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Ford Explorer Mercury Mountaineer 2005 and earlier



  • gregb5gregb5 Posts: 82
    My XLT V8 makes the same whine you described. I don't know the source of the noise, but, like you, I back off the accelerator and it stops. After the truck is fuly warmed it doesn't happen. Let us know if you locate the source!
  • I have to agree on the great sounding radio's. I have XLT V-8 with 6 cd changer and it has a very good sound for factory. I love a music and volume and for the money I will not change a thing! Also on the sound under the dash my wife has also complained about it every now and then, then it goes away as soon as it comes!!
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,666
    "transferred" from Mercury to Lincoln in the next year, to become the "Baby Navigator?"...if yes, will they upgrade any of the amenities on the vehicle?...if no, will Mercury keep the vehicle and Lincoln just get a new vehicle entirely?
  • I think you are referring to the 2003 Lincoln Aviator announced on Aug 31. It will be an upscale Explorer/Mountineer (not a Mountaineer replacement) with a DOHC 4.6 V-8. It will preview at the New York Auto Show in March and is supposed to be available in May according to my dealer principal who saw it at a dealer's meeting recently.

    I have started a discussion group in Edmund's Town Hall under SUV. so hopefully you should see additional information as it becomes available. I called Lincon today and the above is about all the information available from them. I own a Lincoln LS8 Sport and am a LLSOC member.

    Google has many duplicate postings if you type in Lincoln Aviator.
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,666
    thanks for the answers the question I posted on the Aviator topic...
  • zderfzderf Posts: 44
    I am getting ready to take delivery on my 2002 Mountaineer. It has the midnight gray leather interior. While inspecting before the purchase, I noticed that the material (vinyl I suspect) on front side of head rest on the passenger front seat was loose. Not attached or bonded to the core of the headrest. The driver side and all other headrests weere nice and taught against the hard form core.

    The dealership (Ford and Mercury) planned on removing one from another unit. They have just advised that every other Explorer and Mountaineer in their inventory have front headrests with the loose front face. The only taught one is the drivers side on my unit. They plan further research, but are baffled at this moment.

    What???? It looks cheap and used. Good grief, I would think they could get that vinyl to adhere to backing... this is 2002!

    Has anyone else noticed this problem?

    Thanks in advance for your favorable consideration and reply(s).
  • sencsenc Posts: 44
    I'm thinking of buying a 2002 EB. Can anyone with a few miles more than 5000 tell me if they are having any problems with their truck? I've had several of the past Explorers and they were all well-built/problem free, but problems with my wife's '01 Expedition has spooked me with Ford. I can't handle two problem-plagued vehicles at once! How has yours been? Is the v6 4x2 adequate? Is there any rear-end vibration like in the Expedition(which they can't fix)? Any feedback would be appreciated...
  • What should the "Out the Door" OTD price be for a 2002 Explorer XLT with 3rd row seats, indash CD and leather? My area (Texas) dealers are quoting around $32K. Seems pricey to me for a Ford. What's your experience???
  • joeadpjoeadp Posts: 68
    You should check

    You can use it as leverage with your dealer or buy from them. I purchased a car from them once this time I used it to start the shopping process.

    I settled on a loaded V8 Mountaineer for 33k.

    Good luck
  • Hello!!?? How about checking Edmunds for prices?
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,666
    what kind of gas mileage do you get with the M'eer and the V8...also, how did the power/acceleration compare with the V6...I realize the numbers for the V8 are higher, but does it provide a noticeable improvement in performance compared to the V6...also, why the M'eer over the Explorer EB or Limited???
  • joeadpjoeadp Posts: 68
    Actually I get the new truck first week in January.

    I went for the V8 due to the small increase in price. I think it was an additional $800.
    Considering in a German car to go from a V6 to V8 it usually costs 4K. Have not had a V8 for a long time. In addition the lost gas mileage was not that significant.

    Coming out of an underpowered QX4 Infiniti truck.
    Did not want to make the same mistake with this truck.

    I only test drove the V8.
  • joeadpjoeadp Posts: 68
    Personal preference on the style.

    My wife liked the front grille and distictive style.

    I guess the marketing guys at Ford target someone like me for this vehicle.

    Really wanted the third row seat. Look at Sequioa
    seemed to big and expensive. Better value with Mountaineer. If money was no object would have gone Lexus 470.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
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  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,666
    thanks for the response...btw, if money was no object for all of us, 80% of these topics would never exist :):):)
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    The Explorer and the Mercury Mountaineer, which share the same design, earned a "best pick" designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The test results were released Tuesday.

    You can read the full article here.




  • mazman1mazman1 Posts: 229
    Here is the Institute for Highway Safety press release on the Explorer vs other Mid size SUV's. Note that the test was done on a post 10/01/01 produced 2002 Explorer because the 2002 Explorer frame was strengthened from the original 2002 design.

  • I wonder what the difference between pre 10/01/01 explorer's are, and do us pre owner's have any chance of getting ours fixed, like the post 10/01's. Any ideas?
  • mazman1mazman1 Posts: 229
    I read somewhere on Blue Oval News that the 2002 Explorer frame was stiffened and extra bracing was put around the gas tank.
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