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#504 of 1005 Ads, or lack thereof...
Apr 30, 2000 (7:57 am)
I had never heard of the new Cougar until I saw one on U.S. Route 3 near West Chester, PA, one fateful day last year.
I was driving my sister home from Reading, and we pulled up behind this wicked looking red car. It caught my eye, and I strained to see what it was.
"It's a Cougar!" says my sis. I replied, "That's the car I am buying!"
And on March 3rd, 2000, about four months later, I signed my John Hancock and took possession of my Y2K Cat!
From the time that I decided to buy my Cougar, until the day I did so, I saw not a single ad for the Cat. All of my information came from the Mercury website, and other online sources.
While I like that there are few Cougars around, and my car is rare enough to get glances, I dislike the notion that lack of sales will lead to its demise. It is a fantastic car for the price, and a joy to behold. What is L/M's problem?
At any rate...the neighbors in my community sure like my car.
As do I!
#505 of 1005 Fish8 -- very tame reason :-)
Apr 30, 2000 (9:21 pm)
Fish8 -- re: my back, I had thrown it out earlier in the day moving some furniture around my apartment
I believe CougarFest2000 will be in September. Would be kind of fun. Caravaning from Atlanta? Wow, what a drive. I wonder, though, if my bare bones V6 would look out of place amongst other, more formidable V6 Cougars.
#506 of 1005 burnsmr4
May 01, 2000 (3:11 am)
Cougarfest sounds great, but it seems like a long drive for just one day of activities. But, I have not ruled it out yet.
Well, My Cat goes back to the dealer first thing tomorrow morning. Coming back from a weekend away(2 hour drive) my AC did not seem like it was cold enough. Also, when I got home from the trip there was a LARGE puddle of water steaming from the engine compartment. I know the AC will "drain" some water do to humidity, but this was TONS of water. It continued to come out for about 1 hour. This happened before and they said they fixed it. It appears they haven't. I am PISSED. I am going to tell them to FIND the problem and fix it once and for all and not to call me until its fixed AND give me a car to drive while my Cat is in the shop. Other than this persistant problem, I love this car.
See ya all in the morn!!
May 01, 2000 (4:58 am)
Well, I shined up the cat and drove it towards the beach at Santa Cruz today. On the way I saw some smoke up ahead. It was an old Beetle with flat gray paint, running down the road and cooking up a storm. Traffic was such that I had to go right behind it before passing the miserablecrate. I immediately got tons of oil spray on my windshield (and the rest of the car!). Ecch.
I cleaned up the windshield at the next gas station but the whole front of the cat was gummed with oil. Ecch ecch.
At least it comes off with soap. How long can a car run if its spurting actual liquid oil?
#508 of 1005 Incredible VW
May 01, 2000 (6:38 am)
The VW Bug engine of yore is reknowned for being able to operate when other engines would have been long dead. But spurting oil? It's just a matter of how fast the oil is coming out, and when it is all gone, the engine will sieze up and become a boat anchor, like any other.
Hopefully, that Toxic Bug is now dead of natural causes, and you will never cross its path again!
May 01, 2000 (2:04 pm)
Even though I was tired and sick, I still managed to make it to the New York City Auto Show on Saturday. Although I never managed to meet up with Jimbo_G (where were you Jimbo?). The show was good, but I really thought it was going to be larger. The crowds were HUGE, and it took some time to maneuver through them. I took TONS of pictures, and once I get them developed i'm going to write an auto show review for the CSG home page.
My experience with the two Mercury reps at the show was very upsetting say the least. They were uninformed, and to concerned with making test drive appointments. If the info wasn't listed on the sticker, they had no clue. I was going to incorporate my experience with them in to the auto show review, but I am so upset with FMC advertising in general I have decided to write a totally separate piece and not only post it on the site, but I also plan to emil it to FMC. If the Cougar goes out of production, FMC only has themselves to blame for it.
Cougar Fest is for all Cougars, modified and unmodified alike. The goal is to get at least 100 Cougars there. If we can do this, we might attract media attention. I had a phone conversation last week with Dan Calhoun from the Cougar design team and he is hoping to get FMC public relations involved, but first we have to get a decent amount of cars out there. All 99+ Cougars are encouraged to attend.
#510 of 1005 Tis' the Season:
May 01, 2000 (2:16 pm)
HOORAY, HOORAY, IT'S THE 1st OF MAY.
OUTDOOR LOVING STARTS TODAY!!!!!!
May 01, 2000 (2:20 pm)
I washed and waxed my Cat yesterday. She looks soooooooo good. Today when I get home I plan on detailing her further. Tis the season.......
May 01, 2000 (2:48 pm)
Errr, I think you missed the point
May 01, 2000 (2:56 pm)
I really wanted to wash and wax the Cat this weekend, but got sidetracked with a road trip. Had to take the dog, so the Cougar sat for a couple of days. Even though I thought I bought a Rio Red Cat, it seems that someone came by and gave it a mild green glazing -- NASTY!
Now I feel I NEED to spend some time with it, just to make sure it didn't forget me, and to reiterate the love I have for my Cougar. I did pick off all the "helicopters" from the window creases and stuff before I drove off this morning. It amazes me how some people can drive with stuff all over their car and not even seem to care. I guess it's the same snow-on-the-roof mentality that keeps the highways so cluttered with garbage.
Take care, Happy Cougaring!