1st Dec 2007, 16:59


This is a follow up to my last post just a few days ago. The conclusion was (no surprise) a new transmission was needed at about 3300 dollars! Lucky for me, unlike the person above this post, It was covered under my CARMAX warranty, woohoo.

30th Dec 2007, 01:50

Any guesses what happened to me December 23rd 2007?

2002 Mountaineer's tranny took a dump!

I Love my SUV! It has power, and style and I feel safe driving my kids around in it.

What I have a hard time understanding is I take my vehicle in for service regularly, and have done for 3 years since I bought it. They have recommended everything, but a transmission service. In 3 years not a mention/ recommendation nothing?

11th Jan 2008, 12:04

We purchased our 2002 Mountaineer new in December 2002. It has been a fairly good car until this year. We have about 75,000 miles on it and in June, on our vacation, blew a front pinion seal. It was replaced and then it blew again in November. This time we were close to home so our own mechanic repaired it. IN the meantime, we also developed problems with the rear end. We decided to replace the whole rear end at $2200. Then the front pinion seal blew for a third time and now we are looking at replacing the whole front end. We can't believe that with only 75,000 miles that we are faced with these problems. After reading all of the problems with the transmission I don't know it we will repair the front end because the transmission could end up being the next problem. What a disappointment this has been. We will not be buying Ford products again.

8th Feb 2008, 12:51

02 Mountaineer with 87,000 miles purchased from private party on 1/22/08.

2/2/08, O/D OFF blinking and CHECK TRANSMISSION light come on. Shift into 2nd is loud BANG. Shop said code 745 which is solenoid pack. They changed pack, test drove and got code 733...another solenoid.

When the lights are NOT on, shift is smooth through 1 and 2, but slips into 3rd at high RPM, and then very smooth to 4th and O/D.

When the lights come on, same rough CLUNK into 2nd, and then smooth into 3 and 4 and no O/D shift. Wish I would have read some info on these lemons prior to purchase. Now 2 weeks later, want to get it fixed and sold ASAP.

FORD... quality is job 1? I can't understand why people flock to the imports, can you?? Any amount of reading on the Internet about these things should make anybody puke. I just wish I would have puked BEFORE I purchased. Would have made more sense... expensive lesson for this car buyer.

27th Feb 2008, 20:42

Wow, I got to this site because I was looking for info on the brakes for my 02 Mountaineer. I didn't known there were so many transmission problems! My Mountaineer has 101,500 miles on it and I love it!!! I did have the solenoid replaced once, but it was under warranty so no problem. Right now the brake pedal goes to the floor after it has not been driven for a couple of days. From what I have read I will need a new brake master cylinder. No one seems to have that problem though and I don't mind since it has over 100K miles. I bought it new at the end of 01 and have been very happy with it.

20th Mar 2008, 18:21

I also own a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer.

I find myself feeling sick to my stomach after reading the numerous bad reviews on this car.

Sick because I really enjoy driving this car yet I can relate to a lot of what I am reading.

I too had the Solenoid replaced at 51,000 miles (under warranty). At that time they were just realizing this was the problem and not the complete transmission. Have not had any problems with transmission since, now have 74,000 miles. The other big problem I had that could not be diagnosed right away was ignition coils. Recently had front & rear brakes and rotors front & rear bearings (1-side) but that is to be expected.

I often think about selling this car but fear I will face similar problems with newer.

Good luck to all.

20th Mar 2008, 19:03

Same, Same, Same 2002 Mountaineer, 72k miles, Window motor, door won't close when cold, Rear wheel bearings, broken rear springs, Today, O/D lights, Transmission message, Transmission slipping, Need new one! Thanks Ford for the Memories!!! Anyone want to buy this thing?

22nd Mar 2008, 03:42

I too had the same thing happen. The O/D light came on flickering and the check transmission message came on in the message center. When that happens, the shift is a terribly loud bang. I am taking it to the mechanic monday, goodness I hope I don't need to replace the tranny.

Thanks ford.

1st Apr 2008, 19:00

Oh, my what a sad day... I am like most others on here, and starting to feel really sorry for me (not to mention stupid, for buying a Ford product) Supposedly shift solenoid? is bad, 2002 Mountaineer with 99000 miles, slips back to 1st gear instead of up to 3rd gear. Bought this vehicle for 16 yr old daughter... wishing we had said no...

13th May 2008, 13:08

We bought a 2002 mountaineer in 03. it has over 100k. we made two trips to Florida and then the transmission went. replaced CV joints, rear bearings, brakes. took it to three mechanics because the front end has crunching/grinding noise when I turn the wheel. they say there is nothing wrong with it. Anyone else hear the grinding? It feels like it is in all wheel drive all the time. when I turn sharp it will hop and jump around.

21st Jun 2008, 05:46

Might be buying a 2002 automatic today with 145000 miles on it. The price is (or sounded good) until I viewed these reports. Has anyone been happy with the Mountaineer?? This vehicle is for our son who will be driving it often. Sounds to me like it's going to be a mistake. It is a V6 not a V8. Anyone care to comment on if yours is a 6, and if it differs from the 8?

23rd Jun 2008, 12:33

Bought a 2002. Has 60,000. Of course 2 weeks later the transmission went out. 3200$ for new one. Wish I had seen this post.

Never had a problem with any of the Chevy's I owned. Had a Blazer and a Tahoe, and not one single problem. Last Ford I will buy ever.

10th Jul 2008, 14:07

We bought our 2002 Mercury Mountaineer in 2005 (think it has 60,000 miles now) and we LOVE it! But it keeps stalling, how can an Automatic stall! It revs low when it's at a stop at a light or stop sign and sometimes in park. It did it every so often, so I took it to a mechanic who said that he didn't know what the problem was as the car computer didn't report anything.

Recently it started doing it again, but now it's continuously revving low when it's stopped, so it's at the shop again, and hopefully they can find the problem this time.

This will be the fourth time I've tried to sort it out, and they tell me the computer doesn't show anything's wrong, but obviously there is.

I'll post what the problem is if I ever find out.