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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
238,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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1997 Mercury Mountaineer electrical problems

electrical problem

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1997 Mercury Mountaineer Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 042016

Mountaineer 5.0

  • Automatic transmission
  • 250,000 miles


Lost my job and first opportunity to go job hunting, the truck is dead in the water. I turn the key and it makes a single clicking sound on the driver side and nothing more. Electronics are working and after attempting use a jump starter and fully recharged battery, I'm contemplating replacing the starter

Update from Jan 7, 2016: Starter was more than likely original from factory and rust out as was the terminal and the wire rotted out as well. Jake's Auto service in Fremont Ohio removed and replace the terminal and and starter. Vehicle was back on the road promptly

- , Fremont, OH, USA

problem #1

Dec 292014

Mountaineer 5.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 226,000 miles

Just need a little help, I have three kids an need transportation to get food, go to Dr.s and work. I paid 2,500 dollars for Mountaineer an have had nothing but problems

- , Clintwood, VA, USA

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