Oh also wanted to add that I had to replace cv joints on Mercury cougar too. but I guess with having 127,000 miles on it I cannot complain too much. It still runs good and is very dependable when problems are taken care of immediately and not later. so over all id buy another one. and would reccomend this car.
The 30th Anniversary package for the '97 Cougar included the Toreador Red paint, which was a special color just for that package, so any one that is white or any other color has either been repainted or did not originally come with the Anniversary package.
Since it was just a dress up package anyway (floormats, seat design, insignia, striping) it would not be that hard to duplicate, although it is hard to imagine why anyone would go to the trouble to do so.
We just purchased a 1997 30th Ann. Cougar for $5000.00
It is the opalescent white, 78,000 miles. It is in absolutely mint condition. It is an awesome, beautiful car. We already love it. Do you think we got a good deal?
"...a cougar doesn't have CV joints..."
On the contrary, the person who wrote this comment did not know that Cougars do indeed have CV joints because they have Independent Rear Suspensions... and CV joints are what allow the half-shafts on opposite sides of the differential to exist :)
Did you know that the 30th anniversary cougar also came with an accessory kit that you had to request from mercury.
Some of the previous comments state that the 30th anniversary model only came in metallic red. In fact, the first production run only came in red and were all produced in a Ohio plant. When that plant closed down production, a second run of these cars was produced at another plant. The second run cars came in white, white opal, and tan metallic. These last cars were only produced in the last few weeks of production. I ordered my white one three days before they completely stopped taking special orders.
The intake manifold has failed on my 30th Ann. Cougar, again. This time I cannot even get a replacement for 30 days unless I get one from ford. $300 from Autozone and another $200 to install it (a month from now). This car was just poorly designed from the get-go.
CV joints are known for in front wheel drive cars... when talking r.w.d. its half shafts...though they are so puny they could be confused as being something off a transverse engine.
I bought my 30th A Edition new no major problems at all intake manifold is good, no problem with the half shafts. There was a problem with the computer, but it was under warranty and the dealer fixed it no problem I just did not have a car for a few days. Regular maintenance radiator and trany fluid every 2 yrs. and I use synthetic oil and change every 15K.
I have a 30th anniversary Cougar I bought from the original owner. It has the original window sticker and 45,000 miles. It has a sunroof, spoiler, and a ground effects package. The original owner told me that the car is one of three sold in the Carolina's and that is a Rousch Special Edition car. The car is beautiful and draws attention everywhere I take it. How can I find out if this is true and how much the car is worth?
I would like to point out there are other colors than red. If you do some research there was a second run of the 30th anniversary cars. These cars are pearl, white and one other color. Check it out. These were not repainted cars and are rarer than the first run.
I just bought a '97 Toreador Red 30th Anniversary model with 25,647 miles on it. It's faded, but the interior is perfect and runs like new. Even has the original tires still on it, although a bit cracked. I'm putting a hundred miles a day on it back and forth to work, and it drives like a dream.
I am looking at an Anniversary Edition Mercury Cougar XR7 V8 for 1699.00. Is it gonna be a good deal on this kitty cat? I use to have the 86 turbo coupe, and that thing was downright fast for a 4 cylinder.
How do you expect anyone who has not even SEEN the car to tell you whether it is a "good deal"?
If it runs, buy it.