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4.7

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,000 miles

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2003 Mercury Mountaineer fuel system problems

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2003 Mercury Mountaineer Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 212006

Mountaineer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles

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

: the contact stated the front seatbelts would not retract. The dealership installed a modified repair kit and there have been no further problems. Also, the fuel gauge was not reading the correct amount of fuel. The dealership replaced the fuel gauge, but the low fuel warning light has become inoperable. Additionally, while the moon roof was being opened, it buckled. The dealership and manufacturer determined this was how the vehicle was manufactured.

- Shelton, WA, USA

problem #1

Nov 132002

Mountaineer 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
To this date the following problems are present: Gas gauge sticks, air bag warning light comes on and off, driver's side door rattles and knocks, driver's side window taps, driver's side window grinds while moving up and down, clock and radio do not light up or work when start vehicle, sun roof rattles and knocks, wind gets caught between roof and headliner which creates a loud vibration, the passenger side window also rattles and knocks, there is a loud rhythmic chirp toward rear of vehicle, heating and cooling controls squeal when turning on or switching vent settings, driver's seat feels rough when moving on seat track, the 3rd steering wheel still has defect under the leather which protrudes, driver's side leather seat was damaged after being at the dealership, 2nd row middle seat is almost impossible to lock in folded position, front windshield wiper control does not stay within setting, the vehicle vibrates and the steering wheel shakes when turning the wheel at a slow speed, the third row cup holder on the driver's side does not stay down in the fitting, there is a strong exhaust smell in the cabin when engine is in hard acceleration, engine starts to stall while driving. Steering wheel was defective by being malformed causing the airbag to be ineffective. The second steering wheel was also ill fitted causing sharp protruding parts on the steering wheel. The dealership has had to repair or replace the following: Body work to defective paint on roof, front hood, and driver's side fender. The dealership damaged paint in two areas and only provided touch up paint. Replaced noisy rear windshield wiper motor, rear hatch glass because defrost would not work, rear hatch hinges, driver's side seat track. Suspension problems with vibration and pitching. Vehicle lurches forward upon acceleration.

- Stewartstown, PA, USA

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