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#397 of 1952 Ordered 2001 Mercury Cougar C2
Jan 18, 2001 (1:19 pm)
I am new to this board but thought that I should at least sign myself in for support until my factory ordered Cougar arrives to my local dealership.
I placed the order yesterday (1-17-01) and according to the dealer, the vehicle should arrive between the beginning of March 2001. For those of you that even care (ha, ha), I ordered my vehicle as follows:
* V-6 Convenience Group
* V-6 Sport Group
* C-2 Feature Vehicle Group
* Leather Sport Seats
* 6-Way Power Driver's Seat
* Side Air bags
* 4 Wheel Anti-Lock Breaking System
* Engine Block Heater
* Front License Plate Bracket
* Body color Body-side moldings
* Smoker's Package
* Power Sliding Sunroof
* Traction Control
* Automatic Transmission
I decided to order my vehicle in black with the midnight black leather seating surfaces. The local dealership had two C-2's, one in black and the other in French Blue. I really liked the looks of the black vehicle!
I currently have a 2000 Ford Explorer Limited which has been fairly trouble-free, therefore I am truly concerned with the overall reliability of the Cougar. The Cougar will be in addition to my Explorer but may travel more than the Explorer (due to soaring gas prices). Any additional insight that you all could provide would be greatly appreciated! Please feel free to em-ail me IExplore2000aol.com.
#398 of 1952 iexplore2000
Jan 18, 2001 (3:46 pm)
Congrats on your new Cougar purchase. You will really love the car.. The reliability should be fine on the '01 models. The early '99's had some minor teething problems. Unfortunately, I'm still trying to get through those "teething" problems.
My Cat goes back to the dealer tomorrow morning. The hatch refuses to open again. The only time it opens is when the drivers door is open(and I leave it open), I then push the hatch button inside the car and immediately open the hatch. If I push the button and then get out of the car and close the car door, the hatch will not open correctly. This is the 4th-5th time my car has been to the dealer for this fix. I hope they get it right this time. At least this time I will most likely get a loaner.
Jan 18, 2001 (4:15 pm)
Actually I think the Kitty on "Ed" is tourmaline green and this weeks show was the first time we got a good long view of it. They have been teasing for weeks.
P.S. It is actually quite a good show.
They actually have such a thing as a "smoker's package"?
Malibu is right, you should share the recipe or, even better, you can cook it for us at Lime Rock.
Jan 18, 2001 (5:00 pm)
Actually the color of the car is Sage Green. The Dark Tourmaline Green is almost Emerald in color (thus the name of my kitty Emmy Lou, which is short for Emerald).
About two weeks ago I was being very cynical about a back ordered part from FMC. The part came in this week and I had it installed yesterday. Much to my surprise, the new part actually fixed the moan/groan problem. My Emmy Lou once again purr's like a beautiful kitten.
Jan 18, 2001 (7:29 pm)
Thanks for rolling out the welcome mat for me!
Fish8: Good luck with the hatch problem that you are experiencing. One of my coworkers has a dark green 99 V-6 Cougar with grey leather and I called him today in order to ask him some questions on reliability. He mentioned that he hasn't had any problems with his other than this squeaky noise that he hears every now and then from his rear hatch.
Camelard: YES, they actually do have a smokers package. The funny thing is that I don't smoke <G>. I wanted the ashtray in order to hold my wrapped candies in! Ha, ha.. My Explorer has a bunch of compartments for that! The cigarette lighter will be useless, just like my Explorer's.
ONE DILEMMA... Someone at work told me to take a look at the Monte Carlo SS's today and I did. Had a chance to drive one and it's actually pretty nice. Both are competatively priced. I received X-Plan on my Cougar order BUT my dad works for GM so I can instantly get the GMO or GMS pricing too? The Monte had a lot of room, more gadets and 200 hp but to me it looks rather LOOONNGGG. I think that the Cougar has greater eye appeal, looks like a true sports car. I hope that I am not confusing myself, I will have to sleep on it. =( I should have not listened to my coworker! Keep the comments rolling.. I want to be a Cougar owner but I guess I need a little more convincing.
Jan 19, 2001 (6:14 am)
My opinion is definitely biased, but I don't care much for the "big boat" looks of the Monte Carlo. Performance wise, the big GM might have a slight edge on the auto Cougar in a straight line, but get into the twisties and I'm sure the Cougar would prevail. The sharp handling and relatively compact size of the Cougar add up to a great "fun factor" and the great looks get lots of comments. The hatch is actually quite large in the Cougar, making the Cougar a pretty practical car as well. In my mind, your choice is easy. Good luck!
Jan 19, 2001 (6:21 am)
WELCOME TO THE CSG!!! If you get a chance, take the time and go back and read through all of the GREAT posts. Older topics are archived on our official web site:
Cougar Support Group You will find a wealth of information and a millions why you should buy a Cougar.
- Monte Carlo SS vs Cougar -
Here are just a few reasons why you should get a Cougar:
* Reason #1 on why you should get a Cougar:
Just look at the Monte!! The design is one that only a (blind) Mother could love
*Reason #2 on why you should get a Cougar:
The Monte is more of a luxury Coupe, and the Cougar is more of a touring car. The Cougar is much more nimble, and handles the twisties like a champ. It is truly a driver's car.
* Reason #3 on why you should get a Cougar:
The Cougar is available with a manual 5-speed transmission and the Monte is not. This transmission combined with the Duratech really make an excellent match. A true sports Coupe / Touring car should be available with a manual trans. (No offence to all you ATX owners!!!)
* Reason #4 on why you should get a Cougar:
An award wining interior. Compare the interior of the Monte with the interior of the Cougar. Yes the Monte does have much more room (prime example of why I call this car a luxury sport coupe and not a Sport Coupe), but the design is bland and not very appealing to the eye. The Cougar's interior design is fresh and exciting. It is very well done and not over stated. The unique air vents actually won a design award back in 1998/1999.
* Reason #5 on why you should get the Cougar:
The Cougar is available with side impact air bags and the Monte isn't. Cougar safety is excellent. One of our members got SMASHED by a Mustang. He was not injured at all because his car protected him properly. At first glance his Cougar looked totaled, but the dealership actually rebuilt the entire thing and it is back on the road today (the car was so badly damaged that every single panel had to be replaced. When the owner spoke to the dealership doing the work, the service department actually asked him if he wanted them to rebuild it in a different color).
*Reason #6 on why you should get a Cougar:
Do you see a "MCSG" (Monte Carlo Support Group)anywhere? I don't think so!!
#404 of 1952 iexplore2000
Jan 19, 2001 (9:11 am)
Go with the Cougar!...if you have an explorer than you need something more economical, the Monte Carlo can't be as good as the cougar on mileage. I have a friend who has a brand new one, black and it's okay looking but put my cougar next to it and it just looks ordinary. It has to weigh quite a bit more since it's so big. He always wants to race my Cougar but I think he would beat me pretty bad so I just ignore him. I think you will enjoy the sportiness of the cougar and it rides just as smooth as the Monte carlo (at least the one I rode in) Besides we need more members and Cougar fanatics!
Badulah: I was afraid that camaro was a V8...I just love when he drives by, he ususally looks at my Cat. He may go faster, but I look better getting there!
Jan 19, 2001 (10:08 am)
Under normal conditions the Monte is faster than your Cat, but if your willing to get really down and dirty, the Cat has a higher top end speed. You could get him on the freeway late at night and show him what your Cat is really made of. There aren't many cars that can do 140mph stock (145mph with the chip).
I do miss the rumble of my IROC-Z. You could hear me coming down the block in that car. It was such a cool sound. One of my neighbors has a Vette, and he has a Borla exhaust on it. When he drives by he always revs his engine, as if to remind me that his car is faster then mine. His car does sound really good, but he really needs to get a life.
Jan 19, 2001 (10:34 am)
Thanks for the tip...He just constantly bugs me about how fast his car is and how he could just spank the cougar. I told him lets go down Los Berros Road...it's a very windy road that I drive everyday now that we live at the inlaws. He just laughs and says it too dangerous. His car has 200hp, but it's an automatic and alot heavier. I say lets take the GTO out and see what he's got. He just says no way, that wouldn't be fair. He's a diehard Chevy man and just want's to bag on my little kitty. Plus he's probably jealous! I know what you mean about the Iroc, a girl I work with drives one and vibrates my office windows. I drove the GTO one day and set off her alarm though. He-He. I'm hanging around you guys too much and getting bad habits!