1996 Mercury Cougar XR-7 4.6L from North America
A Great V-8
- Radio went out in warranty period - replaced
- Intake manifold - front section was a composite, replaced with full metal manifold - had dealer replace spark plugs too as the car was reaching 100,000 miles
- Goose neck on gas tank - got a hole in it (super fast repair!)
- Power steering - rack went bad, took 4 trips to the repair shop to figure it out!
- Torque converter - started leaking, got it replaced right away.
- Heater core - also took the dealer 4 times to fix it right.
- Replaced mass air flow sensor several times and finally bought a ScanGauge so I can just turn off the idiot light.
- Body work: replaced door skins and front fenders: rust repair.
I've had this car longer than any other car and I love it. It is a great car. I've replaced the tires 3 times so far. I sometimes consider getting a newer car since I've had this one for almost 14 years now, but I am so disappointed with anything that is on the market now. I really don't want any kind of SUV either.
I've had one person tell me he felt like he was riding in a cockpit of an airplane!
Also, you wouldn't believe the things I've bought at Home Depot that fit in the car!
Plus I have towed quit a bit with the car. When the intake manifold went out, we had just finished towing something and were on our way back home with the empty trailer! Too bad it was out of the recall period! Just my luck.
All in all, the cost of repairs for this baby are way less than any monthly payments and so-called gas savings. I average 20 mpg, and if I'm light on the pedal (which is soooo hard to do in this car), I can get 24 mpg easily.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th April, 2009
5th Jun 2009, 21:17
I have a 97 T-bird and it's running great! But now high in mileage 316,000 I invested $4000.00 back into the car over the 12 years ownership. It's a V6, I just talked to a mechanic and he is in awe that I kept a V6 running this long!!
I am now looking at a 95 -97 V8 Cougar and a T bird. I love these cars!!! And you're right, I can't find any car compatible of what Ford/Mercury made. There are good Japanese cars, but not like these cars. I will or might buy this 95 V8. I always wanted the V8, but now have a chance buying one for a low price. I may go for it again just like 12 years ago.
6th Apr 2010, 06:25
I was lucky when I went to a garage to buy an older farm truck for around the farm. Sitting beside it was a pacific green 96 Cougar with the 4.6L engine, already with the oil/water mixture problem. I ended up buying this car, and instead of fixing the engine in it, I bought another engine from a same year T-Bird. Everything went perfect in the engine swapping, and my wife fell in love with this car.
Lots of miles later (around 180,000 app.) it developed another minor problem, and while it was in the shop, we bought her a Lexus. Nice car but not a Cougar. Now her Cougar is repaired and... now I have a Lexus for sale! HaHa!!
While I was replacing the engine again, a friend asked me why don't I just scrap this one and buy something else. Obviously he never had one of these sweet little road rockets. Comfortable, quiet and plenty of power!
10th Sep 2011, 09:26
OH! How I love my (Hot Rod) 96 Cougar XR7, as my mechanic calls it.
Gets me on and off expressway ramps quickly with the flow of traffic.
I get many compliments on the white pearl paint finish, and the overall beauty of the 96 Mercury Cougar ZR7 design.
I've owned this 96 Cougar XR7 since September 2007.
Replaced parts when needed with nothing but the best.
OH! SOOOOOO comfortable seats. Power adjustments are easy to reach. Large trunk space for luggage.
8,000 mile round Montana trip from Michigan was smooth sailing, HA! HA!
My eyes are on a green 96 Cougar with sun roof and lots of chrome, top of the line. People won't turn loose of it.
I want to own two 96 Cougars XR7's. Yes, T. Bird parts do fit.
K.Wegienka from Romulus, Michigan.