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#896 of 1081 I wanna buy myself a Mercury and cruise it up and down the road....*S*
Oct 10, 2000 (11:08 pm)
Hi All!! I test drove a Mercury Cougar V6 a couple of weeks ago and literally fell in LOVE with the thing!!! It was absolutely amazing!! The handling and luxurious feeling I had just driving it around, I didn't want to get out of the car at the end of the test drive. *L* Of course, I could have driven a tin can and felt the same after spending 3 years driving a Kia Sephia...*L* Now there is a lemon!! I have had my Kia in the shop over 48 times in 18 months after I bought it brand new in 1997 and am suing them under the Lemon Law. I quit taking it back to the dealer after I got too many "No problem found at this time" deals and the warranty ran out. Currently need yet another trans and really needs a new engine. I don't want to go thru this kind of nightmare again. But I really fell in love with the Cougar and just wanted to get some feedback from Cougar enthusiasts, any problems, concerns, warnings about the Cougars?
#897 of 1081 One more thing!!
Oct 10, 2000 (11:34 pm)
Where can I find a pic of the 2001 Cougars??? Nothing here on Edmunds yet. The dealer got in the books for 2001 but hasn't mailed it to me yet, unless, well the salesman mentioned that he would personally hand deliver one to my house. As is, I live out in the boonies so he must have gotten lost...LOL ( I wonder if they will go to such extremes once I make my purchase...*S*) Anyway, would love to see what they have done with the 2001's.
#898 of 1081 miahart
Oct 11, 2000 (12:06 am)
You can go to the Mercury web site www.mercuryvehicles.com and look at the 2001 Cougar.
I have had my Cougar since June of 1999 and still love it(all 16,600 mile of it). There are a couple of things that annoy me(rattles,noises and AC problems), but other than those things the car has been very good to me. I am sure the '01 models are more trouble free than the '99's were since the '99 was the first model year of the Cougar. If you are interested in the "S" model, you may have a little difficulty finding one. I believe they are only making about 3000. Which Cougar did you drive(ATX, V6???)
Oct 11, 2000 (12:00 pm)
miahart: I got my Cougar in February 2000 and still love it dearly. I checked the weather reports this morning just to make sure it was going to be good car-washing weather!
At this point, I haven't had any real problems, just a couple of issues with the driver's side door paint along the bottom edge and the weatherstripping on the driver's side. No mechanical issues whatsoever.
I will be glad when the Firestones wear out though, 'cuz they are one rough-riding tire. If you happen to get a kitty with the 'Rocks on it, be sure to keep them at optimum inflation pressure because that helps lots.
Oct 11, 2000 (4:51 pm)
Most of us were once in the same position as you, we drove or saw the Cougar and had to have one. I have had two since June 1st. The first was destroyed by a fire to my home and I didn't even hesitate to get another. I never even considered getting a different car after owning a Cougar. I'm sure if you liked the test drive you will be very pleased with owning one. I know it's time consuming, but if you can go back through prior posts and read the statements, questions and complaints of everyone you will be very informed when purchasing your Cougar. Salesmen have a way of behaving a little better when you go in with information and know exactly what to ask. Good luck and hope you get exactly what you want.
Oct 11, 2000 (7:10 pm)
Speaking of tires; any luck with non-factory tires for performance? I want to buy new tires in the spring, but can't decide which ones. I hear the BFGoodrich g-force KDW's are nice, but since they come standard on the SVT contour I bet I can do better. Any suggestions? (price is definitely an issue, no P-zero's please)
#902 of 1081 Recall
Oct 11, 2000 (8:17 pm)
I went to OwnersConnection section of the Mercury website and found out my car has been recalled for "Recall 00S03: Brake pressure control reducing valve". I made an appointment at the dealer for Monday. I thought you all should be aware of this new recall. My dealer had no idea about the recall!!
Oct 12, 2000 (12:28 pm)
That was the one about non-ABS Cougars, right?
Just checking ...
Oct 12, 2000 (1:34 pm)
Question for all you tech-minded ppl.
When a person want's to check how much brake pad is left in a drum brake, how is this done? Does the whole cover on the drums have to be taken off? or can it be read off by only taking off the wheel?
#905 of 1081 Checking Your Drum Shoes
Oct 12, 2000 (4:19 pm)
The only way to see the brake shoes is to slide the drum off the brake assembly and take a peek. How many miles do you have on your cougar? You shouldn't have to be too concerned with it if you have less than 45,000 miles on your car. The rear drums don't take a lot of punishment when applying the brakes, they usually last a long time.
On a side note, I am taking my car in tommorow morning for the brake recall order. According to the service rep, it shouldn't take too long to do. I should get it back the same day, but we shall see. Man,I hate giving up my baby. I think I'll ask about that "lifter clatter" I hear the first start of every morning.