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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,189 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Mercury Mountaineer transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Mercury Mountaineer Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 302003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 129,000 miles


While driving, the vehicle began to drive rough and make noises. The driver pulled the vehicle over to the side of the road and noticed fluid leaking under the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to a dealer which determined that the transmission casing had a large hole. The transmission must be replaced.

- Hempstead, NY, USA

problem #2

Apr 182003

Mountaineer 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,568 miles
1998 Mercury Mountaineer transmission repairs. There was no third gear and the transmission had to be replaced. Engine light stayed on and the egr sensor had to be replaced.

- Willowick, OH, USA

problem #1

Jan 011999


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When driving heard a grinding noise. Had it repaired, grinding happened again. Currently, consumer can't put in drive only second.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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