2008 Mercury Mountaineer

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13 CITY / 19 HWY
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What Changed for 2008:
  • Available Sync hands-free in-car communications and entertainment system (late availability)

  • Standard capless fuel filling system (late availability)

  • New 20-inch wheels (late availability)

  • Seven new packages: Third Row Seat Elite, Chrome, Amenities, Moon and Tune Elite, Navigation and Moon and Tune Elite, Heated, and Comfort

  • Three new color options: White Suede Clearcoat, Vapor Silver Clearcoat Metallic, and Stone Green Clearcoat Metallic
The Mercury Mountaineer begins its second decade with seven new packages and some interesting innovations. This is the second year of the third-generation midsize SUV, which shares its platform with the popular Ford Explorer. A number of new option packages highlight the changes to Mountaineer for 2008, offering everything from appearance items to comfort items to in-vehicle entertainment.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Mercury Mountaineer comes in two trim levels: base Mountaineer and Premier, and in either 2-wheel- or all-wheel-drive (2WD or AWD) versions. Standard features include 17-inch aluminum wheels with all-season tires; power door locks; message center with 4-line display; auto-dimming rearview mirrors; dual power heated outside mirrors with security and approach lamps; remote keyless entry; fog lamps; headlamps with auto on/off function; premium AM/FM stereo with single CD player and MP3 capability; auxiliary audio input jack; first-row cloth seats with 6-way power driver seat with manual lumbar support; color-keyed and leather-wrapped steering wheel with speed and redundant audio and climate controls.

Seven new option packages allow the customer to equip his Mountaineer with a long list of useful features like the PowerFold third-row seats, Sync Bluetooth/USB connectivity functions, power moonroof, voice-activated navigation system, and trailer towing package.

The 2008 Mercury Mountaineer offers two engine choices. A 4.0-liter V-6 engine is standard on the Mountaineer and produces 210 hp and 254 lb.-ft. of torque. The V-6 engine is paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission. A 4.6-liter V-8 engine mated to a standard 6-speed automatic transmission provides power for the Premier trim level. This V-8 engine offers 292 hp and 300 lb.-ft. of torque-enough to deliver a maximum tow capacity of more than 7000 pounds (when properly equipped), according to Mercury. EPA fuel-economy estimates for the V-6 engine/2WD model are 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway; the V-8 engine 2WD version is 13 mpg city/20 mpg highway. EPA estimates for the 4WD models are 13 mpg city/19 mpg highway for both the V-6 and V-8-powered SUVs.

Standard safety features on the 2008 Mercury Mountaineer include the AdvanceTrac stability control program with Roll Stability Control, Safety Canopy side curtain air bags with rollover detection, front-seat side air bags, adaptive energy-absorbing steering column, and second-generation driver and front-passenger front air bags. The Mountaineer earned a quadruple 5-star crash test rating in frontal and side impacts from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and a 3-star rollover-resistance rating for both the 2WD and 4WD models. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given the Mountaineer a \"Good\" rating, the Institute's highest, for frontal offset crash protection.

A new technology for the consumer auto market is Ford's capless fuel filler system, which will be available later in the 2008 model year for the Mountaineer, according to the company. This racing-based technology, Ford claims, will save time by doing away with unscrewing and replacing a fuel-filler cap. Not only does it provide a better seal, the maker adds, cutting down the emissions of smog-forming vapors, but it also means never driving away from the pump and forgetting the gas cap, or scratching the side of the vehicle with a dangling tethered cap.

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  • Name RWD 4dr V6 Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 26800.00 Engine 4.0L/245 City/Hwy MPG 14/20
  • Name Premier (RWD 4dr V6) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 29305.00 Engine 4.0L/245 City/Hwy MPG 14/20
  • Name Premier (RWD 4dr V8) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 30615.00 Engine 4.6L/281 City/Hwy MPG 13/20
  • Name AWD 4dr V6 Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 29125.00 Engine 4.0L/245 City/Hwy MPG 13/19
  • Name Premier (AWD 4dr V6) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 31625.00 Engine 4.0L/245 City/Hwy MPG 13/19
  • Name Premier (AWD 4dr V8) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 32935.00 Engine 4.6L/281 City/Hwy MPG 13/19
  • Cloth front bucket seats-inc: 6-way pwr driver seat w/manual lumbar adjust, adjustable head restraints, seatback map pockets
  • 2nd row fold-flat 60/40 split bench seat w/adjustable head restraints, integrated seat restraints for middle passengers, ISOFIX child seat anchor
  • Floor console-inc: storage bin w/USB port & power point, dual front & dual rear cup holders, coin holder, tissue/map holder, molded mat w/pen holders, HVAC vents
  • Color-keyed full-length carpet
  • Color-keyed front & rear floor mats
  • Color-keyed scuff plates
  • Color-keyed leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel-inc: cruise/audio/climate controls, lock/ignition security column
  • SecuriLock passive anti-theft system
  • Color-keyed instrument panel-inc: tachometer, trip odometer, volt meter, oil pressure warning lamp, temp
  • Message center-inc: 4-line display, compass, trip computer, MPG calculator, service alerts
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Pwr windows
  • Pwr door locks w/AutoLock
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Air conditioning
  • Rear window defroster
  • Premium AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player, audio input jack, digital clock
  • Fender-mounted antenna
  • Analog clock
  • Illuminated glove box
  • Front & rear 12-volt pwr point outlets
  • Color-keyed door trim panels-inc: armrest, pull handle
  • Bright friction finish on instrument panel & door trim panels
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Overhead console
  • Dual illuminated covered visor vanity mirrors
  • (3) grab handles
  • Illuminated entry
  • Front dome/map light
  • 2nd row reading lamp
  • Cargo area dome light
  • Leather-trimmed front sport bucket seats-inc: Alcantara inserts, 10-way pwr reclining drivers seat w/pwr lumbar, driver and front passenger adjustable head restraints, seatback map pockets
  • 2nd row fold-flat 60/40 split bench seat w/adjustable head restraints, 3rd row access, Alcantara inserts, integrated seat restraints for middle passenger, ISOFIX child seat anchor
  • 3rd row fold-flat 50/50 split bench w/adjustable head restraints, contrasting vinyl trim
  • Front dual zone electronic automatic temp control (DEATC)
  • SYNC voice activated communications & entertainment system-inc: Bluetooth capability, steering wheel controls, USB port, audio input jack
  • Black roof side rails
  • Body-color body-side cladding
  • Body-color bumpers
  • Satin aluminum grille
  • Automatic on/delay off dual-beam headlamps
  • Fog lamps
  • Dual color-keyed heated pwr mirrors w/security approach lamps
  • Solar tinted windshield & front door windows
  • Deep tinted privacy glass-inc: rear doors, quarter & liftgate windows
  • Speed-sensitive intermittent windshield wipers
  • Intermittent rear window wiper w/washer
  • (1) piece top-hinged liftgate w/flip-open rear window, exterior release switch
  • Color-keyed door handles
  • Driver-side keyless entry keypad
  • Satin aluminum roof side rails
  • Color-keyed running boards
  • Dual satin aluminum heated pwr mirrors w/security approach lamps
  • 4.0L SOHC 12-valve V6 engine
  • Engine block heater *Standard on vehicles in AK, MN, ND, SD, MT, WI, & WY*
  • 5-speed automatic transmission w/OD
  • Brake/shift interlock
  • AdvanceTrac traction control w/Roll Stability Control (RSC)
  • Rear wheel drive
  • 3.55 axle ratio
  • Maintenance-free battery w/battery saver
  • Class II trailer towing w/receiver hitch/cap, 4-pin connector
  • Front & rear independent suspension w/coil-over shock absorbers
  • Front & rear stabilizer bars
  • P245/65R17 all-terrain BSW tires
  • Full-size spare tire w/steel wheel
  • 17" machined aluminum wheels
  • Variable assist pwr rack & pinion steering
  • 4-wheel anti-lock disc braking system
  • Easy fuel capless fuel filler
  • 18" satin aluminum chrome clad wheels
  • Satin aluminum round exhaust tip
  • 4.6L SOHC 24-valve V8 engine
  • 6-speed automatic transmission w/OD
  • P235/65R18 all-season BSW tires
  • All-wheel drive
    • 4-wheel anti-lock disc braking system
    • Driver/front passenger airbags
    • Driver/front passenger seat mounted side-impact airbags
    • Safety canopy system-inc: side curtain airbags for 1st & 2nd row passengers, rollover protection sensors
    • 1st/2nd row color-keyed adjustable safety shoulder belts
    • 3-point safety belts w/BeltMinder for all positions
    • Intelligent safety system-inc: adaptive load-limiting safety belt retractors, adaptive airbag venting, front passenger adaptive airbag tether, adaptive airbag inflators, adaptive load steering column, enhanced advance restraints control module, driver seat track position sensor, 5-level front passenger occupant classification sensor
    • Rear door child safety locks
    • 2nd row child safety seat tether anchors LATCH on all seating positions
    • Brake/shift interlock
    • Side-impact door beams
    • AdvanceTrac traction control w/Roll Stability Control (RSC)
    • Dual-note horn
    • 3rd row center child safety seat tethers

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