1999 Ford Cougar Reviews

1999 Ford Cougar VX 2.5 V6 from UK and Ireland

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired61000 miles
Most recent distance108000 miles
Previous carFord Cougar

Summary:

Fully loaded sleek cruiser that has a fantastic V6 growl

Faults:

Drop links replaced at 90000.

Alternator replaced at 96000.

General Comments:

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

1999 Ford Cougar V6 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.2 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles

Summary:

Cute girly car, but PROBLEMATIC

Faults:

Transmission failure.

Battery failure.

Alternator failure.

Problematic windows.

Problematic speakers.

I purchased a new transmission at 100,000 miles, at the expensive cost of $2,800 (which is probably worth more than the vehicle itself). I also purchased a new alternator, which wasn't cheap either. That cost me $650.00.

General Comments:

It's a very cute girly car, for normally a good price. But it is not reliable at all. It is my first car, and I got it when I was 16, so I wanted the car for looks at the time. But buying it was a mistake; with all the money I've put into it, I could've purchased a better and more reliable car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th February, 2011

24th Dec 2011, 09:01

I'm sorry, but how do you come to the conclusion that this is a girl's car? You're sure you don't mean the Ford Puma?

This car is never a girl's car.

21st Mar 2012, 18:55

Hi.. can you help me. Someone has removed the transmission fluid gauge on the car, and I can't find the hole to put in there! Can you show me a picture or something else to help me to find it?

1999 Ford Cougar Base 2.0 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired163000 kilometres
Most recent distance195000 kilometres
Previous carFord Probe

Summary:

Great car for the price! Great on gas!

Faults:

I bought this car from a person who worked at a Ford dealer, and it needed a clutch. After I started ripping apart the car to do the clutch I found he had totally abused the maintenance. I replaced:

Clutch - I have never seen one smoked this bad!

Both ball joints.

CV boot.

Repaired BAD exhaust leak.

Rear drums/shoes.

Front rotors/pads.

BOTH parking brake cables.

BOTH rear brake hoses.

General Comments:

After dealing with the previous owner's NEGLECT, the car has been great! It shifts smooth, gets AMAZING gas mileage. 40 mpg highway. Although the 2.0 is possibly the most gutless motor I have ever driven.

Car has power everything, including moonroof. Everything works great.

Overall it's been a great car. Just keep up on maintenance. And don't trust when people say "I'm an employee at a _____________ Dealer" Chances are good, even though they work there, they don't maintain their vehicle!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st January, 2011

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 22 reviews