2008 Mercury Mountaineer

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Key Specs

of the 2008 Mercury Mountaineer. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Available power-folding third-row seat
  • Available power running boards

The Bad

  • Pending further review

Notable Features of the 2008 Mercury Mountaineer

  • Standard side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Heated windshield option
  • 292-hp V-8
  • AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control
  • Navigation system now voice-activated

2008 Mercury Mountaineer Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
The Mercury Mountaineer is closely related to the Ford Explorer but has more luxury content. It competes against other upscale full-size SUVs, such as the Buick Enclave and Saab 9-7X. The Mountaineer comes equipped with a fair amount of standard safety equipment, and very little has changed for the new model year beyond the packaging of options, the addition of a voice-activated Sync communication system and a new capless fuel-filler setup.

The top Mountaineer engine is a 292-horsepower, 4.6-liter V-8 with three valves per cylinder; it drives a six-speed automatic transmission. The standard AdvanceTrac electronic stability system features Roll Stability Control, and a DVD-based navigation system is available. It is built with body-on-frame construction, as are the Explorer and other truck-based SUVs.


Exterior
Mercury says the front styling and rectangular headlights suggest a subtle evolution in the company's design direction, with an emphasis on the vertically stacked front-end elements.

Satin aluminum is used in abundance across the exterior, including on the available power-retractable running boards. Standard wheels are 17 inches in diameter, but 18-inch wheels are standard on Premier models. Later in the model year, 20-inch wheels will be available. Built on a 113.7-inch wheelbase, the Mountaineer is 73.5 inches wide and measures 193.5 inches long overall.

There are three new colors for 2008 — silver, white and stone green. Also for 2008, the Mount...
Vehicle Overview
The Mercury Mountaineer is closely related to the Ford Explorer but has more luxury content. It competes against other upscale full-size SUVs, such as the Buick Enclave and Saab 9-7X. The Mountaineer comes equipped with a fair amount of standard safety equipment, and very little has changed for the new model year beyond the packaging of options, the addition of a voice-activated Sync communication system and a new capless fuel-filler setup.

The top Mountaineer engine is a 292-horsepower, 4.6-liter V-8 with three valves per cylinder; it drives a six-speed automatic transmission. The standard AdvanceTrac electronic stability system features Roll Stability Control, and a DVD-based navigation system is available. It is built with body-on-frame construction, as are the Explorer and other truck-based SUVs.


Exterior
Mercury says the front styling and rectangular headlights suggest a subtle evolution in the company's design direction, with an emphasis on the vertically stacked front-end elements.

Satin aluminum is used in abundance across the exterior, including on the available power-retractable running boards. Standard wheels are 17 inches in diameter, but 18-inch wheels are standard on Premier models. Later in the model year, 20-inch wheels will be available. Built on a 113.7-inch wheelbase, the Mountaineer is 73.5 inches wide and measures 193.5 inches long overall.

There are three new colors for 2008 — silver, white and stone green. Also for 2008, the Mountaineer will be the first Ford Motor Company vehicle to have a fuel-filler system that doesn't use a gas cap. Ford says the system forms a better seal, reducing the amount of smog-creating vapors released during fill-ups. That system will come to the Mountaineer later in the 2008 model year.


Interior
The Mountaineer can be fitted to carry up to five or seven occupants. Premier models come with a power-fold third-row seat. The second-row seats can be ordered as either a bench or bucket seats. Second-row seats in Premier models have reclining seatbacks.

For 2008, the only significant additions and changes are to the option packages, which bundle various features, such as heated seats and a voice-activated navigation system. A new option is the Sync communication system, developed with Microsoft, that integrates phones and media players through either Bluetooth or USB connectors and allows those devices to be voice-activated.

There is an optional rear-seat DVD entertainment system that has an 8-inch video screen.

The gear selector is located in the console, and door release handles are integrated into the ends of the armrests. Analog gauges sit in the instrument panel.


Under the Hood
The Mountaineer is available with one of two engines: The 4.0-liter V-6 develops 210 hp and 254 pounds-feet of torque and teams with a five-speed automatic. The 4.6-liter V-8 generates 292 hp and 300 pounds-feet of torque and works with a new six-speed automatic transmission. The Mountaineer can be equipped with either rear- or four-wheel drive.

Safety
Antilock brakes, side-impact and side curtain airbags that protect first- and second-row occupants are standard, as is an electronic stability system.


Latest 2008 Mountaineer Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Just bought the Mountaineer

by Headline2323 from Haverhill on July 4, 2018

For the price range you can find this vehicle in it does offer quite a few great features. The model I bought did not come with Bluetooth what does offer and auxiliary cable input. The third row ... Read full review

(4.0)

I love the this car.

by Josh Sarles from Marion,KY on April 30, 2018

I got my 2008 Mercury Mountanier after my 2003 Pontiac Grand AM transmission first gear broke. I had trouble with it with after getting stuck in the mud the transmission first gear broke the next day ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2008 Mercury Mountaineer currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2008 Mercury Mountaineer has not been tested.

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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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