1999 Mercury Cougar 2.5 V6 DOHC from North America


It is a great car except for the engine and drive train durability


My CV joints went at 95000kms.

My engine burns oil at 110000kms.

The rear trunk doesn't release well.

Emissions sensor broke.

Lighter plug in doesn't work.

Alternator is acting up.

Brakes are not very strong.

The clutch failed after 110000.

General Comments:

The car has a desirable interior for my size, 5'10 and the seats sit well. They hold me in place when cornering.

The car after a serious suspension modification corners very well at high speeds and it slides very well.

The engine is huge and has great take off power. It pushes 200 horse and has no problems with passing.

The exterior styling is attractive.

Great gas mileage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 10th November, 2004

14th Mar 2006, 16:39

I have owned 3 Cougars and have got 200,000 plus miles out of all of them. Preventive maintenance and common sense will give you full enjoyment of this powerful, luxurious car. You can't change the oil every 5,000 miles and expect the engine not to smoke and burn oil.

1999 Mercury Cougar V6 2.5L Duratec V6 from North America


Very good car, it is very comfortable and I would buy from Mercury again


Had the A/C recharged when I first got it. (86,000 miles)

General Comments:

Ever since I got it back in April of 2004, this car has given me no problems at all. I bought it used with 86,000 miles and I have driven it like crazy. I don't see how all of you are having problems with your Cougars, but I think that some people treat it like a race car. This car only has a 2.5 liter V6 and it is not meant to be a race car. I bought it because of its looks and a good engine. The car I had before (1987 Colt Vista) was really good to me, but its life ran out at 162,000 miles. I searched for a new car. I have always been a fan of the W-body GM cars (Grand Prix, Lumina etc) but the models I like are 10+ years old and have higher mileage. But when I found this car and I test drove it, I felt like it was mine already. The V6 helps to pass cars if need be and when the A/C kicks on, the car does not fight for its life like a 4 cylinder would. Overall, this has been a great car to me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th October, 2004

1999 Mercury Cougar LX 2.0 from North America


You can do better; we all could have done better


Having read so many of these reviews, I'm glad I heeded the advice of the mechanic that looked at my CD player today. He warned me to get out of this car now that the 60,000 mile full coverage warranty is expiring later this week.

I'm afraid the person I'm going to sell my cougar to will die in a car accident when the car decides to shut off. Luckily for me, my alternator went as I was pulling into a friends driveway. Hopefully they will be as lucky WHEN it happens to them.

My problems with this car started when I had the transmission and catalytic converter replaced at 21K.

Next was changing pads and rotors at 25K and 45K.

After that it was the starter at 30K (fuel pump was covered and replaced here).

Let's not forget 2 new tires every 10 months, almost like clockwork.

And my favorite: the aforementioned alternator that could have killed me had I been heading to or from school.

If you are unlucky enough to still own a cougar after reading this, check out the face of the mechanics when you tell them you need your Cougar's alternator replaced; it's priceless! Pep Boys did a fantastic job, and they charged per job, not by the hour. The repair required them to lift my engine to access the alternator. It took them about 5-6 man hours. It was a steal at 400 something with a battery. It was also the only time I went outside my dealership to get work done.

Other Concerns: much of the same that everyone else has complained about; CD player issues, lights coming on, truck release, tire tread disappears in mere hours, and upholstery issues.

Nothing major recently, but all the more worry I have for continued ownership. I'm going to desperately attempt to lose this car before winter hits the Western New York area so I don't take the risk of being stuck somewhere between the two sides of the state.

General Comments:

I'm really glad to read about people with similar problems. I feel less like the idiot that the service people made me out to be.

The car is much like the classic smart lazy student. All potential, never lives up to the expectations.

Buyers remorse doesn't begin to describe the experience.

My smaller frame fits nicely into the seats.

People who say "no complaints because I take care of my car" need to be kicked in the head. This is no ordinary model we are talking about here! I feel I have escaped pretty light seeing that my warranty package absorbed much of my damage.

Best of Luck to all owners, especially the one that inherits my soon to be Pandora's Box of problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd September, 2004