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fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
60,000 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

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2002 Mercury Mountaineer body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2002 Mercury Mountaineer Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 012008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles


The paint chips and flakes off regardless of weather/salt or how often I wash the car. I lean against the car and paint flakes off.

The flaking and chipped paint has allowed moisture to build behind areas and there are now large rust spots that have formed. I have attempted to patch these myself but 1. I have no idea how to properly do it; 2. It takes a very long time when you don't have equipment; and 3. It rusts right back through the patch.

- , Darlington, MD, USA

problem #3

Jun 052006

Mountaineer Premium 4.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

C'mon Ford! Why make a part that does this? Why not use similar materials across all of your vehicles. Most A pillars just fade and you can paint them. Paint does NOT want to stick to these pillars (back peels, too). I had them painted, but the paint is peeling, too. I may put vinyl sheets on them to cover it up.

- , Largo, FL, USA

problem #2

May 302007

(reported on)

Mountaineer V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles

Very awful to look at, Shouldn't happen!

- , Sheffield, MA, USA

problem #1

Sep 082006

(reported on)


  • 51,000 miles

On the door pillars of almost all used 2002 and 2003 Explorers and Mountaineers, I have seen paint fade. I guess that would be the best way to describe it. Now I have a 2002 Mountaineer and on all 6 of my pillars, 4 door and 2 on the hatch, are all giving this paint peel look. I stopped at my local dealer- Whitman Ford, Temperance MI, and they say there is not a problem. I have an issue with that, as I can walk over the the used lot and count 90% of the Explorers they have are all doing the same. Now since I was informed there is no recall, can someone there please tell me if I can get free replacements due to that it is a manufactures defect and really should be recalled since it isn't a one time thing. It is on 5 vehicles I counted at the used lot and every car I see on the road.

- , Erie, MI, USA

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