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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,027 miles

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1998 Mercury Mountaineer wheels / hubs problems

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1998 Mercury Mountaineer Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #52

Jul 032012

Mountaineer

  • miles

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

1998 Mercury Mountaineer. Attorney representing consumer requests list of vehicle tire tread problems.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #51

Apr 132011

Mountaineer 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Moved my truck to let another car out of the drive way. Pulled back in turned the truck off came in the house and heard a loud boom. Looked out the window and fire was shooting up by the wheel.

- Campbellsville, KY, USA

problem #50

Jul 152010

Mountaineer

  • 149,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Mercury Mountaineer equipped with turbo tech radial A/sr tires, line size P235/75R15, dot number ut1tt2E4305. The contact was driving approximately 55 mph when a loud pop sounded from the exterior of the vehicle. The contact suddenly lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle flipped over twice and landed onto the center lane of the highway. The contact sustained a mild concussion and injuries to the knee, back and neck. A police report was available. The failure was caused by the rear driver side tire exploding. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to a salvage yard. The failure mileage was approximately 149,000.

- Riverdale, GA, USA

problem #49

Jan 072004

Mountaineer 8-cyl

  • 85,000 miles

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

1998 Mountaineer's tires were apart of a recall and consumer is requesting reimbursement. The vehicle was originally equipped with Wilderness AT tires which were recalled. The consumer replaced these tire in 2004 after the consumer was almost involved in an accident as result of the faulty tires.

- West Hempstead, NY, USA

problem #48

May 242004

Mountaineer 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,400 miles
My wife was driving back to work at lunch, clear day, unlimited visibility, clear road conditions, when the driver side rear tire sidewall blew out. Fortunately, no one was hurt. The tire was put on the vechicle by the Ford dealership during the Firestone recall. A passerby helped my wife change the tire. This is a Goodyear Wrangler rts, P235/75/15.

- Nokesville, VA, USA

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problem #47

Sep 012000

Mountaineer 4WD

  • miles
While driving, the left front tire blew out, consumer then swerved, and sideswiped a semi truck, consumer suffered minor injuries.(Firestone wilderness ess at 15 W2hl P235/75R-15)

- Grove City, OH, USA

problem #46

Jan 102001

Mountaineer 4WD

  • miles

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

Mountaineer's front floor board and seat mounting brakets, especially the passenger side, get hot enough to blister the skin. When the floor board is hot the ABS light comes on and it is hard to steer. The Mountaineer also has excessive tire wear on the front which had lead to two sets of tires needing to be replaced. In 3000 miles the tires are worn enough that the Mercury makes a whomping sound much like a flat is hard to turn and is difficult to stop until I have the tires rotated. The whole process then has to be done again in another 3000 miles which according to Ford "should be done every other oil change and this is normal for an SUV."

- Cassville, MO, USA

problem #45

Sep 012000

Mountaineer 4WD

  • miles
While driving, the left front tire blew out, consumer then swerved, and sideswiped a semi truck, consumer suffered minor injuries.(Firestone wilderness ess at 15 W2hl P235/75R-15)

- Grove City, OH, USA

problem #44

May 132001

Mountaineer 4WD

  • miles
The left rear tire blew out while traveling 70 mph on highway 44 near sullivan mo. Even though no one was injuryed it was certainly a scary event. (dot number: W2uu tiresize: P225/70R15)

- Crocker, MO, USA

problem #43

Dec 012000

Mountaineer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Firestone Wilderness AT tires on Mercury, Mountaineer 1998 are experiencing problems. Three of tires on the vehicle are cracking.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #42

Feb 072001

Mountaineer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Original equipment, Firestone wilderness tire P235/75R15 size, dot#: W2hl. While driving at highway speeds of 65 mph, left rear tire blewout. Firestone has been notified.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #41

Aug 092000

Mountaineer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Steel belt showing through tires, consumer took tires to Firestone dealer but was told they were not covered under recall because they didn't have the proper dot code (Firestone Wilderness AT P235/75R15 dot W2hl). Nlm

- Franklinto, LA, USA

problem #40

Nov 302000

Mountaineer

  • miles
Before the tire blowout I had the tires inspected at the local Firestone store and was told I had no tires that fell under the tire recall. When I went to another tire store to have the blowout replaced I was informed that tire was under the recall, the vehilce was inspected again and two more tires were recal tires. I went back to the Firestone store were the tires were first inspected and the manager told me I was wrong about the tires being recalled after I told me another tire store had replaced for free under the recall dot number, I was then told I could not prove the tires were on recall to him so legally he did nothing wrong by telling he the tires were safe so now it was my word against his. I called Firestone corporation and told them the same story but got no responce from the company eather. (dot number: Vdhl tiresize: 235/75R15)

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #39

Oct 042000

Mountaineer

  • miles
PE00 020; consumer was traveling about 70mph on highway and heard a popping noise. Vehicle veered off into a bar ditch, and it traveled down bar ditch, and hit guardrail. Then went sideways into the lane of traffic, and then hit enbankment. Incident was caused by a tire blowout.

- Canadian, TX, USA

problem #38

Nov 152000

(reported on)

Mountaineer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Firestone Wilderness AT tires (P235 75 R15) caused vehicle to vibrate, consumer replaced tires with a different brand and has no more problems with vibration in the vehicle.

- Mill Spring, NC, USA

problem #37

Sep 152000

Mountaineer

  • miles
Was traveling 40mph when right rear tire blew. Replaced it with the spare. Towed truck to driver, he indicated all tires were bad. Can see the steel belts coming through rubber. Contacted Firestone & informed no recall on tires.

- Southfield, MI, USA

problem #36

Nov 102000

Mountaineer

  • miles
This tire was not a recall with the vd code. It suddenly failed at highway speed by losing part of its tread. The tread separated from the ply for a distance of approx 18" on one side of the tire. Photos are available. (dot number: W2hlipy2hl tiresize: P235/75R15)

- Beaumont, TX, USA

problem #35

Jun 182000

Mountaineer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Right rear Firestone Wilderness AT tire blewout while driving causing the rear end of the vehicle to begin to fishtail, the vehicle was sitting so low that the jack could not be used properly. Nlm

- Springdale, AR, USA

problem #34

Oct 102000

(reported on)

Mountaineer

  • miles
Firestone Wilderness AT tires P235 75 R15 experienced leaking.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #33

Aug 032000

Mountaineer

  • miles
Steel belt was showing on Firestone tire.

- Franklinton, LA, USA

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