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2000 Mercury Mountaineer With Just 22K Miles Up For Auction

As one of the most successful SUVs/crossovers ever produced, the Ford Explorer has understandably become a bit of a collector’s item as of late – at least as it pertains to older models. In recent months, we’ve seen a handful of Explorers go up for grabs at various collector car auctions, a list that includes a very clean 1995 XLT, a 1999 XLT with 58k miles, a 1999 Eddie Bauer with 53k miles, and a 1995 Explorer Sport with a mere 23k miles. Now, however, those seeking a quality SUV from this era have the chance to bid on something a bit different – this 2000 Mercury Mountaineer that’s currently up for grabs at Bring a Trailer.

2000 Mercury Mountaineer With 22K Miles - Exterior 002 - Rear Three Quarters

The Mercury-branded version of the Explorer was largely identical to its Blue Oval counterpart, save for some badging and other minor differences, but it’s certainly less common, if nothing else. That makes this 2000 Mercury Mountaineer quite special, as it has a mere 22k miles on the clock and has remained in the possession of the original owner’s family since it was new. The selling dealer acquired it in 2023 after the SUV sat in storage for the past 12 years, but it certainly looks to be in like-new condition.

2000 Mercury Mountaineer With 22K Miles - Interior 001

There is one big sticking point worth mentioning here, as this Mountaineer was involved in an accident back in 2004 that required some repairs to its right-front corner, but now that it has been repaired, there aren’t many bones to pick on the outside. The same goes for the interior, which is in nice condition and loaded with niceties such as leather seats with power-adjustable front buckets, automatic climate control, cruise control, a vehicle status message center, the factory AM/FM/CD stereo, and power windows, door locks, and mirrors.

2000 Mercury Mountaineer With 22K Miles - Engine Bay 001

Power for this curvy SUV comes from the naturally-aspirated Ford 5.0L V8, which in this guise was factory-rated to produce 215 horsepower and 288 pound-feet of torque, which flows to all four wheels via a four-speed automatic transmission. The only real downside here – aside from the aforementioned accident – is that this Mountaineer has some corrosion underneath, but then again, it has also lived its entire life in Michigan. Regardless, we don’t doubt that someone will take a chance on it, though it’s unclear what they’re willing to pay for that opportunity.

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Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Ronald Lee

    How to bid on cars up for auction?


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