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Engine Sputtering

1997 Mountaineer. Engine is sputtering like it is getting choked off of fueL. Has 127.000+ miles on it. after driving about 10 miles it starts to get worse and the "Check Engine" lite comes on. It ...

Front End Shaking

What could be the problem. I don't think it's the motor mounts. When on the freeway or just driving it "shudders". feels like the front end moves a bit. This happens when I step on the gas and acce...

Transmission Swap

Will a tranny in a 2000 mountaineer direct fit into a 2004 mountaineer?

Transfer Case - Shift Motor

I have a mercury mountaineer 06 - the transfer case it has on now does not have a shift motor attached to the transfer case. I am replacing that one for another transfer case that has the shift moto...

2006 Mercury Moutaineer Won't Idle

Put new motor in mountaineer - runs and drives fine but will not idle?

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Mercury Mountaineer Overview

The Mercury Mountaineer debuted in 1997 as a twin to the Ford Explorer. It is now in its third generation, which began with the 2006 model year; the chief change with this current generation is a new reinforced frame.

As is par for the course with its Ford counterparts, the Mercury branding gets a ramped-up interior and higher sticker price. In this case the 1997 Mountaineer had the distinction of a standard V8, whereas merely one of the Explorer's 10 trims that model year came with a V8.

That very first Mountaineer disappointed Mercury with its sales, as it really was not distinguishable from the lower-priced Explorer, so the bulk of the sales went to the Ford brand. So for the SUV's sophomore year, Mercury made some obvious exterior changes, such as flipping the front fascia, downsizing the headlights, and changing the wheels.

In 2002 a fold-flat seat for the third-row was introduced as a standard feature so the Mountaineer could compete in the 7-passenger bracket. Changes that came with the 2006 redesign included a made-over interior (seats, gauges, door handles, window switches), an independent rear suspension, more-capable brakes, and options for a 4.6-liter V8, 6-speed automatic transmission, and power-deployable running boards (as seen on the Lincoln Navigator).

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