1990 Mercury Cougar Reviews from North America - Page 3 of 4

1990 Mercury Cougar LS 3.8

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired71000 miles
Most recent distance148000 miles
Previous carHonda Prelude

Faults:

A/C Compressor stopped working at 98,000 and had to be replaced.

Distributor started making grinding noise at 110,000 Miles and needed replacement.

Fan Clutch went bad at 123,000 Miles. Was able to drive with heat on to get to my mechanic without overheating.

Water Pump started leaking badly and needed replacement at 127,000 Miles.

Bad Head Gasket caused erratic temp gage readings at 132,000 Miles and needed replacement.

Strut Arm bushings went bad at 147,000. Also, was told I will need upper and lower ball joints and struts.

Front brake rotors need frequent resurfacing for shudder when braking.

Had rear brake wheel cylinders and self adjusters replaced at about 88,000. They now need replacement again.

Drive shaft universal has a lag.

Driver door hinge was replaced just before I picked up the car at 71,000. Now the passenger is so bad I don't even use the door.

Just found out I need the Throttle Position Sensor) replaced. Causes car to not idle well until it warms up a bit.

General Comments:

All in all I like the car a lot. It is very comfortable and drives very smooth.

Even with all the problems listed I was never left stranded with the car. I was always able to make it to my mechanic just in time. There were always signs of impending problems before they completely blew.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2003

1990 Mercury Cougar LS 3.8 V6 efi

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.8 V6 efi Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired81000 miles
Most recent distance83000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Caprice

Summary:

Car is a good looker and spunky

Faults:

Car needed a full brake job when purchased.

Air conditioning not working.

Control arm bushing needed replacing.

General Comments:

This car is as quick as it is comfortable. At high speeds I feel a little insecure as the rear feels like its not tight enough for high speed turns on the highway.

For street driving its the best. The 3.8 is just enough power to keep me free of the usual wanna be speed freaks while not a loud super fast car that will get me pulled over a lot.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st December, 2002

1990 Mercury Cougar LS 3.8L EFI

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.8L EFI Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired111000 miles
Most recent distance115000 miles
Previous carNissan 240SX

Summary:

Reliable

Faults:

The only things I had go wrong were the brakes, and a light bulb in the dash because I have the digital gages, and the power steering pump is on the way out.

General Comments:

I love how comfortable the ride is! I have a set of Enkei 18" chrome wheels on it. In addition to the $5000 dollar paint job I had put on. It started out from the factory with silver it is now silver with a blue pearl. I had the windows tinted 20% all around and the windshield is 35%. I have a JVC Kameleon head. In the trunk I have a 820 watt Akustic amp pushing 2 12" Rockford Fozgate Punch XLC's. Bringing the power to all this is blue Monster Cable 4 gauge power wire. And I have Street Glow Glod Series underneith the car and I had to go blue! And to top that off is the 4 5x7 MB Quartz in the doors.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th October, 2002

1990 Mercury Cougar LS 3.8 fuel injected

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.8 fuel injected Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Most recent distance113000 miles
Previous carEagle Premier

Summary:

The Mercury Cougar is a high preformace bargain

Faults:

I had an 1989 Eagle Premier before I bought my 1990 Mercury Cougar LS. Every weekend I was working on my Eagle and finally a year and about 5000 dollars later, I traded it in for the Cougar. So far, nothing has gone wrong (knock on wood).

General Comments:

My Cougar is very reliable car.

It hugs the road like a fancy sports car.

The engine is a 3.8 l V6, very power, but could use some pep.

The Cougar is a very safe and solid car.

I have never sat in a car so comfortable. It is like sitting in a luxury car.

The entire car is pretty roomy including the back seat, which is great because I have a son.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th July, 2002

1990 Mercury Cougar LS 3.8 liter

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.8 liter Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired44000 miles
Most recent distance74000 miles
Previous carnone none

Summary:

The best car I'll ever drive

Faults:

The battery and alternator have been replaced once. Other than that, nothing has gone wrong with it.

General Comments:

This car has will probably be the best car I'll drive in my lifetime.

I've got two twelve inch Kicker Comp 12's in the trunk, and it fits perfectly in there. The trunk is perfect for the bass sound.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th November, 2001

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 16 reviews