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2004 Mercury Mountaineer

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$29,350

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

SUV

Body style

4

Seating capacity

190.7” x 71.4”

Dimensions

Rear-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

The good:

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

The bad:

  • V-6 performance
  • Fuel economy
  • Resale value

4 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Our 2004 Mercury Mountaineer trim comparison will help you decide.

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Notable features

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

2004 Mercury Mountaineer review: Our expert's take

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior 4.5
  • Performance 4.2
  • Value 4.2
  • Exterior 4.4
  • Reliability 4.2
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Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Best car ever!!!

I've owned my mountaineer since 2013 and I never had any problems with my car and I would definitely recommend this vehicle to other people who is looking for a good reliable used car. The mountaineer drives well in the snow and it never skidded in the bad weather, I have the 4.0 V6 engine and it has great gas mileage and I would never get rid of it.

5.0

Great Vehicle

Bought it new in ‘04. Changed oil and serviced IAW manual since I bought it and kept it garaged. I’m 83 now and still use it as my primary vehicle. It has 185,000 miles on it. It’s a 4.0 V6.

5.0

Most reliable and trustworthy vehicle I’ve owned

I’ve had mine about a year and I can’t complain. I have had no problems with it. More then enough room Inside and I have 4 kids. We have been on vacation in it and it was amazing. Easy ride and very dependable

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Safety

Based on the 2004 Mercury Mountaineer base trim.
Nhtsa rollover rating
3

Warranty

New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
36 months/36,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles

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