13th Mar 2006, 16:24

March 11, 2006 I went to a dinner party for a few hours, when done, I returned to my 2000 v6 cougar, and to my surprise I turned the ignition key and nothing. The car powered up, but it would not kick in to start after ten minutes, I became frustrated and turn the ignition about 4 times real fast and then it started. I had my friend hook up my car to the computer to see if it found something and again nothing.

24th Oct 2006, 02:45

I've had the same problems with my 96 Ford Escort (German model name, I don't known what it's called in the US). Sometimes it happened when it was hot or when it was cold - with increasing frequency.

It turned out to be the fuse box - something had melted in there. I had to replace it for 250 euros. - The problems are completely gone now.



28th Jan 2007, 02:52

The engine may not start if the windshield-wiper switch is in the low or intermittent position because the wiper wiring was installed too close to the antitheft control module. Check this out next time your cougar won't start.

30th Jun 2010, 16:04

Can you help? My 2000 Cougar runs fine. Recently the dashboard lights come on and stay on for: low coolant, ABS, airbags; gas gauge does not register fuel levels, background lights on dashboard are either not on or flash or work; A/C fans sometimes on high and some times slow; radio station changed when I hit a bump in the road; charging my cell phone the radio had static and you could not her voice; What is wrong with my car? Detroit & NJ are saying lights must be on to test.

6th Jul 2010, 18:12

To the person with the possessed Cougar.

You've got a loose ground (s) wire. Check your harness for grounds that are not tight.

21st Jul 2011, 19:38

My car does the same thing, what is the issue?

22nd Mar 2012, 13:11

I have had the same problem with my 2001 Mercury Cougar. When I run the air conditioning, or when it's hot outside, it just dies on me... it's really irritating. I want to fix it, but don't know what is causing it to happen.. It's not over heating, it always starts back up... have you figured your problem out yet?

25th Mar 2012, 18:42

Buy a shop manual to see how to diagnose and repair your Cougar.