2002 Mercury Cougar XR 2.5 V6 from North America
It's a good car, semi-reliable, handles well, somewhat expensive maintenance
One of the few problems I've had with this car, is that the air conditioning unit is not working properly. I've been trying to get this fixed. I took the car to my dealership, and they ran dye though it to see if there was a leak in the hoses; no leaks were found. It seems that it just doesn't cool off when the temperatures exceed 80 Fahrenheit or higher. Used to cause my car to idle or stall out when idling, that was due to a bad compressor and was replaced. No hesitation when idling now, but it still doesn't cool off the car unfortunately.
Another problem I've had with this car was a horrible hesitation. I've taken my car in several times to the dealership I purchased it from, to have it fixed, and they tried all they could, but couldn't stop it from hesitating. They did manage to bring it down though after several new parts were put in the car. Only hesitates when I go uphill now (assuming it's on cruise control) and when I try to accelerate too hard (commonly happens when I'm getting on the interstate).
I'll be honest, this is the first car I've owned. Handles well, learned a few tricks to keeping the car in good running condition from my father. Took my car into a Ford dealership, and they said my car is in good condition and appears to be in good shape.
Just a fair warning to any new drivers wanting to buy this car. There have been reports of transmission problems on these cars.
The car's handling is good... Really good. The steering on my car is tight and the acceleration is great.
The car's interior isn't perfect in my car, the previous owner seems to have neglected care of the car interior.
Overall, the car is nice to have and comfortable to ride in.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th July, 2012