by bondianwolf on Apr 17, 2014 Vehicle: 1997 Mercury Mountaineer 4dr SUV
I bought my 1997 Mountaineer in 2012 with 155,000 miles. I am the third owner.
Did some minor DIY fixes and the thing just keeps shining.
It shifts a little hard.
And I did some work on the cooling system after driving it across country in summertime heat.
But overall very happy.
I luv the strong motor.
2WD but performs well in snow and I've even taken it off-roading and been impressed.
Easy to find parts at any junk yard.
Ford got this one right.
They are a leader in truck sales and I understand why now.
by bondianwolf on Jul 28, 2013 Vehicle: 1997 Mercury Mountaineer 4dr SUV
I have owned Fords; Mercurys; Oldsmobile; Pontiac; Mazda; and a Mercedes.
For the longest time the best car I owned was a 1987 Ford EXP.
Yeah it was a tarted up 2 seater escort.
But it was fun; practical and it never broke.
Then I bought this 1997 mountaineer used (I am the second owner).
The reason it is the best is because I got it dirt cheap and (after owning it a while) I recently drove it 4000 miles in blistering heat.
At one point my wife and I were crossing the desert in 118 degree heat with the air conditioner running.
Neither of us could believe the car didn't explode.
It ran like a champ.
All repairs have been minor and it's easy and cheap to fix. Ford trucks r awesome
by Jesse on Nov 2, 2010 Vehicle: 1997 Mercury Mountaineer 4dr SUV AWD
It's too bad we regulate fuel economy and won't tap into our own fuel resources to make gas cheaper. It has caused all these new cars to have overly fragile transmissions and week motors that fall apart. I purchased this car 9 years ago with 150k miles it now has 228k miles very reliable no major repairs except I did replace the heating box in the dash because it only blew hot air (a flap inside malfunctioned)$400. There were no check engine lights on until a couple 1000 miles ago the parking brake light came on not bad for a car pushing a quarter million miles. I'm returning a 07 Ford edge off lease with 38,000 miles feels like its shaking apart at 60 mph transmissions shot.
The all-new Mercury Mountaineer is yet another entrant into the booming luxury sport-utility market. Based on the wildly successful Ford Explorer, the Mountaineer is intended to appeal to outdoor sophisticates rather than true roughnecks. Distinguishing characteristics of the Mountaineer include four-wheel antilock brakes, a pushrod V8 engine and optional all-wheel drive.