by bondianwolf on Jul 28, 2013 Vehicle: 1997 Mercury Mountaineer
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
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.
by Rik on Jul 10, 2010 Vehicle: 1997 Mercury Mountaineer
After I addressed the mileage issue my changing to BFG Wranglers (my truck now gets 18-19 mpg) I now would drive it anywhere I need to go. I just got back from a family visit that took me from Jacksonville FL to Philadelphia and back, no problems. Mine currently has 134K and id parked next to my '93 explorer with 219K on its odometer. Let's hear it for Ford's Truck division.
The Mountaineer gets minor front and rear styling tweaks as it enters its second year of production. In addition, a new model, with full-time four-wheel drive, receives the SOHC V6 and five-speed automatic transmission that became available on the Explorer last year.
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Every day now it seems that my 1998 Mountaineer moans and groans more and more and seems to be coming from the front end somewhere. Anyone have any idea what this is? I have replaced the shocks and it...