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.
If you want the reliability of an
Explorer, but want to drive something a
little differant and a little more
upgraded, pick a Mountaineer.
I have driven it in every kind of
weather and it has performed great.
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