Last post on Mar 08, 2013 at 7:34 PM
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#88 of 97 Re: moutaineer concerns [ken4sherri]
Jan 26, 2011 (9:48 am)
I have an Explorer with 130,000 and it's still going strong, however, 150,000 is about when I would sell it. I'm not sure of one over that mileage. I would probably pass. For sure, if you do buy it, don't bother with the warranty. Aftermarket warranties are fraught with fraud and disappointment. Some work, most are not there for you if you have a claim, either the fine print doesn't cover what is wrong with yours, or they will only cover part of the cost, or they want to put in a used engine or transmission, not a new one, or rebuild yours, etc. Factory extended warranties are the only ones I trust, and it's too late to get one of those on this car, for good reason.
#89 of 97 Grinding, Tingy and Roaring Noise...
Apr 09, 2011 (4:06 pm)
I just bought a 2003 Mountain with 107K miles on it (4.6L V8, AWD) last weekend. 1/2 way home (about a 3 hour drive) I backed out of a parking spot and it felt like my E-brake was stuck on. Shook and Grinded while backing up.. Does this at very low speed turns as well....I have been running around to shops all week and keep hearing different answers.. Have heard the E brake pads are sticking and have also heard possible rear or transfer case. Next, the tingy noise..sounds to me like a heat shield rattling. On a test drive, one specialist said sounds like the Torque Converter. Someone else said it sounds like its coming from the front pump/converter area of the trans. And last...the Roaring whooshy noise (pardon my impersonations). I only hear this when idling. Vacuum hose maybe?
My husband drove it today and he said when he got on it the RPMs dropped way low very fast which did not seem normal. Driving is smooth..no probs shifting.
Anyone have any advise? I do not know whether to bring it back for a refund or keep it if repairs are minor. I realize that certain things need replacing, but I'm not spending thousands within a week or so of owning it. Thanks to anyone that can help...
#90 of 97 Re: Grinding, Tingy and Roaring Noise... [neecey]
Apr 09, 2011 (5:21 pm)
TAKE IT BACK! Sounds like a clutch plate. TAKE IT BACK
#91 of 97 Re: Grinding, Tingy and Roaring Noise... [mike420]
Apr 10, 2011 (6:05 am)
Are Mountaineers known for problems? I really like the way it handles. I have baby #5 on the way and need the 3rd row. I don't have tons of money to spend. Steared away from the Yukon because it's worse on gas than even the Mountaineer. I'm afraid of buying something I'll have to sink tons of money into right away...
#92 of 97 Re: Grinding, Tingy and Roaring Noise... [neecey]
Apr 11, 2011 (6:25 am)
I had a similar issue a couple years back (the shake and grinding noise while backing)......I took it to a trusted transmission shop, and all they did was change the fluid in the rear diff. It's been fine for ~ 15K miles since then.
#93 of 97 Re: Grinding, Tingy and Roaring Noise... [neecey]
Apr 11, 2011 (9:41 am)
Are Mountaineers known for problems?
No, they're generally excellent vehicles, in my experience, and I've owned 7 of them, still have an 07. Yours sounds like a mess, and I would take it back if I were you. It's got a bunch of issues, none of them sound good. I've never had one do any of those things.
#94 of 97 Check Gauge Light
May 17, 2011 (11:14 am)
Just purchased 1997 Mountaineer, check gauge light came on. Is this a fuel pump issue? Seems to happen when gas gets to quarter tank even though gas was just put in.
#95 of 97 2002 Mountaineer Moon Roof Leakage
Jun 09, 2011 (5:35 pm)
I just recently bought a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer and the Moon Roof leaks when it rains. I had a mechanic look at it he said that all he could do is to clean out the tracks/gutters. He told me that he has seen this problem before and dont have a solution other than to replace the whole unit. I took it to a Auto Glass Shop that actually installs moon roofs and he told me the same thing. Anyone out there who might have an answer to this problem? I am not counting on it too much, because I've noticed that there aren't too many answers to problems in this forum. I'm hoping for the best and that someone may respond.
#96 of 97 Re: Transmission Shudder [mcannon1964]
Oct 04, 2012 (1:01 pm)
I have a 1998. Awesome vehicle. It has served me well since I purchased it in 2000--though I am probably more attentive than most when it comes to regular service. I believe that maintaining an older vehicle is a great trade-off when compared to new car payments and higher ins., etc. I think what your problem needs is a 'soft parts' tranny rebuild. If it is still under warranty, you should insist on this!! The problem is common around 100,000 to 120,000 miles. You can drive it as is for MANY more miles, especially if you do not use overdrive, but that can be a nuisance. The problem is primarily in the high range shifting area, but once the trans is down, you should do the other 'soft parts as well. Hope this helps. Don
#97 of 97 Re: 99 Mountaineer won't start after storage [brhart]
Mar 08, 2013 (7:34 pm)
Check all fuses !!! Do u have at least 1/4 tank of fuel ? remove rear end connection of fuel filter- does gas flow out rear of filter from tank ? U can blow air thru gas line to tank! Take fuel filter front connector off -does gas leak out ? Now blow air thru gas filter from rear to front! If ANY resistance get new filter Never a purilator!!