1990 Mercury Cougar LS 3.8L V6 from North America


A comfortable, nice car to drive, but too costly to maintain


The head gasket blew at 230,000 km. I decided to replace the entire engine instead of monkey around with the cylinder heads. The re-manufactured engine I am installing should finally make the car run correctly for once.

The transmission was cooked at 200,000km which I have replaced also with a re-manufactured one.

General Comments:

The car is nice to drive (when it runs) and is very roomy and comfortable. I have always owned Fords and am inclined to continue buying Fords, however my company vehicle is a Chevy and I have not had any problems with it. Probably will try Chevy next time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd August, 2001

15th Dec 2002, 19:56

I just bought a 1990 cougar LS, 3.8 v6, 4sp automatic with 81000 miles on it and she runs like the wind! Very smooth engine with a little shifting problem at low speed from 1st to 2nd gear.

Other than that I love my cougar. Highway driving is Caddy like in overdrive and street stop and go is fast enough not to get me stopped by the police, but enough to get me there fast.

1990 Mercury Cougar LS 3.8L V6 from North America


Very nice


A/C has gone out at some odd mileage.

I had a cruise control problem.

General Comments:

It was my aunt's car and she gave it to me for my sixteenth birthday.

She bought it from a dealership in 1990, and has had nothing wrong with it.

In 1994 a bad driver (an old person) somehow bumped the shifter on the dash into reverse in traffic and didn't know it, and when the light turned green she went flying back into my aunt's Cougar.

She had it fixed.

It is a nice car, and at first, I hated the car, but now that I have seen how many people admire the Cougar, I love it to death.

I had Weld Racing 16" Tomahawk wheels put on the car, and a supercharger, and I have two fifteen inch Orions in the trunk.

I catch everyone's eye now, it may not be some high priced sports car, but it (in my eyes) is worth more.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th January, 2001

25th Jan 2005, 18:26

Hi, my name is Nick I own a 1992 Cougar. Someone backed into my car as well. I am getting gunmetal black rims with a chrome ring on the out side put on soon. I also plan to put a good head unit in, also I plan on putting a new bumper, grille, and hood on. I will finish the cosmetic part of my car soon. Next I will install new speakers to go along with the head unit. Yes I agree that the 88 through 97 cougars are respected by many people and admired.

27th Feb 2005, 08:02

I am considering purchasing an 1990 Cougar LS from my mechanic. I have always loved the Mercury Cougar, from 1968 to its merciless murder in 1997. The car has always been a quiet, comfortable and sport ride, with class and style that most others (including its sister Thunderbird) lack. I have owned a 1976, 1977, 1986 Xr7 turbo, two 1987's, one V8, one V6. I loved 'em all. My question is, where did whomever get a supercharger and what type for their 1990? Did you use a stock one from the XR7? Thanks.