Last post on Oct 31, 2011 at 2:14 PM
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Ford Explorer, Mercury Mountaineer, SUV
#2763 of 3348 Re: Had a transimssion broken down on 2002 Mercury Mountainer need opinions!! [yeeda]
Aug 03, 2005 (4:20 pm)
1) How many miles is on your Mountaineer.
2) You must have gone to AAMCO. There are always metal shavings in an automatic transmission that has been driven for any length of time - that's normal to find them in the pan. I've not heard of a transmission shop in years though, that still tries to scare the customer with this story. It's an old scam. To to a different shop - or the dealer, and get an honest inspection. These guys sound like crooks.
#2764 of 3348 Re: Had a transimssion broken down on 2002 Mercury Mountainer need opinions!! [nvbanker]
Aug 03, 2005 (4:57 pm)
Thanks for the opinions!
1) Only 46000 miles and just over 3 1/2 years;
2) I sent my car to the L/M Dealer. He was originally telling me that he can get Ford help me (provide a transmission for free), but later said they won't. The repair bill will be around $3500! I don't know if I can talk to Ford myself on this. Your thoughts?
#2765 of 3348 just barely out of warranty
Aug 03, 2005 (5:00 pm)
Just over 1/2 year out of warranty - do you think it is short enough for them to help?
#2766 of 3348 Re: just barely out of warranty [yeeda]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Aug 03, 2005 (7:37 pm)
Depends. How many miles was the original warranty for? 36,000? (that's what we list for the drivetrain -- link).
I think you're too far gone in miles if I'm reading this right.
The Secret Warranty: (AKA) After Warranty Assistance (AWA)
If the dealer tried to go to bat for you for AWA and failed, you may want to get a second telephone opinion and another estimate or two. You can always tow it to a cheaper independent garage for repair.
#2767 of 3348 Re: Had a transimssion broken down on 2002 Mercury Mountainer need opinions!! [yeeda]
Aug 04, 2005 (7:53 pm)
I would suggest going to a junk yard to get a good used transmission for several hundred dollars, or to an independent shop which will rebuild the one you have for $2,000.
#2769 of 3348 Re: 06 Explorer Review [ANT14]
Aug 05, 2005 (9:24 am)
ANT, are the doors on the 06 the same as the ones from 02-05? thanks
#2770 of 3348 Re: 06 Explorer Review [ANT14]
Aug 05, 2005 (1:41 pm)
regarding the 3rd row seats, my guess is the 1350 is compared to no third seat. there has always been a charge on the sticker for the 3rd row.
how are the 3rd row setbacks lowered without the powerfold? my '02 has a very easy latch in the middle at the top for the 'all the way across' seatback. i also like that i can raise it with one hand too. there are times when i wish it were a split seatback, though.
Aug 05, 2005 (11:08 pm)
The doors might look similar as the outgoing model, but the stamping is different. The large greenhouse has always been a positive point and hallmark of Exploers. And the bottom door edges are tucked downward, so that the running boards extend just as far as the widest point of the doors, to avoid messy pant legs.
#2772 of 3348 2003 Explorer XLT Sport 4x4 V-6
Aug 06, 2005 (5:37 am)
I bought a used 03 with 32K miles in March. I have 45K miles on it now. I am very pleased with it so far. It rides very nice on the hwy. Only on slow and bumpy roads, it reminds you that it has a truck frame. It is roomy. Fit and finish not matching Toyota's, but acceptable. Bought the extended 5yrs/75K mile powertrain warranty as some of you suggested. For the longest time was debating between Explorer, 4 Runner, and the Pilot.
The best gas mileage was 22.4mpg driving 65-70mph with no A/C. There is no rear axle whine. Tranmission shifts down rough occasionally, but nothing to complain about YET.