27th Jul 2008, 13:35

I have a 1993 cougar I bought in 1997 with 6000 miles on it. I love the car. Had no trouble till 110000 miles when the head gasket went, a couple thousand miles later the radiator. At 125000 needed a new steering box,142000 a air flow sensor idle air control valve. Now the car has 152000 miles. The paint looks like new. I really like this car so I guess I will keep it. Its been driven all over the U.S.From Pa to Cal.

2nd Nov 2008, 22:16

Would just like to say I also have a 93 3.8 XR7 Cougar... I love the car and it runs good.. Too bad I can't find another one like mine..

The whole undercarriage is rusted from years of driving in the snow I guess. My drums have locked up a few thousand miles ago.

It has 173k on it.. The head gasket has been replaced about 70k ago.

Rust on kick boards, but can't been seen unless you're on your knees.

Hmm the brake lines we did.. had to replace them awhile ago.

Other than that, I'm gonna drive it till it dies.. It was my Dads car and he passed away a few years ago.

I would like to keep it around forever! But with the frame rusting, I don't know what to do to keep it running.

The door handle to close the door and the button pad has fallen off both doors... LOL, other than that I love it!

28th Nov 2008, 18:05

I have a 1993 V6, It has 13,000 miles or so (odometer broke at 11000). It was my great-grandmas and when she passed away she gave it to me. It had about 7,000 miles when I got it. I LOVE it to death.

17th Dec 2008, 17:53

OK, my 93 Cougar has got 73,000 miles on it and has yet to blow the head gasket. But one thing that has been the worst for me that has not been posted was the whole door latch; it has been a little over a year and it still has not been replaced. I love the car to death but the door latch on my passenger side and the squeaky ball bearing in the front left tire. But the car is a champ, a great vehicle.

25th Feb 2009, 10:45

I have owned a 93 Cougar XR-7 3.8 V6 since 1994, it has over 400 thousand miles on it and runs good. I had to change the transmission once and have done the usual work like brakes, tune ups, change lights, and etc. I would not trade or sell since it has been a very dependable to me.

5th Sep 2009, 23:56

I have a 93 3.8L with 161,000 miles on it. I bought it in 96 with 6000 miles on it.

I did the head gasket at 110,000, water pump, thermostat, radiator, belt, control arm, steering box. The paint looks like new, I wax it 3 times a year. Now it needs tires for the second time and I don't know if I should stick any more money into the car.

I really do like this car. It looks like a new car, and I get a lot of comments from from people who can't believe it's a 93. When you are driving it, it feels like a real car.

I have 3 other newer cars, but this is my favorite; my wife thinks I am crazy.

9th Sep 2009, 11:20

I have a 93 XR7 and I love it, but recently the engine revs up by itself when I am driving. At first I thought transmission, but I don't feel it kick down a gear. It's as if someone is simply giving it more gas. Thoughts?

2nd Nov 2009, 16:09

I have a 1993 3.8L Thunderbird. 292,000 KM and never replaced a head gasket, bought it at about 160,000 km and always changed oil every 3000 Km. Car still works amazing but is sitting because won't pass inspection due to rust underneath. Might have to clean it up a bit and patch some holes and get the rest of life out of that engine. Love this car to death.

25th Nov 2009, 12:35

To the person whose engine idles real high -- It's the idle air control valve that needs replaced. You can first take the old one off and spray carb cleaner in it and let it soak to clean it out. Let it soak for about an hour to get all the carbon out of it and put it back on. You will need another gasket. If this lowers the idle, then you can work on buying a new one. I bought a new one for $65.

2nd Mar 2010, 15:06

I own a 1994 Mercury Cougar XR7 with 140,000 miles on her. She is a metallic emerald green with a body kit. I am not going to lie, she was a money pit, but she is 100% now and one heck of a beautiful BEAST! Although she can't match my son's Dakota R/T w/5.9, she can take on any Mustang, Firebird or Camaro out there.

8th Feb 2011, 10:08

Hi guys, I have a 93 Mercury Cougar XR7 5.0 HO.

The car sat all winter, fired it up a couple of times, drove it down my driveway, no problems.

Yesterday I went to start it, and it didn't idle, played with the idle screw, and got it to idle. Drove for 40 minutes, no problems, then drove for another 20 minutes and the car started to bog out. At first I thought that the oil was low, but it's fine. Now I'm thinking either too much gas getting to the engine, or bad gas? Any ideas? Thanks.


22nd Mar 2011, 11:30

My 1993 Cougar RX7 is having trouble shifting. It shifts fine the first time but when it comes to shifting again I have to let off the gas and push it again.

Do you have any idea what this could be?

26th Mar 2011, 00:19

I know how you feel. I have a 1993 Cougar as well, and the paint is terrible... the top coat is peeling off.

25th Apr 2011, 00:03

Try replacing the heater core. I had the same problem with my 1993 Cougar XR7 3.8 v-6 and I replaced the heater core and the heater worked again.

10th Jul 2013, 09:31

An idle air control valve costs around $60 dollars for a new one. 2 bolts and one easy plug setting, where it is easy to get to.

21st Aug 2014, 01:24

I have the same car. Very pleased with it. Got it from a guy for a good price. The only thing I have done with it so far was the driver's side lower ball joint. Made a bad squeaking sound. Got it fixed.

Looking to fix him up to look really nice, and will put Flowmasters on it too.

16th Mar 2016, 20:17

I've had majority of the problems you have. Left window won't roll down, speedometer and RPM gauges don't work unless I hit the brake, then the speedometer works. The car shut off one time driving down the road. I'm trying to figure out how to get my window fixed.

2nd Sep 2017, 20:27

How did it turn out?