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#588 of 862 Towing with the Mountaineer - Incorrect Specs???
Nov 06, 2006 (7:02 pm)
This is as much a question as it is Informational. Unless I'm mistaken, I think Mercury has made an error in the towing capacity they quote for the Mountaineer. Several phone calls and e-mails to dealerships and to Mercury have gone, essentially, unanswered.
I wanted to share this for those that use the vehicle for what it was intended (utility) and specifically for towing. The 2007 brochure states the towing capacity for the V-8 engine at 7220 lbs (4x2) and 7050 lbs (AWD) when equipped with the Class IV towing package. This is about the same as the Ford Explorer.
We have been shopping for a replacement SUV for our '04 Mountaineer and had just about settled on the Mountaineer when I realized that you can't get a MM without the 3rd Row Seat and Auxiliary Climate Control. The ACC reduces the towing capacity by 500 lbs. But Mercury's specs do not reflect this. I believe the maximum towing should be 6720 (4x2) and 6550 (AWD).
With the Ford Explorer, the 3rd Seat and ACC is optional on the XLT and Eddie Bauer trim lines. It's standard on the Limited, but can be deleted. Deleting the 3rd Row Seat and ACC is NOT available on the MM.
I think Mercury has made a huge mistake and from the silence I have received from my inquires, I'm assuming no one at Mercury wants to admit the error. A difference of 500 lbs is a lot of weight to state can be safely towed by a vehicle when in reality(?) may be outside what the rating should be.
We will be ordering an Explorer sometime this winter because towing a boat is the reason we even need an SUV and I'm looking for the maximum towing capacity.
I thought I should share this with others in the same boat (no pun intended) as us. If I'm wrong, I wish someone from Mercury would tell me, but I have to believe they aren't responding because they aren't sure what to say.
I'm not sure what legal ramifications this could lead to for them; people towing unsafe weight limits, returning a vehicle because you can't tow the stated weigh limit, etc.
If for some reason, I'm just not interpreting this information correctly, please enlighten me. Otherwise, I thought it best to share with the rest.
#589 of 862 Re: Towing with the Mountaineer - Incorrect Specs??? [pulleydog]
Nov 06, 2006 (7:24 pm)
Interesting, is this new for 07? Because I just purchased an 06 Mountaineer Luxury (V8, tow package, third row seats) but do NOT have the Auxiliary Climate Control.
#590 of 862 Mountianeer is Packaged differently
Nov 07, 2006 (7:20 am)
All Mountaineers come with standard third row. Premiers come with the power fold 3rd row standard.
ACC is optional on all Mtneers.
#591 of 862 Where did you get your info about ACC
Nov 07, 2006 (7:30 am)
Who told you ACC reduces towing capacity by 500 pounds?
#592 of 862 Re: Towing with the Mountaineer - Incorrect Specs??? [pulleydog]
Nov 07, 2006 (6:55 pm)
if you are going to tow something that weighs 2500 lbs more than your tow vehicle, you ought to pick a bigger platform.
it could end up with the tail wagging the dog.
#593 of 862 Re: Towing with the Mountaineer - Incorrect Specs??? [explorerx4]
Nov 07, 2006 (7:33 pm)
I towed a 5,300# travel trailer from AZ to MI & back this summer with my 2006 Mountaineer 4.6 AWD. No problems.
#594 of 862 Re: Towing with the Mountaineer - Incorrect Specs??? [gsharrow]
Nov 08, 2006 (8:29 am)
Apparently. Mercury also eliminated the "Luxury" trim line for 2007. The choices are now either a "Mountaineer" - only available with the V-6 Engine...or the "Premier Mountaineer" - with your choice of the V-6 or V-8 Engine.
The Premier has Standard 3rd Row Seating and Aux Climate Control. I contacted Mercury and they indicated that neither the 3rd Row Seat or the ACC could be deleted - even if special ordered.
#595 of 862 Re: Mountianeer is Packaged differently [mschmal]
Nov 08, 2006 (8:34 am)
ACC is STANDARD on Premier Mountaineer - the only Montaineer that you can get with the V-8. ACC is optional only on the 'Mountaineer' (Non-Premier).
Regarding the reduced Towing Capacity - from Ford's own website;
* Deduct 500 lbs. with auxiliary climate control.
With the Mountaineer and Explorer essentially being the same vehicle, I don't know why the 500 lb reduction would hold true for one and not the other.
Nov 08, 2006 (1:04 pm)
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#597 of 862 Re: tow package wiring connection [gsharrow]
Nov 08, 2006 (4:46 pm)
The wiring diagrams show a separate fuse for the trailer back up lights. I plan to connect my navigation unit to that wire (it needs to sense when the vehicle is reversing).