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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
75,449 miles
Total Complaints:
7 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace panel (5 reports)
  2. not sure (2 reports)
2003 Mercury Mountaineer body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Mercury Mountaineer Owner Comments

problem #7

Dec 012009

Mountaineer Luxury V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


Car was in driveway. Was fine the evening before. Went out in the morning to find the crack in lift gate. It was unusually warm the day before, then temps dropped significantly that Winter night. I believe it was due to expansion/contraction of the lift gate material. Was ultimately replaced under auto comprehensive insurance, although they initially tried to put it under collision portion of policy. Body shop had to confirm that it was not due to collision.

- , Danville, PA, USA

problem #6

Nov 012014

Mountaineer V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles

I do have photos to upload and the vin number will be put in later this afternoon

this has brought down the value of my automobile

I will put more info in later.

- , Worcester, MA, USA

problem #5

Dec 012010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

Like EVERY mountaineer that is on the road today, the rear hatch developed a crack around the mercury emblem. Why does Ford not do a customer service recall????????????????

- , Durham, NC, USA

problem #4

Oct 012006

Mountaineer 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,900 miles


Ford/Mercury know this is a problem with all Explorers and Mountaineers of this year model and yet will do nothing of it. When you pay as much for a vehicle as we do, you don't expect to have this type of problem with it.

- , Lubbock, TX, USA

problem #3

Feb 202011

Mountaineer Premier V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles

Mountaineer driven for approx 9000 miles per year. After months of one of the most frigid Winters I can remember in PA, and then a significant warm up into the 60's this week, now back in the teens, went out yesterday and found a crack starting from the window line down around the mercury emblem on the rear hatch of m y 03 Mountaineer. Having a body shop look at it today, but insurance agent tells me it is very strange for a crack to just appear ... which I know is not so with plastics and fiberglass and is due to expansion and contraction with weather extremes. Will see what happens and what the body shop says.

- , Danville, PA, USA

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problem #2

Mar 152005

Mountaineer V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,245 miles

own a 2003 mercury mountaineer v6 love the truck with a few problems like interior the center fold up set handle came off dealer said thats not there fault,also cracked body peice on back hatch below the back window that has been fixed or address,as a costumer that works hard to earn a pay check,we need the most out of every dollar and the assurance that what we buy is of some value. I would like these problems and any others address and resolved.One last thing the paint on top of the truck was so thin it started coming off also in 2006.

- , Mansfield, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 072009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

I have a 2003 mercury mountaineer and the lift gate has cracked around the mercury emblem. I have seen other mountaineers with exact same cracking around emblem, they should do a recall.

- , Los Angeles, CA, USA

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