2000 Mercury Cougar 2.5 DOHC from North America
Low cost sports car
After only 3000 miles the car quit. The problem turned out to be an electrical problem which couldn't be narrowed down by the service center. The mechanics, and I use that term loosely, opted to replace the entire wiring loom.
The car still has electrical issues which the dealership has been either unable or unwilling to resolve.
19000 miles PFE valve failure.
The trunk latch sticks occasionally.
I like the car. It's fun to drive and gets good gas mileage. The few problems aside, one must expect a few bugs when buying a new vehicle.
My only complaint would be the poor service provided by the dealership.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 8th October, 2002
1st Mar 2004, 11:53
I have the 1999 cougar and have replaced the alternator 3x and had it in for the same electrical problem several times. It is again the same electrical problem and the warranty is expired. I feel cheated.
2nd Aug 2005, 08:31
I have a 1999 Cougar with 98,000 miles. The alternator has been replaced twice and needs to be replaced again. No one seems to know the cause. Maybe it's time to sell. : (
30th Mar 2006, 08:18
Calling the cougar a "sports car" is ridiculous. This car only makes a pathetic 170HP out of a V-6 engine and the handling is poor.