18th Oct 2010, 13:35

I also have a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer that has been sitting in my driveway now broke for two months. The mechanics are telling me that it will cost me around $2,000 to get repaired. The catalytic converters are all bad, the front barrings are bad, the manifold gasket is shot, and the antifreeze is spilling all over the place. This is a nightmare!!

17th Nov 2010, 20:07

Well, as of today, I too am having the flashing O/D light and the display that shows 'Check Transmission'. This happened today after leaving FORD SERVICE after my intake manifold was replaced.

I initially bought my 2002 Mountaineer in 2003 with only 17,000 miles. I had my transmission rebuilt before the one year warranty ran out. After my transmission was rebuilt, I have not had any problems with it until this week.

The positive thing that I can say is it has 175,000 miles now and it is eight years old. I also can say that I love my Mountaineer, and it has made me sick that I am starting to have problems with it. If my transmission needs to be rebuilt, I hope that the warranty from the first rebuild is not void.

Anyway, good luck everyone with your cars.

5th Dec 2010, 09:09

I have owned a 2002 Mountaineer, and owned it for two years, and I appreciate the comments listed. However I have a problem that I have not seen mentioned in any prior comments. My Mountaineer has a hard time starting in the morning when it is cold outside. However after it starts in the A.M. It's OK for the remaining of the day. The next morning it starts all over again. Help....

12th Dec 2010, 15:56

I own a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer that I purchased in 2003 as a demo with 15,000 miles.

Around 89,000 miles, I had to replace the transmission and recently replaced the engine. I am now having problems putting the car in reverse. Sometimes the car will sit there for 10 minutes and jump into reverse after warming up. After finally going in reverse, I put it in drive, and it sits for 10 minutes and finally it jumps into drive. Once I start driving, it shifts hard into gear. I pray and hope it's not the transmission again.

21st Dec 2010, 14:09

I am so glad I read these. I also have a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer with 82,000 miles on it. All the similar problems with the o/d flashing, the RPM's racing not shifting into gear. Only to find out the entire transmission has to be replaced. I have a Jeep with 189,000 miles on it with the original transmission!

I called Ford at 1-888-222-2751, and notified them and to see if there was a recall. They said the only way they issue a recall is if they generate enough concern from customers. SO, if all of you call into the number I provided, and let them know about the transmission issues, we may ALL get our new transmissions paid for, and have a safe car worth driving. Well worth the call!

29th Dec 2010, 18:11

We bought our 02 Mountaineer used in 2003. We had mechanical problems with the windows not rolling back up, and had to duct tape them closed for the trip home from a family vacation. The air also went out and had to be replaced.

Last month, we replaced the shocks and struts, and purchased new tires. Then the car started revving as the car progressed through first and second gears. Once you get to 3rd, it's okay. We owe 6 payments and are trying to decide whether to cut our losses and roll into another vehicle, or fix the transmission ($3500). My husband is worried that something would then happen to the motor. It has 108,000 miles on it. I planned to drive it much longer...

6th Jan 2011, 16:45

What a disaster of a vehicle.. I purchased a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer in 2009, and from head gaskets blowing and repairing, to rear differential major problems.. I have one payment left, and I am thinking about junking this vehicle and also cutting my losses.. Anyone have any advice for a man stressed out. Feel free to contact Khabir at 910-231-2081.

22nd Mar 2011, 20:22

I have an 2003 Mountaineer with the 4.0 and AWD, ugh! While the transmission has so far not given me any problems, I am having a terrible time with the axles seeming to bind up and wheel hop on low speed turns! I have rebuilt the entire rear differential and rear clutch pack in the posi unit. When I make a tight turn, the opposite wheels front and back, buck and jump, and it feels like the truck is crab walking. I have badly uneven worn tires on the truck, and I have also serviced the transfer case and front axle. Please help, I am tired of taking the rear differential out and trying different shim packs combinations in the posi unit, hoping that will stop the axles from binding. Oh, it also seems to get really tight and bind up, and I need to give it a lot of gas to get going in low speed turns.

21st Apr 2011, 19:28

How much did it cost for the wheel bearings to be replaced?

2nd Jul 2011, 18:40

Hi all, just bought my first Ford, and yes it's a 2002 Mountaineer. Now I have two problems, and kindly ask for your help. First, the transmission don't work at all, shifts don't work. In case I need to buy a new one, can anybody advise where? Second problem, I'm in Africa (Angola), and need to import.

Thank you, and all good trips. Daniel.

15th Nov 2011, 15:17

You may need new spark plugs... When you're going up hill, if it seems to be missing or acting like it's losing power, then it's most likely spark plugs, and maybe even the boots that go over the plug that protects it... Good luck.

5th Mar 2012, 12:41

Hi, I know this post is old... however I'm having the same problem with my 2003 Mountaineer. The SUV is stalling, and sometimes completely turns off while at a stop sign or red light. Can you please tell me what was wrong when your car was doing that, because my car is at the shop now, and they are saying they don't know what is wrong with it?

17th Mar 2012, 17:28

How much did it cost you for your diffs and transfer casing? Parts and labor.

30th Mar 2012, 17:35

I have a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer, and something is rattling when I put it in gear, but it does not do it in park or in neutral. Does anyone know why? Please comment.

2nd May 2012, 12:02

How is it running to this day?

27th Jul 2012, 16:59

I have something similar in my 2004 Mountaineer -- did you ever solve this? Steve ssake at goldthread dot com.

13th Dec 2013, 14:22

I would like to know what is a valve body/solenoid pack, and how much does this run?

13th Dec 2013, 14:26

Which is the best kind of gas to use for a 2002 6 cylinder Mercury Mountaineer?

19th Dec 2013, 02:02

I would like to get some feedback on some comments I made about a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer. I'm noticing the overdrive light flickers off and on, and I can't seem to find the transmission dipstick. My car often pulls and takes longer than usual to change gears.

Thanks, in Riverside ca 92504,

19th Dec 2013, 02:17

I am a member now, so when can I get feedback on my comments or when can I review them? I have made comments about 5 days ago, and still no feedback is showing in the reviews.

19th Dec 2013, 08:00

Whether your comments receive replies is really just luck, and it often takes some time. Being a member allows you to see comments that haven't been approved yet (so up to a day earlier than they're on the main site), but it doesn't affect whether you actually receive replies.

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10th May 2015, 01:44

I have a 2003 Mountaineer, and my balls joints are bad... It stalls out when I make sharp turns and acts like it wants to stop. Can you tell me the problem please?

13th Oct 2015, 03:51

I have an 02 Mercury with exact same rear diff problems. Just rebuilt the clutch packs. Was good for few hundred miles; now the same problem. Did you get it fixed?

8th Jun 2016, 19:40

Both are inside the fluid pan. Be very careful disconnecting the harness to the solenoids. It is made of plastic and is very easy to break. As for price, I don't know.