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2002 Mercury Mountaineer Sport Utility

4dr 114' WB

Starting at | Starting at 16 MPG City - 21 MPG Highway

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  • $28,950 original MSRP
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2002 Mercury Mountaineer Sport Utility

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2002 Mercury Mountaineer Sport Utility


2002 Mercury Mountaineer

Source: MSN Autos

Since its introduction in 1996, the Mercury Mountaineer sport-utility vehicle has lived in the shadow of the Ford Explorer because it's been nearly identical to Ford's top-selling SUV, which has received the lion's share of promotion.

But things are different for 2002 because Ford Motor is seeking to make Ford and Mercury vehicles significantly different. Thus, the Mountaineer has slicker styling than the Explorer and a standard third-row seat, which is optional for the Explorer.

More Car-Like
The 7-passenger Mountaineer shares its basic midsize design and engines with the thoroughly revamped new Explorer. But it's more posh and has slicker styling, along with a suspension tuned for a smoother ride. The Explorer looks and feels more truck-like.

Both the Explorer and Mountaineer have a longer wheelbase, wider stance and independent rear suspension, which allows better ride and handling—and room for the third seat.

New, Modern V8
There also is a new more modern overhead-camshaft V8, which is optional for $695. The 4.6-liter 240-horsepower V8 has considerably more moxie than the standard 4.0-liter 210-horsepower V6, which has been carried over but upgraded a bit.

The V6 provides decent acceleration if the Mountaineer isn't carrying much of a load. But the V8 is smoother and quieter, although it's rather noisy during hard acceleration. However, it loafs at 2400 rpm at 75 mph.

Both engines are hooked to a responsive 5-speed automatic transmission, which allows quicker acceleration and better fuel economy than a conventional 4-speed automatic. The Explorer offers a manual transmission, but not the Mountaineer. That's just not its style.

Modest Fuel Economy
No midsize sport ute is a fuel economy champ. The heavy Mountaineer's fuel economy thus is only in the low teens in the city and about 20 mpg on highways.

A Mountaineer with the V8 has towing ability of up to 7,300 pounds. But, unlike the Explorer, the Mountaineer has a distinctive all-wheel-drive system with no low-range gearing for rugged off-road driving. It's too genteel for the rough stuff.

The "invisible" all-wheel-drive system doesn't call for driver involvement and is offered with both engines. It distributes 65 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels during normal driving to provide a balanced rear-wheel-drive feel. When the system senses wheel slip or traction loss, it transfers torque to tires with traction. In extreme conditions, nearly all torque can be sent automatically to the front or rear wheels by a viscous coupling.

Car-Like Feel
The Mountaineer retains rugged body-on-frame construction but feels very car-like—like a smaller hybrid auto-based truck. It has sharp steering, solid handling and a smooth ride, although the suspension allows mild bouncing over some roads.

Stopping distances are comforting with the standard 4-wheel disc brakes, equipped with an anti-lock system.

The Mountaineer comes in one trim level, whereas the Explorer is sold in a variety of trim levels to help it keep its long-standing position as the top-selling sport ute.

Well Equipped
The well-equipped Mountaineer costs $28,730 with rear-wheel drive and $30,710 with all-wheel drive. It's better equipped than the Explorer, with most of the comfort and convenience items found in higher-line autos.

However, leather upholstery is $655 and a power sunroof is $800. Both options must be ordered with the $475 Convenience Group. But that's okay because that group doesn't cost much and has power-adjustable pedals to allow a more comfortable driving position for people of various sizes. The pedals also let drivers move a greater distance from the front airbag.

New Safety Feature
Safety features include new optional head-and-chest side-curtain airbags. They deploy from the headliner across about 75 percent of the side glass area to help protect first- and second-row occupants in outboard seating positions during a collision.

It is fairly easy to get in and out of the Mountaineer, although shorter folks may want the $395 running boards for easier entry and exit. Door handles are large, inside and out.

The quiet interior has comfortable front bucket seats. The second-row seat is split 40/20/40 to make it fairly easy to reach the third-row seat, which provides decent room for two adults.

Upscale Interior
The upscale interior's ergonomic instrument panel has gauges that can be easily read and large, smooth controls. Front cupholders are conveniently located on the console and large cupholders for second-row occupants are at the back of that console.

There are front-door storage pockets and rear windows go all the way down, which isn't the case with many cars or trucks.

Folding Rear Seats
Both second- and third-row seats can be folded forward to create a large, flat-surfaced cargo area. That's a plus—but there's hardly any cargo area with the third-row seat in its normal, upright position.

The large, wide cargo area allows easy loading, and the tailgate has a deep glass hatch that swings up.

Mercury did a good job with the new Mountaineer, making it a solid alternative to the Explorer for the very first time.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Rollover Resistance

No consumer rating

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Opt
Rear Head side Air Bag Opt
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt


Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Mercury Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Manufacturer's 7 years / 100,000 miles Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12-month/12,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty. See dealer for details. Rental Car Reimbursement $30/day.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2010-2011 model years & less than 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 172
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

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