1999 Ford Cougar 2.0 Zetec from UK and Ireland
Excellent sized, sporty looking, practical coupe
Clutch replaced at approx 90,000 miles - £450.
Timing belt replaced at approx 100,000 miles - £220.
Wishbones are on their way - £400ish.
The car still looks very modern and goes fairly well, however does drink fuel when driven briskly.
The best MPG I've achieved is 46MPG on a long motorway run, which is good for a 2.0 engine in a heavy car.
At the moment, the main point to watch out for when buying is that the front wishbones have been replaced, as the rubbers can't be replaced; it has to be the whole unit, which costs around £250, plus a few hours labour costs for fitting.
I've serviced mine with new oil / filter every 8000 miles, and the engine is still running sweet as a nut.
The boot is enormous for a coupe, and the rear bucket seats can fit a couple of adults easily.
Used prices for Cougar's are rock bottom now, and are a great buy - especially considering you get climate control, CD player, ABS, electric windows + loads more kit as standard.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 12th August, 2010