I own a Mountaineer and I started to hear weird creaking noises while in reverse. I pray that it's not the transmission. I will be doing an oil change in the trans, just to make sure the transmission is not giving out. thanks for the advice really helped.
I have a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer as well. 93,000 miles on it now, but the same thing is happening with the transmission on mine as well. Frustrating. Has anyone found out if Ford is willing to pay.
OK, so I bought a 2002 Mountaineer oh 9 days ago. It's a V8 with 91k miles. I get it home and everything seems to be fine until last night; and I'm driving home with 4 kids in the car and I get a check transmission light and O/D light is flickering. This happened the day we brought it home, and then it didn't happen again so I turned the car off and it reset itself. So I did that and kept driving because I was an hour away from home. So then I get a transmission overheated. So I get it home in a hurry and call hubby and give him the news.
So we call up dealership where we got it this morning and they call us back and tell us that they are coming to get car and tow it to them; they are going to give us a rental while they put a new transmission in the car. How awesome is that?
So they floated the bill for everything, and I'll have you know we live an hour and half away from where we got the car.
I just thought I would let others know of the problems with my transmission also. So now I am driving a 2008 Toyota Sienna. Yuck!! LOL.
I just had my 2002 mountaineer, 88,000 miles, towed to the dealership and was told that the transmission was so full of shavings that the fluid was silver. This is a truck that never even towed anything and is driven primarily by my wife. It started shifting hard and then later that day just stopped. The next day when I started it, the transimission whined like a dry, worn out power steering pump. I hope Ford will help with some of the cost for this.
I bought a 2002 Mountaineer in 2004 & I also had to replace the transmission TWICE! & what do you know... Now it needs a new engine that's going to cost another $3,400.00 So it's been sitting in my driveway for about a yr & I am still making the $475.00/month car payments! I'm glad I'm not alone with all these problems that these others are having.
I have a 2002 I bought in 2004 used with 20,000 miles on it. Had a problem the first week shifting hard they worked on the bands. I had to take it back and they made adjustments. Nov 2007 between 40 to 45 MPH it would bump a few times once over the speed it would be fine. Went to the dealer they told me new transmission for over $4,000.
I am yet another 2002 Mountaineer owner (V8 AWD).
Initially noted that the transmission was loud with a sound similar to grinding in a way. Took it is to checked. I was told it needed a new torque converter. Had the work done @ $1200. 1 month later the trannny gave way. Took it back to same dealer service. Tell me I need a new transmission. $4200. This dealer service company have all the different autos and the service they do is atrocious.
I was livid. Engine had 77000 highway miles. Ultimately took it somewhere and had a rebuilt trans put in. But now again with 107,000 miles it is fluttering between 35-40 miles per hour, but at the higher speeds then it is fine.
I truly have no confidence that I can drive, knowing sooner or later I will break down again.
Imagine all the owners we have not heard from.
Wish there was recourse.
I am an owner of a 2003 Mountaineer. Bought it early this year and started hearing these same sounds as everyone else. I got a really good deal on the Mountaineer, which allowed me to buy a warranty with it. As soon as my wife and I heard these sounds, we took it into the shop. A man rode in it with me to hear the sounds, and we put it into drive and reverse several times. It would go into drive OK, but made the sounds. When you put it into reverse, it wouldn't engage until the gas was applied. The man said he was going to drop the pan and if there was any sign of shavings, then he was going to put in a new transmission. He called me that day and said he ordered the new transmission. Thank god we bought the warranty or we would be in a world of hurt right now. If I've learned anything with this, it is to always get a warranty if you can. We will see how things go.
I purchased a 2002 mountaineer in June of 2005, in the beginning everything was fine. I have had to replace all the wheel bearings, and now I am having major clucking noise with the front end, either the transmission, transfer case or the front differential. It looks like either way I am in a world of hurt, because I cannot afford the repairs.
I purchased a 2002 Mountaineer in November of 2007. It ran well for about 6 weeks then I started to have problems with the transmission and had to replace it.
In November, I started to have problems with the vibrations, shimmering and whining from the front of the vehicle and had to replace the front differential. Then, the rear differential had to be replaced.
After over $3000 spent, it is still no better.
As with others who have had similar experiences, I am totally dissatisfied with this vehicle and will get rid of it as soon as I can.
Needless to say, I will never purchase another Ford.
I'm 21 and I recently bought a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer about a year ago with only 50,000 miles on it. It was a steal cuz I only paid 7,000 for it with nothing wrong with it.. except it didn't come with a warranty. Then about two months later I start hearing the same rough noise everyone else does... it sucks cuz I can't afford a warranty let alone anything fixed on it.. I work 40 hours a week at 10 a hour, but I'm still screwed... seriously, Mercury should have had a recall because this is total BS... every one I see has the same noise and it's tearing the car up...
When looking up a problem with my door latch, I ran across forums of many unhappy Mountaineer owners, and up until now I have loved my truck...
When I bought the truck (a year ago) I noticed some rumbling/crackling sound whenever I was driving in pretty high rpms, sounded like it was coming from the tranny. Recently it seems as if over drive really didn't work well or at all, & today the truck jerked and the check transmission & o/d off light began flashing. Now it shifts really hard into one of the gears (maybe 3rd).. I really hope I do not need to rebuild the transmission, this is probably the worst time for this to happen... Could this be an easier fix such as an electrical unit or such, or is more than likely a rebuild?
I had a 99 Mercury Cougar before this, and it was one of the worst cars I have ever owned, I hope this is not a replay... I really did like this truck.
To the last commentor, it's your tranny! Same situation for us. It was shifting really hard going into 3rd. One month ago it finally gave out. Engine cracked too. So I had it towed to a shop. $5500, a rebuilt engine, tranny and new rear was put in. I get the car back last week, drove it two days, two of the catalytic converters went! Again towed to the same shop, $1000! I got it back Friday, drove it home, as I pulled into my driveway the car got loud, I lost reverse and then eventually forward. Just called my mechanic again, and he said he'd like to throw it off a cliff! I partially blame him for the most recent of events, but I wish I knew the write up on this car before I bought it. It's an 02, I bought in in 05. Just bought my wife an X5 for our anniversary, sold my car and took the Mountaineer from her. Glad it hit the fan with me and not with her and my three kids in the car!
Hmm oh boy, I've got an 06 Mountaineer and it's doing all of the above.. it only has 50,000 miles, and until it started doing that embarrassing loud thud noise when shifting from park into reverse, and it also takes about 10 or 15 sec to shift.. I had this truck brand new with just 3 miles driven..
DON'T GET A MOUNTAINEER!!
Does anyone have an answer to all of this?