I bought my '98 Mountaineer for $6,400 in 2005 with 114,000 miles. The ride was smooth, although certain parts start to rattle after 150k or so. Excellent visibility. The rear wiper didn't lie flush, so I avoided using it. Two days after purchase, the transmission was producing a warning light. Lucky for me, the dealer was willing to cover the $1800 cost of repairs. Aside from that, I never had any outrageous problems with this car. For the first five years, I used it as a work truck - hauling trailers, and at times piling as much stuff on top and in back as possible. This SUV is a tank! The 5.0L V8 pulled bushes and hauled trailers with ease. I was rear-ended twice, pushed dead cars to gas stations, and put this thing under countless other stressors and only had a few scratches to show for it. My wife has said that she has never felt safer in any car. Speaking of safety, the all-time AWD has spoiled me. Living in Missouri most of those years, my Mountaineer saw its fair share of ice and snow. I could go out when the pickups couldn't even escape their driveways. You should always be aware of road conditions, but your capability goes through the roof with some good tires and AWD, which in my experience is far better than 4WD. Even off-road, the Mountaineer will surprise you. We're talking dirt (even mud), gravel, and fields; it doesn't have the suspension to [properly] handle anything beyond that because that's not what it was designed for. Maintenance: other than routine maintenance (ball joints around 150k, alternator 150k, lock actuators around 170k, plus regular oil & tire maintenance), the biggest issue was a power drain that showed up around 145k, and would bleed my battery, killing it if left sitting for more than two weeks (this was common in college). This was inconvenient, but ultimately not worth the effort to locate the faulty wires. I just parked uphill so I could roll backwards out of the parking space to get a jump if needed. I had to sell the vehicle at 185k, and my father jumped on the opportunity because he knew how reliable it has been given proper TLC. The last time I checked, he's got her up around 235,000 miles! Thought she was on death row last month, but after replacing the tires and ball joints she's running like a dream again. I don't think I will ever find another SUV or truck with that kind of longevity for the price. If you find one with low miles, jump on it.
i got this car from my grandparents in '08 at 129,000 miles. i thought for sure it wouldn't make it much longer... but today it still runs and drives like the day i got, with 182,000 miles. i haven't had any major problems, only routine maintenance (spark plugs and wires, alternator, o2 sensor, cam shaft sensor, new stereo). this car has never left me stranded, not even once. the only issue i have with the car is that the 5.0 V8 gets pretty thirsty. this car will run forever with regular maintenance.
I own a 1998 mercury mountaineer,have had too much front end problems,first was 4 sets of tie rods for both sides.Great in the snow.But the front end is making a humming noise now.taken it to NAPA shop and they told me only ford dealership can fix the problem-Can ford uphold to these problems,i see the recall-yes it has caught on fire from the cruise controll issue but i'm a single mother with this only one SUV.I feel ford needs to address these problems with their SUV-mercury mtneer-and fix them for us loyal buyers(we will continue to purchase ur fords if you make this right)and our friends we recomend buy FORD,what can we poor people do-not enough money to fix it anymore-HELP HELP us pleas
I really like how it handled in the snow-before it had so many problems with it that i just have it sitting,unable to drive now -Ford needs to fix these front end problems with them.It has plenty of room inside,i used to transport my grand sons around,easy to get into and out love the safety locking kid proof doors. All in all it's been my favorite SUV,and has been there for me.I know FORD 'S are the toughest made out on the road!!!I gave my son my old 1976Ford 4x4,it's running strong still.Please Ford can't you take these SUV's and fix the problems so we may continue to praise your OUALITY.Please please HELP HELP HELP us owners-we are poor(Spent all we had to try fix it)HELP HELP HELP-pleas
The front ends of these SUV's need to be better built(Make it right,Please),so we aren't constantly fixing these problems again and again.If you have a human heart-please make this right with all these 1998 mercury mountaineer's-seriously we live in this same world with you(YOUR RICH -WERE NOT)so just send us letters letting us know you'll fix them at no charge($$$$$$$$)make this right for all us who own 1998 mercury mountaineers.Especially the single mothers(MYSELF)who are the poorest of all.HELP US PLEASE,HELP US PLEASE,HELP US FORD PLEASE.FORD_HELP US OWNERS OF THE 1998 MERCURY MOUNTAINEERS u made that we purchased from you-FORD HELP HELP HELP US please,please,please,please.THANK YOU FORD
Our Mountaineer had been sitting on the dealer lot for 1 year when we bought it. For it's use it had a lot of miles on it, but 20K ain't to bad, we got it for $17K in early 2000. I personally hate the console because you have less room. The things I have loved about it, hauling ability, towing capacity and with the power chip the performance in town and on the highway. I can do a brake job on this truck 20 minutes per wheel. The repair costs have been pretty low, a intake gasket, brakes, even the tires were cheap when you look at the mileage. So stuff that sucks, radio display and compass display faded, driver door lock. and now the tranny is acting up with 150K mi... Paint has held up well
I liked the rear comfort control and the stereo, kids could listen to a CD and we could listen to the radio. I love the dual visors, first time I ever had those and they are great on day trips or waiting in traffic
Get a different display for the compass and the stereo, should come with a class IV receiver hitch standard. The push button 4 wheel hi-low needs an improvement, sometimes it's difficult to get out of low or high range back into auto