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Ford Explorer, Mercury Mountaineer, SUV
#1337 of 3348 Ford extended warranties
Mar 21, 2003 (4:31 am)
and let me tell you, with less than 1000 miles to got on my truck's original 3 yr./36,000 mile factory warranty, I bought the Ford Motor Company's 5 yr./100,000 mile, extended warranty, right then and there, to the tune of ~$1230.00. This particular warranty covers such things as engine, drive train, 4WD, electrical, AC, heating, etc
I've owned 3 Exploder variants. I really like the cars but I would never consider owning them without putting an OEM 100K extended warranty on them. My last one (a 1998 Mountaineer V8 AWD) had 60/100K/$50 Ford ExtraCare on it that I got over the internet from a Ford dealer in Iowa. I plan to do the same thing with the 2003 Mountaineer before it crosses 5,000 miles.
It pays to shop around. You can shave a couple hundred bucks off list price on the warranty. Your $1,230 warranty was probably this one?
Product ID: EC60100D50 Plan Type: Extra Care
ESP ExtraCare 60 Month/100,000 Miles $50 Deductible for F150 4x4, Explorer or Mountaineer 4x4, Windstar AWD, Escape4x4
#1338 of 3348 Cargo cover
Mar 21, 2003 (5:08 am)
I think it is standard if you DON'T have the third row seat; at least it was when I was shopping for my '02.
#1340 of 3348 missing a piece of plastic? - 03 XLT 4.0
Mar 21, 2003 (11:21 am)
Under the glove box, wires and electric components are exposed. Seems to me, a piece of plastic should be there to prevent mud and dirt on passenger's shoes from getting in. But the dealer's service people said Ford just made it like that ... Cost cutting? How much that will save?
Got the truck for over 3 months with 3,500 miles on it now. Two weeks ago, the airbag light flashed then stayed on. Dealer changed the electric component - fixed. There was an annoying rattle came from front passenger side. It happened whenever the truck passed a pothole, and stayed. I noticed that it did not happen if someone sat on passenger seat, so I guess it either came from the seat or the floor area of the passenger. I've tried a lot things: move the seat, hit it, pull up the mat then put it back (that's why I noticed the exposed wires) ... but no help. Yesterday, I pull up the mat again and saw a label on the back side with a staple pin on it. May it's the pin hit the floor when the mat vibrated, I thought. This morning, I put a piece of tissue under the pin, it seems works! - no rattle on the way to office! I'll double check it on the way home. If I've really fixed it, is that amazing?
All thing considered, I still love the truck.
#1341 of 3348 what kind of wires and geegaws were exposed?
Mar 21, 2003 (7:20 pm)
my 2000 looks like there should be a cover over the OBD-II connector, which is about the size of a walnut half and on the 2000 is directly under the steering wheel. but there isn't one. it doesn't ruffle my feathers much.
when I test drove the 2002 a while back, I don't remember noticing where the OBD was.
if your geegaw is at the edge of the carpet, way back and tucked up by the firewall and looking like a button on a black connector, it's your intertial shut-off switch. in case of hitting a pothole from Hell or something else, hard enough to possibly cause a fuel system leak, this will open up and prevent the pump from flowing the accident site with gasoline. the chance of that being munged by anybody other than a basketball player stretching out is real small.
#1342 of 3348 8 cyc stall/surge on braking by dvdsteve
Mar 26, 2003 (11:50 am)
I have 2003 Premier Mountaineer w/V8 it is 2 months and I am old closing in on 9k miles and twice in that time frame I have the same problem as you. In fact in happened today. The first time this happened I thought it was me... but it was not. It appears only when cold, or on first startup of the day. I will ask the dealer when I bring it in for the 10k service. Has your gotten any worse since your last post???
#1343 of 3348 Sound System
Mar 27, 2003 (11:00 am)
I too agree that the system is middling. Maybe it is because I have a Volvo S60 T5 with their AudioMax system that is phenomenal, so maybe my ears are skewed!
I also notice that the seats are showing creases (2002 EB) at an alarming rate.
The V8 sounds like a schoolbus at idle, very lumpy but when drivingis as smooth as butta. Quick too!
Overall, I find my 7 month old EB very well built and very nice to drive.
Mar 27, 2003 (6:49 pm)
Many thanks to all those who posted in response to my question about upgrading the speakers in my Explorer.
Quick question, several of you mentioned adding an aftermarket amp and speakers to the factory head unit. Does the factory unit come with 4 channel line level outputs, or are you knocking down an amplified signal?
I've been very happy with Nakamichi amps (and Boston Acoustic speakers) in the past, but these don't have high level inputs.
#1345 of 3348 2001 Mountaineer
Mar 29, 2003 (6:35 pm)
Hi all, wonder if anyone can help me out. I was set on leasing a new Pathfinder, but those numbers aren't working for me (my dealer marked up every Pathy on his lot $1,895.00 as a "market adjustment"). I'm now considering used SUVs and have been looking at Explorers/Mountaineers. I looked at an 01' Lt green Mountaineer today at my local Ford dealership. It is AWD with the 5.0 & has 24.5K on the odometer. Otherwise, it looks pretty bare bones -- gray cloth, basic single cd/cassette, running boards, roof rack, power driver seat, and dimming rearview mirror, a lttle overhead console with an outside temp guage. Got Goodyear Eagle tires that are in decent shape but not new (original equip?). No tow package, a few nicks and scratches, minor carpet stains, and I did notice that the front hood edge doesn't quite come up even with the fender on the drivers side, but so far I've seen no evidence that it has had body work. Test drove it and it feels pretty tight, except I think I notice a slight pulsation during hard braking. The engine seems to run fine. Going to look at it & drive it again Mon. evening. Ran a Carfax and found that it went into service 11/20/00 and was leased to a corporation as a fleet vehicle. Salesman told me the dealership bought it at auction. Asked the salesman to check Ford service records, and he called me later on and said that a "new transmission" was installed by a Ford dealer somehwere in Michigan at 24,000 mis. I wonder about this, and assume that if this is correct, the leasing company must have had it repaired when they got it back from their customer. The salesman told me his dealership did no major work, only inspected it and cleaned it up.
Haven't talked price yet, but the dealership has it stickered at $18,950. Their web site shows it at $20,950 so they must have marked it down recently.
I'm not too enthusiastic about the fact the tranny has been replaced (with a rebuilt one I assume). Plus the vehicle is a tad rough around the edges. However, if I can get it for a good price and buy an extended warranty, I might take a chance. Edmunds TMV retail is about $17,200 and TMV private party is about $15,800 (In "average" condition -- I don't think this vehicle qualifies for "clean.")
Any suggestions on what offer I should make?. I was thinking $16,500, take it or leave it, and see what happens. I dunno, I'm tempted to start a lower but don't want to make a ridiculous offer. Also, any suggestions on what extended warranty to purchase?
Thanks for any help
#1346 of 3348 re: 2001 mountaneer
Mar 29, 2003 (7:17 pm)
imho: vehicle was a rental. gy eagles shouldn't be on the vehicle. has 4 wheel disks: they all should be done at the same time. how much money are you willing to put in to still consider it a good purchase. if you want a 'pathy' email some other dealers to get a ballpark.
just realized the 2001 was the previous generation style. i had a '97 v8-awd explorer, traded it in with 50k, brakes were still smooth, firestone wilderness still had plenty of tread on them.