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1996 Mercury Cougar

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XR7 3.8L V6 4-speed Automatic - (24 reviews )
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By silveeto
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Vehicle

1996 Mercury Cougar XR7 2dr Coupe


Review

I fell into owning this car accidentally. My aunt was moving and had no room for it anymore, so I traded her a set of couches and a couple hundred bucks for it. I figured I'd just flip it and make a few extra bucks. NOPE. What I thought was an old man's car actually turned out to be a fun sporty powerhouse of a car that I just can't part with now.


Favorite Features

The 4.6L v8 is an awesome engine. If you like power, but want a refined feeling at the same time, this car is for you. The green exterior is a little disappointing, despite being mint and rust free, but the grey leather interior is nice and still looks like show room condition too. Plenty of room for front and rear passengers and power isn't compromised because of a full load. Highway driving is a dream, as is zzipping around town.


Suggested Improvements

The drink holders drive me bonkers. There are none readily usable. The only two cup holders in the entire car are integrated into the center console. You must flip up the arm rest, and set them in there... rendering your armrest usless and also creating a weird barrier between you and your passenger. Very inconveinient


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96 XR7 is the Best car I ever owned
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By mike
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Vehicle

1996 Mercury Cougar XR7 2dr Coupe


Review

I bought my 1996 XR7 4.6V8 in Oct. 95 and it has 224,000 miles on the original engine and still runs like new. I average 19 mpg in town and 23.5 on the freeway. The only real problem I have had is the Air-con gave out at 200,000 miles and it will cost too much to replace ($900).


Favorite Features

The 4.6 V8 Engine is the best and the ride is very comfortable.


Suggested Improvements

I wish it had more than 225 HP.


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I Love the Cougar Xr7
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By Jesse
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Vehicle

1996 Mercury Cougar XR7 2dr Coupe


Review

My dad handed down this car to me. I always loved how it looked. When i actually got around to driving it, i was blown away. I love the V8, its great for just having fun. I also love the ride itself. It's surprisingly quiet for having a V8, and it has lots of leg room. I hope i can keep this car forever


Favorite Features

30th anniv. red paint. V8(duh). it's quiet


Suggested Improvements

needs a little higher torque.


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The Life of a COUGAR
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By Cougar Life
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Vehicle

1996 Mercury Cougar XR7 2dr Coupe


Review

This car was the second Cougar I have bought in 3 months as a cheap replacement car I was hoping to own for more than a year. I had a 94 Coug which decided to one day have major engine problems with no warning.It had 120K miles on it. So I bought the 96 with 87k on it which seemed like a great buy for my price range.Within a week of owning I had to replace a couple of things which I think was due to not being well kept by the owners before me. After that, I noticed a major difference in how the car drove.It can really get moving with its powerful V8. I drove the car from Wisconsin down to Florida with no issues.As long as you get one that is well taken care of you shouldn't have any problem.


Favorite Features

Comfort (Nice for long trips with 2 people), lots of room, V8, can use just regular 87 gas. Stock speakers sound pretty good. Trunk space is huge


Suggested Improvements

These aren't really improvements more like things that you should be aware of. Loud with sunroof down, gas mileage not great but expected with V8. Heavy & overly large doors. Car is pretty big, not great for city driving especially trying to squeeze into parking. Turning radius is sub par.


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TLC and my cougar went a long way
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By Brittaney8807
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Vehicle

1996 Mercury Cougar XR7 2dr Coupe


Review

I bought my car my senior year of high school because I needed a car that I could drive and I could fit in, and it was the only one on the lot in my price range (two grand). I brought it home, and never had any problems with it until it hit the 170000 mile mark, than it completely fell apart on me, so I had the engine rebuilt because I loved the car, its durable, and not overbearingly powerful, and a nice car to take to college with. Since than I have never had a problem with it, just keeping up maintenance and driving on.


Favorite Features

I love that I have the special edition cougar, with the amazing paint job. The leather seats are a nice addition, but in the winter they are always to cold and in the summer to hot. I love the comfort and the quiet sound of the engine, it's not loud at all.


Suggested Improvements

The only improvement needed for the cougar is that it could either have a better pick up, or better gas mileage. You can't have both though it seems.


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