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#1774 of 1950 I was the old timer who griped...
Jun 12, 2003 (1:31 pm)
I still check in here every few weeks. I barely ever visit Edmunds.com, though, because my '02 Subaru Forester S has been so reliable. You know the old saying -- never hear anything from anyone until there's something to complain about.
I was glad to get rid of my '99 Cougar V-6 back in 2002. It was nothing but headaches for me. I think I got one that the janitorial staff put together up in Michigan. Like they all got together one night after cleaning toilets and decided, "Hey, guys. Let's see if we can put one together!"
My Subaru has been ultra-reliable, with only one minor initial hiccup and a single recall after 1.5 years and 24K miles. With my Mercury in the shop so much for window leaks, I only made it to about 10K in the first year. I barely hit 36K in three years of ownership, and I love road trips. :-\
Anyhow -- hope everyone is OK. Sounds like folks are all moving on. Keep posting every so often here. Kind of neat to see who's buying/driving what.
Did anyone ever find out what happened to badulah?
Jun 13, 2003 (3:35 pm)
The seats are identical other than mine are cloth covered. Same design and everything. Full power controls and everything. I even have the side airbags. I just didn't want black leather seats with the hot and humid summers we have, so I opted for the cloth. I actually am glad now I did. They liven up the interior since the entire center section is french blue. Only the bolstering, headrest, and backs of the seats are black.
Jun 18, 2003 (7:15 pm)
Actually, the leather hasn't bothered me. It holds up very nicely, and doesn't get as hot as other interiors I've seen. I also put a sunshield on to help. I am looking at Subarus (Impreza, WRX) which are cool but have a few missing features for me (fold down seats in the sedan and moonroof in the wagon). I am also looking at the Mazda 6 for more comfort. The Nissan Altima looks great, but there are a million on the road.
#1777 of 1950 burnsmr4
Jun 20, 2003 (6:52 am)
I also wonder what happened to badulah......I hope he is ok.
Jun 20, 2003 (6:53 am)
who was badulah's side kick? Was it lefty? where is he?
#1779 of 1950 Dealer/Mercury did the right thing!!!!
Jun 25, 2003 (7:10 am)
Thought I'd drop by and tell the latest adventure.
Started hearing a groaning noise from the front end when leaning to the left on the wheel when making lane changes or bucking the road crown. Thought it might be something simple like a steering portioning valve.
So, I took it in to the dealer's service dept. After they lost my keys and I had to deliver a second set the next morning (they eventually found them), the analysis was done and the tab was estimated at $940.00 for wheel bearings, spindles, and tie rod ends.
Needless to say, I said, "WHEEL BEARINGS AND SPINDLES?? THEY'RE SEALED UNITS AND SHOULD LAST NEARLY THE LIFE OF THE CAR!!!!" Well, the service manager agreed with me, especially as I've only got 43K miles on the car. He said that he's see what he could do to make things right.
The final outcome was an after warranty adjustment by Mercury, the dealer, and me. $200.00 out the door, they ate the rest.
An unususal problem with an even more unusual outcome
The Cat now rides and steers like new, so with a little luck, should be good for a long time.
Now, if I can just keep from being clobbered by the idiots out there......(3 hits so far)
#1780 of 1950 No drive no more
Jun 28, 2003 (7:22 pm)
My '99 Cougar is sitting in the driveway. Been there since June 10. Gonna stay there till August or so. See, I was riding my bicycle and some unknown event flipped it and I broke my left hip. Hard to use clutch when I can't put any weight on my left leg. As it is, I just got upstairs to the computer tonight.
Anyway, as far as I remember, the cat runs great and the Michelin Pilots are a major step up from the factory tires. Someday, I'll drive it again.
#1781 of 1950 lmigliore
by KarenS HOST
Jun 30, 2003 (6:06 am)
Sorry to hear about your accident. I hope you heal quickly.
Jun 30, 2003 (7:02 am)
Just goes to show "Exercise is hazardous to your health!!!! ;-b
Get well soon!!
P.S. At least have somebody exercise the car once a week to keep the juices flowing. That's what I did when I broke my leg last year. My son made me nervous as hell behind the wheel, but we both survived.
Jul 09, 2003 (3:43 pm)
Anyone know when they last built the S version?