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fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
62,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. refinish effected areas (1 reports)
2004 Mercury Mountaineer body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2004 Mercury Mountaineer Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 012010

Mountaineer Premier V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


Both wheel wells are rusted out requiring both sides to need a large piece of metal cut out and welded, then primed and painted, costing about $2500.00

- , Stow, OH, USA

problem #1

Feb 012010

Mountaineer Premier V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles

Over the winter our Mountaineer developed rust near the rear door jam, between the door jam and the rear wheel well. My first thought was that it had paint damage from a door ding, which started the rust. After looking at the other side, though, the paint is bubbling in the same place. Definitely a design problem. We live in an area with a fair amount of snow, but is it washed regularly. It is garaged at night.

We usually keep cars for about 100,000 miles, but may trade this one sooner.

- , Bettendorf, IA, USA

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