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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,623 miles

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1998 Mercury Mountaineer engine problems

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1998 Mercury Mountaineer Owner Comments

problem #13

Jun 082005

Mountaineer 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving down the road had been having trouble with having to force the accelrator down to accel and without warning while approaching a stop sign. Had foot on brake, released brake pressure, and tried to push gas pedal, but the gas pedal broke, and was dangling by wires. Had to coast vehicle to curb to get out of street to safety. No repairs have been made. Towed vehicleto owners home. Ford issued recall on same model and year but this vehicle wasnot included due to VIN. Mechanic suggested it could be a throttle body.

- Cincinnatti, OH, USA

problem #12

Dec 022003

(reported on)

Mountaineer 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
While driving at 40 mph the accelerator pedal separated from its linkage and fell off. The dealership indicated that this was caused by the welding becoming detached and needed to be re-welded.

- Valley Stream, NY, USA

problem #11

Jul 222003

Mountaineer 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,500 miles
Electronic controls operated by the generic control module (wipers, rear defroster, power windows etc.) have locked up. Throttle sticks after full stop and use of cruise control and needs excessive force to move forward. Existing recalls should cover these repairs, as well as two other recalls for the corrosive hood latch, and speed control where the throttle could ice up in prolonged cold weather. I went in armed with documentation and the recall information from the website but the sayville Ford dealership in sayville, NY, refused to service them, stating they were "campaigns" not actual recalls. If your vehicle doesn't come up for service on their computer, they do not acknowledge the legal recalls and won't do the repairs. Recall #'s: 00V072000, 99V062001, 99V164000, 97V074000.

- Patchogue, NY, USA

problem #10

May 262003

Mountaineer 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,600 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While turning right through a cloverleaf interstate entrance ramp at approximately 35-40 mph I attempted to accelerate and merge with on-coming traffic. The accelerator pedal popped and went under the brake pedal. I was able to pull to the side of the road and visually verified that the accelerator pedal bracket had broken. This is the metal bracket that was spot welded to the cowl panel/("firewall"). this left 3 holes in the cowl panel, each being approximately 7/32" in diameter. I was able to drive the vehicle home by pulling the accelerator pedal towards me until I was above 30 mph, then I controlled the speed using the cruise control. I was out of my home state when this occured, and because of my location at the time of failure I was forced to drive the vehicle in this condition for 3 hours. Both my wife and I had extreme headaches the remainder of the night and my 2 yr old daughter screamed most of the trip after that occurence. This possibly could have been caused by carbon monoxide poisoning due to the 3 holes left in the cowl panel which are directly next to the LH cylinder head of the engine. We all felt fine this morning. I am an ase certified master technician so I will likely repair this myself using screws and loctite.

- Rochester Hills, MI, USA

problem #9

Feb 162001

Mountaineer

  • 103,000 miles
Gas pedal came completely apart. Unable to accelerate. Mr *dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut-over to artemis*741060

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #8

Aug 012001

Mountaineer

  • miles
During normal operation of vehicle gas pedal will stick, allowing vehicle to accelerate without driver controlling the vehicle. Dealership has examined vehicle, and determined that accelerator cable was defective and must be replaced. Please provide any additional information / attachments.

- Douglastown, NY, USA

problem #7

Jun 142001

Mountaineer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Vehicle was at a stop, consumer pressed on accelerator and nothing happened. Vehicle did not move, nor did engine rev. After a few minutes, accelerator responded again. Dealer disconnected speed control cable, and advised consumer that was what had caused the problem. Currently, pedal feels tight and popps back when consumer lets go of it.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #6

Apr 012001

Mountaineer

  • miles
Vehicle was going 70mph and trying to accelerate consumer noticed that throttle was stuck. Consumer had to stomp on throttle to get it unstuck, almost running off the road. Throttle body assembly had to be replaced.

- Bandera, TX, USA

problem #5

May 042001

Mountaineer

  • miles
Accelerator pedal stuck in idle position and could not be depressed. Happened in traffic. Had to pull off road and manually hand manipulate pedal to get it moving again.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #4

Feb 222001

Mountaineer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Accelerator had been sticking. On February 22 vehicle was at stop light, light changed, consumer applied gas, nothing happened, applied gas with more force and vehicle surged forward and hit vehicle in front. $ 1700 damage to consumer's vehicle.

- Sykesville, MD, USA

problem #3

Feb 162001

Mountaineer

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Gas pedal came off while he driving. Currently, being told that it was one piece and had to be welded.

- Philadephia, PA, USA

problem #2

Dec 281998

Mountaineer

  • miles
When starting the vehicle and putting foot on the gas pedal, the pedal snaps open and the throttle sticks..

- Norwalk, CT, USA

problem #1

Aug 211999

Mountaineer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Accelerator stuck between 3,000-4,000 RPM's. driver pressing on the brake pedal would not stop vehicle. The vehicle stopped when driver threw the vehicle into neutral and turned off the engine. Vehicle has been towed to dealership. Vehicle would not stop with both feet on the pedal, incident happened after recall repair was completed.

- Arlington, TX, USA

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