1998 Ford Cougar Review

1998 Ford Cougar 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired17000 miles
Most recent distance56000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Corsa

Summary:

A sports car and motorway cruiser in one package

Faults:

The only thing needing replaced since I bought the Cougar in 2001 was a fuel tank belt, underneath the car, which had been damaged by a speed bump when I was taking home a particularly heavy load from B & Q in the cavernous boot.

General Comments:

This car has been nothing other than a dream since I bought it. It handles town well, can cope with the countryside roads around my house, and cruises magnificently. It sticks to the road around corners, and has the power to accelerate away quickly- in fact it seems sometimes as if the rev counter gets to a certain point, and then a small jet engine ignites. I agree- not a 911, but a 911 isn't a Lamborghini, so where does all that end anyway? Some people will always want a faster car and a bigger house with a broader wide screen TV.

Needless to say I love this car, and have had no difficulties whatsoever since purchase. It is a very comfortable ride in the driver's seat. The service costs are reasonable (well, it's a Mondeo base after all), although I hear that the costs of replacing, for example, the 1/4 window, or the bumpers, can be high. One other down-side is that the rear seats are not the most comfortable, and can be difficult for the large or the elderly to get out off.

As others have posted, this car is a head turner. Driving home one day, when we were stopped at lights, the motorist behind me left his vehicle, knocked on my window, and all for no other reason than to tell me that the car looked great!!

A truly magnificent car, and a great pity that it has been discontinued. The car is fast developing a cult following.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th March, 2007

Average review marks: 8.6 / 10, based on 1 review