Mountaineer by Mercury was an attempt to offer an upscale version of the Ford Explorer. The Ford Explorer SUV was one of the big hits in the early 90s and Mercury dealers were clamoring for a version to sell. See our website for Mercury Mountaineer parts. Later a Lincoln version was launched called the Aviator and the Mercury became a mid-range model. The Mountaineer became more distinguished from the Explorer over the years including different headlights and unique silver finished accents to represent Mercury. The Mercury Mountaineer lasted for three product cycles and fourteen years of production but was discontinued only when the Mercury brand itself was discontinued.