2006 Mercury Mountaineer V6 AWD 4.0
The transmission began shifting hard between second and third. Need to get this looked at; the truck is still under warranty.
The paint on the top part of the front passenger door bubbled, and there's now about a quarter-sized area with the primer showing. I will fix this myself.
This is our first SUV. My wife has always wanted one, and considering where we live, winters have gotten MUCH worse (Long Island, NY), we decided to replace her car with this Mountaineer when she needed a newer vehicle.
We had narrowed down our search to either this truck or the Ford Explorer, which of course is basically the same thing. The truck is fun to drive, is very comfortable and doesn't ride as harshly as some other SUV's we have been in. We really enjoy the blend of the truck's utility while having a stylish, comfortable cabin at the same time. Considering we travel out of state a few times a year, we can pack all our stuff in the cargo area, and since we often go on day trips with friends, it's the perfect vehicle since there are usually seven of us.
I would say the only thing we aren't that happy with is the fuel economy. This truck has the V6 engine, and we average 15 MPG. My Grand Marquis averages 21. We knew going in that it would be low, but didn't think it would be as low as it is. It isn't a huge deal, as my wife only drives 15 miles to work round trip.
Another HUGE benefit of course is the AWD. As mentioned earlier we get a ton of snow where we live, and I have to go to work no matter what (my wife's job allows her to stay home if the weather is too bad) and needless to say, my RWD Marquis stinks in the snow.
Overall we are very pleased with our purchase. Sad to see this vehicle as well as the entire Mercury brand phased out, and I'm not too sure the 2011+ Explorer is as solid as this truck.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th August, 2013