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Ford Explorer, Mercury Mountaineer, SUV
Feb 03, 2004 (1:27 pm)
You will love what your truck can do. I am on my 3rd Mountaineer (1997, 2000, 2002.5) and everybody is impressed with the truck. My wife loves to tell the minivan moms that she can carry just as many folks, in just as much comfort and not worry about getting stuck in the Cleveland snow.
I picked up a new kitchen stove in the box. The guy at the warehouse said "no way it will fit in an SUV!" Wrong. Also picked up a new 42" Plasma screen. Again, "won't fit!" Wrong.
The best is when you help someone move, like my in-laws, with their "Grand" Cherokee. A couple of trips out of the house and their full. I just keep going and going and going (like the bunny!). I love hearing "how is all that fitting in there, our trucks are the same size!" Wrong.
But the best part of owning a Mountaineer is giving U-Haul a hard time. I rented a 6' x 12' trailer a couple of weeks ago. When the kid asked what I was pulling with I answered "a Ford Explorer." He got a look on his face that said "I don't want to have to deal with this again!" Then I said, "Oh, but it says Mercury on the back. Is that okay?" He laughed and said "Yeah, I don't know what's up with U-Haul?"
Anyway enjoy your truck.
Feb 03, 2004 (3:35 pm)
Does anybody definitively know why U-haul has their heads up their butts about the Explorer? Somebody sue them for renting a 35 foot trailer to someone with an Explorer with a class II hitch or something?
#1792 of 3348 Auto dimming mirror
Feb 03, 2004 (4:35 pm)
My 03 Mountaineer Premier has a auto dimming mirror which needs to be constantly turned off in order to "see" behind , especially during the daylight hours, is this a defective mirror or does this always need to be on off? Every time I start the truck I have to shut the mirror off, any solution
Feb 03, 2004 (4:46 pm)
Sounds defective to me, like too much current is being supplied to it and dimming it.
Feb 03, 2004 (6:45 pm)
you don't have anything hanging in front of the mirror do you?
i had a parking tag from work that was blocking the sensor.
#1797 of 3348 Gas Mileage on the new Explorer
Feb 05, 2004 (4:49 pm)
I'm considering a new Explorer. I have a '98' and it has been a bit problematic but had a chance to drive a new one a bit and was very impressed with the new vehicle.
I do a lot of highway driving and wondered what other owners have experience with gas mileage with the V/6 4x4.
Any owners with the stabilization option?
thanks for any help
Feb 05, 2004 (5:21 pm)
I traded in my 97 Explorer Limited V8/AWD for a 2004 Explorer XLS Sport, V6/Control Trac. First thing I noticed is the handling on the 2004 is amazing, very secure, its peppy, and so far the gas mileage has been around 15 mph mixed driving and idling. I really like it, neat truck and perfect for our family.
We are going on a 700 mile trip in another 2 weeks, so lots of highway, will get a good feel for gas mileage then. I have about 2600 miles on the truck and will have had it a month tomorrow.
Feb 05, 2004 (6:50 pm)
my '02 explorer(v8) has been on a lot of road trips in 18 months. four people, coffin on the top, 4 bicycles hanging off the back(like the beverley hillbillies), it does 80 real easy.
don't recommend that to anyone else, though.
kind of vibrates at 65, though.