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Mercury Cougar, Hatchback
For Cougar lovers everywhere!
Feb 11, 2002 (9:31 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 1950 Hey I am happy too...
Feb 11, 2002 (11:56 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 (8:03 am)
Later, enjoy your Subaru, I know they are great cars!
Feb 15, 2002 (9:44 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 (11:30 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 1950 I'm baaaack...
Feb 18, 2002 (7:43 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,
Feb 19, 2002 (11:49 pm)
You know its been awhile since I've posted so here I am in Times Square... in my hotel room But seriously my 99 (built mar 99) has been great a few glitches but nothing major, most stuff just me being anal... and using a warranty, that I paid for, to its fullest. Well thats all for me.
I won't laugh at you Burns.. All cars will have their problems... American vs Imports. New vs Used. I'm just glad my lil green cougar is still being a good kitty... despite my neglect during the winter months...(my minivan gets all the attention in the winter)
Speaking of Minivans....
I forget who made the comment, but its got nothing to do with children..My Astro, was bought instead of a Pick'up truck. has the same utitity(to me) as a hick-up truk and it has more utility than most "sport utes" and I can seat 8. And to top it off, its a HO version which puts outt 170hp, w 4.10 gears... heh might even give my cougar a run for its money, but I doubt it...
#1476 of 1950 '99s and minivans
Feb 21, 2002 (8:55 pm)
Well, I've got both and they're both good. My Cougar has apparently gotten over its clutch interlock problems and I've gotten over having the car die on me because of it. My wife's Plymouth Voyager is a really great device. It's comfortable, quiet, and has great audio. Best car I've ever driven for long distances and you can put small trees in it besides. Downsides are poor cornering and total absence of cachet.
It's too bad the Cougar's gone; it's worse that Ford never gave it a chance. With any visible marketing presence and some attention to the car's rough edges, they could have had a success. Instead, it's all down the drain and the Cougar name (really one of the great car names) may appear someday on a T-Bird with special ugly styling like they used to do.
#1477 of 1950 Give your Cougar a good home...
Feb 21, 2002 (9:22 pm)
...and sell it to a teenager on his/her way to college. I sold my car two weeks ago, and when I met the father of the kid to hand over the title, he said his boy was already planning for mods of all sorts. I'm glad that the car that troubled me (or did I trouble it?) has gone to a good home.
Y'all have a nice and safe weekend. Happy Cougaring...or Subaru-ing!
#1478 of 1950 Gee, this is sad
Feb 27, 2002 (5:23 am)
It is really sad to see how dead this board has become. I remember when this was one of the most popular boards on Edmunds, heck...the Cougar Support Group was the first Owner's Club!
Now, people are dissapearing...just like the New Edge Cougar will. People are getting rid of their Cougars, and unlike people in other groups who talk about buying the new updated versions of their cars, I have never heard anyone say they are going to trade in their old Cougar for a new one.
OK, people used to talk about buying the Cougar S, and then the project got canned.
Well anyway, I was just reflecting...I still own my Cougar, and I plan on keeping it for a few years after it is paid for, it is the only way I can get my money's worth out of it.
Even when I do buy a new car I will probably keep it. I don't think I would get enough on a trade in. Plus, it is and will always be a very good looking car if I maintain it properly.