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Cons: gas mileage/transmision
Advice: don'tI, like many of the others have also had transmission problems. The comfort and the room are ok. The style is above par. However, when you still owe for your vehicle you don't really want to put 1,000 dollars into fixing the transmission. I don't know about anyone else but I will never buy a Ford/Mercury product again.
Pros: Appealling looks
Cons: comfort level
Advice: Look elsewhereThis truck has probably the worst ride I have ever found. After only 20 minutes of riding, my back begins to hurt. I have owned previous SUV's and this is nothing like the others. We took it back to the dealer and swapped it for another one and it rode just as bad. The salesman did not seem surprised. He told me that everyone says that about the Explore and Mountaineers.
Pros: Look of the vehicle
Cons: All the mechanical problems with it.
Advice: Do not buy one. They have not seemed to fixed any problems with themI have had my mountaineer for 2 years and have had nothing but problems with it.It is only a 2002 with only 89000 miles on it. I have replaced the drive shaft in it not 1 time but 2 times. The transfer case broke. I have had to replace shock & struts, ball joints and a wheel bearing/hub assembly. This vehicle is the worst I have ever had in my life.
Advice: Look at older Explorers and Mountaineer prior to 2002I have read many reviews stating how great this truck rides. I do not agree. The suspension is too stiff. When you hit a pot hole, you, not the truck, absorb the shock. It really is great on smooth roads, but on normal roads....the worst I have seen. After 3 months we had a major transmission repair. Ford is aware of the problem and only wishes to slap a band aid on the problem and not fix it. Dealer states every Explorer and Mountaineer since 2002 has this design problem and Ford will not replace the transmissions with a better design. Do not ignore the hard shifts. You will be left on the side of the road! My wife and I were so unhappy with the Mountaineer, we demanded the Dealer buy it back and they did. Kudos to the dealer, shame on Ford!
Pros: The sound system
Cons: The uncomfortable front seats
Advice: Don't buy for comfort, cost or low maintenanceAvg mileage good at 19.5 plastic dash area around radio discoloring; plastic strip on top edge of driver door has come loose; This week, at 76,500 miles, break pads were needed and now it appears there is either seal(s) leaking or the bearings are worn out on the rear differential est repairs $1100.00...guess I should have gotten the extended warranty; AWD and sun roof pumped up ret cost to $32,500, considering above, this was a poor vehicle choice for us but otherwise it's ok...but expected more than just 'ok' for $32,500! Our 1997 Lincoln Continental beats it hands down for comfort but it's not AWD either.
Pros: safetey comfort
Cons: gas milage
Advice: it is my third onemuch improved over my 2000 and 2003 mountaineers
Cons: cloth seats
Advice: I would chose leather seats rather than cloth in the future.My two youngs sons & myself were in a serious car accident this week in our 2003 Mountaineer after being broadsided by another vehicle. We rolled over three times & landed on the driver's side. I came out with only a slight concussion and both my boys came out without a scratch. Unfortunately, our Mercury Mountaineer cannot be salvaged, but I feel that it saved us from serious injury. I definitely give 'two thumbs up' for this SUV!