1999 Mercury Cougar 2.5L V6 from North America
A great and economical ride
Oxygen Sensor replaced at 91,000 miles.
I am pleased with the gas mileage, engine performance, overall ride and dependability.
Over the course of 92,000 miles I have invested little to maintain the vehicle with oil changes and wheel repairs (due to my stupidity, potholes) being the only other expenditures throughout the life of the car.
I am frankly amazed that others have experienced problems with this low cost sports car that still runs as smooth as a top and performs quite well at almost the century mileage mark.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th January, 2005
10th Dec 2005, 14:45
I'm doing an econ project and would like to know as soon as possible, how much does a 1999 Mercury cougar waste on gasoline and whats the mileage?
11th Dec 2005, 08:54
Sounds like you're already starting from a position of bias, out to prove that a '99 Mercury Cougar "wastes" gas compared to something else that you have been assigned to show is better. Real scientists (i.e. ones that don't work for the tobacco industry) are impartial observers. Bias = F on your project. Go to http://www.fueleconomy.gov for listings of EPA mileage on vehicles over the last 20 years.
11th Dec 2005, 13:11
While the EPA offers some sort of guide, if you look at the history of the EPA and how they define "gas mileage" you will see it has no bearing on the real world. In fact, in a recent Autoweek article there were scientifically measured real-world variances of 25% or more from the gas numbers the EPA stated.
The EPA is, yet again, changing its measurement systems, so cars and SUVs are going to get even worse gas mileage on paper than before.
As for the term "waste", it is appropriate. You don't buy a Cougar of any vintage if gas mileage is your main concern. It may get good mileage for its class, but it ain't no Prius so therefore truly does waste fuel.
11th Dec 2005, 21:25
According to that website, a '99 Cougar with a 4-cyl. gets 34 mpg highway, and even with the 6-cyl. gets 28-31mpg highway (lower with the manual, higher with lock-up torque converter). Doesn't sound all that wasteful. Certainly not in the gas guzzler category.