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.
ive put about $400-500 in this vehicle since ive had it at the start of 2015. ive had this vehicle since march of 2015. and im posting this on September of 2015. suv now has 177750 miles on it. bought it when it had about 168000 on it for $2000. lots of things wrong with it still. heres what ive noticed.. outside temp gauge has common problem of messing up and going out completely... brake lights dont like to come on and stay on unless your on the brake decently hard.. the brake lights will go off even when your braking and thats with a new brake light switch. driving on hwy is noisy as the design is bad... u can hear wind pretty good almost as if some window is cracked. headlights are poor design.. the point way to low down and dont go very far out.. hard to see at night. rear wiper blade doesnt even touch the window when it wipes. thats a common problem. another common problem is the radio goes out quick. had to replace it when i bought it. another downside is it has terrible gas mileage.. i get about 13 mpg in the city and around 16 on the hwy. and thats with keeping it maintenenced. 21 gallon fuel tank goes fast as hell in this suv with this mpg. the upsides..... parts are usually cheap for the vehicle... it has a nice outside look to it.. with about 100 bucks i made it look mean... (put a hood scoop on it and a light bar on top). its awd... so.. better traction all the time. its hard for me to even squeal the tires when i floor it from a complete stop with tires with only about 30% tread left. so traction is really good. my overall.... its a starter vehicle... not a good vehicle to have for the rest of your life thats for sure.
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.