Join Date: May 2001
2004 Mercury Mountaineer Overview
Mercury Mountaineer is a premium midsize SUV that builds upon the best-selling Ford Explorer with more style, comfort and convenience.
For 2004, Mountaineer offers more standard features, options, functional improvements, interior and exterior changes.
Mountaineer is available in Convenience, Luxury and Premier editions and is built in St. Louis, Mo., and Louisville, Ky.
Design and Equipment
Mountaineer features highly geometric, machined surfaces and bold-edged curves. The use of satin-aluminum finishes creates a modern, technical theme. The styling is forward-looking and expressive, in keeping with Mercury’s brand identity.
Functionality also was an important factor when designing the Mountaineer. The innovative rear liftgate is designed to be easy to use. Body-colored door handles add a robust appearance, while offering greater ease of use and quality and a more comfortable feel.
The Mercury Mountaineer is powered by a choice of two engines.
The 4.6-liter V-8 uses an aluminum block and heads and is an overhead-cam design. It delivers 239 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 282 foot-pounds of torque at 4,000 rpm and will go 100,000 miles before its first scheduled tune-up.
The 4.0-liter overhead-cam V-6 delivers 210 horsepower at 5,100 rpm and 254 foot-pounds of torque at 3,700 rpm. Mountaineer, along with Explorer, is the only SUV in its class to offer standard flexible-fuel capability.
Towing capability comes built-in with a standard Class II receiver hitch. An optional towing package provides Class III/IV towing capability of up to 6,980 pounds when properly equipped.
ControlTrac™ four-wheel-drive is available.
The Mountaineer was named “Best Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for frontal offset crash performance testing. It has a robust, fully boxed frame that was designed with energy absorbing crush zones in the front rails. Steel bars inside the doors provide increased protection in side impacts. Head restraints in all seating positions help prevent neck injuries.
Four-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes are standard. The Mountaineer can be equipped with the Safety Canopy™ side-curtain air bag system, a tire-pressure monitoring system and AdvanceTrac™ stability control.
Major Equipment and Options
Convenience: anti-lock brakes, 16-inch aluminum wheels, fog lamps, driver side keyless entry pad, split liftgate, heated power mirrors, keyless entry, roof rails, intermittent wipers, single compact disc AM/FM stereo, compass, outside-temperature indicator, power locks, third-row seating, cloth sport bucket seats and power windows.
Luxury adds: 17-inch aluminum wheels, tire-pressure monitoring system, color-keyed running boards, dual-zone electronic climate control, steering wheel audio and climate controls, message center, two-tone leather sport bucket seats, heated front seats, power seating with driver side memory, universal garage door opener and power-adjustable pedals with memory.
Premier adds: color-keyed lower body, front and rear fascia, satin aluminum exhaust tip, satin aluminum roof rails, in-dash six-disc compact disc changer and power moonroof.
Options include Safety Canopy™, Reverse Sensing System, auxiliary climate control, Audiophile sound system, rear seat entertainment system with overhead DVD player, second-row captain’s chairs, a Class III/IV trailer package and dealer-installed Sirius Satellite Radio.