My family purchased this vehicle in mid 2001 with about 40,000 miles on it. It's now sitting at 261,983 with no issues from the engine or trans. As a work vehicle, we had about 1,400 pounds in the back at all times, and it had no trouble hauling that. The AWD functions great, and with a chip to synchronize it, every wheel pulls the same no matter what. Traction is great, and even feels like it grips better in slightly wet conditions than dry. The interior has worn well for what we used it for, with the only major spot being the center console armrest having a hole worn in the cushioning. The radio works great, with better reception than our 05 Towncar. All in all its the most reliable vehicle my family has ever had, with parts lasting far longer than expected, like a fuel pump going for 250k miles, or an alternator going for 260k. Engine and trans are still strong, despite the overweight driving. Gas mileage is on the low side, but the stubbornness more than makes up for it in my eyes. Even overheating to lock down after a hose broke didn't slow it down.
After looking at Explorers for a
couple of weeks, we found that there
were way too many options and interior
and exterior colors. Finding a V8
with grey interior and good options
was impossible. We found the
Mountaineer to have all the upgrades
we wanted and had more of a luxury
feel. The head lights, tail lights,
and grill set it apart from the
Explorer. The V6 is powerful, but if
you tow or just love power (like me),
you have to get the 5.0 V8.
-Center consol info center.
-Little fade in brakes.
-Roominess in the front and rear seats.
-Fold rear seats down and there is a
plethora of room.
Good value if you pay only blue book!
The certified programs are a racket
since you will inevidibly be back in
the dealership for something little
every other month. Things here and
there add up when you are spending $100
deductible every visit. I've already
had three recalls on mine...mostly
minor. Had rear wiper motor, turn
signal switch, exhaust sensor, fan
blower motor replaced in first year.
Overall, the v8 has great pick up for
an SUV and it has lots of power. The
styling is nicer than same platform
explorer. Still rugged! LOUD,LOUD,LOUD!
Interior noise is deafening.Handles
roughly, very rigid!But it is an suv,
not a mercedes.
Peppy V8, styling, generally reliable
improve suspension...Seal cab better to
prevent so much road and wind noise
This has been an outstanding vehicle. I
have never bee nmuch of a Ford/Mercury
fan but I will be buying another
Mountaineer. Unfortunately this vehicle
has been in several accidents, but It
has saved the lives of my family due to
it's sturdy construction. It is a bit
of a gas hog but it's safety and
reliability have made it worth the
additional cost of fuel.
My wife loves the leather seating and
the moon roof.She will not let me buy
another one with out these options.