2000 Mercury Mountaineer Front seats

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JANTASCA
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  • 2000 MERCURY MOUNTAINEER
  • 5.0L
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 160,000 MILES
I want to replace the front seats due to wear. New seats are too expensive so I thought salvage. There aren't a lot of 2000 Mountaineers out there, so I was wondering if another model year either Mountaineer or Explorer seat will fit my vehicle. It's a question that just doesn't have an answer by googling it. Can you help?
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Friday, March 20th, 2015 AT 4:02 PM

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CARADIODOC
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You can start by visiting any salvage yard to look in their "Hollander" Guides. Those are huge and very expensive books that list every part in your vehicle with a code number. You look that code number up in the back of the book, and it will list every year and model that uses that part. The problem you're going to run into is there are going to be a lot of variables that you won't know until you actually walk into the yard and look at the seats. There will be leather, cloth, or vinyl upholstery with different colors, stitching and patterns. There might be different options like with or without a center console, with or without power seats, and things like that.

Another problem is there can be very slight differences from one model to the next that do not prevent them from interchanging, but will warrant them having different part numbers. As an example, in one year a different engine might have been an option, and that required a differently-shaped exhaust manifold, and that required a different mounting bolt hole in the floor. A better example is the seat bases in the next year might come from a different supplier, and the seat supplier has to move the bolt mounting holes to match the new bases. You might have to drill a couple of holes, but other than that, the seats are the same.

You have to consider too that uncommonly-accelerated wear to seat fabric and interior door panel fabric is real common on some models, so whatever you find in a salvage yard is going to look the same is yours unless that owner used seat covers.

As for the expense through the dealer, you shouldn't have to buy the entire seat. Normally you just buy the fabric covering. Installing them is easier than years ago because they usually have plastic strips that clip to the frame, so no measuring and no hog rings are involved. This way you'll be sure to get fabric that matches the originals.
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Friday, March 20th, 2015 AT 5:11 PM
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CJ MEDEVAC
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I WAS WAITING FOR SOMEONE TO GIVE THE "BETTER SEAT ANSWER" BEFORE I JUMPED ON!

ANOTHER POSSIBLE ALTERNATIVE MIGHT BE SEAT COVERS. BEINGS THAT I STARTED OUT WITH NUTHIN', OVER THE YEARS I HAVE FOUND THAT I HAVE MOST OF IT LEFT. MANY TIMES I'VE SORTA JUMPED AT "DEALS", INSTEAD OF CHECKING THINGS OUT BETTER, OR WAITING A BIT LONGER FOR THE FUNDAGE FAIRY TO MAKE UP THE DIFFERENCE FOR SOMETHING BETTER.

WITH MY JEEP CJ-5(S), (SIX OF 'EM OVER MY DRIVING YEARS) I USED TO GET THE AUTO PARTS STORE COVERS. THEY WERE CHEAP AND THIN, THEY WOULD BUNCH UP, TEAR, AND GET DIRTY EZily

I HAPPENED UPON ANOTHER JEEP FELLER YEARS BACK, HE HAD "NEOPRENE" COVERS.
THEY WERE PRETTY NICE, THEY WERE ALSO LIKE THREE TIMES AS MUCH AS THE ONES I GOT BY WITH.

AFTER BEING A "LOW TIPPED" CHIP AND DALE DANCER FOR SOME EXTRA CASH FOR A FEW MONTHS (LOL!) I WAS ABLE TO GET MY OWN NEOPRENE SEAT COVERS FOR MY HIGH BACK SOMEWHAT TATTERED SEATS, A LOT CHEAPER THAN NEW SEATS!

I LOVED 'EM, EVERYTHING LOOKED NEW, NO BUNCHING, I COULD SNATCH 'EM OFF AND WASH THEM WITHOUT SOAKING THE WHOLE INTERIOR (WHICH REALLY DIDN'T MATTER MUCH)

HOWEVER, THIS SNATCH AND WASH METHOD, ALLOWED ME TO DRIVE IN THE OLD SEATS WHILE THE NEW COVERS DRIED. THE OTHER METHOD WOULD LEFT ME WITH A WET BUTT.

I DID SORTA LOOK AROUND AT JEEP SEAT COVERS FOR YOU, I GRABBED AN INTERNET PIC OF YOUR FRONT INTERIOR TO COMPARE WITH.

I DECIDED THAT MAYBE IT WUDDN'T JUST FOR JEEPS ANYMORE, SO I DID A GOOGLE SEARCH

"2000 MERCURY MOUNTAINEER SEAT COVERS" THEN I WENT TO "IMAGES"

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I LOOKED AROUND IN THE RESULTS AND FOUND THIS, YOU WILL HAVE TO COMPLETE THE HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT (IF YOU ARE INTERESTED) AND DIG DEEPER

http://www.autoanything.com/seat-covers/best-neoprene-seat-covers.aspx

I CAN ONLY DRAW THE PICTURE, YOU WILL HAVE TO COLOR IT!

WHATEVER ROUTE YOU GO, LET US KNOW HOW IT WORKS OUT

P.S. CARADIODOC YOU KNOW I LOVE CAPS, I DID TRY A LITTLE PUNCTUATION!

THE MEDIC

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