21st Sep 2006, 15:30
I believe it says that the car was purchased new. It seems you have some bias. There are no bad cars, just bad people? Nuts. I have this car, and have plenty of problems with it. I blame the car, and the manufacturer. Thanks.
24th Feb 2007, 18:56
I have a 2000 Cougar, as well, and it looked liked it was taken very good care of before I bought it 3 yrs old and with 30000 miles on it. However, there was a problem with the alternator connecting to the battery or some nonsense like that. I took it to a Ford dealer, who didn't seem to do anything, but replace the alternator. This happen about 4-5 times with the same results. I looked up recalls on my car and it turns out there was a problem with a switch or something that needed to be replaced, but when I told the dealership this, they said it didn't apply to my car, something about my car being built at a different plant or month or something. However, when I mentioned this same recall to a private shop, they fixed the car right away and it has since been running perfectly for the last 50,000 miles. I think Ford just a made a bad batch, and didn't want to admit it. I'm glad that you won your case, and they were forced to buy it back, even though that doesn't pay for all the time and effort it took to get to that point.
All in all, I don't suggest buying this car, especially from a used car dealer. If you research online, you'll find many problems, and you'd be better off finding a different car.