1998 Mercury Cougar C2 Sport 2.5L Duratec from North America
"In a world of cheap plastic, disposable cars, it's a decent one."
Dash Light went out, passenger window switch down doesn't work.
My cougar has a fair amount of acceleration from it's 197 HP Duratec. A top speed of 120, paired with a 0-60 of around 7 seconds, make it a sport-ish drive. It's super rigid suspension makes the smallest bump seem tragic, while at the same time making small landings feel like a bump should. On stock rubber it handles extremely well on dry pavement, but the first sign of moisture on the track and traction reliability is lost. Although I like the vehicle, especially for it's appearance, after a slew of 80's model vehicle, I can take note of the cheap plastic style of construction which makes this car endurable. It's sleek and sexy appearance do well to make up for it's short-comings, but I say, in a world of cheap, disposable plastic cars, it's one of the decent ones. The Automatic transmission is obedient, all bit is slow and problematic. Inconsistencies in shift patters are evident daily. But it obeys the commands of the shift lever better than I had expected. Care is required, as the car WILL use whatever gear you select, regardless of speed.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th May, 2006