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#2744 of 3348 Thinking about buying a 2002 Mercury Mountainer and need opinions!!
Jul 30, 2005 (6:50 pm)
Hello everyone. I'm thinking about buying a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer with a v6 engine and 32,000 miles. Leather seats, 6 CD changer. Drove it today and liked it alot. Just wondering what some owners say about the vehicle and if they would recommend it. Have had a 1995 Ford Explorer Sport with around 145,000 miles on it and I think it's on it's last legs. Any suggestions or opinions would be great!!! Thanks!!
#2745 of 3348 Re: Thinking about buying a 2002 Mercury Mountainer and need opinions!! [le
Jul 30, 2005 (10:32 pm)
GET AN EXTENDED WARRANTY.
Good prices on the net. Make sure it is a FORD WARRANTY!!
Potential rear-end problems. transmission solenoid, reflash of computer for transmission, power window motors.
#2746 of 3348 Re: Thinking about buying a 2002 Mercury Mountainer and need opinions!! [levyman]
Jul 31, 2005 (1:59 pm)
Are you buying from a Ford or L/M dealer? If so, demand they run an Oasis on the car, see what has been done to it already in the way of service or warranty work. They're a good car - but some of them do have the problems Chuck mentioned. The Transmission problem with the Solenoid is really an 04 problem, not 02, but a reflash could be needed. I've never had the whining rear end problem, but lots of them did - however, that's also mostly an 03 problem.
#2747 of 3348 Re: Thinking about buying a 2002 Mercury Mountainer and need opinions!! [nvbanker]
Jul 31, 2005 (3:45 pm)
have an '02 explorer. had a reflash, but i didn't notice any difference. tranny got softer and the first to second gear shift had more hesitation and flair as the miles accumulated.
the tranny flush recommended by service at 30k fixed all that.
don't point it out to sales and expect it to be done. just set aside the money for it and have it done as part of scheduled service.
have 47k miles and the rear axle has gotten noisy. my warranty is to 75k, so i'm not in a hurry to get it fixed(yet). i really don't know how prevelant this problem is, but it is not unheard of.
#2749 of 3348 '06 Explorer/Mountaineer Pricing Announced
Aug 01, 2005 (11:27 am)
#2750 of 3348 '06 Explorer/Mountaineer Pricing Announced by ANT14
Aug 01, 2005 (1:36 pm)
Thanks for theformative post.
I'm pleasantly surprised at the Mountaineer prices. I expected a big jump due to powertrain improvements and added content, and the apparent demise of the Aviator.
#2751 of 3348 Re: '06 Explorer/Mountaineer Pricing Announced [ANT14]
Aug 01, 2005 (3:54 pm)
IT looks and (prices) sound great. Now all they have to do is make with a transmission that doesn't need a solenoid or a reflash, and a rear end that doesn't whine. Or for that matter any new problems or "bugs" that surface in this new model. LOL!
#2753 of 3348 C'mon. There is no price "cut".
Aug 02, 2005 (3:20 am)
Explorers are now going out the door for up to $10,000 below sticker. The sticker has always been fiction and now it's become BOTH fiction AND fantasy! Sure, Ford lowered the "sticker" price a little. But, again, the actual transaction prices won't be cut. In the current world, the manufacturers don't price vehicles anyway. The MARKET does. Probably the '06 will command more bucks than the '05s did for a little while as "have to have the first one" folks pony up. But by Xmas, especially if gas stays high/goes higher, dealer lots will be LITTERED with Explorers/Mountaineers and rebates will be back again so these will move in the below 30K price range...as set by the MARKET, not FORD.
GM and FORD COULD control prices if they were able to cut production. But until the companies restructure (which won't happen until the next recession/depression causes a true crisis), they'll muddle along building more vehicles than the market really can support thereby causing their vehicle prices to remain lower than what they used to get. Heck, I paid $33,000 for my loaded Mountaineer 3 years ago. Today I can buy the same '05 for about $29,000. Again, supply and demand. A little better quality wouldn't hurt either.