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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,100 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.

2005 Mercury Mountaineer steering problems

steering problem

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2005 Mercury Mountaineer Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 292014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2005 Mercury Mountaineer. While driving 45 mph, the power steering failed without warning. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Statesville, NC, USA

problem #3

May 182010


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Mercury Mountaineer. While driving 40 mph, the contact noticed that the vehicle began to sway back and forth in the rear. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop but the mechanic could not duplicate or diagnose the failure. The contact replaced all of the tires and brakes; however, the failure continued to occur. The failure mileage was approximately 80,000. The current mileage was approximately 102,000.

- Maple Lake, MN, USA

problem #2

Apr 012009


  • 48,301 miles
I have a 2005 Mercury Mountaineer, and I turned the key and went to move from R to drive and the handle (gear shaft) just snapped off.

- Cape May, NJ, USA

problem #1

Aug 012005

Mountaineer 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
Had warped rotors within first 2,000 miles. Ford would only ground rotors but dealer replaced them at no charge. I have also experienced a loud, thumping noise when I am making a sharp turn to left or right at a very low speed. Also, often when putting car in reverse many times there is a large thump and vehicle appears to shift hard. Finally, when stopped on a steep hill, after removing foot from brake, vehicle rolls backwards many times.

- Granby, CT, USA

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