View Full Version : Attn: 02+ Explorer/Mountaineer owners

04-24-2006, 01:27 PM
Anyone know anybody or possibly own one ? I'm looking at getting a mountaineer, possibly with a 4.0 V 6 or maybe a 4.6 V8

Questions I have

- Gas mileage, is yours a AWD or is it selectable 4wd ? I know the exp. are selectable but I think all mountaineers ar AWD

- Has your 4.0 Been reliable ? I worked with a guy with a 97 ranger with 29k miles on it (4.0) and it always **** the bed on him.

- Has the truck been reliable period ? any help here would really help fellas

Thanks !

PS (Monte is for sale, $8995 for anyone on the forum, no equipment PM for details if seriously interested)

04-24-2006, 05:00 PM
Bump, anyone ?

04-24-2006, 09:47 PM

04-24-2006, 10:00 PM
the 4.0 fords are terible moters had one in a van that i had was a piece of crap.
friend had a 4.0 in his explorer cracked the head and block.
2nd friend another explorer blew a freeze plug lost a moter

i have had 2 dif 4.6(289) 1 in a tbird 2nd crown vick easy to upgrade on power acc. both have had over 100,000 miles and still ran good
milage on the 4.6 was 16-18 in town (depends on driving habits) and on road trips i would get 22-28 mpg out of them

04-24-2006, 10:44 PM
ya I would also reccomend the 4.6 (since they dont make new 5l anymore ;) ) also have a van kicking aroud with a 4l in it, and it *****. but like miller said its not amazing fuel economy, I would expect 18-22 like he said..

05-23-2006, 12:14 PM
Dunno anything bout newer explorers but my dads 97 f150 has a 4.6 and is going just fine. Bought it new and never really had any problems with it so far. As long as it was properly cared for before you, you should be fine. I guess the mpg is alright. If you're gonna buy a big ole ride with a v8, you're not gonna get much better.

Edit: just noticed it was kinda old :crap:.

05-23-2006, 02:39 PM
The 4.0 in my '02 Ranger has never been a problem. I rag on the ***** all day long, and I've never need more than a tune up and oil changes after 60,000+ miles. My dad also has an '02 Explorer with a 4.0 with ~80,000 on it. Same story.

05-23-2006, 05:32 PM
I owned a 02 Mountaineer w/ a 4.0 rwd. The engine was great but the trans started slipping and giving me problems at around 50-60k. i traded it in at around 85k when the trans was on it's last leg.....

After reading up on it AFTER I got rid of the vehicle I found out that the 02-04 all have the same common problems with the trans crapping out.

Overall I loved the vehicle. I had he premier model which had all the options.

05-23-2006, 05:35 PM
r still getting the monte thats turbocharged

05-23-2006, 05:59 PM
I'd also suggest the 4.6, If you do mostly highway driving and keep up with the oil changes it will last you a long time. My Crown Vic kicked the bucket because the oil pan rusted through and the oil leaked out down to 1 qt, before that it had great power, decent gas mileage. Plus you are moving alot of sheetmetal down the road.

05-23-2006, 06:11 PM
r still getting the monte thats turbocharged

we'll have to see if he still has it by thursday, thats when the check i'm getting is going to be cleared.

Its either that or a 2000 GTP that i'm looking into.

06-03-2006, 05:41 PM
go with the V8,

the better motor and tranny with pay the difference in V6 reliability,