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2002 Mercury Cougar Hatchback

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Mercury Cougar Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 125 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 21/31 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2002 Mercury Cougar

  • A sporty coupe that isn't particularly sporty and isn't really a coupe.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Unique styling, well-tuned suspension, large cargo area.

  • Cons

    Acceleration from four-cylinder model can't match racy looks, heavy steering, compromised outward visibility.

  • What's New for 2002

    New colors spruce up the outside, and all Cougars get the formerly optional Convenience Group (cruise, remote keyless illuminated entry and rear wiper/washer) as standard equipment. Evidently, the Zn (Zinc Yellow) feature car from 2001 failed to get buyers' pulses up, so Mercury tries again for 2002 with the XR package, which includes special red or black paint, a rear spoiler, a fake hood scoop and special logos. The Cougar C2 feature vehicle makes a return engagement for 2002. Sadly, the shelved Cougar S never materialized.

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Customer Reviews

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Good kitty

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Vehicle: 2002 Mercury Cougar 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

I have had my Cougar for 3 yrs and have never had a problem. My gas mileage is usually 32-33 mpg. The trunk is big enough to put almost anything in it. It lacks power, you will not win any race, but you will be the best looking slow car on the line!




Don't buy this car!

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Vehicle: 2002 Mercury Cougar 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

I'd driven this car before so when it came time to buy I didn't waste any time comparing or looking on Edmunds.com I found the hard way that you should always research what you buy, even if you (think you) know what you are getting. Here's what I found: 1) the I4 engine is not powerful enough to run the airconditioning while driving up hill 2) You get no acceleration with this engine. Maybe I have high expectations since I am in Germany and I'm rolling down the Autobahn next to BMWs and Audis but when you get the Autobahn you have to keep up!




Cougar gone wrong

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Vehicle: 2002 Mercury Cougar 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

I should of known the first day it was a lemon, when speedometer broke and my tire blew out. For the past year I have been in and out of the service shop because my car stops while I'm driving, with no warning at all. I can be on the highway or on streets, and it will just turn off. I regret ever buying this car, I wish I would read these other reviews before I purchased it.




Don't go to village lincoln

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Vehicle: 2002 Mercury Cougar 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Worst experiences with a new car purchase. Dealership very unprofessional. New car leaked when it rained,sprinkle,or a car wash.Service told me to “expect water leakage”, they weren’t able to fix it or come up with a solution.It was fixed when I had to take one of them with me through a car wash. Amazing that trained technicians can’t fix a leakage problem after the 4th try. Leakage since day one, air conditioner problem, and after driving past 2,000, you can really tell a difference in the performance. I couldn’t imagine that car lasting more than a year without any more major problems, if I would have kept it.




Trading my 2000 for a

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Vehicle: 2002 Mercury Cougar 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

I bought the 2000 for a steal at the end of the model year and had a few problems right out of warranty, (about 40,000 miles). I needed a new fuel pump but my dealership replaced it as if I had the extended warranty. I'm now at 52,000 miles in about 21 months and looking to trade it in for the 2002. No other major problems, just that now the Oxygen Sensor Light is stuck on, but it may be related to this fuel pump thing. I get about 32.6 MPG, love how the interior feels, and how the car handles. I could care less about speed but after about 50 MPH this little cat really moves!




My2cents

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Vehicle: 2002 Mercury Cougar 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

hello. i owned a 99 i4 5 speed. on a whim, i test drove the car. i was very pleasantly surprised! i never would have given a ford or any other american make a look. i prefer hondas/acuras. nonetheless i bought the cougar. i love(d) the styling, the handling, the braking power. i found the driver's seat extremely comfortable and the mpg was acceptable. i fretted over the reliabilty of the vehicle as i began to have some problems with my own and i noticed that the resale value has plummetted. that is why buyers out there are getting great deals on buying their new cougars. expect poor resale values. i unloaded my car.



Full 2002 Mercury Cougar Review

What's New for 2002

New colors spruce up the outside, and all Cougars get the formerly optional Convenience Group (cruise, remote keyless illuminated entry and rear wiper/washer) as standard equipment. Evidently, the Zn (Zinc Yellow) feature car from 2001 failed to get buyers' pulses up, so Mercury tries again for 2002 with the XR package, which includes special red or black paint, a rear spoiler, a fake hood scoop and special logos. The Cougar C2 feature vehicle makes a return engagement for 2002. Sadly, the shelved Cougar S never materialized.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 21
  • cty
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  • 31
  • highway
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