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#3207 of 3348 engine cutting out occasionally on turns
May 03, 2006 (7:20 am)
2003 Mountaineer V8
Bought used laster year with 19000 miles on it. Since I've had it, I've only put about 6000 miles on it. What I have experienced, about 8 times in those 6000 miles, is that when I've made a turn where I was going a decent speed (45 - 55 mph), slowed down enough to make the turn... the engine cut out while making the turn! Has happened on left and right turns.
I had found a summary report about some problems with the 2002-05 Mountainer, and it mentioned about when making aggressive "right" turns and cavitation in the fuel tank as fuel sloshes to one side, and the fix requires a redesigned fuel pump. I can't find a technical service bulletin on this though (I subscribed to a service where I could search all TBS for my vehicle and read full text).
I've had it back to the Ford/Mercury dealer once, but of course since it didn't do it while they had it, they couldn't do anything other than run diagnostics and they same everything came up fine. They did say that that didn't mean there wasn't a problem somewhere, maybe in the fuel tank.
Anyone have this happen to you where your Explorer or Mountaineer cut out in a turn?? The scarey part its that with no engine, I lose the power steering and it's a pretty heavy vehicle to try to steer safely into the shoulder of the road, and that is if I'm lucky enough to even have enough momentum at the time to get off the road... and of course there's always the person on your tail going into the turn... this really scares me when it happens, I can just see an accident waiting to happen.
#3208 of 3348 Re: engine cutting out occasionally on turns [03mercowner]
May 08, 2006 (8:34 pm)
No, but now you know why it was for sale.
May 18, 2006 (9:10 am)
i'm new to these forums. i'm looking for advice on purchasing a 2003 mer. mountaineer.
Here is a link to the specific vehicle...
Any thoughts, comments? I am trading in my santa fe b/c I need more room. this mercury is fully loaded and i'll be honest, the luxury aspect appeals to me!
#3210 of 3348 Re: need advice [overcome]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
May 18, 2006 (10:53 am)
As far as the price goes, you can appraise it here.
#3211 of 3348 Re: need advice [steve_]
May 18, 2006 (12:06 pm)
Thank you for your response. After using the appraiser, I feel that the price is fair, and am hoping to get some knocked off anyway.
I'm more interested in anyone's experience with a Mer. Mt. 2003. I've read all the online reviews etc. but would like some "been there done that" experiences.
#3212 of 3348 Re: need advice [overcome]
May 19, 2006 (4:26 pm)
The 03 Mountaineers are a good year to buy. They are past the first year blues the 02 can tend to have, and missed the 04 Transmission fluid issue, that ruined so many clutch packs on lots of Fords with the 5 speed transmission. You should be pretty happy with it. I've had 5 Explorer/Mountaineers. I was very happy with all of them except the 04 I have now, which is on the third transmisison. But that's been the only problem with it. IMO, they are the best designed SUV on the market. Not put together to Toyota standards quite, but a better design.
#3213 of 3348 Re: need advice [nvbanker]
May 19, 2006 (6:16 pm)
Thank you! This is exactly the type of information I was looking for.
I am going to test drive it again next week and then I will have to make a decision.
#3214 of 3348 Re: engine cutting out occasionally on turns [nvbanker]
May 23, 2006 (11:14 am)
Come on, was looking for serious helpful feedback not a sarcastic remark.
#3215 of 3348 well suprise, suprise...
May 23, 2006 (6:06 pm)
the plastic panel on my '02 explorer has been cracked for a while.
last time i was in for service, i asked if there was any program to get it fixed. the sa said no.
i resigned myself to the fact i was just going to have to pay to get it fixed, so i went up the to body shop to get an estimate to get it fixed.
the lady at the desk said she would be happy to write up an estimate.
right after that the body shop manager (ex assisant service manager)came out and we talked a bit.
i knew him from way back when a tech damaged my car while in for service.
instead of going into a long story, bottom line is the dealership and ford are going to pick up the whole $475.
i even asked about them detailing it(my expense), but they said don't bother, it will look like new when you get it back.
eventhough i had a 12+ hour day at work, i'm pretty jazzed.
#3216 of 3348 Re: Mountaineer 2003- stall/surge on braking [virgiesmom]
May 24, 2006 (7:14 am)
Did you ever find a solution to this? My 03 Mountaineer AWD V8 does the same thing intermittently. Never does it for the mechanic and no codes show up. I've owned it since about 18,900 miles for just over a year and noticed the problem... now with 25,200 miles on it still doing it occasionally. Never does it when accelerating.