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Ford Explorer Mercury Mountaineer 2005 and earlier



  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    There are plenty of XLTs for the same or more cost than an Eddie Bauer. These XLTs have a lower lease residule, about 2%.

    The best deal is still an Eddie Bauer without the Luxary package.

  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Yeah, how bad must Chrysler feel, they have NOTHING on the list, not even the vaunted 300.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,451
    the ram truck, caravan, and t&c made the list, but nothing else. probably the same as 10 years ago.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Yes, you're right, I meant of their car line....
  • I'm trying to buy a retractable cargo cover for an '05 Explorer. Ford wants about $150 to buy it. I've searched online but have not found any sites that sell them. Does anyone know of any sites that would sell this item?
  • kwikbillkwikbill Posts: 4
    Try E-bay...have been looking for one myself, and I have found several on there...
  • canddmeyercanddmeyer Posts: 382
    I know AdvanceTrac works in 2WD mode, but is it also working when an Explorer is in a 4WD ControlTrac mode? I'm not entirely convinced that AdvanceTrac even works while an Explorer is in any 4WD mode, i.e. 4X4 Auto. It appears ControlTrac takes over all applications and forgoes any of the AdvanceTrac advantages when 4WD is engaged. Am I wrong?

    I see however that Mountaineer's AdvanceTrac works in conjunction with the AWD. Any advice would be appreciated.
  • baggs32baggs32 Posts: 3,209
    AdvanceTrac is Ford's stability control system and works 100% of the time that the vehicle is in motion regardless of what mode your 4WD system is running in.
  • canddmeyercanddmeyer Posts: 382
    Thanks baggs32.....this is the answer I was hoping for.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,964
    Please visit the Ford Explorer/Mercury Mountaineer: MPG-Real World Numbers discussion and report on your gas mileage. Thanks!

    Steve, Host
  • ustazzafustazzaf Posts: 311
    If you need it, EBay sells it. I have bought many things for my Mountaineert there. Guarantee atleast a half dozen covers available there.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    I just returned from a 1000 mile road trip in my 04 Mountaineer, Premier, AWD V-8. I admit to being very pleasantly surprised with its performance. It's the first road trip we've ever had it on, as we always took our Navigator before. It's gone now, and this is our Vacation car.

    I was very surprised at how well it handled, how quiet it was, absolutely zero wind noise, minimal road noise, and it was nearly as comfortable to sit in as the Navigator. Never got tired, frankly. The seat was excellent.

    If it had a weakness, it's in the HP department. Even though it's a V-8, and there's "enough" power for all hills and vales, it's just "barely enough", and there's none to spare. I am used to better power from the Navigator I guess. It feels a little weak on high end acceleration.

    Overall though, I give it a surprisingly great thumbs up as a road car. As I said, I was surprised and delighted. :P
  • Anyone know of a fix for this: All of sudden, I have the following locking issues:
    1. external keypad will not lock the doors
    2. once locked, using the keypad will set off the alarm until the code sequence is completed
    3. the driver side door lock switch does not work unless the ignition is "on"
    4. the interior lights remain on even after locking the car with the keyfob, but eventually time-out and turn off

    I have tried reprogramming the door lock system, even tried disconnecting and reconnecting the battery in an effort to "reset" any confused computer.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    My great idea was the re-boot, and you've already tried that. I hope it's under warranty, because it sounds like your BCM is failing...... and that's a fortune! (Body Control Module)
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,451
    have your battery checked. you may need a new one.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Yeah.....could be a low voltage issue. Good thought.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
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  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
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  • Ok, while trying to merge into traffic I step on the gas pedal and .... NOTHING! Takes some 10-20 seconds for the car to take off, I mean a guy could get killed like that. In addition the car corners like water bed. Been complaining to the dealer about that for about 2 years, got various answers - my fave is this one from one of the Ford mechs 'oh, it's the new drive-by-wire system, they all do that'
    I finally got fed up when the backup warning system died without any warning, ABS light went on intermittently, and the Tire pressure monitor kept telling me the air is low every time the outside temp dipped below 55. All of this happend once before on the same car and was fixed about 6 months prior. Ah well, what did you expect from a $40K car?
    Part 2:
    So they fix it. Replaced the fuse, fixed the short, reprogrammed the transmission. Acceleration is greatly improved, handling is fantastic! (for a truck, that is), corners like a midsize car - perfect. It just feels much tighter, it's actually fun to drive now!
    So the question is - does reprogramming the tranny change the handling/cornering/damping characteristics?
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