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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,974 miles

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2008 Mercury Mountaineer Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #27

Sep 242013

Mountaineer 6-cyl

  • miles


If I hit a bump or pothole while driving, the driver's seat moves to the easy exit position the dome lights come on. Happens also if you bump the steering wheel or if you touch the key when it is in the ignition. It has happens while backing out in drive. Stalled the engine twice. Turning the key slightly will put the seat back into the set position. I am only 5' 5", so when the seat goes back while I am driving, I am moved too far away from the steering wheel and the brake and gas pedals. Mechanic inspection indicates it is a problem with the ignition switch and has quoted it as a $203 repair.

- Castle Rock, CO, USA

problem #26

Jan 092014

Mountaineer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,600 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mercury Mountaineer. The contact stated that the front driver's seat moved back independently and the dome light illuminated. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer, who stated that they could not find a defect in the seating switch but the failure still persisted. The manufacture was contacted. The approximate failure mileage was 66,600. Updated 3/14/14

- Ballston Lake, NY, USA

problem #25

Nov 062013


  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mercury Mountaineer. The contact stated that the front driver's seat reclined independently as the dome light illuminated. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 72,000.

- Ridgewood, NJ, USA

problem #24

Mar 012011


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Mercury Mountaineer. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the driver's side seat independently engaged into the easy exit position as the interior lights flashed on and off. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection and repairs. The ignition and seat switch were replaced, however the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #23

Jul 012013


  • 65,000 miles
The issue started out while we were driving; the seat would move to the easy exit feature and the dome lights would come on as though the key was removed from the ignition. It's now more frequent and happens when you put the key in the ignition. Turning the key slightly will put in back into the driving position. This is a serious driving hazard as you're moved very far away from the steering wheel as well as the brake and gas pedals. Sadly, it will take a deadly accident occurring for this to be considered a recall.

- Bethel Park, PA, USA

problem #22

Nov 212011


  • 29,000 miles
There is a recurring problem that the seat will automatically go into the "easy exit" position. This is not a problem for me as I drive with the seat as far back as possible, but this is a huge safety concern for my wife. Why hasn't this been recalled yet? this seems to be a common problem in this make and model. God forbid the electrical problem worsens and causes a fire.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #21

Dec 012010

Mountaineer 6-cyl

  • miles


Driver seat moves back into exit position and interior lights come on while driving. This happens at any speed periodically and while going over bumps. I am very short so when this happens I have a difficult time reaching the gas/brake. I have 4 young children and this is a very big safety issue while driving.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #20

Dec 012010

Mountaineer 6-cyl

  • miles
While driving the driver seat slides back into exit form and it is hard to reach the gas and brakes and the interior lights come on. This happens periodically while driving if you touch the ignition as if you are going to start the vehicle the seat will go back into place and the interior lights will go off.

- El-Paso, TX, USA

problem #19

Dec 012012

Mountaineer 8-cyl

  • miles
When you hit a bump while driving the driver's seat moves all the way back to the easy enter/exit position and the dome light comes on. I am a short person of 5' and when this happens I cannot reach the peddles and have to extend my arms all the way to reach the steering wheel. I have to reach down and manually move the seat back. Since my speed decreases suddenly I am afraid someone will rear end me one day. I understand that this is happening on more than one 2008 Mercury Mountaineer and to have it repaired will cost hundreds of dollars. I am retired with a disability and on a fixed income and cannot afford to have this fixed. This is a serious safety hazard and do not know why Ford will not issue a recall. I hope no one is seriously or fatally injured because of this issue.

- Pasadena, MD, USA

problem #18

May 042013


  • 72,222 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mercury Mountaineer. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph over a road bump, the front driver's side power seat moved backward and forward independently. The interior lights began to illuminate as the failure occurred. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 72,222.

- Jackson, TN, USA

problem #17

Jan 022013

Mountaineer 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


While driving the vehicle, the driver's seat will move backwards to the "easy exit" position without warning. It does this whenever the vehicle is jarred from road conditions or when the driver's knee bumps the ignition. This happens at low and high speeds. My wife is short and this defect moves her out of reach of the brake pedal. This happens nearly every time we drive the vehicle. This is extremely dangerous and needs to be recalled and fixed.

- Orleans, IN, USA

problem #16

Oct 012012


  • 57,000 miles
While driving on the freeway, the driver's seat moved backwards. I was unable to reach the brake or gas and was nearly in an accident as I was unaware as to what was going on. The dome lights and the exterior exit lights lit up as well. Since this date, this has happened numerous times. It is a major safety issue and should become a recall.

- Paso Robles, CA, USA

problem #15

Dec 012012

Mountaineer 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mercury Mountaineer. The contact stated that the driver seat memory adjusting system failed and caused the driver seat to erroneously move backwards. The contact was able to move the key forward to place the seat back to normal setting. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic. The vehicle was inspected by a private mechanic who stated that the failure was located at the ignition cylinder. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 62,000 and the current mileage was 65,000. Updated 3/13/13 updated 03/19/13

- West Palm Beach , FL, USA

problem #14

Nov 262012


  • miles
While driving on highway drivers seat went forward independently without warning and seat went in the last memory position as far forward as possible position jamming drivers foot on gas pedal for an unspecified amount of time, and dome light came on. Driver could not get foot off gas pedal and could only get the seat to go back by manually using the seat buttons. Drivers seat was so far forward it was very difficult for driver to get hand between door and seat to get to button and driver was so frantic and scared trying to maintain vehicle control while attempting to get hand between seat and door to reach and find correct button to move seat back when there are 3 different seat buttons. Driver has disabled person that sets behind drivers seat so drivers seat upon disabled person entering vehicle is always put in the fartherest position forward to enable disabled person space to get in vehicle. Upon finally getting seat back driver has no recollection of any events occurring afterward because driver went into shock. Took vehicle to dealership to find problem shop manager got in attempting to duplicate problem instead the seat wouldn't even move as it's automatically programmed to do, then seat rocked back and forth, then went all the way forward. Dealership made two new ignition keys to replace the worn key, replaced computer memory cylinder in steering wheel where it was found if worn ignition key lost contact because of key being worn, with cylinder, seat had a mind of it's own. This resulted in a speeding ticket.

- Garden City, KS, USA

problem #13

Oct 102012

Mountaineer 6-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
Purchased a used 2008 Mercury Mountaineer almost a year ago, in approx Oct 2012 the driver's seat started moving back and forth while driving. When the seat moved back it was almost so far back I couldn't hold onto steering wheel or keep foot on brake pedal. Took vehicle to mccoy mills Ford and they could not duplicate occurrence. Since that date this has happened multiple times and I figured out it has something to do with the ignition switch. If the car gets any minor jolt as in riding on rough street or going over speed bump, ignition apparently shift which triggers something in the sensor and off you go. Most recent occurrence was on 12/11/2012 while driving through a local walmart parking lot; slowly went over speed bump and seat started moving on its own. Since the occurrences are becoming more frequent decided to take care back in now that I know it has something to do with ignition switch. Called Ford customer care center and spoke to a rep who stated they didn't have any recalls for such a matter and my bumper-to-bumper had expired so I would have to incur cost to repair. Went back to mccoy mills Ford was told that the keysense would need to be replaced and cost would be $390 - $400+. this should really be a recall item, especially after reading the number of postings on this site for the same thing.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #12

Jun 232009

Mountaineer 8-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
I was driving along and the driver seat started going back. This is happening frequently. It will go so far back that I cannot reach brakes or gas pedals.

- Big Spring, TX, USA

problem #11

Aug 122012


  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mercury Mountaineer. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph the front drivers side seat slid forward independently. The interior lighting illuminated in the vehicle as if as if a door had opened. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 59,000.

- Still Water, NY, USA

problem #10

Aug 062012

Mountaineer 6-cyl

  • 69,800 miles
The driver's seat moved back while braking for traffic same as if I had turned off the car and was removing the key. A few minutes later it happened again while braking. I realized it was happening while braking because when my leg moved towards the brake pedal, my knee touched the key chain, thus it appears to be a problem with the ignition switch, not the brakes, causing the problem. I contacted my local Ford service shop and they advised they have never heard of this problem and do not know how to fix this as they have not received any bulletins from Ford about the problem. I am taking it to their shop and hope that they can re-created the problem as they advised this is the only way they can try and find something to fix as they will not replace the ignition based on my information.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #9

May 142008

Mountaineer 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mercury Mountaineer. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the driver's seat moved all the way to the rear seats. The vehicle was taken to the dealer.....updated 08-24-12 the consumer stated the selling dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The local Ford dealer, croft (williams) sayre, pa discovered a loose ignition switch which corrected the problem. Updated 08/30/2012

- Sayre , PA, USA

problem #8

Jul 022012


  • 60,000 miles
Driver seat moves back to the "easy exit" position while driving! had to manually move the seat up with the side controls in order to reach the pedals again. Could not reach the brake! dealer replaced ignition key tumbler, same problem dealer replaced ignition electrical switch, solution pending. This should be a recall as it is a major safety issue!!!

- West Babylon, NY, USA

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