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Mercury Mountaineer Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 210 hp @ 5100 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 13/18 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2002 Mercury Mountaineer

  • An Explorer wearing a tuxedo, Mountaineer's trump card is its exclusive all-wheel-drive system.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Third-row seating, independent rear suspension, powerful engines, wide selection of convenience features, attractive new design inside and out.

  • Cons

    No Control Trac 4WD option, poor fuel economy with V8, unnecessary taillight protectors come standard.

  • What's New for 2002

    Mercury has overhauled their Mountaineer for model-year 2002 in an attempt to make it more car-like than ever before. Among the improvements are a 2.5-inch wider stance for improved handling and roominess, a new independent rear suspension that improves ride and handling, while at the same time accommodating a standard third row of seats, larger door openings with a lower step-in height, standard six-way power adjustable driver's seat and optional power adjustable pedals. With this year's redesign, Mercury is trying to further differentiate the Mountaineer from its look-alike cousin the Ford Explorer.

Full 2002 Mercury Mountaineer Review

What's New for 2002

Mercury has overhauled their Mountaineer for model-year 2002 in an attempt to make it more car-like than ever before. Among the improvements are a 2.5-inch wider stance for improved handling and roominess, a new independent rear suspension that improves ride and handling, while at the same time accommodating a standard third row of seats, larger door openings with a lower step-in height, standard six-way power adjustable driver's seat and optional power adjustable pedals. With this year's redesign, Mercury is trying to further differentiate the Mountaineer from its look-alike cousin the Ford Explorer.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Longest lasting suv in this

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Vehicle: 2002 Mercury Mountaineer 2WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

My father bought this car in '03 with just over 30k miles on it. Being a repo, there were a couple small problems that the dealership happily fixed, such as a new steering wheel (Lady who owned before broke all the buttons) and one seat replaced. We modified the intake by putting an aftermarket spectre cold air intake on it, but besides that is totally stock. This car lasted like that for 160k miles. The transmission was starting to slip and the front hubs needed attention. We went ahead and replaced them. Now, mind you, nothing ever broke, we just went ahead and replaced before they did. 62k miles later, it broke down for the first time and was just the pump. She is still going strong!




This car saved my life

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Vehicle: 2002 Mercury Mountaineer AWD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

Bought this car in 2002, my mother drove it for about 5-6 years and then she gave it to me (19 year old daughter) when I became old enough to drive. Shared it with my siblings on and off for two years. drove it everywhere, had about 110000 miles on it. Boyfriend was driving the car after a long day of hiking, I was in the passenger seat. He dosed off and swerved across the lane hit a fire hydrant that tore off the wheel and then hit a pole that sent us upside down. Airbags deployed on impact and we were wearing our seatbelts. We both walked away from the accident with 2 stitches each. If & when accidents do happen, you want a car that will keep you safe. I thank god for this car.




Runs long, dies hard

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Vehicle: 2002 Mercury Mountaineer 2WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

It was a pretty good truck. bought it for my girl when her taurus died, had around 80,000 when we got it, we drove it hard, off roading, 90 down the highway, it lived through everything, we got an 08' explorer xlt to replace it cause it had 254000 and was falling apart BIG TIME. i dont know what was worse, the engine ticking, whining aslound as it could, leaking different fliuds, stalling, not starting. it totally startedto fall apart, wegave it to my daughter when she got her license, she drove it for about 2 weeks and the engine took a s****.



6 of 6 people found this review helpful

2002, 4.6l v8 awd model

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Vehicle: 2002 Mercury Mountaineer AWD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

217,000 + miles and still going strong! original engine, original transmission. However, I get regular oil changes, change the air filter regularly, clean the engine once in a while, etc...my only complaints are 1) the engineers who designed this vehicle did not put a governor on the accelerator, and sometimes when you take your foot off and coast, the gears shift down with a "thunk," instead of gradually, but this doesn't do any harm to the tranny, and 2) i had problems early-on with the vent system in the rear (3rd row seats). it makes a clicking noise sometimes, like the fan motor isn't working.



5 of 5 people found this review helpful

First car

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Vehicle: 2002 Mercury Mountaineer AWD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

This was my first car that i have shared with my brother. it was very easy to drive and pretty fast. it takes a second to kick into gear but its fast and handles good. my only main complaints are these: it is very shaky on the highway, the altinator dies pretty quickly (with car aftermarket audio), and my engine has made squeeky and clicking sounds everynow and then which were minor fixes. i am happy to leave this car for a new one only because of the 10mpg city and 17 highway, its rediculous



10 of 10 people found this review helpful

2002 mercury mountaineer, 4.6l v8,

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Vehicle: 2002 Mercury Mountaineer AWD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

Wow, after reading so many terrible reviews about this suv, I must say I am a very fortunate owner then. (3rd owner to precise). My 4.6 has well over 120,000 miles on it and I never had any transmission problems. (Yes, never). The tranny shifts fast and has good gear ratios which enable this suv to have really quick acceleration. And all of the people that say this car has a terrible fuel economy probably drive too aggresively. We took this car out for a very long highway trip and we averaged over 20mpg during the trip and our car had 4-5 people inside, full trunk of heavy bags, and our avg. speed was over 70mph. Mixed Mpg with mostly city driving ranges from low to high teens.



Talk About The 2002 Mountaineer

2002 Mercury Mountaineer Discussions See all Started By

meatbkr
meatbkr
05-29-2014
turning sharply expecially make the car rumble, is it a bad half shaft possibly or something else, the car has 120,000 miles on it. does not rumble when i go straight...


dan642
dan642
05-04-2009
2002 Mountaineer AWD. When turning, it almost feels like you are breaking. This has been a minor issue since I purchased it new, but problem has gotten alot worse more recently. It also recently sta...


tom9121
tom9121
06-28-2008
Door lock issue, the electric door locks do not work when the ignition is off, they do work fine when the key is on and whrn the car is running. Any thoughts??...



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