I just purchased this one new. I have purchased other vehicles but none really compare to the Mercurys that I have purchased in quality and comfort for the price. To get any better vehicle you will have to spend more money for certain. I don't think you can get comparable quality for the money.
The way the vehicle handles. It handles more like a car than a truck. I can't say enough good things about this vehicle. I am a less aggressive driver in this vehicle becaue rather than letting slow traffic frustrate me I just sit back and enjoy the ride.
The only improvements I can suggest is to develop more hidden storage in the vehicle for the soccer moms that have to have a lot of things handy for the children. and to handle groceries when you have a car full of people.
I just graduated high school and this is my 1st car. I got it from my grandpa who treated it very well and is in great condition.
It drives well, and the V8 is very powerful indeed. Granted, it does suck down a lot of gas in the city though hwy mileage is good.
Ride is pretty good, though on bumps it doesn't really take them well compared to a sedan would.
Excellent build quality, and everything; engine, transmission, electronics, they're all perfectly fine
I'm keeping it until it dies that's for sure
*At 147K miles engine and tranny sounds, and performs like brand new.
*They were not kidding about the V8 Power.
* Body well built and solid. Quality steel - no rust yet.
* AWD really grips the roads ( Iowa winters..no problem here)
*Factory radio works but no display - common issue.
* rear wiper does not work - again common issue.
*Keyless entry quit working, and door locks need some TLC.
* some road noise. ( can't tell yet if it is in need of a muffler or just the roar of the 5.0)
* no rust yet but a little pain bubbling on the bottom inside of the rear doors. not noticable to the public
Strong motor. Power Moon roof a plus. large and comfortable interior. Plenty of room for me and my two kids in car seats.
Am predicting that i will get another 100K miles out of this car easily.
Fuel economy is very...VERY poor if you let your car idle for more then a few minutes in the city.
Also if you drive with a soft foot and keep the RPM's between 1500 and under 2000 you can really improve the MPGs.
Purchased used 8 years ago w/49,000 miles on it. Now have 118,000 miles and only significant problems have been the transmission (torque converter) rebuild at 87,000, and as with many others, radio display went out - had repaired and then all button functions stopped working (original radio a real piece of junk!). Replaced radio with newer OEM Ford radio w/6 cd changer from OEM Car Audio (on Ebay). Other than new tires , battery, brakes, shocks,serpentine belt, plugs and 13.7 avg mpg (mostly city), a pleasure to own and drive. Also a couple of minor factory recalls, big deal. At 118K miles, I've got a lot more to go! Body in excellent shape even after subjected to Minnesota winters & salt.
Love that 5L V8 sound and acceleration when needed. Control buttons on the steering wheel a plus. Parts are cheap as many Mountaineers, Explorers and Rangers produced.
I learned from the dealer the 1999 to 2001 were the best built in this series and they have a strong following. I have found that out by talking to other owners. The Mountaineer is the top of the line. The V-8 engine is strong, transmission strong, solid body, has a truck feel (it is a Ranger w/ SUV body). With Zaino polish the paint shines great and people are amaised it is 10 years old. This car is a solid performer, a great winter car. If I keep the rpm's under 2,000 on the interstate, I'll get 20.5 to 21.5 mpg. For good gas mileage drive with a soft foot on the accelerator. Fine a good one and keep it.
interior space solid car attractive exterior
at 10 years of age, getting improvements is unlikely.
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