1999 Mercury Cougar Consumer Reviews

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1999 Mercury Cougar
3.9
Average based on 19 reviews
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Love This Car!!!!

by from PA on September 10, 2009

My parents bought me this car 7 years ago I am now 25 and I still love this car. Good mileage, handles great, very few problems. Had problem with emissions system car was skipping when at a stop, took...
My parents bought me this car 7 years ago I am now 25 and I still love this car. Good mileage, handles great, very few problems. Had problem with emissions system car was skipping when at a stop, took to Ford Dealership once they repaired and has worked great ever since! I have put over 50,000 miles on this car now has 99,000 miles & it still runs as good as new...looking for a new car starting family and need 4 door vehicle, but would absolutely recommend this car!!!!!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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I don't want to let this car go...

by from Lexington, KY on April 11, 2009

My parents bought me the 99 Cougar when I was 15 and I'm now 24 and still driving this wonderful machine. This car handles so well and is a ton of fun to drive! Even though it is almost 10 years old, ...
My parents bought me the 99 Cougar when I was 15 and I'm now 24 and still driving this wonderful machine. This car handles so well and is a ton of fun to drive! Even though it is almost 10 years old, I've only had a few issues (the alternator went out and the sunroof broke) but I think that is pretty good for the amount of time I've had it. I recommend this car to anyone and everyone who is looking for a reliable car for their teenager.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Excellent car

by from Miami, FL on September 27, 2007

I purchased my Cougar in 1999. (4 cylinder - 5 speed) It has treated me well. I have put very little money into the car for other than normal maintenance. It has given me many years of excellence. The...
I purchased my Cougar in 1999. (4 cylinder - 5 speed) It has treated me well. I have put very little money into the car for other than normal maintenance. It has given me many years of excellence. The most expensive issue was the A/C when it gave out a year or so ago. (In south Florida A/C is used year round.) It also had an annoying fuel problem. It caused it to misfire when accelerating around a turn. Every couple of years it would reappear and require a warrantee repair. They finally fixed the faulty part and so it is no longer an issue. (A recall went out later.) I have not had the problem in over 4 years. I have spent considerable time in the car over the years. It now has over 170,000 miles on it and it still runs great. I would buy another one if I had they still made it.
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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Best Car I Could Imagine

by from Ann Arbor, MI on January 18, 2013

I love this car. I own a 1999, and it's been in the family since it was new. First off--the exterior. The design is pretty sleek, and the front is completely unique. It's a fairly compact car, and i...
I love this car. I own a 1999, and it's been in the family since it was new. First off--the exterior. The design is pretty sleek, and the front is completely unique. It's a fairly compact car, and it looks like it wouldn't hold much. However, the back seats fold down, and it's spacious enough to hold several bikes. The car drives very tight, much like more expensive cars. It sits low to the ground, so you really "feel" the road, which some don't like. The one recurring issue I've had is the alternator. I believe that its location causes it to get wet, and, well, I'm on my third. As far as repairs go, though, that's pretty reasonable for 14 years. All in all, I want to drive this car forever. If it dies, though, I may just have to buy another one.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Great sports coupe

by from Benidorm, Spain on September 29, 2013

I've bought this car second hand aout a year ago. So far it has only brought me joy. It's fun to drive, very comfortable, has plenty of power once you go above 3000rpm and looks good. Mechanically it ...
I've bought this car second hand aout a year ago. So far it has only brought me joy. It's fun to drive, very comfortable, has plenty of power once you go above 3000rpm and looks good. Mechanically it is very reliable if you take care of it (I work at a garage). It's a nice car for long distance and more of a cruiser than an outright sportscar. You should always overfill oil slightly on the V6 to avoid engine problems. Check the rear axle when buying one, many seem to rust away.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Not Bad After Nearly 9 Years

by from Winnipeg, MB, Canada on July 18, 2007

I've had this Cougar since Dec. 1, 1998 when it was a brand-new version based on a combination of the Ford Contour/Mercury Mystique/Ford Probe plus the Mazda 626 and MX-6. I selected it because the Pr...
I've had this Cougar since Dec. 1, 1998 when it was a brand-new version based on a combination of the Ford Contour/Mercury Mystique/Ford Probe plus the Mazda 626 and MX-6. I selected it because the Probe&Mystique were rated highly by several publications, so I figured since the Cougar would have the same mechanicals, I'd go for it. In addition, I liked the hatchback feature which the other vehicles I was considering, like the Pontiac Grand Am and Olds Alero didn't offer. The Cougar's styling was more futuristic as well; in fact, I still get favorable comments about it. For the most part, the car has been pretty good. The only major repair I've had to make was the replacement of the alternator after 5 1/2 years; otherwise, the rest have been expected ones like brakes, tires, ball joints, struts, etc. The ride is a little hard because of the firm suspension, but the handling compensates for it, while the braking has been pretty good also. Anyone experiencing the type of winter conditions encountered in the northern US or Canada would be wise to change over to winter tires between November and March because the standard B.F. Goodrich or Firestone all-seasons become too hard to provide proper handling and braking on snow and ice. As V-6s go, the 2.5 liter job isn't especially powerful though it provides all the sap I need and I average 26 mpg year-around with the 5-speed manual gearbox. Seating is OK in the front but pretty cramped in back, but I rarely carry more than one passenger, so it's no concern to me. The car now has 84,000 mi. on it, and I intend to keep it at least two more years because it meets my needs, and I have been satisfied with most of its features and performance. It's too bad Ford discontinued this car after only a 4-year run, but 2-door hatchbacks don't sell that well in N. America. Yet the last generation of Cougars was quite unique, and any long-term reliability assessments of it rated it above average in almost all categories except for a tendency for either fuel or water pumps failing prematurely. I also don't like the fact that the oxygen sensors have to be replaced after about four years though this is common on many cars dues to the emission controls. So it's been a fairly good car that I regard as part of the family.
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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found what I wanted

by from the mile high city on September 11, 2012

for a 13 year old car exceptional and found right in my back yard.not new england sporty and functional
for a 13 year old car exceptional and found right in my back yard.not new england sporty and functional
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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CRAZY

by from Madison, WI on February 23, 2012

Proud owner for 5 years. SLEEK STYLISH AND RELIABLE. I cant believe how well this car performs for a low priced coupe. Slap some lowering springs on and you have a car that can KILL corners!
Proud owner for 5 years. SLEEK STYLISH AND RELIABLE. I cant believe how well this car performs for a low priced coupe. Slap some lowering springs on and you have a car that can KILL corners!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car

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Sporty yet still practical.

by from Culpeper, VA on April 4, 2007

The primary problems I have had with the car is that it eats alternators. Mercury should have rethought the car and offered the '98+ Contour SVT package with the car. Or they should have based it of...
The primary problems I have had with the car is that it eats alternators. Mercury should have rethought the car and offered the '98+ Contour SVT package with the car. Or they should have based it off of the Mustang as apposed to the Contour and offered the SVT package with it. But for what it is it is an amaising car and I LOVE IT!
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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Has electrical issues

by from Raleigh NC on September 21, 2013

I, like another reveiwer, am on my 3rd alternator in 6 years. There is an electrical issue somewhere that no one seems to be able to pinpoint. The car belonged to my son, and he hated it from the begi...
I, like another reveiwer, am on my 3rd alternator in 6 years. There is an electrical issue somewhere that no one seems to be able to pinpoint. The car belonged to my son, and he hated it from the beginning because the headlights (and dash lights) would "pulse" and it can be annoying. I drive it now and it doesn't bother me BUT the underlying cause does. No one can figure out why but having gone through 3 alternators I'm sorry to say it's time to move on. The car is stylish and comfortable but obviously has major issues. It also has some slippage in the transmission but so far, knock on wood, it's doing ok. I really wanted to keep it for a few more years but that last alternater was the breaking point for me.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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