23rd Jan 2008, 16:41
I have a 99 cougar with 105 thousand miles. Every thing works great have yet to have any problems. I change the oil every 2900 miles and use synthetic oil. The only thing I've replaced is the alternator and spark plugs and spark plug wires and intake, none of it went bad just went with high performance to give the cougar alittle more prep. With little maintenance cougars can be fun quick cars the most important thing is changing the oil on time, keeping the air filter clean and a tune up every 30-40 thousand miles.
24th Jan 2008, 12:35
I also own a 99 cougar. my first one the window on the driver side wouldn't go down I spent over a $100 trying to get it fixed and it still didn't work. Also my sunroof would not open more than an inch I could leave it open in the rain and my car still wouldn't get wet! Also my coolant light is constantly on as well as my engine light. I had to have all new brakes and rotors put on. I traded for another cougar and now am experiencing all the same problems: (but I don't want to sell it because its such a great car and it looks nice on the outside but i wouldnt recommend this car for anyone
30th Jan 2008, 11:50
I bought my 1999 Cougar in summer of 06. It's a 5 speed v-6 that had about 65k miles on it. Besides the sunroof breaking on me at about 85k miles, I've had no other major problems with the car. I had a slight tire tread wear down on the front passenger tire, but after a screw destroyed it, I got the tires replaced and rebalanced. After that, there's been no sign of wear on the tread. It has 105k miles on it now, and just drove a 2000mile trip up and back to Florida with no problems at all. It got 35mpg the whole time and I couldn't of been happier. The sunroof breaking did suck, but if that's the only major problem I've had (especially after reading other comments) I can't complain. I love my car, and would recommend it to anyone.
11th Feb 2008, 07:32
I love my '99 cougar, but I am also going to jump on the band wagon. The check engine light is always off and on. The transmission is just about to give up on me. Sorry to say this to the person who commented about the A/C not working on levels 1-3..but I am glad to know that some one else has had this same problem. Mine does the same thing as well. It is fixable and not that expensive. Just haven't gotten around to it! Has it done the same thing to anyone else? Also the locks on the car are horrible. I can never trust that the locks are locked. My trunk doesn't pop open the first time either. Although my car has these problems they are pretty minor (not including the transmission) ; I have fallen in love with my car, but will be excited to pass it to the next person after I'm done paying it off!
25th Feb 2008, 11:29
I have 1999 (1998.5) Cougar with the V6 and auto transmission. I bought the car new in July, 1998. The car currently has 112,500 miles. Overall, the car has been reliable. It has never left me stranded. The only major issues I have had were the sunroof broke (26k miles), rear sway bar mounts (55k miles), CD Player/Radio broke (58k miles), flex plate & starter (62k miles), and 2 failed oxygen sensors (62k & 74k miles). Currently, the car is at my mechanic, because I think my transmission is failing. I love driving the car, except for the squeaks and moans. It may be time to say goodbye to by beloved car. Is it time to buy a Honda?
15th Apr 2008, 11:19
I received my 99 Cougar in April 2005 for a graduation present. I instantly fell in love with the car. Then in July of the same year we were out shooting off fireworks in the middle of the country on the Fourth of July, when my alternator went out. If it wasn't bad enough, my cell phone was dying and I couldn't let anyone know where we were.
Then, a few months after getting my alternator replaced, it went out again. I have had so many problems with this car it is unreal. I can't even list all of the things I've had to replace.
I am someone who always checks my oil and every other fluid frequently, and I always get my oil changed on time. My check engine light is constantly on, and now my car is sitting parked in my garage because my transmission is going out.
As far as recommending this car to anyone, I would say keep looking at other options. I will give the car credit as far as looks go, but it is definitely not worth all of the money you waste trying to keep it running like it is supposed to.
15th Jul 2008, 08:12
I have a 99 Cougar that I bought new in December 1998 and has 95k miles on it right now. It has been an extremely reliable car for me with the exception of the alternator. According to my mechanic, that was a very bad design by Ford. Apparently the alternator is located at the bottom of the engine compartment, where it gets sprayed with water every time it rains which is quite often here central Florida. Additionally, to replace the alternator my mechanic ends up taking part of the front suspension apart. I’ve had to replace it at least 3 times and each time costs me well over $500. However, other than the alternator I have not had any other serious problem with the car. I’ve been extremely happy with the car.
17th Nov 2008, 14:06
OK, so I have just purchased a 99 Cougar with 60,000 miles 2 weeks ago. Now the day after I got it, the starter and flywheel went out. Luckily the place I purchased it from are getting it fixed at no cost to me. But now that I found this website and reading all of these comments, I'm starting to really regret my purchase and really hope I will not have as many as these problems within this next year, so I can definitely take it back and get something more reliable.
Oh, and also yeah the sunroof in my car doesn't work at all either; who knows when it stopped working.
28th Nov 2008, 16:40
I have a 2000 Cougar which has run very well until now. The transmission is failing after paying 1000 dollars to have all the seals fixed. The car is lurching on the freeway and losing power as I exit the freeway. Is any one else having this problem?
My check engine light isn't on, and just got a new fuel filter. Is this a fuel issue or the transmission? Please help!
30th Dec 2008, 21:57
I recently bought a 1999 Cougar. It had 133,000 miles on it. I love the looks of the car and the way it drives. I have never bought a used car so I was kinda upset when just under 700 miles it started jerking and the service engine light started blinking. I took it to Advanced Auto and they checked it and said I needed sensors and a tune-up. I hope this isn't as costly as what I have been reading because I can't afford the car either. I bought used because I didn't want anymore car payments. I just paid off my last car this past month. I really love the looks and the color is light green which is what attracted me to the car.