1989 Mercury Cougar LS 3.8L Auto from North America


A great car, don't see many of them around.


Upper Control Arm went on the driver’s side At 150,000 or so, replaced both the right and left Upper Control Arms.

Doors sagging badly.

Rust on the rocker panels. Going to get the car redone and have the rust spots fixed.

Leather seats have seen better days…

The Passive Belt is stuck forward on the drivers side..

The A/C does not work.. Pin hole in a hose some were.

The automatic transmission is hard to shift, going to get transmission flush.

Normal up keep..

General Comments:

I have just turned 16 and I love with car.. The pick up pretty good.

Handles great for such a heavy car.

Very sharp looking car.

Want to get the interior and exterior redone some time soon.

The Gray interior it’s alright, but a little too dark. Rather would have had tan..

I wish the Ford would start making these cars for 2006, and keeping everything the same from 1989. I think they would sell like hot cakes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st May, 2006

13th Jun 2006, 09:57

Well I just turned 16 and I have to put the transmission, gas tank and engine back in it. I got a 3.8 fuel injection I think its alot of work. With the electrical system and everything actually.

1989 Mercury Cougar LS 3.8 OHV V6 from North America


I Love This Car


Water pump & strut bushing replaced at 145,000 miles.

Starter motor replaced & Major tune-up performed at 144,000 miles.

Installed new tires at 130,000 miles.

Replaced front brake pads and rotors at 126,000 miles

Major tune-up, replaced all fluids, filters, belts, hoses, oil change, thermostat, 120,000 miles.

General Comments:

I have never loved driving a car as much as my cougar.

My last car was a 1984 Escort "L" Wagon. It was slow, ugly and handled like a shopping cart. It also cost me over $7,70.00 for repairs over the 5 years I owned it.

I will never drive another small car again. Even though the Cougar is a large car it handles like a vehicle half its size.

It's a bit slow with the standard V6 in some passing and hill climbing situations, but for the most part the power is adequate for everyday driving.

The long list of standard equipment too long to list. It has power everything, A/C, Cruise, two power seats etc. All of the controls are clearly marked and easy to reach for the driver, except for the standard Ford AM/FM/Cassette with it's look alike feel alike tiny buttons.

In the short time I've owned the car it has been very reliable and relatively cheap to maintain. I even obtained the service records for the vehicle from the previous owner and the car was pretty reliable for them too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd November, 2004

5th Jan 2008, 11:46

Hubby and I had a 1988 cougar until Dec 5th of 2007 when it was totaled in an accident caused by road conditions One of the best cars we ever owned. Very dependable, easy on gas, fun to drive. We really miss it.

9th Jan 2008, 01:08

I own a cougar, got it for about 120 bucks, has about 212k miles on it... things a tank. Transmission slips, engine runs rough at times and doesn't idle (stalls). Doors no longer open from the inside, weather stripping is coming down, speakers are friend, trunk doesn't open, hood was rusted shut when I bought her, constant door ajar dinging, struts are bad, and the mass airflow sensor is probably shot. Despite it's age, and millage this thing just doesn't stop. I'd recommend this car to anyone that can get one...oh, and they are amazingly fun to drive.

1989 Mercury Cougar XR7 3.8 SC from North America




I have completely rebuild the motor, mostly because I wanted more performance. The only things that have gone wrong before rebuilding were the Alternator went out at about 75,000, the transmission at about 85,000, wiper motor at 110,000, and currently the car is going to be repainted and a rust spot fixed along with a window motor that is about to die. A solid car, and I am not very nice to them I drive very aggressively 1,000's of miles at or above 100mph.

General Comments:

Great car at high speeds, over 90 it rides, handles, and overall performs incredibly. I have the 5 speed car and at speed it is not a problem to get almost 30mpg. Not the fastest and not the slowest, it will give the new cars a run for their money as well as some of the old, fun to drive for a big car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th September, 2004

30th Sep 2004, 10:10

So you drive a 15 year old car with 135K miles on it over 100 mph?

Are you suicidal, or just stupid?

28th Dec 2004, 08:15

It's a cougar it can handle it. I drive my 79 Pinto Wagon in the same maner. 142XXX and still going!!!