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#672 of 697 Should I buy a 2000 Mercury Cougar?
Mar 13, 2002 (12:42 pm)
Just test drove one last night. I haven't had a chance to do my homework and get consumer reports on it. I loved the inside and outside. The sales guy that was with me was about 6'2" or 6'3" and he was sitting in the passenger's seat with his right leg on top of his left one -- and STILL had room to spare! It drove great, handled great. This one was a V6 automatic. I think I'd prefer the standard, but this one is my only option due to financing. Does anyone else out there have some more insight for me on this car???
Mar 14, 2002 (6:22 am)
If you liked the car that much, go ahead and buy it.
There's nothing wrong with the ATX version with the exception of its stoplight performance vs. the MTX.
Unless you're like me, a stick driver for 40 years, it's a viable option.
Good luck on the deal. Check this site for the retail and wholsale values of your prospective kitty.
#674 of 697 Hi susan70- Welcome the Hatchbacks Message board!
Mar 14, 2002 (6:31 am)
In addition to the feedback here, you may also want to check out some of the other Mercury Cougar discusions in our Cougar Owner's Club. To start, here's General Maintenance and Cougar Care discussions.
Also, here's a direct link to Edmunds' Used Vehicle Appraiser where you can see what the average cost of a 200 Mercury Cougar is in your region. Good luck, and please keep us posted on your purchase.
(Btw, this post has been re-edited, since another post slipped in before mine. Gustafsc- Thanks for your feedback.)
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#675 of 697 Susan70
Mar 14, 2002 (3:38 pm)
If you plan on buying a Cougar, I would forgo looking in Consumer Reports. I just received my 2002 new cars issue and they PAN the Cougar. They give it the worse reliability (black circle) rating possible. If you do resaerch the Cougar the rsults will not be pretty. But, as with myself, I could not pass up the styling. Very sharp.
Good luck with your car shopping.
Mar 15, 2002 (1:18 pm)
If you really like the Cougar, and it is in your price range I would say buy it too.
However, realize that you are buying a car that is considered to be among the worst vehicles in it's class. When it was a brand new vehicle it received good ratings, but the competition has just gotten so much better over the last 3 years....
For what it is worth I am going to keep my 99 Cougar until it falls apart. It is still a great looking car, performs well, and it is the only way I can get back my full investment.
Mar 15, 2002 (5:07 pm)
I have had my Cougar ( a 99 ) for 3 years. Have not had any problems, and I do love the car. If you like the car....go fot it. I think some of the problems that a lot of people had was because of the newness (a word?) of the car at first. And because as a group we are a pickey bunch of people. But we did pick the Cougar and most of us were very happy with the car. I would buy another one if I could. Good luck with whatever you do.
Mar 16, 2002 (3:10 pm)
Definately go for it. I've had my 2000 (ATX, V6) for about 15 months and it is still running strong. The only thing I would keep an eye out for is the seals around the windows. The stripping around the outside of my back window came unglued, but they fixed it for free (warranty).
The ATX can be a little frustrating at stoplights when you're trying to get off to a quick start. The car really does get any torque until about 3250 rpms so it's a little sluggish at the go, but when it does pull it pulls hard and should give you adequate accleration. I've never driven one with MTX, but I still have a lot of fun with the automatic. You don't have to worry about shifting while you're throwing the car through curve after curve, and in the curves is where the car really shines I think.
Owning a kitty takes a lot of patience and understanding, but the looks from people and the sound the engine makes when you wind it out on the freeway makes it sooooooooooooo worthwhile. But at the same time I'd make sure I invested in a warranty if the car doesn't have one.