2006 Mercury Mountaineer Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
I have owned a 1995 Explorer and a 2000 Mountaineer. The 2006 is not an improvement but a huge disappointment. The ride is not good, very stiff! Even my 8 year old says his rear hurts after only 15 minutes. The transmission shifts hard and you feel it. There is very noticable jerky feel to the ride when at a steady mph. The 3rd row seats have a hole in them from the metal brackets when the seat is folded. Rear visiblity is very poor due to the headrest not going all the way down to the seat on the 2nd and 3rd row. I wish I kept my 2000 Mountaineer!
Fix the transmission, improve the ride, improve rear visibility, redesign the dashboard and controls to be easier to reach. redesign the door handles. Improve the gas mileage.
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