really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1998 Mercury Mountaineer body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1998 Mercury Mountaineer Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 131999


  • miles


May 5,1998 car died when it was going up an incline getting on the freeway. June 3,1998 the door locks would not work, plus the stereo when we stopped let out a high pitched noise and then stopped working about an hour later it was ok again. Later that evening the car tried to die again the lights went dim. June 9,1998 we were driving on the freeway and the lights on the dash (50 thru 80mph)went out. June 19,1998 problems again car not wanting to start all the time-dealership installed flight data recorder until June 26,1998 when stereo started again and data recorder went out. July 14,1999 car making loud noise brought back to dealership they had to replace altenator/tensiioner/belt. July 26,1999 car overheats after driving less than a mile away towed to dealership they replace thermostat/thermostat housing/gasket. Pick car up on July 29,1999 from dealership drive 3.3 miles from dealership and the car catches on fire on drivers side under around were the fuses are. Car gets repaired then on Sept.22,1999 had to bring back after driving car the headlights start to flash on & off. Well are rearveiw mirror has the auto diming headlights that have not worked for a while now but I am tired of messing with this lemon. Oh before the fire sometimes when you put the turn signal on it would buzz. This is the problems we brought to the dealership. Many times the lights dimmed but it would be ok after a little while.

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #1

Feb 242000

(reported on)

Mountaineer 4WD

  • miles
Vehicle driven in forward and comes to a stop (I.e.- at a stop sign, toll booth, or traffic light) will stall/hesitate without warning when attempting to proceed forward again. This has happened multiple times since we purchased the vehicle new. Vehicle was taken to several different dealerships in three states and they say "Ford/Mercury is aware of the problem but at the current time there is no fix." Radio when tuning would not pick up any radiostations due to radio not hooked to antenna. Door molding on drivers side door came loose and prevented the door from being opened more than three inches. Driver was not able to enter drivers side door to drive vehicle. Rear windshield wiper engine burned out and rear wiper did not work. Brake stuck when attempting to place vehicle into gear after initial start of engine.

- Gunpowder, MD, USA

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