1997 Mercury Mountaineer Reviews - Page 4 of 4

1997 Mercury Mountaineer V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired33000 miles
Most recent distance67000 miles
Previous carFord Explorer

Summary:

Sporty-Great SUV

Faults:

Starter and Wolf speaker, also has a gas-egg smell sometimes. I was told it is not the converter, but one of the sensors.

General Comments:

Great vehicle, very dependable, I upgraded from an Explorer. I got leather, sun roof, it's loaded. I love it. I would like the third seat, but other than that I really have no complaints. I do have one complaint and that is the air noise around the windows. But I also had that problem with my Explorer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 2003

4th Nov 2003, 20:48

I have the same egg/gas smell in my 97 Mountaineer. I just recently noticed it. I never thought much about it until I read your review. Do you know what it is? Do you think I should get it checked out?

Also, did your power antenna break too? It's a common problem that the antenna gets stuck in the up position. I would like to replace the whole thing with a solid non powered mast antenna, however haven't found the parts to do this yet.

1997 Mercury Mountaineer V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired35000 miles
Most recent distance73500 miles
Previous carFord Aspire

Summary:

Highly recommended, you won't regret it

Faults:

Lower ball joint replacement at around 60,000.

Some alignment problems and a ticking engine noise, which I've been told is a lifter sticking.

AC doesn't seem as cool, possibly the condenser from reading other reports..

Transmission filter needed flushed as I got a noticeable vibration in shifting around 40 mph.

General Comments:

I was skeptical about buying a used vehicle, but the Mountaineer has proved to be very reliable so far. I never get tired of it and it is comfortable for traveling and has plenty of power. Great JBL sound system.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th December, 2002

1997 Mercury Mountaineer 302 V-8 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 302 V-8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired7 miles
Most recent distance74000 miles

Summary:

Still performing very well

Faults:

Miscellaneous dash bulbs.

Air conditioner condenser (warranty).

Catalytic converter (warranty).

Front drive shaft.

Clock runs fast.

Alternator at 65000 miles.

General Comments:

Impressed with the V-8 engine and the all wheel drive set up. 65% power from the rear wheels and 35% from the front wheels all the time. The computer shifts to the four wheel drive when slipping.

Optional JBL audio system with the six CD changer provides crisp, clear, excellent sound.

Excellent in the snow with the very good traction Firestone AT tires. Don't believe what they say; rotate, balance and keep the proper air pressure in them and you are good to go.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th January, 2002

1997 Mercury Mountaineer AWD 5.0 liter V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 5.0 liter V8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance83000 miles
Previous carBMW 5 Series

Summary:

A better than average truck

Faults:

AC condenser @ 75k miles.

Alternator @ 75k miles.

Squeaks and rattles started en masse at about 50k miles.

General Comments:

Overall, a good truck with lots of towing power and poor weather traction.

Very reliable except as stated above.

Uses 87 octane regular unleaded gas.

Reasonably comfortable for a truck.

Optional sound system with 6 disc CD changer is very good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th October, 2001

4th Dec 2006, 16:21

The cd changer is in the center console. the armrest if you will.

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 17 reviews