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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,667 miles

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2002 Mercury Mountaineer fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2002 Mercury Mountaineer Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 012006

Mountaineer 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer. While attempting to place fuel in the vehicle, the nozzle stopped after three gallons and gas began spilling out. The fuel gauge indicated that the gas tank was empty. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they performed an unknown repair. However, the failure continued. The failure mileage was 60,000 and current mileage was 78,140. Updated 04-07-08 the consumer stated the door ajar chime goes off while driving and the automatic door lock does not lock for 5 miles. Updated

- Olympia , WA, USA

problem #2

Jun 152005

Mountaineer 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
This is a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer with a V8 engine. The vehicle accelerates on its own with no driver input from a stop. It lurches both in drive and in reverse.

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #1

Feb 232002


  • miles
While parking noticed a fuel smell coming inside of vehicle. Consumer backed out of the parking garage, and noticed that gasoline was leaking from underneath vehicle.

- Samson, AL, USA

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