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Mercury Cougar, Hatchback
For Cougar lovers everywhere!
Jun 04, 2002 (3:35 pm)
Based on my experiences with my Cougar I'm going to have to disagree with your comments. My revs instantly drop when I'm stopped at a light and the radio is awesome! Everything appears to well put together and extremely well aligned on all the body parts and interior pieces.
Actually this appears so far to be the highest quality car I have ever owned. The includes a 94 Honda Civic I bought new and very shortly believed it was one of the cheapest built pieces of junk I have ever owned.
Maybe Mercury improved with time or something. I dunno. I know being on NECO that I have heard much less complaining from the late year 2000 thru 2002 owners than I do from the 99 - early 2000 owners. I've never had throttle hang issues nor problems with my hatch release that seemed to have bothered most 99 owners. The radio has been GREAT. Awesome sound out of it.
I think Ford finally got their act together just in time to cancel it. The only problem I ever had was how amazingly long it took to get it built since I special ordered it with the exact options and color I wanted.
David <-----14,000 miles and counting on his 2001 C2 Cougar
Jun 04, 2002 (7:43 pm)
wildcat, your post is good to see but also sad. If the 2001 cat is a good car, why is Mercury stopping it just when it's fixed? Arrgh!
#1563 of 1950 Love my 2002 Cougar
Jun 04, 2002 (8:50 pm)
i have read everything that diff people have to say about the cougar and for my own 2 cents i will give......
I bought my '02 cougar XR 5 speed loaded except for leather and 6 deck cd-changer..in 8 months i have put 11000 miles on her....i have only had ONE problem....the relay switch on the back window wiper had to be readjusted.....my dealership took car of that pronto and gave me a rental car while my cat was being fixed....(YEAH!! SHOWCASE AUTO PLAZA in modesto CA)...
anyhow....i have driven her hard, sometimes fast and use my cat to commute 60 miles to and from work each day....i open and close the sunroof twice a day.....have played with all the creature features of the car and think this is the best car i have ever owned....
my cat has been driven in the snow, rain and on slick roads...i love the way my kitten handles....i test drove a 'vette in the rain and my cougar handles better then the 'vette did in the rain....this car looks like a sports car and handles as good as most.....would like a little more power but........
i am constantly complimented on the car and always have people asking me about it.....i expet to have this car for a very long time....
one question i do have is this:
has anyone done any of the performance mods on thier cat??....if so..what kind and are they worth it??
#1564 of 1950 99 Cougar Fixes
Jun 05, 2002 (6:40 am)
It's good to hear the later Cougars don't have the problems some of the early ones did. My 99 had many of the common problems, but are all resolved. The "throttle hang" annoyance was fixed with the mod developed by the Contour owners - basically a restriction in the intake bypass hose. The trunk release fixed by TWO new lift springs - the original one wasn't strong enough to lift the hatch high enough. Radio problem (speakers cutting in and out) fixed by a new (different model) head unit replaced by my dealer under warranty. My 99 has almost 40,000 miles and has been trouble-free except for the new model issues noted. I intend to keep it for another 3-5 years.
Jun 05, 2002 (11:42 am)
Aussy: Good to hear you are having good luck with your Cougar as well. I had forgotten to mention that I haven't had any problems with my sunroof. I know earlier owners complain about the sunroof as well, but good to hear that neither of us have hit that. I use mine all the time and it still works wonderfully.
I should mention that my C2 is basically fully loaded except for leather.
I have the follwoing mods on my C2 Cougar: SVT upper intake manifold, SVT throttle body, SVT diffuser screen, Mirko MAF to filter adaptor, K&N Cone filter, and just received my strut tower bar via UPS today. I'll get it installed this weekend and then my next mods will be a Borla exhaust and a FTP rear strut tower bar.
Jun 06, 2002 (5:10 am)
Gustafsc: Good to be back! Thanks for being here the whole time - and that goes for everyone!
I may be a little behind over the next two days because of a large meeting in the office that I'm supporting.
I've had the Borla dual exhaust installed for more than two years and love it. I've had a KKM intake kit intstalled since 5K miles, and have not had any problems, and I'm now at 42K.
I love my Cat.
Good question about the demise decision, lmigliore. Why would they decide to kill production just when they got it "right"? I suspect poor sales did the Cougar in ...
Happy Cougaring everyone!
#1567 of 1950 No Cougars on the Decatur lot anymore
Jun 06, 2002 (6:53 am)
I drove by the Decatur dealership where I bought my Cougar yesterday (ironically, right next door to the dealership where I got my new 2002 Subaru Forester S), and I saw that there were NO Cougars on the lot. Have they stopped building and delivering them, or has this dealership given up on selling them?
I'll never forget my last service visit to that dealership. The only service drive technician on duty that day showed up 45 minutes late and then blamed me for coming in on a Saturday with a simple key fob reprogramming issue. The technicians were furious with her.
Hope everyone's OK. Is Badulah OK? He never posts in here anymore.
Jun 06, 2002 (8:24 am)
Yeah, Burnsmr4, the Bad-man is all right. He's been working really long hours lately, and his computer died two weeks ago, which he is trying to rebuild from.
Other than that, as you noticed with your local dealership, the one I bought mine at has no Cougars left either. There is one in the used car side, and I've seen others in used car lots elsewhere, but new ones seem to be even more rare around here than the older ones.
I have seen the new T-birds though, and what a gorgeous car! The only problem I have with it is the price tag ... because I can't afford one.
#1569 of 1950 Back in the U.S. again!
Jun 06, 2002 (10:59 am)
I am back from Korea. I have been in the process of bringing my Cougar back up to speed.
Due to abuse from my ex-wife I have had to:
*Replace all 4 tires (they were never rotated so the fronts were bald, and the rears were warped).
*Spend over 5.00 vacuuming my car removing pine needles and all kinds of other crap from the interior.
*use rubbing compound and touch up paint to repair a large nasty scrape on the driver's side rear bumper( I now no longer have clear coat on that area!) I also had to use touch up paint to repair nicks on the rear bumper.
*shampoo the seats and headliner (the dumb b*t*h had lipstick stains on my passenger seat!).
*Wax the car (I had cleaned twice but until I actually waxed it I did not realize it was only the clear coat making it shine!)
*Have the insurance company assess damage caused to the front bumper of the car when she went off a curb (the right front bumber is ripped off where it connects to the body of the car, and the rubber lip that was underneath the front spoiler is totally gone!) I am waiting for the check from the insurance company to get that damage repaired!
However, despite the damage to the front bumper the kitty is looking good again! Until I mention the damage to people they don't even notice it.
It is sounding better too! I cleaned my KKM, and added a straight through resonator to my custom dual exhaust. When I installed my custom dual mini-turbo set-up the stock resonator was causing to much back pressure. However my buddy helped me realize that my system was too loud and sounded too much like a fart pipe. The resonator has giving it a quieter mellower (but still sporty) tone.
Anyway, thats enough from me. It is good to see all you Cougar owners and ex-Cougar owners hanging in there.
71,000 miles and still going strong! Other than a replaced throttle no serious mechanical problems!
Jun 06, 2002 (11:08 am)
Almost forgot to mention this.
I am still seeng Cougars all over the Fayetteville, NC area.
I am still surprised at how good the Cougar still looks after 4 years of existence! It is still one of the best looking cars on the road.
Like stageleft I plan to get my money's worth out of the Cougar and drive it for as long as I can! I really believe this will still be a good looking car 10, 15, and even 20 years from now!
Hope it holds up!