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.
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.
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.