bought our 99 mountaineer about 3yrs ago had nothing but problems since within 6 months the number five injector started fouling repaired dont no how many times and it still fouled.every time time it goes for inspection it needs at least 400 dollars of repair.now just replaced upper ball joint and sway bar now the tire keeps wobbling. i hate this car want it gone thank god it's the wife's.
I love this SUV. Bought it new, have over 170,000 miles on it and hope to get another 170,000 miles out of it. The 302 V8 does and pulls everything I ask it to. This SUV still turns heads and get compliments on it after 10 years of owning it. I also drive a Jeep Commander. For snow I still prefer the Mountaineer. Had the shocks replaced a month ago and ride is very stiff now. Hope it will smooth out with a little more miles on them.
Power, reliability, stylish
As everyone else, the gas mileage. I cant wait for a Merc. Mountaineer Hybrid, I will be first in line once they get the kinks out.
The Mercury Mountaineer for the 1999 model year is a solid, fairly luxurious SUV entry from Ford Motor Company's Mercury division. The 5.0 L V8 is a gas-guzzler that despite only putting out 215 HP propels the nearly 4500-pound car well. The interior quality is fairly formidable, though its aesthetics are lacking. The cargo room of the Mountaineer allows it to function as the ideal vehicle to carry baseball, golf, or sporting equipment. The car is extremely reliable, far more so than the current mid-size SUV slate Ford offers. The fifteen-inch chrome wheels are aesthetically-pleasing as is the car's grille which sets it apart from its Ford Explorer sibling.
The stereo system with a CD and cassette player is strong. The chrome wheels are pleasing. The rear climate control is a nice feature, as well.
I bought it at 32K miles and now it has 107K miles. Very reliable. The all-wheel-drive feature handles superbly in snow, ice, and rain. ABS is top-notch. Nice V8 power. The sound system and cruise controls on the steering wheel are an excellent touch. My only complaints have been a seat belt that pulls too tight, spotty FM reception about 25 miles outside Nashville city limits, and a rear-windshield wiper that never completely wipes the back glass.
Controls on the steering wheel. Selective lighting system for the radio/CD/tape controls. Sunroof. Excellent visibility (blind spots are very small). Low window sills. Direction indicator and temp gauge readouts in overhead console. Two sets of visors (side & front) for the driver.
Improved fuel mileage. Better wiper system for the hatchback. Better radio reception. More comfortable driver-side seat belt. Remove vibration in driver-side outside mirror. Shaded or darkened glass above the rear-view mirror so the sun doesn't blind you.
Purchased the vehicle in 2001, it has been a joy to own, excepting rear differential seal leak, shot EGR valve, and a bad rear wheel speed sensor. Vehicle is "old generation" SUV, huge inside and handling is kind of gimpy on the road. Minor suspension prob's as the vehicle gets older. This model year received very good reliability ratings in the Consumer Rept's guide compared to other model years. Recommended.
Power side mirrors with puddle lamps,lighting, sound system, headphone jacks for the kids in the back, climate controls/rear heater in the back, roominess. Good value for luxury appointments.
Complaints: uncomfortable on long trips, nowhere for left elbow or long legs to go, back strain as a result. Use of height adjustment on power seat helps. V-8 gas guzzling is a concern, overall mileage is under 18 around town.