Excellent ride and handling characteristics for a truck-based SUV, strong optional V8, comfortable cabin with user-friendly layout, good crash test scores.
Some low-grade materials, low resale value, confusing controls on highline models, poor fuel economy.
Second-row bucket seats are available on Luxury and Premier models; a tire-pressure monitoring system is now standard on these models. The Advance Trac stability control system is a late-availability option on two-wheel-drive Mountaineers. The upgraded Audiophile sound system with in-dash CD changer is optional on Luxury models, while Convenience models no longer offer a cassette player. Finally, power-adjustable pedals are a new option on the Convenience model.
Stylish and safe with seating for seven, the Mercury Mountaineer is a good bet for family shoppers who want a little bit of everything in their SUV.
Read what other owners think about the Used 2004 Mercury Mountaineer.
I purchased my 2004 Mountaineer used in 2008. I paid way below book value, due mainly to the fact that it's somewhat of a gas hog and everyone was shopping for fuel efficiency at the time. It now has 190,000 miles on it. Just had new tires put on, new wheel bearings, and replaced a worn control arm. I have had zero mechanical or electronic issues. We did replace the back hatch panel at about 100,000 miles which I hear is common for those to crack. One hinge on the back glass hatch was replaced at the same time. I hit a 10 point buck in January of this year that garnered me a new hood, driver side headlight and fender, grill and front bumper. The Mountaineer took the hit, and I was able to drive it home! There was still way more value in the car than the repairs cost. I have the 3rd row seats and there is a ton of room for hauling kids, adults, and cargo when all of the back seats are folded down. The leather interior has held up well; driver's seat is starting to crack a little. The exterior is still nice except for a rust bubble forming over the passenger back tire and some rust on the interior back doors(?). The electronic "perks" are limited due to technology not being available at the time of production, but what's on it still works. I love this car and dread the day that I have to trade. I'm sad that there are no more being produced, but since the Ford Explorer is virtually the same vehicle, I'll probably go to that when I turn this car over to my teenage son.
4.13 out of 5 stars
big D's Merc
Luxury Rwd 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A)
The handling and get up is great. The
fuel mileage isnt so good. Lots of
blind spots because I have the seat all
the way back when I drive. Very
comfortable on long trips. Good stock
sound system. 3rd row seating is
cramped for adults. The computer area
is hard to see.
3.25 out of 5 stars
Mercury Money Pit
Convenience AWD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
I love the look of this car but it has been nothing but a nightmare. I had to replace the solenoid in the transmission at 38,000 miles. Apparently if your tires are the same size but have diff amount of tire life left to them it can total out your entire car. I got two new tires put on and because the circumfrance was different between the to sets it caused my rear differential and transfer case to go out. The estimated repairs from the Ford dealership is at 10k! My car is only worth 9k with 63,000 miles on it and its fully loaded. This has been a total nightmare. do not purchase a Mountaineer.
3.38 out of 5 stars
Premier AWD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
Transmission went at 51K. Bearings, Rotors warped, Calipers froze.
Now the rear makes noise and at 91K I need a transfer case because it leaks and makes steering difficult.
Never again will I buy a Ford.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Driver4 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
Rollover3 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
Side Impact Test
Roof Strength Test
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
Moderate Overlap Front Test
More about the 2004 Mercury Mountaineer
Used 2004 Mercury Mountaineer Overview
The Used 2004 Mercury Mountaineer is offered in the following submodels: Mountaineer SUV. Available styles include Convenience AWD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A), Premier AWD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A), Convenience AWD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A), Luxury AWD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A), Luxury AWD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A), Convenience Rwd 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A), Luxury Rwd 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A), Convenience Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A), Premier Rwd 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A), Premier AWD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A), Luxury Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A), and Premier Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A).
Pre-owned Mercury Mountaineer models are available with a 4.6 L-liter gas engine or a 4.0 L-liter flex-fuel (FFV) engine, with output up to 239 hp, depending on engine type.
The Used 2004 Mercury Mountaineer comes with all wheel drive.
Available transmissions include: 5-speed automatic.
The Used 2004 Mercury Mountaineer comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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