2004 Mercury Mountaineer

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Key Specs

of the 2004 Mercury Mountaineer. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Ride comfort
  • Easy to drive
  • Ride stability
  • Crash-test ratings
  • Interior space

The Bad

  • V-6 performance
  • Fuel economy
  • Resale value

Notable Features of the 2004 Mercury Mountaineer

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

2004 Mercury Mountaineer Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 lower...
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

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Most reliable vehicle I have owned

by hippiestylz from Phillipsburg on July 30, 2018

I enjoy the overall comfort and reliability that this vehicle has to offer. It is a great vehicle and very sturdy. I would never be nervous behind the wheel of this vehicle in the event of an accident... Read full review

(4.0)

A solid, good looking SUV

by Jar on June 9, 2018

Had this vehicle for many years and it has been a very good SUV and awesome in the Michigan winters. Very smooth driving vehicle. The only things it has needed were typical wear and tear maintenance ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2004 Mercury Mountaineer currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Mountaineer received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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