1999 Ford Cougar V6 X-pack 2.5 petrol from UK and Ireland


Good fun, great sounding, mile cruncher



General Comments:

Very happy with the car. Not as much fun as my previous Puma however it is very comfy, reasonably quick, engine sounds great and handles very competently. Great on A roads and motorways and better than most on the B roads. Not nearly as expensive to run as I feared. Have driven 25k over 2 years. No breakdowns or problems at all. Only change of tyres was due to puncture. Average 30mph commuting to work. 32-34 MPG in the winter, 34-37 in the summer. Minor service £90ish, major £140ish. Leather, heated seat, heated windscreen/mirrors/washers, CD changer, computer, 4 airbag etc. Lots of car for the money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th May, 2006

1999 Ford Cougar 6.0 from North America


Good looks, but poor quality


All of my 02 sensors have went bad.

My check engine light never goes off, even after I have had it looked at a million times.

EGR valve has been replaced twice.

Alternator has been replaced.

Battery replaced.

Seems like every week a different screw or bolt falls off.

General Comments:

The look of the car is nice and that's about it.

The ride is poor.

The backseats are hard to get in and out of.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th February, 2006

1999 Ford Cougar V6 2.5 V6 from UK and Ireland


Great on the straight, but not round country lanes


One big thing has gone wrong with my car. I crashed it. This could be down to my driving, but as I've had my license for five years and have done driving as extreme as the Iraqi desert, I don't feel I am totally to blame as the corner I skidded on (at low speed) was covered in leaves and mud and also the car does not feel too great round corners. Anyway, the crash (albeit small) resulted in my bumper taking a whack which in turn splintered my radiator which is why it is now in the hand of a repair garage.

General Comments:

I will start off with the bad things. As stated above, I do not find this the greatest car for taking corners. My previous car was a 1994 Ford Escort 1.8 which I loved to bits and miss terribly. That little baby was great for driving round all kinds of roads, but as I am based in Cornwall while my friends and family are still in Kent I needed a motorway cruiser which is why I now have my Cougar and not my Escort.

Under the bonnet, it has a 2.5 V6 engine which on paper should be blisteringly quick. Instead I find it a bit lazy and not quite as fun to drive as my old Escort.

There are only two seat in the rear which have very little headroom for any normal sized people whilst the dashboard is just a bit on the tacky side.

You may now be thinking that I do not like this car much, but I do. This only cost me 4995GBP and for that I got a great looking car that was five years old with 53000 miles on the clock with a 3 month warranty. Passengers in the back may be a bit squished, but I get loads of room in my luxury bucket seat. For my money I also got a CD player and Climate control which is just brilliant. The boot is absolutely huge so shifting equipment in no problem.

It is extremely smooth and refined on the motorway with only the pleasant growl of the engine to be heard. The engine may not be brilliantly powerful, but this has the positive side of being surprisingly economical when driven sensibly. It also has traction control which can be turned off and on with the press of a switch. Didn't do me many favours though.

All in all, it is a pain having a crash at the best of times and I do find that the handling is not the best if you have to drive through country lanes. that said, if you drive mainly on A roads and want a bargain sports car then have a look at the Cougar, it could be just what you want.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th November, 2004

19th Dec 2005, 10:58

I too had a problem going around bends and crashed, but I love the style so I'm keeping her and now the works been done she looks like the day I bought her cool moon dust xx.

27th Mar 2006, 08:36

I have owned a Cougar for six months now and really like the car, but do find the handling a little woolly.

I appreciate that it was never intended as a back lane racer and treat it accordingly, there is nothing particularly wrong with the handling, but it does not inspire total confidence near the limit.

Having owned cars from mk1 3ltr Capri to m635 BMW, I think I have experienced a fair range of cars and think the cougar is one of the best I have ever had.

Happy drifting.

12th Mar 2011, 12:43

I have recently bought a Cougar, and find it very capable on all kinds of roads. I live in the heart of the North Yorkshire moors, so most of my driving is on tight, twisty roads going up and down hills. Even splashing through puddles, I have never had any trouble with the grip. It has a fantastic lowered suspension, and handling wise I can't fault it. I have gone from a Mondeo to the V6 Cougar, and I have found it better in every respect, other than fuel economy and backseat headroom (though the backseats are fantastically comfy with the boot open). I have driven various sports cars from '77 MG Midgets to an '08 Aston DB9, and for the price the Cougar definitely holds its on. It may not be a car you can throw round corners, but for the £670 I paid for mine (74,000 miles, needed new a heat shield, otherwise perfect), you can't argue with the value.