The Mountaineer is a plusher, upscale version of the Ford Explorer. It seats seven with the optional third row. Optional adjustable pedals allow shorter drivers to find a comfortable driving position. The standard engine is an adequate-performing but coarse-sounding 4.0-liter V6; a more powerful 4.6-liter V8 is also available. The ride is firm and controlled. Handling is sound if unexceptional.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"For the age good vehicle"

Anonymous, IA (2004 Mercury Mountaineer)

"Drives OK but throttle too sensitive and hard to control at start from complete stop."

Anonymous, CO (2004 Mercury Mountaineer)

"Would not change a thing. However, like all older vehicles, left side of driver seat is slumping. This is expected when you are 225lbs.+."

Anonymous, PA (2004 Mercury Mountaineer)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Seats are comfortaable and is generally quieter than my 2012 KIA"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Mercury Mountaineer)

"Same as the Taurus."

PATRICIA H., WA (2004 Mercury Mountaineer)

"A/C system leaked out Freon and stopped cooling. Seats: Drivers seat heater doesn't work; passenger front seat stayed on all the time had to pull fuse."

Anonymous, CO (2004 Mercury Mountaineer)

"very roomy and comfortable to drive. transmission went out in year 5, been riding good since rebuilt trans. still rides good after 200,000 miles"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Mercury Mountaineer)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Thought about buying a new Mountaineer 2005, but all they had was same color with few upgrades-lucky me. I have only had air conditioning and turn signal unit replaced and regular maintenance. I keep up with maintenance and Rust-Western PA. 85,000 miles+. Still love it, thought about upgrading several times, but newer vehicles with better electrometric are five years and gone."

Anonymous, PA (2004 Mercury Mountaineer)

"the mountaineer had held up well. still looks new except for crack in pane near rear window that's a defect, have notice many mountaineer with same crack.if mercury still produced mountaineer that would be my next car"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Mercury Mountaineer)

"12 years and 240,000 miles with minimal repairs. It has been a vehicles well worth what it cost."

Anonymous, MI (2004 Mercury Mountaineer)

"Paid 1/2 price of New in 2006 ($17K) due to gas being $4+ a gallon. Has been a great SUV for the price we paid."

HOLLY H., MI (2004 Mercury Mountaineer)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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