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Ford Explorer Mercury Mountaineer 2005 and earlier

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  • swschradswschrad Posts: 2,171
    almost got it, but there was rail rash on top of the drivers door on the one I looked at, and didn't want to play in that sandbox. also, pearl touch-ups are the devil if you get scratches and chips, it's a directional paint.

    sounds like a standard no-discounts deal to me, IMHO, but that's the modern price of what I paid in 2000 because of some extras that came with the dealer I bought from... lifetime loaners, no-screw policies, competent help, and a good service and parts operation. with the 0 percent, that's acceptable. for June. I would expect another couple thousand off at least for EOY.

    on the other hand, the V8 is a good engine and not stocked in depth by dealers, and the factory entertainment system is probably also a limited option... they figure this one's a cream puff and may not move on the price.

    depends on how much you like it, I guess... there are better deals, but maybe you won't find an equivalent car in your area.

    one thought... the other reason I didn't take the pearl 2000 was that it had the auto-leveling suspension. that's a cool option if you carry loads... until it breaks. it's way pricey to fix, and that's while the parts are availiable for the first few years. after that, you ride funny forever, or you refit it to the non-auto suspension. figure 3 to 5 years and if the parts are still there, you are in for over a thousand bucks on this gizmo. upwards of 500 dollars if you have to backfit it.
  • jcat707jcat707 Posts: 168
    I'm going to look at some Explorers tomorrow. Are there any pros or cons for the explorer? What should I look out for?
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    No cons to look for. Get the V-8 if you want to have some fun driving it.
  • swschradswschrad Posts: 2,171
    if you figure on ever towing, also get the factory trailering package. great car, best I've had (mine's a 2000 limited)
  • My 17 year old son purchased a 2000 Mountaineer this weekend as it fits his interests of snowboarding and mountain biking.

    Yesterday my wife was speaking to someone who highly recommended that he should not have made the purchase because of the following issues:

    Differential leaks; Transmission slippage; Front suspension linkages weak and tank issues. Can anyone give an opinion as to whether we should be worried? We can BUY a 3 year/ 36,000 mile warranty from Ford for $1500, should we?

    Thanks

    djhurle
  • ANT14ANT14 Posts: 2,687
    Which engine, is it 4x4?
  • jrc346jrc346 Posts: 337
    What kind of mileage?
  • It has the V8 and is an AWD with less than 39,000.

    Thanks
  • ANT14ANT14 Posts: 2,687
    You shouldn't have any issues. Typically someone's advice pertaining to a specific vehicle is based on common sense. Example: SUV + towing + rough work + AWD = Strain on AWD and Tranny. This is like someone buying an Econoline van to transport people, can easily warn them about tranny, high fuel consumption, etc. Because it's the most common items that will be overused.

    Since it's AWD, it puts more strain onto the drivetrain, but in reality the Explorer/Mounty's aren't known for such issues. And are quite reliable compared to the competition. I would say a "KNOWN" issue would be like Ford's 3.8L V6 with the head-gasket issues of years ago, or the Aerostar's nasty sounding power steering pump. But as Explorer's/Mounty's go, you should be ok.

    Of course peace of mind always helps, and if you wish to purchase an extended warranty through Ford, it'll pay itself after the first issue. I personally would NOT because the vehicle is troublesome, but because it's pre-owned and I would have NO idea what the previous owner did to it. As for my vehicles I get rid of, I pitty the person since I over abuse my vehicles.

    Overall it was a smart purchase (specially the V8) so don't be too concerned.
  • okmomokmom Posts: 37
    I have less than 30,000 miles on this 2000 suv.
    They are non-city normal suburban/highway miles.
    We were told we need new ones.
    Is this normal for 30k miles?
    what is the typical RANGE of miles before new ones?
    thanks.
  • As far as the warranty goes, I would definately purchase it! I did and between 40-50,000 it came in handy. My front transfer/differential/bearings needed to be replaced and was all covered by the extended warranty. you can pay $1500 like you stated or you can purchase it direct for as little as $800-$900. The web site is www.fordesp.com, it lets you choose your deductable options...Hope this helped!
  • ANT14ANT14 Posts: 2,687
    Ford ESP is a very good warranty service, I say go with that one.

    OKMOM: As for brake pads, I would say yes it's time for them to be replaced. My pads wear out on my LS at 20-25K only because I'm an aggresive driver. Obviously if your dealing with hills, or aggresive situations, it tends to wear down. But from what I see in other friends vehicles (non-Ford related) it's usually around the 30-35K mark as well.
  • swschradswschrad Posts: 2,171
    if you don't, it didn't cost more than a few car washes a year (assuming you own 'em 6 to 10 years like I do.) alternative is to save an "awshucks" fund of 5000 to 8000 dollars as fast as you can, and if you don't dip into it, that plus your trade goes a long way towards a new car. for me, the warranty was my security blanket.

    it should be a good truck, my 2000 limited exploder has been a solid performer with a couple tows on it.

    as for brakes... I had to do 'em around 22K, and I'm going to have to do 'em again before 50K even with the ceramic pads. that's just life, I'm not that aggressive a driver (I do leave witnesses alive behind me,) but brakes wear. beats having the famous old-time GM brakes that "never die, but just fade away...."
  • Hey guys:
    I now own a 2003 Ford explorer xlt it haves 20k miles so far no problems to report. I used to have a 2002 which i totaled and im alive thanks to the explorer. That 2002 had 42k miles and i never replaced the pads. dont know why they lasted so long because i do a lot of city driving wich means lot of breaking. im 20 k on the new one and brakes dont show age either.
  • swschradswschrad Posts: 2,171
    I'm kind of dictatorish on brakes and steering... ACHTUNG! Zhere Vill Be Nein Raum Fur Errrrorrr Mit Ze Brakes, JA! I could get oil changes for fourteen bucks, but I keep going to the dealer's quick lane, where they have color-coded width gauges to judge the pad thickness with. that way, every yutz who started this week is going to be able to warn me if my pads are getting dangerous, and most techs will accurately let me know when they're starting to thin out into that marginal area.

    the small extra cost is marginal compared to being uninformed.

    any good competent mechanic should be doing this, so if you've found one by now, ask to be sure he's checking each time.

    glad the car sacrificed itself for you. exploders really are nicely built, and I wish my 2000 had the curtain air bags the new ones offer.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    As I've posted many times on many boards, we're on our 3rd Mountaineer, so obviously, we like 'em. I think they're the best mid-sized SUV on the road, and I especially like the V-8.

    I agree with ANT on both getting the warranty because it is used, and on getting the Ford ESP. I have had great experience with it.

    These trucks aren't "known" for specific weaknesses. They are machines, and they break occasionally, but the majority in my experience, will run for a couple hundred thousand miles with routine maintenance and little else.

    Your mileage may vary.....
  • I just bought a 2003 Explorer XLT with the single CD stereo system. One thing I've noticed is that every time I get in the car, the radio station displays rather than the current time. This is annoying to me and I was wondering if there is a way to default it to display the time? I looked in the manual but didn't see anything. Can anyone help me? Thank you!
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    That isn't normal, so some display default has been overridden inadvertantly, I'd guess. BUT, I have not idea how to de-program them.
  • It is normal for the station to display for a short time after startup, then it should switch to the clock. If it doesn't, try pushing the button marked "clock". That will switch it, maybe for good!
  • okmomokmom Posts: 37
    Thanks guys for your opinions.
    Okay, we are getting new brake pads.
    Do we have to go to the dealer?
    How about the local mechanic who seems honest or how about the national chain brake shops?

    Is there any brake pads better than others?
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