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#1465 of 1952 Farewell, CSG...
Feb 09, 2002 (7:35 pm)
It has been a pleasure getting to know some of you during my '99 Mercury Cougar V-6 ownership.
Alas, I found a buyer for my car this week. Tonight, my Cougar is in the hands of a GA teen heading off to a college. Definitely a better freshman ride than the hick-ass, late-model, two-tone Ford Ranger which accompanied me to the halls of higher education.
I completed a deal on 2002 Subaru Forester S this afternoon. The S trim level features a two-tone finish. My car's primary color is red/burgundy. Not my first choice, but low equipment S trim level Foresters are hard to come by in Atlanta.
Just remember the good times we had. The standard equipment rattles. The Christmas pickle debacle. My Cougar's strange, inexplicable attraction to body shops. ;-P
Y'all be safe, take good care of your cars, and let me know when the "New Edge" Cougar finally becomes a collector's item. In the meantime, I'm going to learn about AWD and how to install child safety seats in my new "family" car.
#1466 of 1952 my '02 cougar is perfect
Feb 09, 2002 (9:52 pm)
lately we have been seeing a lot of people dumping their cougars and buying other cars.....my friends....last Nov i bought a 2002 cougar XR fully loaded. got a great deal from showcase auto plaza here in modesto. my new cougar now has 5K on it....has had the oil changed once and i love it.....i commute a lot here in CA but i have had it in the hills...it handles like a dream.....i think this car is better then the camaro a buddy of mines has......every feature the car has from the defrost system to the brakes to the powered seat works perfectly..........i have not had any of the rattles, whirrs or problems others have described....my brakes don't grind or squeal, the interior comfort system is awesome and the seats are the most comfortable i have ever sat in...the lumbar support has even eased some back problems i have.....i even get 23.5 mpg and that's considering i have a lead foot....i love this car and can not ever see parting with it until my cats dead.......
#1467 of 1952 Re: Coolchick, Aussy, burnsmr4
Feb 11, 2002 (1:13 am)
Congrats Coolchick on your anniversary! You're right you don't get around much in that vehicle. I got my 2001 cougar in May 2001 and I already have 20,000 miles on it. Driving from Philadelphia to near Pittsburgh will do that to a car.
Aussy! Congrats on your purchase! Glad to see there are some people who are still brave enough to buy a new cougar.
burnsmr4! Good luck with your car and your family. You will be missed on the boards... even in my short time as a member.. I can tell.
#1468 of 1952 burnsmr4, aussie, coolchick:
Feb 11, 2002 (6:43 am)
Burnsmr4: You've given that college kid an unfair advantage in hunting co-eds Good luck in the future with your new ride, and fill up that back seat with little #4's.
Coolchick: I guess we're about the same in total mileage/yr. Just passed 3 yr in Dec, and am about to hit 30K. That includes a couple of long range vacations plus my daily commute. Guess I just don't run around all night living the wild life like some of the younger folk here do. Except for my big accident and the steering shimmy that developed over time, the Cougar hasn't been a bad car and has been dead reliable through three Chicago winters. Still fun to drive, gets the occasional admiring looks and comments, and the cargo capability is still tops in it's class.
Aussie: Welcome aboard. Hope you have a long happy relationship with your cat. I guess when they finally get to building them right, they end production.
Feb 11, 2002 (8:31 am)
Welcome abourd Aussy.
Glad to hear of your purchase and that you haven't had any problems. I haven't had any problems with my 2001 C2, so I'm assuming most of the problems are just related to the first 2 years of the Cougar and that Mercury worked out the kinks by the time my 2001 and you 2002 were produced.
I still love my car and still get tons of comments on it. Everyone loves is and people always want to know what it is.
Oh, I got mine in July 2001 and have 8,432 miles on it as of this morning.
#1470 of 1952 Hey I am happy too...
Feb 11, 2002 (10:56 am)
As a refresher..I have a 2001 Black on Black C2 ATX..zero reliability problems. It now has 7400 miles, and the Auto trnsmission that I loathed when it was new, has taken on a new personality..a MUCH more aggreeable one at that. (for those who are not aware, the transmission was not smooth shifting, and never selected the right gear for the occasion) Now its nearly perfect all the time, its always in third or second gear when I need it, and the upshift is far smoother than before. The only other ongoing annoyance is **minor** squeak/rattles from the pillar behind my ahead somewhere around the seatbelt. anyone have the same? I have to say that I only get to hear the noises on half the roads I drive on, which are post 1995 Northridge earthquake Socal roads (if nobody gets this, that means REALLY BAD!). Thats it. I am very proud of my Cat, and I await the return.
Peace to all.
Feb 14, 2002 (7:03 am)
Later, enjoy your Subaru, I know they are great cars!
Feb 15, 2002 (8:44 am)
A guy who works at a military car sales office told me that Mercury is getting rid of the Cougar. Is this true?
Feb 15, 2002 (10:30 am)
They are temporarily doing away with it. It is reportedly coming back in 2005 on a plaform shared with the new Mustang and will be rear wheel drive.
#1474 of 1952 I'm baaaack...
Feb 18, 2002 (6:43 am)
[Waits for CSG regulars to stop laughing and pull themselves up off the floor.]
Yep. Brand new Subaru. Purchased 8 days ago. And I'm driving a rental car -- a Ford Focus SE.
I would buy the one car on the lot that has a rare fuel system issue that prevents me from filling up the tank. Apparently my vehicle came with the "One-Time Use" option -- for $700 or so. It's in the shop now getting a lovely fuel system inspection.
Personally, I think the goofs at the Mercury dealership across the street saw me in the Subaru lot and sabotaged my car. Yeah. That's the answer. Sabotage.
[Runs away giggling in a nervous, devious, sort of schizophrenic sort of way.]
Your transportation-cursed companion,