I posted this last night, but I didn't have any photos to go with it

so here is the text of last nights post

So oppo, I have been in the market for a car for a few months (basically since I got my learners permit), and I found the car on craigslist, and the guy who was selling it only lived about 5 blocks away, which was really nice so we didn't have to go very far to test drive it.

Its a 2000 mercury mountaineer, with 2 previous owners, but the people we bought it from had only owned it for about a year and didn't drive it too much, and the original owners took very good care of it, its in good shape overall.

Its pretty much fully loaded, power seats, power windows, AC that actually works (which is wonderful, especially this year becuase its been about 10 degrees hotter than normal for the past month), an aftermarket sony stereo, a "computer" with fuel left, miles left, average mpg, and temp. and full time 4x4 (does this make it 4WD or AWD if i can select auto 4X4, 4HI, or 4LO

It has 170k miles on it, and fairly bald tires that will need to be replaced in the next year or so. its the AWD (or 4WD) V6 model, no V8, which makes it feel slightly underpowered considering how big it is, and the turning radius is fairly large, visibility is much better than I would think for such a big car. I only paid $2300 for it, and it has a very new fuel pump (literally 12 hours old) A review should be coming up fairly soon, I've only driven it around a parking lot for a few minutes, so when I get a little more seat time I'll try and write up a review.

and no, its not a stick, its an auto, the car had to be an auto and a decent price (fairly low since I paid for it with my own money)

Leave a comment as to your first car buying experience, and if you could get a different first car, what would it be. and good night oppo

(P.S. I'll try and post some pictures once I get some good ones during the day).

And since its the day, I decided to make good on my promise, and put up my pictures, I don't have enough driving time yet to have a full review, which will be coming up soon. (hopefully).

here it is on its first night home, its up front with my moms escape behind it. (we cant fit side by side, so I may be parking on the street, or if we got the garage cleaned out, in the garage)

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here is a side view from the drivers side. the reason the front bumper is coming off is because a pickup rolled into the front of it on a hill.

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the tires are getting fairly bald, so I need to look for a new set somewhere

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here is a closeup of the front bumper coming off.

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keyless entry, it will be so nice if i leave something in the car, even my mothers '05 escape xlt doesn't have this, even though its 5 years newer.

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the shifter is on the steering column, but the signal stalk is lower than I'm used to, so that will take a little bit of getting used to.

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the seats claim its a mountaineer, which is good, but they arent the most comfortable, you have to sit up becuase if you lean back, you cant see over the front of the car.

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back seats have a lot of legroom on them.

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back seat ventilation, so freakin nice when it is hot out like it is now.

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back end of the mountaineer

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there is a tow ball and light hookup, but no towing package, which is something that I would like to put on it.

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on the back left quarter panel is a large dent.

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side view for a better profile

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the doors you have to slam to make sure they actually latch.

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aftermarket sony stereo, and strangly, no 2Hi, and unless its winter, its staying in 4auto

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the "computer" which is actually kind of useful, it tells you when you need new oil, how much has youu have left, etc.

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its hard to see but the hood is quite dirty

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this is how the bumper is being held up on the other side of the car.

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left front signal lense is shattered, but luckily the light still works

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and the engine, its a V6, not a V8 unfortunately.