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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,250 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Mercury Mountaineer steering problems

steering problem

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2003 Mercury Mountaineer Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 222009

Mountaineer 6-cyl

  • miles


I have had a problem for a couple years when I put the car in gear it doesn't "lock" in the gear I have to adjust it twice, didn't think much of it and thank god no accident. But I just learned to deal with it until I saw this. Want updates on this issue.

- Latrobe, PA, USA

problem #3

Jun 052008


  • 88,000 miles
Rear back hatch cracked when purchased, promised to be fixed by dealership, but they never honored their promise. I have since seen several Mercury Mountaineer with the rear back hatch cracked as well, wondering why their wasn't a recall?? also transmission problems, already replaced transfer case and now power steering is leaking.

- Crown Point, IN, USA

problem #2

Dec 102009


  • 88,000 miles
Gear shift lever (prndl) snapped off of steering column when shifting into park from a dead stopped position.

- Matawan, NJ, USA

problem #1

Sep 132008


  • 61,000 miles
I have a 2003 Mercury Mountaineer. I just recently found out from a mechanic that the racket pinion steering column is leaking and the mechanic feels it is a manufacturer defect. I have contacted Ford and they will not even look at it.

- Carrollton, TX, USA

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