1987 Mercury Cougar from North America


Could potentially be a lemon


Nothing has gone wrong with it yet, but I have only had the car for a week.

Everything was already wrong with it when I bought it for $480.

The paint job is suffering badly and makes the car look like junk yard fodder. But that's not important to me.

The gear indicator is off track so in reverse the orange line is hidden and in drive it shows neutral. I don't know how serious this problem is, but the people I bought it from did not act like it was.

The car shifts very hard during accelaration and oftentimes it throws me across the road.

I am no mechanic. I was promised that the car had a good enguine and a good transmition. The car drives okay, but sometimes I doubt the validity of this statement.

The passenger side window is off the track. It will roll up and down, but only about an inch. After that it goes off and will fall down into the door.

The car roars, almost as if the gas petal was stuck down, when started.

The timing appears to be off or something. Sometimes when it idles the car makes loud clunking noises. Sometimes so bad that the whole car shakes and clatters.

One of the speakers is blown and raddels if the stereo is turned up to loudly.

The roof lining is missing and needs to be replaced.

The gas gauge is broken.

The horn is broken.

There is a crack in the wind shield.

General Comments:

Overall, I believe I was ripped off.

The car runs okay, for now. I just wonder how long it will run before it dies on me.

It looks horrible. I get funny stares when I drive down the street.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th September, 2005

26th Sep 2005, 10:00

Well, it is an almost 20 year old car. You do expect some things to be wrong with it. Paint it at least. Everything else sounds like normal wear and tear. The orange thing not aligning properly is no big deal. I have had that problem with almost all my cars.

26th Sep 2005, 11:49

The best laugh I've had all day.

26th Sep 2005, 12:47

$480 and you feel like you got ripped off? Sorry, but it's very difficult to find a vehicle without any problems for under $3000 (Canadian that is).

I know it feels terrible to have spent the money and then not have whatever you bought not work right, but for $480 you really did get what you paid for.

26th Sep 2005, 13:21

You have bought the wrong car.

If you do not want to get involved in car mechanics the only option is to buy a new or nearly new car fully ringfenced by a warranty. Sorry.

The symptoms you are describing are why the car is only worth a few hundred dollars.

27th Sep 2005, 07:11

Yes...but it IS a head turner!

7th Mar 2013, 10:49

Say what? Got what you PAID for??

So you're not supposed to get a RUNNING car for $480 dollars... if that was the case, better save the money on bus passes and cab fares.

I've bought a 79 Mazda 626 for $25 bucks, a 79 Pontiac Grand LeMans for $190, and an 82 Toyota Corolla SR5 for $100... and ALL ran for YEARS, with minor maintenance (what car doesn't need it?).

I know people who make car payments on NEW cars, and their cars are in the shop and leave them broke.

1987 Mercury Cougar LS 3.8 from North America


I love this car and I am so glad I found it!


About a month after I got this car I had to replace the water pump. But that is the only problem I have had.

General Comments:

I love to drive this car because it handles very well.

I am not sure how many miles per gallon I am getting, but I believe it was more when I first got it. I think it is due for a tune-up. I haven't gotten one yet. (I know, I know)

I also love the body style. My car has no dents or scratches, which I think is very good for an 18 year old car. My interior is also perfect. (I know, I'm lucky)

I am also happy to say that it only has 64,000 miles on it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th July, 2005