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Purchased a piece of junk
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By kat83704
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1990 Mercury Cougar Coupe LS 2dr Coupe


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My husband and I thought this car was in decent condition when we test drove it. After owning it for 2 weeks, major problems started. The stereo only plays in warm weather, passenger side power window stopped working, would not start in hot weather, had to replace alternator, fan, battery, and spark plugs. Also, a few heater vents in the dash quit blowing air. Digital display for radio is completely burnt out. We put more money into maintaing this car than what we paid for it(not counting frequent oil changes).


Best Features

Digital dash board, sun/moon roof, and decent gas mileage, keyless entry


Worst Features

Trunk release latch button on the inside of the car.


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Hard To Kill
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By Owner
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1990 Mercury Cougar Coupe LS 2dr Coupe


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This '90 Cougar was acquired from a neighbor for $2000 in June 1999 just before the 3.8L V-6 engine blew it's head gasket at 50K miles. $1000 in repairs essentially rebuilt the engine and there's been no problems since. The Cougar starts right up even during the coldest NY winters, runs smooth, accelerates OK and still gets 30 MPG on the highway. The ride is cloud-like, I haven't replaced the tires in 50K miles and there's no rattles. The brakes have been worked on a few times; but nothing more than maintenance work. Ford's engineers designed the vehicle well and everything works although it's almost 17 years old. If the doors and rocker panels weren't rusting out; I could drive this forever.


Best Features

Enormous, wide interior with comfortable seats and plenty of legroom. Easy access with doors just as big. Well laid out under the hood and easy to work on engine. The styling was consistent through 1997; so the looks aren't as dated. Decent gas mileage for a larger engine. Well built and reliable.


Worst Features

The body rusts on a daily basis; but harsh winters, rarely washing the car and it's age contribute. A real big blind spot. The defroster doesn't clear the side windows quick enough. A bear to parallel park. The heavy body doesn't corner well. Not enough rear seat legroom. Ordinary dashboard design.


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Til death do us part
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By tourdefr
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1990 Mercury Cougar Coupe LS 2dr Coupe


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Talking about an '89 Cougar actually. Bought new and plan to keep it until one of us dies. Now has 143,000 miles. Replaced head with a used unit at about 118,000. No problems since. Still with original transmission. Leather interior has seen better days, but we're talking 15 years here.


Best Features

styling


Worst Features

Wish they were still being manufactured


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Great Car Shame on Ford for Replacing it
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By BuyAmerican
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1990 Mercury Cougar Coupe LS 2dr Coupe


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This car is very reliable, practical, comfortable, and has decent power. It's perfect for what it used for. It's in Bergundy, but we would have had a Blue one, if my wife's Toyota Corolla didn't fail us on our wedding day. The problem was too big to want me to keep the car being a mechanic, so we went to our dealer and bought this one. Usual wear has caused the power windows and AC to require replacing when the car was 11 and 13 years old. The only problem that was a bit premature was the odomoter went out at about 500 miles, but it wasn't a big problem.


Best Features

Ultra Reliable, Digital Gauges, Comfortable Seats, Very Roomy.


Worst Features

It's not so great in the snow, maybe they should've offered an AWD option? Ford shoul've made a sedan off this platform, and they shouldn't have discontinued it and replaced it with Contour-based CRAP!


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1990 cougar ls
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By red power house
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1990 Mercury Cougar Coupe LS 2dr Coupe


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I recently purchased my 90 cougar for $800 and the tranny was out in it but I bought a new one w/ 60,000 mi. on it for $225 and I put it in and has ran great since.


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to many to speak of


Worst Features

none


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