• (4.2) 20 reviews
  • MSRP: $1,891–$8,015
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 16-18
  • Engine: 210-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 (flexible; E85)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Seats: 5-7
2004 Mercury Mountaineer

Our Take on the Latest Model 2004 Mercury Mountaineer

What We Don't Like

  • V-6 performance
  • Fuel economy
  • Resale value

Notable Features

  • V-6 or V-8
  • Seven-passenger seating
  • AWD
  • Five-speed automatic
  • Side-curtain airbags/Safety Canopy

2004 Mercury Mountaineer Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Like the related Ford Explorer, the Mercury Mountaineer was redesigned for the 2002 model year. Both midsize sport utility vehicles compete against General Motors’ models and the SUV lineup from import brands. Ford sells far more Explorers.

The Mountaineer and the less-costly Explorer use body-on-frame construction. Engineers devised an innovative independent porthole-in-frame rear suspension that features half-shafts that poke right through holes in the chassis. In addition to making the ride smoother, this configuration allowed a lower step-in height for easier entry and exit, as well as additional space for the installation of a standard third-row seat.

The Mountaineer comes in Convenience, Luxury and Premier trim levels and with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Mercury’s SUV gained standard features, including a keyless-entry keypad, a compass, an outside-temperature display and power heated mirrors, for 2003.

For 2004, the Luxury and Premier models gain second-row bucket seats and a standard tire-pressure monitor. The company’s AdvanceTrac electronic stability system is now available on rear-drive models. An Audiophile in-dash six-CD changer is available for the Luxury edition, while adjustable pedals are now offered in Convenience and the upscale trim levels.

Exterior
Built on a 113.8-inch wheelbase, the Mountaineer stands 71.4 inches tall and measures 189.5 inches long overall. During the 2002 redesign, the bumpers were lowered by 2 inches to make this SUV roughly comparable to a midsize sedan in the event of a collision. Machined-aluminum wheels hold 16-inch tires on Convenience models, while Luxury and Premier models get 17-inch rubbers. Fog lights and a luggage rack are standard, while running boards and a power moonroof are offered as options. Color-keyed body components and a moonroof are installed on the Premier edition.

Interior
Seating for seven people in three rows is standard. The third-row seat folds flat for extra room. Standard equipment in the Convenience model includes heated power mirrors, a CD player, remote keyless entry and power windows. The Luxury edition adds a tire-pressure monitor, running boards, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats and adjustable pedals.

Cargo volume reaches 81.7 cubic feet when the second- and third-row seats are folded down. A DVD entertainment system for the rear seat is optional.

Under the Hood
A 4.0-liter V-6 engine develops 210 horsepower, and the optional 4.6-liter all-aluminum V-8 produces 239 hp. A five-speed-automatic is the sole transmission available.

Safety
Antilock brakes are standard. Side curtain-type airbags for first- and second-row occupants may be equipped with a Safety Canopy. An optional Reverse Sensing System detects obstacles to the rear while the vehicle is backing up.

Driving Impressions
The Mountaineer is more pleasing on the road than the Explorer, which is an impressive SUV on its own. The available V-8 engine definitely delivers more oomph than the V-6, but even the V-8 gets taxed considerably in mountainous terrain.

The Mountaineer’s ride quality is lovely, thanks to the nicely cushioned, highly absorbent fully independent suspension. Despite its gentler ride, the Mountaineer feels a trifle more stable than the Explorer. Permanent all-wheel drive works effectively, without a thought by the driver. Full gauges are well calibrated and easy to read. Comfortable leather upholstery helps hold occupants in place.

 

Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com;
Posted on 8/27/03

Consumer Reviews

4.2

Average based on 20 reviews

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I hit the jackpot with this reliable beauty

by Bhazel from Evansville, Indiana on September 14, 2017

I bought this SUV (Premiere edition) because it had all the bells and whistles I wanted- heated leather seats, sunroof, rear sensor warning, AWD, and everything else I could never afford in a new car.... Read Full Review

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Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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