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2003 Mercury Mountaineer Reviews and Owner Comments

 
2003 Mercury Mountaineer
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2003 Mercury Mountaineer Owner Reviews (17 reviews)
  • 2003 Mercury Mountaineer
    Visitor, Kingwood, TX, August 05, 2013 10:58
    I bought a brand new 2003 mercury mountaineer and have had to replace the transmission 3 times!!!! COSTING THOUSANDS OF $$$$!!! The first time, it only had approximatly 50,000 miles on it and was just out of warranty. The second time, it had approximately 100,000 miles on it and just out of the 2 year warranty. The 3rd time, it had approximately 130,000 miles on it. I will NEVER purchase a mercury mountaineer again. In fact, the manufacturer should give me my money back!
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  • 2003 Mercury Mountaineer
    Visitor, Norcross, GA, January 07, 2013 14:00
    Have 2003 Mercury Mountaineer, bought it new, now has 111,450 miles on it, has not had any repair problems,just oil, brakes and Tires. Not used for towing though.
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  • 2003 Mercury Mountaineer
    Visitor, Harrisburg, OR, December 07, 2012 19:14
    2003 MERCURY MOUNTAINEER Its been a great car for 107,000 miles.Have replaced one hub bearing and routine maintainence.Excellent in the snow.We have towed two different boats with it,a 17 foot bayliner and a 20 foot bluewater cuddy the car survived and so did the wife.
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  • 2003 Mercury Mountaineer
    Visitor, Stanhope, NJ, June 12, 2012 17:38
    I have a 2003 mercury mountaineer with 189,xxx miles on it and it has been a great truck. Just had to have the transmission rebuilt for the first time. Other than the transmission which was my fault for running mismatched tires with an all wheel drive system it has needed just regular maintainence and 1 hub bearing.Truck is great in the snow and big enough for family i would recomend it to anybody.
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  • 2003 Mercury Mountaineer
    Visitor, North Canton, OH, March 19, 2012 18:51
    Just bought this with 112,000 miles. Took it to mechanic for evaluation, invested $1,200 in suspension and rear axle bearings. The vehicle is very comfortable and plenty of power in the 4.0 V6. My son on his way to Navy in Florida reported the transmission 1 & 2 gear went out in Alabama. It would move in 3rd, drive and reverse. Oh it needs a rebuild of the transmission $ 3,000.00. The transmission SHOPS report this is common problem with the transmission. Hmmm Ford why not stand behind your vehicles, recall them so we get what we pay for. When you know you have a part defect, correct it in a timely manner before more fall victim.
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  • 2003 Mercury Mountaineer
    Visitor, Brooklyn, NY, March 07, 2012 18:10
    Great truck! In two foot plus snowstorm it drove like on black top. I have the 2003 premier great space great features and drives and handles like a dream Would recomend to anyone....only set back is mileage but for the v8 i can't complain has tons of power
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  • 2003 Mercury Mountaineer
    Visitor, Alliance, NE, November 18, 2011 00:13
    bought a used 2003 mountaineer. has a interior light "bug". it won't go out. we have to shut it off manually. trans won't come out off park and many times won't go into park with out excessive force. has 177000 miles with no prior issues. so this particular vehicle is a good one.
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  • 2003 Mercury Mountaineer
    Visitor, Hot Springs National Park, AR, August 13, 2011 14:55
    What a piece of junk. Need new transmission with only 51000 miles on it. There was a recall on this problem but the dealer, Riser Ford, just blows us off and wants 4000.00 to repair.Have been a Ford man for years, but no more after this.
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  • 2003 Mercury Mountaineer
    Visitor, Fries, VA, May 07, 2011 17:08
    I AM IN THE PROCESS OF CONTACTING MERCURY ABOUT MY REAR HATCH WHICH ALSO HAD THE PROBLEMS WITH THE STRUT CAUSING MY REAR HATCH TO SLIDE DOWN AND SHATTER THE GLASS (ALL OVER MY 13 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER). MY TRANSMISSION IS ALSO JERKING WHEN IT SHIFTS. MINE IS A 2003 AWD AND IT HAS 115,000 MILES ON IT. THIS IS BULL AND I AGREE THAT FORD NEEDS TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
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  • 2003 Mercury Mountaineer
    bellakids, Youngstown, OH, March 29, 2011 12:07
     Rookie
    my mountaineer is making a clicking noise from rear end
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  • 2003 Mercury Mountaineer
    patiflannery, Oak Park, IL, December 06, 2010 09:56
     Rookie
    This is an excellent SUV. It's very comfortable, warm in winter; cool in the summer; handles extremely well in the Chicago winter and a great vehicle for transporting kids, soccer gear, groceries and has a solid safe ride. I bought his car used at CARMAX; and had a great experience with the local dealer on the recall. Very pleased with this truck.
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  • 2003 Mercury Mountaineer
    BKH62, Phoenix, AZ, December 03, 2010 05:31
     Rookie
    This vehicle has nice features and it is comfortable to drive. That's where the positive stops. In the five years that I have owned it, the air conditioner has stopped working 4 times, over 4 consecutive years (not a good thing in Arizona). The CD player has quit working 3 times. The rear hatch window became disengaged and shattered. Months later the rear hatch cracked down the middle. The gas mileage mysteriously decreased from a ridiculous 14 mpg to a disgusting 10.5 (This couldn't be "replicated" over several trips to the dealer, but was miraculously fixed on the 4th trip.). I had significant concerns about shuddering and erractic shifting. The brakes were replaced at 28,000 miles to supposedly fix the shuddering. That seemed to help for a few months, but then appeared again. The shuddering and erratic shifting, in addition to a weird droning continued, but just couldn't be replicated by the dealership. After researching it myself, I discovered numerous Technical Service Bulletins and many others have had similar issues, requiring replacement of transmission and problems with rear axle and differential. Even though I presented this information to the dealership numerous times, they were never able to replicate the symptoms... until my vehicle warranty had expired by one month. Then all of a sudden, the symptoms could be replicated and, after charging me to dig deeper into the transmission, they discovered that the transmission was in need of replacement. The vehicle only had 43,000 miles at time of diagnosis (symptoms were initially noted at 34,000 miles). Not only that, but I followed every maintenance requirement - including having the tranmission fluid flushed and "granitized." Unfortunately, without a warranty, the dealership reported that I would need to pay $4500 to replace the transmission. Additional effort to have the dealership (Camelback Ford Lincoln Mercury in Phoenix, AZ) take responsibility for ignoring the issue until the vehicle was out of warranty only resulted in them discounting the price of the transmission to $3600.00. Did I mention that they also indicated that there was also a perceived problem with the rear axle and/or front differential. They didn't even get into checking this out or quoting repair costs. DO NOT BUY THIS VEHICLE unless you are willing to take the risk of being one of many who have been forced to pay for extensive repairs. This vehicle actually had many additional issues (three windows required repair/motor replacement, paint peels, ABS issues, etc.)
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  • 2003 Mercury Mountaineer
    Visitor, Monroe, MI, September 14, 2010 17:44
    I've noticed common problems with owners of this vehicle. Ball joints, expensive wheel bearing/hub replacement (2 so far) and rear wheel axle leaks.
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  • 2003 Mercury Mountaineer
    Jordanx512, Chesapeake, VA, August 27, 2010 09:10
     Rookie
    I have a 2003 Mountaineer Premier and I have nothing but praise for it. I now have 120,000 miles on it. The only things done to it were routine maintenance. I just got home from a three week trip. I drove from Va. Beach VA. to Tuson AZ and all around AZ without any problem. When my work picks up I'm keeping my old one and planning to get the 2010 model.
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  • 2003 Mercury Mountaineer
    jle, Wethersfield, CT, July 11, 2010 05:41
     Enthusiast
    Very comfortable,stable,great to haul 19ft fiberglass boat 1200 mi.
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  • 2003 Mercury Mountaineer
    Visitor, Chicago, IL, May 25, 2010 15:24
    I bought this car as a used car only to find out I wa buying a transmission problem that had to be fix every 38000 miles
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  • 2003 Mercury Mountaineer
    GLASSEYE, Roselle, NJ, March 28, 2010 12:50
     Rookie
    THESE MOUNTAINEERS ARE GARBAGE CAR I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM WITH MY MOUNTAINEER. MERCURY AND FORD NEEDS TO TAKE CARE OF THESE PROBLEMS ON THESE VEHICLES THEY SHOULD ISSUE A RECALL ON THESE MOUNTAINEES AND SCRAP THEM ALL.I HAD TO HAVE THE TRANSMISSION ON MY MOUNTAINEER REBUILT ABOUT ONE YEAR AGO AND ITS STARTING TO ACT UP AGAIN IT COST ME $1,500 TO HAVE IT REBUILT I TOLD MERCURY ABOUT THE PROBLEM THEY JUST BLEW IT OFF.
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