Mercury Mountaineer Brattleboro VT
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2003 Mercury Mountaineer Mid-Size SUV
By the Staff
A sport-utility wagon for Mercury fits in the mid-size class and totes as many as seven. Completely redesigned in 2002, Mountaineer rides on a long and broad chassis that's stiff and stable. It uses a suspension system that's unusual for a truck-based vehicle, as there are independent elements for rear wheels as well as front. Such enhancements to chassis and suspension revolutionize the ride and handling traits. Styling is bold in a face marked by corner headlamps, broad grille with bright vertical bars in chrome and thick bumper inset with foglamps and cast in a color contrasting with the body. Forceful styling with a bulldog face and smooth body shapes conveys an image of strength as supported by a choice of two powerful engines. The standard V6 musters 210 hp, but an optional aluminum V8 sparks with 239 hp. A five-speed automatic links to either plant. In the cabin, Mountaineer carries three rows of seats. Editions of 2003 contain more features. New standard gear ranges from power adjustable pedals to running boards for Luxury and Premier models, a premium sound system with in-dash CD changer for six discs and a power moonroof for Premier.
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