Not the car you want
This car is terrible and flat-out ugly compared to its 1st and 2nd gen models. I would not buy one now as any around now will break down easily. I rented one in Dallas, and I didn't drive 5 miles and the engine sputtered and came to a stop. Just buy a better car and definitely don't rent one.
The worst car I ever owned.
This car was a money pit. Electrical problems. Windows went down, but not back up. Alternator problems. I went through 3 alternators and the extended warrenty I bought (3000.00) through toyota was voided because Ford took out the original alternator. I finally found a guy who knew what was wrong. A connection wire was defective. Fuel tank recalled,but was not fix properly by Ford in Grande Prairie,Ab. It ended up dying on me while I was in Calgary Ab. I ended up getting 500.00 for it in 2014. Loved the shape, and handled well summer driving. Winter driving was not so good. It was a lemon.
Love this car and would buy another one.
I am 75 and have owned a lot of cars; my 1998 Lumina LTZ is in the shop for some major repairs. My Neighbor had this 2000 SE v6 cougar for sale. I love the car, I like everything about it, it is a bit noisy compared to the LTZ which is a very quite car, but that is okay. It is a really good road car or a great GT,, I just get settled in, set the cruse and cruse along. The gas millage is very good, better then the LTZ which has a 3.8 Buick V6. visibility is excellent, accessibility under the hood is excellent,. The power string on the Lumina LTZ is hidden next to the fire wall and you have to be careful not to burn your hand on a hot heater hose when checking the fluid level, it is not easy at all.! The 1998 Lumina LTZ was basely a 4 door Monte Carlo, so it is a Sport sedan. The quality of the Cougar is for superior then the LTZ and both cars sold for about the same price new. I am really surprised how GM/ Chevrolet would produce cars of lower quality then Ford/ Mercury of that period. Maby this was a Mercury standard, this is the first Mercury product I have owned. And I am very pleased. I would buy another Cougar, From what I can tell by my internet experiences these cars are popular in Europe, and they are easy to find online. Rob Gray
I drove the wheels off of it, all over the mountains around Knoxville Tn. I was a home health care CNA, it never let me down.
Great car to learn how to modify
This car has served me well, it has been very reliable and a decent platform to modify on. It took well to basic bolt-ons but once I started going further I realized the FWD transaxle transversely mounted engine was not a good platform to really push power on.
WE WANTED A 2 DOOR
THE VEHICLE WE PURCHASED HAS EVERYTHING WE WANTED, EXCEPT A MOON ROOF-WHICH IT HAS BUT IT DOES NOT WORK AND IT WILL BE VERY EXPENSIVE TO REPAIR IT.
The cougar is Mercury's mustang
I love that car so much during high school so i bought three more cougar's for parts, it takes about three cars, just to make one.
My1st car&still have it.Got in 09
Not a family car. Good for a single person or couple with no kids. Glad this was my first car. Still own it.
Reliability of a Mercury, pep of its pony car past
Purchased my 2000 Cougar 12 years ago with less than 40,000 miles on it. I have the V6 5 speed model. The car's design is one of a kind. Car takes kindly to aftermarket parts. It is a sports car so it is low to the ground and may not be the best in the snow but sure is quick and hugs the road with it's tight suspension. With the rear seats folded down I've been able to fit 2 adult sized bicycles in the trunk. At over 150,000 miles I've had to replace the battery just 3 times and the alternator once. If required, replacement parts are cheap because they are domestic. Great gas mileage (over 30 mpg in 5th gear). Great value. Great car.
Horrible do not buy
Horrible car do not buy. Spend hundreds on it. Not worth at all wasted over 1k on it in less then 2 months all needed repair!!!