1st Generation (1997—2001) Mountaineer Problems

This generations ranks 15th out of 33 Mercury generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the interior (23%), electrical (13%), and the engine (13%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Transmission Failure 2 complaints at an average of 102,750 miles in the 2000 Mercury Mountaineer.
  2. Running Roughly 1 complaints at an average of 130,478 miles in the 1999 Mercury Mountaineer.
  3. Sway Bar Links Not Working Properly 1 complaints at an average of 123,010 miles in the 1999 Mercury Mountaineer.

What Mountaineer Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Mercury model years.

Watch out for the 2000 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2001 2 4 103 0.52
2000 12 8 213 4.02
1999 11 9 341 2.73
1998 2 6 282 0.39
1997 3 7 293 0.4

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