2003 Mercury Mountaineer Premier Awd V8 Suv Runs Great! on 2040-cars
Rockville, Virginia, United States
2003 Mercury Mountaineer. Kelley Blue Book value with current mileage (248K) is $5379 in FAIR condition, though I would really rate it as better than FAIR. You can tell by looking at it that this car has been well taken care of with routine maintenance and oil changes within every 4000 miles. New front tires, rear tires pass inspection. The engine was rebuilt at about 190K by my father and brother (dad is a mechanic). Runs beautifully, but torque converter is noisy which is a sign that it may need transmission work in the not too distant future. This is part of the reason we are starting the bidding so low (the other part is that we simply need the cash ASAP). We got a quote on a replacement remanufactured transmission with installation at about $1500. I would like to note once more that the car runs and drives great! We drive it regularly and have had no mechanical issues.
Being an older, High-mileage vehicle it does have some defects:
-6-disc CD changer works when it wants to.
-Seat heater switch is broken. Must pull fuse to turn the heat off.
-Tear in driver's seat (see picture)
-2 patches of rust on passenger's side quarter panel. One was treated and primed in black, other is untouched.
-Minor oil leak. Not sure from where.
Now for the PROS:
-Cosmetically in excellent condition inside and out.
-All power options work perfectly unless otherwise noted above.
-Front tires have less than 300 miles on them.
-Engine runs beautifully!
-Doesn't burn any oil.
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Auto blogFri, 30 Aug 2013
The Detroit News is reporting that Ford will recall some 370,000 Crown Victoria (pictured), Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car vehicles from model years 2005 through 2011, for an issue regarding the lower intermediate steering shaft. 355,000 of the vehicles in question were sold in the US, with the other 15,000 sold in Canada.
The report indicates that corrosion of the lower intermediate steering shaft could cause a "loss of steering," presumably because of a partial or complete failure of the part. The report points out the dealers will inspect and replace the offending steering component for recalled cars, and may also secure a lower steering column bearing and replace the upper intermediate steering shaft as needed. The company is unaware of any reports of the faulty part causing any accidents or injuries.
Ford helpfully lists states in which corrosion is more likely to have taken place, mostly in the Snow Belt, as you might guess. Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia are listed.
Ford is already well into winding down its Mercury line, and the autoamker has announced that the very last of the soon-to-be dead brand's products built for retail sales was manufactured on Sunday, October 3. The final Mercury Mariner rolled off of the assembly line at the company's Kansas City facility, putting an end to a brand with over 70 years of history behind it.
Even after the Mariner heads off into the automotive sunset, Ford says that it will continue to manufacture a handful of Mercury models for fleet and government service for a while longer, though mum's the word on how long we can expect that practice to continue.
Interestingly enough, according to USA Today, most incentives on Mercury vehicles have all but dried up, even as the brand's August production increased by 120 percent compared to July's figures. Instead of cash on the hood, some areas are offering no-cost maintenance or similar programs. Even so, Mercury has continued to out-sell Lincoln right to the end - besting Ford's luxury arm's sales by nine percent in August.
A national law firm, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, has filed a proposed class action lawsuit whose presupposition is that MyFord Touch is defective. Specifically, the complaint states that the system - as well as the MyLincoln Touch and MyMercury Touch clones - often freeze, fail to respond to voice or touch commands and have issues connecting to mobile phones.
According to Hagens Berman managing partner Steve Berman, MyFord Touch is a theoretically "brilliant idea" that falls short in actual execution. Said Berman in a press release, "In reality, the system is fundamentally flawed, failing to reliably provide functionality, amounting to an inconvenience at best, and a serious safety issue at worst."
Other MFT issues enumerated within the 41-page filing include problems controlling the window defroster, rear-view camera and navigation system. The suit maintains that Ford is aware of the problem but has yet to submit a workable and acceptable solution to MFT customers. Scroll down if you'd like to read the full press release.