Ford Cougar Review from Australia and New Zealand

2001 Ford Cougar SX 2.5L

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.5L Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 kilometres
Most recent distance51000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Magna

Summary:

A truly awesome pocket rocket

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

My previous car was a 2004 Magna VRX All Wheel Drive, which did not compare to the Cougar.

I fell in love with the Cougar instantly when I saw a picture of it, and was extremely impressed when seeing one in person.

Mine has a full spoiler kit, which really adds to the Cougar's aggressive appearance.

The interior is fantastic. The beautifully sculptured dashboard and door trims instantly give a sports car feel.

There are instruments and switches galore, which make the dashboard look like an airplane cockpit, just fantastic.

The car provides features and options galore, something absent in Australian cars, but common to US cars.

The interior with leather seats is very comfortable and fits me like a glove. You really feel that you are in a sports car. Even the back seats are comfortable and quite roomy. I totally disagree with reviews that the back seats are too small.

Performance is very good for a 2.5L. This car has plenty of take off acceleration and great overtaking. This car is much quicker than I expected.

The sound of the engine during acceleration and cruise is just fantastic.

The handling is great. The Cougar hugs the road and corners better than my previous All Wheel Drive Magna VRX.

Overall, driving the car is exhilarating, and I try to find any excuse to drive it.

This is the best car I have owned and I love everything about it. It is truly saddening that Ford no longer import the Cougar to Australia, as I have no replacement for this car when I decide to buy a new car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th August, 2005

14th Jul 2011, 12:41

I am thinking of buying the exact same car now. Only concern is lack of parts if anything were to happen. I've accepted that chassis parts will be hard to come by, but as the Cougar has the same engine as another Ford, I thought parts would be okay to come by.

Any thoughts or personal experience on the difficulty to source parts?

Average review marks: 8.8 / 10, based on 1 review