bought this instead of the lexus rx300 big mistake, we've been ford people for 25 years, have had several ford vehicles but this ones been pretty much junk and the bad thing is that they know they issues with these vehicles but don't want to take the responsibility to take of there problems. This vehicle has had both rear wheel bearings replaced before the warranty ran out, constant transmission issues, rear axel leaking oil, rear coil spring broken, and it blew a spark plug out the head last week. Not to mention all the sensors replaced. We won't be buying this brand any more.

Transmission and drive train problems

2
Dane LaGrow on 12/29/2009

Performance: 2 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 2 Interior Design: 2 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 1

Ford used many poor quality parts on my vehical. Replaced fuel pump.Replaced both rear springs(broke in man spots).Rear wheel bearings. Transmission had to be rebuilt twice. Transmission was rebuilt at Schmit Bros.Ford in Saukville wi. at 83000 miles. The transmission failed again at 112000 miles. They refused to stand behind there work.The owner said they installed Ford parts and it was Fords fault the transmission failed.I contacted Ford and they refused to stand behind Schmit Bros work. We have not had the tranmission repaired yet. This is the last Ford I will ever Buy.

Transmission Problems

3
Ursula on 12/23/2009

Performance: 2 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 2

I have had many problems with my 2002 Mountaineer. I am so disappointed in my choice to purchase this auto. Soon after we bought it we had to pay almost $2000 to have the rear axles fixed, a couple years later we had to replace the back A/C unit & some other parts, and that was another $2000 +. I just found out yesterday that my transmission is going out! I am really frustrated with Ford.........I won't make this mistake again, it's Nissan or Toyota for me!!!!!!!!!!

Lovin' It

4.3
Ox on 12/11/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I have 200400 miles. V-8 still pulls strong. Still fun to drive. I have 2- wheel drive but have been able to drive through what I want. Replaced tranny at 105000 miles. I use a K&N air filter and installed a 'Tornado' air mixer thing; I get close to 19/20 mpg. I change oil 3 mo/3000 miles. I pass emissions test annually in GA. On third set of tires, they wear evenly. Ride is comfortable, especially on long trips. It does good for 'taxi' service. Tis is my third Mercury, they have all worked well-I do make sure I do regular maintenance.

Poor design

2.8
lucky on 12/03/2009

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 3

From reading reviews I guess I am lucky. I have a 2002 Mountaineer purchased new with about 77000 miles right now. The rear suspension rotted out on it 500.00 to repair, and now the ignition cylinder fell apart. 101.00 labor at the dealer and 100.00 for the part.About one hour labor. I am 62 years old and will be buying another new vehicle this year, but not a ford product. Toyota always has some vehicles in car and driver american made list. Which is why I did just purchase a new Toyota Tundra and will probably buy a Toyota car of some model.

Great until you hit 80k

2.3
Mommy to 3 on 10/07/2009

Performance: 1 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 2 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 1

We bought this car in 2004. I loved it for the first two years or so. The it started falling apart. We have had to replace the transmission and it needs to be replaced again now. Other replacements, power window motor and switch pannel, window regulator, back glass, wheel barings, door hinges, cracked running boards, air compressor, power seat motor and various timing belts. I have just been advised the ABS is out and my rear end may or may not be going out and the doors no longer lock. Interior wise it's comfy. Some of the paint on the steering wheel and radio started peeling and flaking at about 50k. Basically this car is junk. We are trading in tomorrow on a Land Rover LR3 tomorrow

The usual transmission problems

3
Suzi on 10/04/2009

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 3

I see the 06 has tranmission problems, they started long before that, luckily I bought an extended warranty because the Mountaineer was in the shop every 3 months for 3 years. It got to the point where the mechanics would groan when they saw me walk in the door. If a manufacturer knows there is a long standing existing problem, they should fix it under warranty and not make the customer fight constantly. Don't plan to make my next vehicle a ford/mercury, too bad really because I come from a long line of ford dealers.

headache in disguise

2.9
Terrell.le on 08/23/2009

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 1

i bought my 2002 mercury mountaineer used in January of 2009, Truck did good for 2 hours then the both the front wheel bearings went. Shortly after the dealership fixed this problems i was back in the shop again. The power steering pump went along with the rack and pinion. I have only purchased the mountaineer 2 weeks prior. I made it another month until the transmission blew out on my on the expressway. Took the dealership 10 days to rebuild my new transmission and it still shifts kinda funny. Now 5 months later and the front differential is beginning to go, thanks god for extended warranties! Word of advise for anyone buying this model, DON'T! Save yourself the trouble!

ONLY 87,000 MILES AND CAN'T DRIVE

2.3
Sharon Figgins on 07/19/2009

Performance: 1 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 1

01/18/07 When truck shifts gears it vibrates. Cost: $198.95. 05/29/07 Replaced drivers side pretensioner Cost: $273.19. 06/26/07 Replaced front differential, both rear axle seals Cost: $1580.23 11/07/07 Front end alignment and replace seals in rear. Cost: $482.97 12/13/07 Replace left front hub bearing. Cost $401.73. 02/18/08 Rear wheel bearing, rear rotors, surpitene belt Cost: $348.51. 03/11/08 Replaced rear end assembly. Cost: 864.68 03/20/09 Front differential needed bolts tightened and right rear bearing replaced. (I agreed to repair if it fixed problem) Cost: $428.00 Did not fix problem. Told I needed rear transfer case and V coupling. Will cost me another 2,300 plus. PARKED CAR.

Worst auto I have ever owned

2.6
John Doe America on 04/23/2009

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 2 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 1

A/C, rear axle bearings and seals, broken coil springs in the rear end( remember the sable recall?) rear hub assemblings, left and right rear window regulars, right rear view mirror, both front rotors replaced(that is a classic ford) rear hatch problems, that was recalled, differential noise......now I think I have bad front axel bearings. An unbelievable list of mechanical failures. All of this happened between 75000 and 88000 miles. I will not be a return customer of Ford. My next SUV will be a 4Runner, Pilot or a Sequoia.

2002 mountaineer

4.5
Texasbanker on 03/12/2009

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

Luv ride and secure fell of car but have had continual prob with rear A/C system. same part breaking 4 times in 6 years. Ford said nothing they could do. Trans acts strange at times but has not quit on me yet.

Solid Performer

4
Steve D. on 02/01/2009

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

Purchases about two years ago with about 50K miles. Now at 120K and and very happy with purchase. Two repairs - one front wheel bearing at about $300 and a $600 complete brake job (front/rear rotors, and rear calipers). Otherwise, no problems. I do mostly highway driving and get about 20-21mpg with a V8 consistently. Comfortable ride. Good quality build. Amazingly, after 120K miles, no rattles or squeaks! Styling still looks fresh after 7 years. Bottom line - very solid SUV and a very good value.

Horrible Transmission Problems

2.1
sin143 on 11/17/2008

Performance: 1 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 1

To anyone that is looking to buy a Mercury Mountaineer. I never ever buy domestic cars, but needed a 7 seater so decided to go with the Mountaineer. 2 weeks into purchasing the car, the wheel bearing went out, so that was replaced by Ford at no charge. 2 years later the transmission went out on me. I had to fight it thru corp to get the dealership to fix it thru the warranty. It's been 2 years since I had that replaced, the transmission is starting to stall at 20-30 miles again, so another tranny problem comes. There should be a recall on transmission on these cars. If I have to replace 2 already in 4 years.

What was I thinking

2.8
WHAT WAS I THINKING on 08/31/2008

Performance: 2 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 1

I just bought this truck in May of 2007 with less than 50k on it have 80k+ on it now and I have already had to replace the bearings and now the front differential. My mechanic says it is because the all time awd is not good on the highway vehicles are not made to be in 4 wheel at such high speeds. The transmission is now slipping. And I still owe $9000 on it. Do not buy this truck you will regret it. I bought myself a beater as it is much cheaper to fix than the problems with this truck meanwhile I own a 13,000 dollar paperweight!

A lot of plusses, two big minuses

4.3
Mark on 08/26/2008

Performance: 3 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 3

My Mountaineer is the basic design with the V-8. No other frills. Fun to drive. Excellent smooth ride. Great stereo. Nice and dependable A/C. In all a great car to take the long distance as I have driven about 155K miles - mostly highway. Two big minuses: Transmission and rear axle. The right rear axle losing its fluid and freezing up could be chalked up to back luck. However, the bad transmission is a systemic problem for most of these Merc's. The local transmission mechanic told me this. One would be lucky to get in 50K miles. Mine started going bad around 40K, but not bad enough to use the drivetrain warranty - according to the dealer.

Was nice - not now!

2.9
Cindy L. on 08/11/2008

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 1

Looked for 2 years until we decided on the Mountaineer. Really liked it, took it on many long vacations, very comfortable to ride in and drive for hours on end. Now at 110,000 miles, it's all over. Trans is difficult to get back into park, wheel bearings shot, running boards cracked, back hatch cracked right down the middle. I can only afford to drive this thing when absolutely necessary. Went out and bought a $1500 beater to get around in. Ford does not stand behind their product. Too many complaints out there about bad transmissions and bad wheel bearings. Ford should recall and fix these continual problems before someone gets killed.

Happy Mountain Guy

3.6
Steve from Ohio on 07/23/2008

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

I bought my Mountaineer new in 2002. It was a perfect vehicle for the first two years, then as with all Fords, started riding rougher and rougher as the years went on. I have a family of 6 and am 6'5" myself. All of us fit comfortably in the SUV. I have the V8 4.6 and get 14/18. I just filled up today on empty and it cost $82 to fill the 20 gal tank. I agree with the others that the transmission is a weakness. I have 111,000 miles after 5.5 years and just took out an extended warranty for $1,700, which covers all major powertrain items. To protect themselves, the insurance company has a 90 day/1,000 mile waiting period before you can make any claims

Couldn't be happier

4.8
fernley on 07/04/2008

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Purchased with 48000 mi, after 3 years I have 126000 mi on the vehicle. The only repair needed to date has been an A/C hose at $500. This one has all the bells and whistles and they all work properly. It has plenty of power when needed, it's very comfortable driving. I tow a 3600 lb travel trailer using a weight dist hitch. The V6 won't take the mountain grades too fast but it does a very good job of towing. I'm amazed at the fuel mileage I get with this vehicle. 20-21 mpg is routine. Recently (gas prices) I've been driving 55 mph on the freeway and I get 24.9 mpg. Not just once, but consistently. Great mileage and all this luxury, and I can tow with it. What's not to love?

Newbee

3.9
Frank on 04/10/2008

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 4

We bought this and a week 1/2 later the transmission warning was on, cost us 1500 and 4 trips to fix the issue. The car is a slug in 70 degree wheather and inconsistant with its performance. Some times it flys Odd. I love the way it looks and handles in inclement wheather but we need more power in that big V6 or a turbo diesel

Piece of Poop!

3.5
lambo on 02/13/2008

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 3

Driving from SLC to Colorado, broke down - rear differential, tried again, broke down half way - front differential. Supposedly fixed, didn't feel right so I got it home took it into Mercury, they said both front and rear differentials were "fried". Took it apart, correct gear ratio. They don't know why it has been destroyed in 400 miles. Already paid around 3k, they say this repair will be 5-6k. Trying to fight with previous place that did repair, but appears to be a problem with the design of the drive train!! Do not buy one of these. Pure nightmare.

Nice Looking Nightmare

3.1
Angela on 11/26/2007

Performance: 2 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 2

In looks and comfort, this is a great vehicle. Repairs have been plenty. Had all 4 wheel bearings replaced at 80k miles, then front differential, rear differential seals, driveshaft and transfer case all replaced at 90k miles. At 107k miles, it is back in the shop for new front differential and transfer case. This truck is a money pit and will be used in helping me to buy my new Toyota. It is comfortable though but that doesn't help me if I can't drive it anywhere.

Great SUV to own

4.8
ajktopdawg on 11/12/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have owned my 02 Mountaineer for 2 years. Traded into it from a 96 BMW 328i convertable. Granted, its not a BMW with as speed or open air, but makes up for many other options. The only issue I had was an alarm sensor went bad a 50k miles and that cost me $120 at the dealer to fix. 20 mpg on the hwy at 75 mpg is as good as you get with 5 speed automatic. Front seat is hard and can hurt sitting too long. Plenty of HP and get up and go, quicker than my wife's 3.8 Mustang and thats an 03!

2002 Mountainer, surprised by quality

4
gabrielu on 10/23/2007

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Wife loved it at first sight but later wanted a smaller car, so I have driven it for the last five years. We occasionally think about selling it but do not. I have never had a problem with the car other than very minor issues (door open sensor, heated seat) both inexpensive to fix. Otherwise I have just changed oil regularly and done the 60k checkpoint (not much there either). Is my first Ford and I am completely turned around on old perception. We have a Mercedes and a Toyota in the family, The former is a money pit, the latter is good but feels so much cheaper. We are almost at 100k and cannot find a good reason to sell it. I guess I got the lucky one

Love my Mountaineer

5
Wendy on 10/19/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought my Mountaineer as a program car and have been extremely happy with it. In the 4 1/2 years that I have owned it, my repair bills have been minimal. I have had brake work done twice, purchased tires one time, and purchased one battery. There are now 113,500 miles on the car and it is still going strong. Everyone in my family loves driving it. I am considering getting a new car in the future (just because I want a new car), and we will probably keep this vehicle for a spare. It just seems too good to give up. I have never had such good service out of a vehicle.

2002 horrible Mountaineer

2.1
tim on 08/15/2007

Performance: 2 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 2 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 1

Our Mountaineer has 67,700 miles on it and the transmission already has to be rebuilt. The transmission shop told me there was nothing that I did wrong or I could of done to prevent it, that this is a commom problem with this transmission. The dealership and Ford won't help us because the warranty is up. I contacted The National Traffic and Highway Safety Administration and made a formal complaint. If you have any problems with yours please do the same it only takes 10 to 15 minutes.

Watch Out for Transmission

3.6
Herb on 02/04/2007

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 3

Loved the way it looks and drives. I have a V8 and pulled a camper with no problems. The AWD, 6CD Changer, Heated Seats, and Memory settings work well. The only problem is the transmission. Had it replaced after the warranty went out. Now it's slipping again. Supposedly, later models improved the transmission.

never buy this car

2.3
Jeff on 10/08/2006

Performance: 1 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 1

Had the suv for a little over a year.Transmission and a few other problems fixed a month ago while under extended warranty. Warranty ran out a month later and right wheel berring is bad, heater coil is leaking and ac coolant is leaking. I like the suv but it's having nothing but troubles. I called Mercury about the problems and they said there was nothing they could do for me. Never buy anything ford or you're stuck with it.

Luv it

4.8
Wanda on 09/22/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought my car used when it was one year old, and have had outstanding service out of it. Would definitely buy another. I have a V6, which does everything I need it to do, whether it is driving 95 on the interstate or 20 in town. The sound system is great!!

2002 Mountaineer - A very good car!

4.5
Joey Thomas on 07/09/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

The car has been an excellent familty SUV. Very reliable and the V6 gets roughly 18 mpg overall. We currently have 65k miles and experienced our fist real problem - fuel pump. The exterier has been excellent and the AWD goes through any kind of snow/standing water.

repairs

3.1
Twice bitten on 06/12/2006

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 2

I love the way this vehicle drives, I love the way it handles and the comfort. However, I hate the repair cost! I've had small transmission problems starting at 41k. At 77k , I spent 1400 in repairs. Today, I forked over $2100 for a new transmission at 106k miles. If that's not painful enough, the differential (sp?) was also shot! My repair fellow said he sees this on the Explorer and Mountaineers- I've never heard of those going bad? After $1100 for that, I can promise you that I won't be a repeat purchaser of a Ford product. I had a Windstar prior to the Mountaineer. My trans went out at 38k on that and was going out again at 110k when I got rid of it for the SUV.

Transmission is Terrible!

3.3
sucker on 06/07/2006

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 2

I love this SUV's design and ride. I HATE THE TRANSMISSION! I've had it in the shop numerous times with transmission issues - bad sensors, replaced parts, etc etc. Now it shudders when shifting into overdrive and has started to shift hard when in first gear or going into reverse. Guess what? Just told by delearship that I need a new transmission! I've had 3 Fords/Mercurys over the years and 3 Fords/Mercurys with transmission problems. I won't be a buy of theirs again. FIX YOUR PROBLEM FORD!!!

I Fell In Love

4.8
Sherese Booker on 05/21/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

When I saw my truck on the lot for the first time, I FELL IN LOVE!! I just knew that it was meant for me. I love the way it handles the road and its reliability. I like the fact that I don't really have to turn my attention off the road to adjust my sounds or my temperature.

No problem - great truck!

4.5
mitch on 03/28/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I have a very early 02 w/ v8, loaded. Engine is very strong, but trans really is lousy - kicks and slips, but haven't had it serviced yet, as it doesn't seem to be getting worse. I have extended warranty, so not to worried. No locking glove compartment or gas cap. Kind of strange. MPG 13/19 - goes up a little if you are easy on the gas or use cruise. Tires lasted 40K, and I was rough! Front brakes lasted the same -very good! Would definitely recommend new 06 w/ that super v8! Hope they fix the trans probs, and honor warrantys! :)

my review

4.1
Alex on 03/18/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

i like it. it runs good and had plenty of room. folding 3rd row seat is great. fuel mileage isn't the best in town.

No major problems yet.

3.9
Erie, Pa on 02/14/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

Looked for an SUV for a long time. Chose because of price and Explorer reputation. So far have had minor problems with the vehicle not being able to start. After three tows, found out it was bad ground wire. vehicle sometimes seems to lag into gear from park when cold. Also transmission at times acts like something is going wrong. Have 75,000 mile warranty, hope it goes before then. A fine vehicle otherwise, gas mileage around town is 13 and highway is poor at only 18. Questionable whether I would buy another. Also seat foam on drivers seat began to bunch up along left part of seat, I dont weigh a whole lot over 170. Had to have it taken off and fixed. $125.00

We love our Mountaineer

5
R. J. Robinson on 02/12/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

It handles well and there have been almost 0 problems since we bought it. The outside paint job has held up like it is still new (and it is not a garaged car). We bought it new 5 1/2 years ago and the only thing we notice as it ages is that the "quietness" in the ride that was first there is beginning to wane, but not real noticable.

Nice vehicle for the money

4.1
Brooks Gardner on 12/21/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

My wife and I love our 2002 Mountaineer. We also have a 1998 that is still in excellent condition. V8 in both with most extras on both. The 2002 has everything you would ever want. 2002 has great power and very smooth and quite ride. I only get to drive it when my wife is off work that day.

Never buying american car again

2.5
Donald Steiner on 11/03/2005

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 2 Exterior Design: 2 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 2

I had a 3 year lease on 98 mountaineer. Absolutely loved the way it drove.I would frequently drive between Canton,Ohio and San Jose. I was very sad to part with it. Looked at acura mdx,jeep grand cherokee and lexus rx300. Nothing blew me away more than the redesigned mountaineer. My company gave me a corporate discount towards any ford motor vehicle. This made the mountaineer an even more ideal choice. I now feel ashamed that i leased it. At 10000 miles the cheap vinyl on the seats started to wear out as if it had 50,000 miles. At 15,000 miles i started having computer glitches. the dealer attempted to fix it 8 times before the lease was up. It never did get the problem fixed. I am now an audi bigot.

A good reason to buy a Honda.

3.5
B Leslie on 07/22/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 2

We finally bought this after searching for a new car for 5 years.We bought this used and got a good deal, but could have gotten a better deal new (always check 1st).Anyway, after having the SUV for 2 years a few things have shown their ugly faces.1)the transmission is a lemon. Ford has recalled this transmission, but not on a mountaneer. 2)the fake metal trim is just cheap paint on tan plastic. 3)the 4L V6 needs to be trashed (just spent $500 to fix a CEL and do regualar maintance).4)don't buy for fuel economy.5)The interior parts are garbage. It will hold its own on the road, it's fun to drive for an SUV, and you cannot lose it in a parkinglot.

Bad Tranny

4
Tom on 07/15/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

Nice SUV, the V8 is a must. Lots of power for towing. I had a 1997 with the 5.0 and the 4.6L is a much better engine. However the transmission is aweful. Clunks, and has troulbe shifitng. Had it in several time and the problem is still there. Looking to sell.

Transmission Problems Again

3
OneThunderbird on 06/06/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 1

This could be a good SUV if Mercury would fix know problems with the Transmission. Back to the dealer for the fourth time with OD Light flashing and Service Light on. Dealer claims it takes days to recieve parts and then after installing, the same problems return. Gas Mileage is awfull and paint failing. We no longer trust this SUV as it fails to shift and has stalled several times while in traffic.

Nice SUV for the money

4.5
Bill on 05/02/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

the AWD is so well implemented that you don't notice it - unless youre the one driving the speed limit in the left lane when everyone else is slowing way down. This was my second (after a 2000)and the ind. rear susp improved the handling over the prev model. Even my wife loves it.

Mel's Review

4.3
Mel on 03/24/2005

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

I have only had this vehicle for a week. However I feel it is a good and reliable vehicle. It is also very classy looking. I had an Expedition prior to this and it was not good on gas at all. I can truly tell a difference.

I love my mountaineer

5
Cheryl Huff on 03/20/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have driven a truck for almost 20 years and just love this suv. I wasn't really looking for an suv, but when I was looking at trucks saw this mountaineer and liked the looks. It gets good gas mileage. Looks great! Goes through snow or mud and handles on ice. The only problem I've had was when I got so much mud on it that it clogged the windshield washer and the mud got in the door latch.

Mountaineer is Solid

4.9
M. Fitzgerald on 03/11/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Solid vehicle through and through. This has been everything and more that I could have wanted in an SUV. You MUST have a V8 though.

Help!!!

3
Tom Mehringer on 02/16/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 1

We bought our 2002 Mountaineer new based on our favorable experiences with other Ford vehicles (Bronco, Windstar). However, we have had a very different experience with the Mountaineer. So far we have had the car in for transmission work 13 different times. The transmission shudders when shifting into overdrive and slips noticeably. The Ford dealership we purchased the car from finally overhauled the transmission last week ($1400.00 to fix of which we paid 10%, the dealership paid 10% and Ford paid 80%). It's' still not fixed, so I am contacting dealership and Ford tomorrow in hopes of one day getting this resolved...HELP!!!

Mercury Problems Ford Sucks

2.9
Jeffrey on 12/14/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 2 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 1

I have owed nothing but Ford's, 12 to be exact. That ends NOW. I had a 1997 Taurus, it needed a new transmission at 39k miles, Ford was not going to cover it initially, then I screamed and yelled and they covered it. This Mercury had MAJOR electrical issues at 45k miles, Ford said too bad not covered. The dealer ended up covering it for me. Now, the transmission on the Merc is out at 49k miles. Junk Junk JUNK. No more Fords for me.

Big and Quick

4.5
SprepnS601 on 10/25/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have now had this for 8 months and I truly love this vehicle. There is two and only two cons about this choice, in the V8 fuel economy, and second, not the easiest thing to parallel park, without the backup sensors. Other than that it has an excellent value and features for the money, and a great resale value as of now.

Fantastic Vehicle!!

5
pop123 on 10/06/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

this mercury mountaineer is a great vehicle to drive.... great features, powerful engine...and luxury package is the best! Thanks MERCURY!

Great Mountaineer!

4.9
bob341 on 09/04/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have had this mountaineer for over 2 years now and never had a problem! i just love the exterior design! Great car recommended to anyone!

Great to drive...

5
Ronald James on 08/11/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have had this vehicle now for almost 3 years and the lease is about to expire. My Pro's are the gas mileage is great for a car with it's power and size. i average over 20 miles per gallon on the road. I have a factory ordered 4x2 with every option you could install on the car. My only con is it is just to noisy on the road. Lots of wind and road noise.

Minor problems but quite satisfied

4.5
ER in SoCal on 08/01/2004

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

bought the suv in 9/01 for the wife and new baby its very comfortable but handles light on its feet making the wife very happy (she had a sports car) ave mpg for suv great stereo and very nice on long trips ave power from v6 but no trouble passing on SoCal freeways great brakes have 30k and tires still at least 50% a little noisy at times but not really an issue with kids really have enjoyed owning this one weird problems 1.peeling paint on roof and roof rack 2.seat cushion got funny bulge 3.leaky moon roof all problems fixed by local dealership under warranty

Disappointed in Ford

4.1
Mountain Woman on 06/22/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 2

I love this truck. The third row seat is very comfortable and handy. I hate that we've had to have the back window replaced because we got a crack in the frame right above the Mercury emblem. The most disappointing thing of all is that the rear end had to be replaced at around 24,000 miles and now again at 58,000 miles. Ford paid for the first replacement but refuses to cover this one. Also, the door hinge on the front passenger side keeps getting loose. Even though I have owned two Explorers and now this Mountaineer that I love, I will NEVER purchase another Ford product again. Ford does not stand behind their products.

Best vehicle ever owned

4.9
BKB on 05/06/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

With 54K miles absolutely no problems with anything. Original tires still holding out great. Love the third seat and numerous available options. We bought the 6 cylinder and with current gas prices it turns out to be the best better choice ( V8 engine only provides about 15 more hp).

Mountaineer Review

4.9
pug mobile on 03/06/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love this truck. It handles great. I wish it got better gas milage and the homelink does not work with my Garage doors. The interior is great. I love the dual climate control. I am always cold and my husband is always hot (now we well both be comfortable).

Excellent so far!

4.8
mom plus five on 02/16/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

So far, it has been great, runs well, looks awesome and a little heavy on the gas usage.I enjoy driving it and everyone comments on the good looks of the vehicle.

2002 Mercury Moutaineer

4.3
winevisit on 02/14/2004

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Excellent SUV that is fun to drive. Great ride and handling. The only complaints that I have are lack of leg room for 2nd row passengers and lousy gas mileage. Very reliable, virtually zero problems.

Good all-around family vehicle

4.9
Pchampi on 02/02/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We were won over by the styling and additional features of the Montaineer, most notably the standard third row seat for hauling around the relatives and little league team on occassion. The Mountaineer handles this task admirably, with suprisingly good legroom and comfort for the third row seat. The independent rear suspension provides a very comfortable ride, and the 5.0L V-8 is very peppy with good torque for trailer pulling. Very smooth riding and extra stable at highway speed. Quality has been excellent. Mileage of 17 to 20 Mpg could be a bit better, but overall the truck has provided a very enjoyable ownership experience.

Great Car!

4.8
Bill Carowner on 01/29/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is our second Mountaineer and we are just as pleased with this one as we were with the first. The AWD is great, you never have to think about the roads being slippery. We can pack the whole family and our stuff into the car, and tow a trailer or boat without a problem. My 6'2" son often rides in the third seat and has plenty of leg room.

Looks can be deceiving!

2.1
jayd96 on 12/30/2003

Performance: 1 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 2 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 1

I had nothing but problems from the start. The passenger rear door would not open from the inside, it takes me several times to start the car in cold weather, the back glass leaks when it rains, and the window rattles. I had this car for two years, and it has been in the shop for over three consecutive months for transmission problems, they say it is fixed however, I'm still having problems. I will never purchase another domestic vehilce if I can help it.

LEMON

3.3
Bryan Willams on 11/23/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 2

Fuel guage gone already not covered under warranty. Strange jerk in transmission when shifting into 3rd. Anti-lock guage has been replaced twice already? Door hinges come loose every couple of months. Front strut replaced. This is a 35K DOLLAR CAR AND IT'S ONLY 2 YEARS OLD. I WOULD EXPECT ALOT MORE. What a lemon!

are you aware of the back window defect?

3.6
hercules911 on 11/13/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

Three weeks ago my back window blew out on my 12 year old daughter. This was after I was warned by the dealer that the window might drop due to faulty hing. They repaired it and then it exploded as my daughter shut the back hatch. Are you aware ford has send their service departments a bulletin warning the service to watch out for broken hinges? This is a know defect that can be dangerous to the owner or a hazard on the road should it drop and explode on public highways. There is no recall as of yet.....

Mercury Mountaineer: Great SUV

4.8
Kevin Mountain on 10/21/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Great SUV. Smooth handling, superior performance, little noise in cabin, only complaint is poor fuel economy relative to other SUV's. Feels solid on the road and very comfortable.

Great value, looks, and ... reliable

4.3
gabrielu on 09/17/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Had the truck for over a year now, and not one glitch yet! We liked the value and looks, but were concerned w/buying american- We were surprised- Not a single glitch yet- Took many loong trips effortlessy- Went (mild) offroad well, though it does lack a low-gear- Not one of the issues I have seen posted has come up- Consumption is not as bad as other V8s-

it looks good and drives great

4.8
turlock on 09/12/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We love this car. It is perfect for a family with yooung children.

Gas Hog

3.8
Jacko on 09/03/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

Ford's powertrains are much inferior to GM. I would have bought the Encore with a better powertrain and fuel economy except for the features. I like to have the 3rd row seat without the half mile extension on the GM SUV's. However, this truck can pull my boat without any issues. Overall I like it better than GM. I just wish it got better fuel economy.

pos mountineer

2.8
T. BENKE on 06/11/2003

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 2 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 1

the trans has been almost fixed 11 times in a year and a half and is still messed up . it wount go into gear in a.m. and third gear, or fourth gear comes and goes as it pleases. very dissatisfied with drivetrain overall!!!!!!!

I like it

4.8
gcmhn on 05/16/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I've had it 9 months and gone through one winter with a fair amount of snow and loved the way it stayed on the road and handled. We love the comfort on long trips and the room inside.

2002 mountianeer AWD

4.8
frenchyct on 04/29/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought this car with 23 miles on it so far so good got it in nov of 2002 it now has 5400 miles on itI'm ready for my 2nd oil change WOW!!

AWD Transmission leak?

4.4
emil schmultz on 04/25/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

Great vehicle, new rear suspension handles well, have had occasion to seat 6 or 7 passengers, all comfortable. Plenty of space for cargo, and we traded a T&C, but still satisfied. This is the wife's car, who really appreciates the height & forward view. Her favorite features are the back-up alarm and heated leather seats. I'm happy she liked a real truck, not a blown up wagon. Plenty of towing iron beautifully hidden behind rear bumper.

Wonderful SUV for the price

4.6
Wrangler on 03/18/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

To drive this beast is great! it feels so stirdy and reliable on the road, i dont have any worries with the ice storms we have. All of my friends can't believe its a mercury, they or i should say ford has done a very good job this time!

Love my car

4.5
bubst on 01/30/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

We looked at the Envoy XL but decided to go with the Mountineer due to safety and easy access to 3rd row. We are very happy with our choice. We bought the V8 and it has better acceleration than the Maxima we traded in. Storage area behind 3rd row is sufficient and easy to access. This is our first American car and so far the quality has been good.

Bortz Review

4.3
Bortz on 01/20/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

I was pleasantly surprised as to the ride, comfort and feel! I especially like all the special features that come standard with the Mountaineer! Most of all I am very surprised how quick this SUV is... Very impressed with it's accerleration. My disappointments thus far are with the poor gas mileage and with all the rattles the interier has. The workmanship is not as good as I had hoped. Overall, I am very happy with this SUV.

a perfect fit

4.5
strypz1 on 01/13/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

besides a few minor hardware problems this vehicle is a steal for the money. bought this as a replacement for a grand cherokee that was driving us to bankruptcy with repairs. we haul 2 adults 2teens and 2 dogs comfortably. the v6 has plenty of power for us , we also tow a utility trailer no problem . get the v8 if towing campers.

great veh. except beware

4.8
boogieman on 12/18/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

everything is perfect except the starter motor. at 60,000 i have had to replace the starter motor twice.

Outstanding

4.9
rpb on 12/15/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

After four months and 6,000 miles - the Merc. Mountie is the best vehicle we have ever owned. Quality is perfect. The ride w/ new suspension blows away the older version by providing maximum stability and comfort. A must buy in the SUV $30,000 - 35,000 market.

surpirsed

4.8
driver3 on 11/26/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

didn't expect to like this vehicle as much as i do, coming from an older bmw 735i. however, it's the same size and width as the car, has lots of V-8 power and drives tight. substantial looking and stylish at the same time, the interior trim looks great. drove the explorer too, but the mountaineer edged out the explorer in every department.

Mountaineer Rating

5
stonchef on 09/16/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Most enjoyable vehicle we have owned in years. I like the styling as opposed to the 2002 Explorer. I also like the fact that not everyone has a Mountaineer. Our's is equiped with the 4.0 6cyl. We have made a couple of trips and averaged 20.1 MPG. I commute 32.0 miles to work a day and average in town/commute driving I get 18.5 to 18.7 MPG at 65 MPH. Comfort and Convience are all excellent. AWD makes for some different handling but when the snow arrives this year it should prove itself valuable.

Junk

3.4
Allstar on 08/15/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 1

Love the concept of this SUV. SUV performs well except gas milage. However we have had this SUV in the shop 9 times in one year. 3 times for seat belt clip. 3 times for air conditionier finally figured out the air compressor was leaking feron so they had to replace compressor. Check engine light keeps coming on. Door hinge on drivers side keeps coming loose and squeaking like a worn out car. Back hatch latch kept coming apart. Finally that was fixed. We are at the point now were we don't know what could happy next.

ok

4.1
gp on 07/23/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

We like the vehicle a lot so far. I wish the interior was more metal and less plastic. The plastic is cheap looking after it starts to wear a little bit.

Awesome Mountaineer

5
Jberezo on 06/27/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

It definitely has a few more options than the Explorer, like an underseat storage area in the second row. So when Ford announced a 2250 cash back rebate, my wife and I went looking. She likes the styling much better, I guess Ford would like that, it was suppose to be designed for women. There were WAY more Mountaineer's around than fancy Explorer's too, which helped us get exactly what wanted. We got the Premier Edition, which has dual exhaust, satin nickel luggage rack, 17" wheels and tires. She calls me several times a day to tell me how much she loves it. She did NOT want an SUV. She is so surprised at how much she likes it.

excellent suv

4.9
STEVE on 05/30/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have had my Mountaineer for 2,500 miles now and I am as happy with it as I was when I left the lot. I have had no problems except the CD player acting up. the drive, the handling, the looks inside/out, the quality and firmness of ride is outstanding. Rides as well as the Land Rover for 2x the price of the Mountaineer and I like the styling better. Its fun to drive, stable and the front end stands out as a dressy explorer. I have gotten lots of compliments on it as you dont see many on the road. One reason why I like the Mountaineer.

If she's happy, I am REALLY happy!

4.4
RWB on 05/16/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

My wife is a 'glass half full' kind of person. Don't get me wrong, I love her to pieces but, trying to please her can be a challenge. In 10 years of marriage I can count the things that she is completely satisfied with on one hand. Her new Mountaineer is one of them. She is a deposition court reporter, and drives to different destinations every day. She now feels safe and comfortable and is very, very happy. Needless to say, I am estatic!

2002.5 Mountaineer

4.8
Jay9890 on 05/06/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I took delivery of a '02.5 Premier Edition Mountaineer on 4/29/02. So far so good. The ride is very smooth for a SUV. Much better then my '96 Explorer. I test drove the Explorer and the Mountaineer. For the me, the Mountaineer was a better choice, and cheaper.

Go Mountaineer!

5
Harry Zechman on 04/25/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car is wonderful! We have driven new JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE LIMITEDs for the past 8 years. This car makes the Jeep feel like a truck.

AWD - Awesome Worldbeater Drive

4.9
GeorgeT on 04/22/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I wanted a 7 seater that could pull my 3000lb boat. I got the V8 with side curtain air bags and tow package, white pearlescent with tan interior.Everybody thinks it looks great. It is still not broken in but I am already getting 14 mpg around town and I have a heavy foot.The rear seat has lots of room and it is easy to enter .The transmission shifts beautifully and the V8 has lots of power.

02' Mountaineer nicely re-designed

3.9
MarkR on 04/21/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

I've only driven my Mountaineer about 4,000 miles so far. Design wise it's a heck of a lot better vehicle than my old 94' Explorer. The more I look at the outside, the more pretentious it strikes me. Still... I've received alot of compliments on it's looks. It handles great and has alot of those handy little storage spaces. I was a little nervous about going from 4WD to AWD but the thing was great in the snows of Vermont. It does occasionally knock slightly on regular gas but it seems like a good strong engine for a 6 cylinder. Overall I'm very happy with it.

A much needed improvement

4.9
RocoMano on 04/19/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

What a pleasant change from my last Mountaineer! The comfort and handling are vastly improved. I am glad my old lease was up.

My Review -2002 Mountaineer

4.8
Mountainowner on 04/18/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The 2002 Mountaineer has a very good ride, strong brakes and good pickup. We use the 3rd seat very often and find the exit and entry easy. The V8 pulls well and the mileage has changed from high 16's to low 18's in 12,000 miles. I have not had any problems with this vehicle at all.

AFFORDABLE SUV WITH HIGH PRICE STYLE

4.8
FIRST SUV on 03/28/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I found the Mountaineer to drive and handle better than the land cruiser and seems to be finished off and built as well for 1/2 the cost. The ride is better than my concorde lxi, very stable handling, and lots of bells and whistles. controls are easy. I found the design to be a sophisticated explorer and get lots of compliments from co workers on its look. With the features and safty features that murcury has included its hard to find competition in the same class. I am happy with the purchase. Only defect was the CD player fade/bal buttons had a mind of their own and the dealer swapped it out with out waiting.

Sport Ute Van

4.3
William Graham on 03/18/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I only have 5500 miles so far. I like the room and the third row seat. The transmission is quite rough at times in the shifting. The V6 is adequate for my uses but a dog on gas consumption. The ride is not as choppy as my 1998 Explorer. I love the exterior appearance.

Mountaineer Mania

4.8
wizard on 03/07/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My 2002 Mountaineer is fabulous. The 4 wheel independent suspension dramatically improved the ride. It drives, corners, and handles great. The V-8's fuel economy is not the greatest but I love the get-up-and-go it has when merging on freeways or trying to pass. The interior dash display is awesome at night. Coming from a snowy state I love the all-wheel-drive. No worrying about when to switch to 4-wheel drive, and it appears to work great. In 8 months of driving not a single concern.

2002 Merc Mount

4.6
jt_fl on 03/05/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This baby is a looker. Fub to drive with a very solid feel. Outstanding interior design. Have driven it 3000 miles without a shake, rattle, or roll( except for the slight vibration in the accelerator pedal around 30-40.)

No Roll!

4.5
Heidi on 03/01/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

For a woman, it's been great! Great space. Plus has a smooth ride.

Transmission problems

3.3
krose on 03/01/2002

Performance: 2 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 3

We have 2 and they are nothing but trouble. Transmission on both clunked so bad you had to look in the mirror to see if there were parts on the road. Dealer said it was computer calibration, but that did not totally fix the problem. Not the dealers fault, they received no technical bulletins from Mercury. Also we dislike the third row seat. Only small children could fit there. The seat doesn't fold down flat and should be optional.

DON'T BUY!!!!!!

2.6
TRICE on 02/25/2002

Performance: 2 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 1

Right now I am waiting for a buyback from Ford on my orginal mountaineer. I have to get another one from them. Issues: (1) transmission constantly skipping; feel transmission switching gears; (2) car has died on me 4x since I purchased; would not start; needed to be towed. If I had my option, I would be looking at another car manufacturer at this time. I wish I could afford the time & an attorney to push forward, but I cannot at this time.

Please take this car seriously!!!

4.3
bebopdeluxe on 01/31/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

Criteria: AWD, powerful engine, 3rd row of seats, 5000+ lbs towing capacity, SAFETY, and fun to drive (I own a 6-speed BMW 540i). The MDX fell short on towing capacity, and the engine seemed to lack "hop" when I hit the gas. The X5 was also no competitor here - not only no 3rd seat, but laughable space for a $54K vehicle. The M-Class? Great to drive, power, VERY safe. Build quality/reliability? The newer ones were thought of as more solid, but now the price had a "5"


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