We found the seats to be easy to restore to their upright and locked positions. The thick steering wheel creates a substantial contact point and a secure, in-command driving feel. Faults: This was a 42 month lease. Both middle seats and rear seat fold down to make room for taking a double mattress or a living room chair. Switches, buttons and levers are large, well marked and easy to use. The Mountaineer is very stable and inspires confidence. Now tire pressure sensor is faulty, change oil soon warning comes on every day in spite of having oil changed last month.
But the engine was too noisy for my husband. It's a quiet ride, lots of extras, was a great price, and lots of interior room. Ride and handling are acceptable, but the vehicle has a stiffer ride and less agility than higher-rated competitors. Switches, buttons and levers are large, well marked and easy to use. Wipers Std Accident Prevention Rear Parking Aid Std Security Anti-theft System Std Original Warranty An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. It's comfortable on long trips, while features and ergonomics make living with it a very pleasant experience. Walkaround As mid-size sport utilities go, the Mountaineer is a substantial vehicle.
Rides higher than a car and has comfy heated seats in the front. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters. Never left us stranded Absolutely nothing went wrong for the entire time we leased it. Lots of bells and whistles on this super vacation family fun vehicle. Suspension, f: independent, upper and lower control arms, coil springs Suspension, r: independent, upper and lower control arms, coil springs Ground clearance: 8. The interior is awesome with all the bells and whistles.
The system relies on an open differential with a viscous coupling; a clutch pack distributes power between the front and rear wheels based on traction needs. A V8 engine is available to provide the extra torque needed for towing. Very satisfied with quality inside and out. Mountaineer was re-engineered with a new frame, a new independent rear suspension, a new front suspension, new steering, new seating formats, and a raft of new standard and optional features for the 2002 model year. Hook up a trailer and you'll know it's back there when you head up a long grade. The styling is intended to be up-market and consistent with the Mercury brand identity. Roadside Assistance: The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Despite its size, it handles well and is a very comfortable road vehicle. Only complaints I have is the small area for storage in the back when the third row of seats are up and with a V8 obviously the gas mileage isn't great, but I do like the power of the V8. For 2005, a redesigned roof rack, with raised side rails, and satin aluminum exhaust tips are available. I've also had multiple things changed on the transmission, which haven't fixed the rough shifting. For 2005, Mountaineer comes standard with AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control. Each is available with a 4.
Another plus is that it looks almost just like the 08 model so you really can't tell the vehicle is an 05 unless you rally pay attention to minor details. The aluminum trim extends to the main gauges, the tachometer and speedometer, which are done in black-on-white graphics that turn orange-on-white when the lights are on. The center console is generous, with lots of storage space, and houses ventilation and storage for second-row passengers as well as an extra 12-volt socket for whatever you need to power. While the best-selling Explorer seems designed for generic utility, the Mountaineer offers a more machined, technical appearance. This is an easy vehicle to operate and live with. Its size is tempered by its waterfall grille design, multi-element headlamps, and use of matte aluminum exterior trim, including horizontal cages around the tail lamp assemblies.
The back seat passengers feel too close to the back of the driver and first passenger. Four of eight so far, each costly. Body roll, or lean, is controlled well in fast corners. Mercury Mountaineer combines convenience and versatility with luxurious accommodations. Mountaineer was re-engineered with a new frame, a new independent rear suspension, a new front suspension, new steering, new seating formats, and a raft of new standard and optional features for the 2002 model year.
To get good gas Milage I use the mid grade. All have seating for seven, using a third seat that folds completely flat to make room at the rear for large cargo. I would stay away from this vehicle. This system uses electronic controls and active intervention to reduce the chances of an untripped rollover accident. Throttle response lacks some verve in hilly terrain.
It works well with the five-speed automatic transmission to move this 4500-pound machine effortlessly over flat territory. It is as strong as when I got it. For 2005, there are Designer Series options, which include Preferred Suede interior trim, Mountaineer scuff plates and 17-inch chrome clad wheels. At the same time, its body-on-frame construction preserves the big load capacity and towing capability that some families need. For 2005, Mountaineer comes standard with AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control. I bought this vehicle in late 2005 and now have 36K on it. Otherwise I loved this car.
I am very much concerned about safety and the five star crash rating is important to me in any vehicle decision--more so than fuel economy. There's no low range for the steepest kinds of unpaved trail driving either. Very refined and quiet ride, very satisfied with fit and finish. A newly available Designer Series package includes suede interior trim, scuff plates and 17-inch chrome wheels. The seat heaters that come on Luxury and Premier models warm the seats quickly, but the buttons are mounted on the side of the seat and can be difficult to find and distinguish from the seat-adjustment switches; fortunately, an indicator on the dash shows when the seat heaters are on. The eight-way adjustable power driver's seat is optional. Body roll, or lean, is controlled well in fast corners.