i got this car from my grandparents in '08 at 129,000 miles. i thought for sure it wouldn't make it much longer... but today it still runs and drives like the day i got, with 182,000 miles. i haven't had any major problems, only routine maintenance (spark plugs and wires, alternator, o2 sensor, cam shaft sensor, new stereo). this car has never left me stranded, not even once. the only issue i have with the car is that the 5.0 V8 gets pretty thirsty. this car will run forever with regular maintenance.
I own a 1998 mercury mountaineer,have had too much front end problems,first was 4 sets of tie rods for both sides.Great in the snow.But the front end is making a humming noise now.taken it to NAPA shop and they told me only ford dealership can fix the problem-Can ford uphold to these problems,i see the recall-yes it has caught on fire from the cruise controll issue but i'm a single mother with this only one SUV.I feel ford needs to address these problems with their SUV-mercury mtneer-and fix them for us loyal buyers(we will continue to purchase ur fords if you make this right)and our friends we recomend buy FORD,what can we poor people do-not enough money to fix it anymore-HELP HELP us pleas
I really like how it handled in the snow-before it had so many problems with it that i just have it sitting,unable to drive now -Ford needs to fix these front end problems with them.It has plenty of room inside,i used to transport my grand sons around,easy to get into and out love the safety locking kid proof doors. All in all it's been my favorite SUV,and has been there for me.I know FORD 'S are the toughest made out on the road!!!I gave my son my old 1976Ford 4x4,it's running strong still.Please Ford can't you take these SUV's and fix the problems so we may continue to praise your OUALITY.Please please HELP HELP HELP us owners-we are poor(Spent all we had to try fix it)HELP HELP HELP-pleas
The front ends of these SUV's need to be better built(Make it right,Please),so we aren't constantly fixing these problems again and again.If you have a human heart-please make this right with all these 1998 mercury mountaineer's-seriously we live in this same world with you(YOUR RICH -WERE NOT)so just send us letters letting us know you'll fix them at no charge($$$$$$$$)make this right for all us who own 1998 mercury mountaineers.Especially the single mothers(MYSELF)who are the poorest of all.HELP US PLEASE,HELP US PLEASE,HELP US FORD PLEASE.FORD_HELP US OWNERS OF THE 1998 MERCURY MOUNTAINEERS u made that we purchased from you-FORD HELP HELP HELP US please,please,please,please.THANK YOU FORD
Our Mountaineer had been sitting on the dealer lot for 1 year when we bought it. For it's use it had a lot of miles on it, but 20K ain't to bad, we got it for $17K in early 2000. I personally hate the console because you have less room. The things I have loved about it, hauling ability, towing capacity and with the power chip the performance in town and on the highway. I can do a brake job on this truck 20 minutes per wheel. The repair costs have been pretty low, a intake gasket, brakes, even the tires were cheap when you look at the mileage. So stuff that sucks, radio display and compass display faded, driver door lock. and now the tranny is acting up with 150K mi...
Paint has held up well
I liked the rear comfort control and the stereo, kids could listen to a CD and we could listen to the radio. I love the dual visors, first time I ever had those and they are great on day trips or waiting in traffic
Get a different display for the compass and the stereo, should come with a class IV receiver hitch standard. The push button 4 wheel hi-low needs an improvement, sometimes it's difficult to get out of low or high range back into auto
Now my parents have had our's for a very long time now and it has recently become mine which I nicknamed tank because that's just what it is very reliable yet unfortunately not so well on the gas and safe which I found out how safe it was today from my first accident now I'm not going in to detail about it but the other driver needs a new rear door and quad panel the now "tank" on the other hand has a scratch I recommend this as a first car for beginning drivers the only problems me and my parents have had with this car is the norm door handles failing radio display but the worst thing was about a year ago the pedal got very stiff on the start but other then that nothing major.
definitely the pick up from the V8, seats are comfortable etc
none that they haven't already made on newer models but i do suggest upgrading the radio display
I just got the rig 2 weeks ago, but this is my 3rd in 15 years. It had 161,000 miles on it, and is was well kept, very clean, and the engine (5.0 V8) and drivetrain were looked like 60- 75,000 miles newer then they are. It came fully loaded with power everything, moonroof, MACH sound system, leather, and much more. Only thing I have to fix is the radio display (very common problem, very easy fix). All in all, these SUVs are the best of the best and even at high miles, you can find great buys.