1999 Ford Cougar VX 2.5 V6 from UK and Ireland
Fully loaded sleek cruiser that has a fantastic V6 growl
Drop links replaced at 90000.
Alternator replaced at 96000.
Personally I can't fault this car. It eats the motorway miles and is very comfortable. The boot is huge and can easily accommodate 4 person's luggage.
This is the third one I have owned now, and love the way they drive.
The auto was very nice to drive, although the CD4E gearbox was not the best in the world, and can be a little jumpy between gears. They can be prone to problems around 100,000 miles.
The manual VX ones are the one to go for; everything you could ask for in a car, plenty of power on tap when needed, leather, cruise control, heated seats, air con. What more could you ask for?
As for the looks, they still look stunning, even in a car park full of newer cars.
One thing you have to remember, the Cougar is not really a sports car, it's a sports tourer. Do don't expect blistering performance from it, although you can do a few mods with ST200 inlets and throttle body etc to unleash some more power, and greatly improve throttle response.
The only down side is the rising cost of fuel these days, but never fear as the big cat can still return a good 35-38 MPG on a run, and if you drive sensibly round town, you can average 22-24 MPG, which is not bad for a big V6.
All in all, a lot of car for your money. Look for a low mileage one and check wishbones, drop-links for play, and the rear subframe for any rust. Other than that, you can't go wrong.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th January, 2013