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2002 Mercury Cougar

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By Bpkr103
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2002 Mercury Cougar 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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I've had nothing but problems with this car since I purchased it. Had 40,000 miles when purchased and bought extended warranty ( thank God ) Had new transmission 2 months after I bought it and now the engine is blown. Dealer asked for receipts for oil changes after the car sat for 3 weeks. Poor services, so glad I got that extended warranty now i'll see if they honor it !


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LOVE it
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By Robin
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2002 Mercury Cougar 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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Had my 2002 V6 Cougar for 4 years now. I love it...love to drive it, love to look at it. Shocked to read the bad reviews. I've had no problem what so ever with my girl. (Course, now I hope I didn't "just" look a gift horse in the mouth. I average about 32 MPG. I live in the mountains and love her get up and go! I broke her in hard though, I did not baby her I stomped on the gas peddle at every light just to break her in the way I wanted her to go. She jumps at the lights now. She's perrrrfect.


Favorite Features

6CD changer,looks,comfort, handling and speed.


Suggested Improvements

None


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Put some work into it and its way better
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By BS
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2002 Mercury Cougar 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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I bought this car with stock (V6) features a bit under a year ago with 30,000 miles on it and it was ok i guess, performance wise. It could beat a V6 mustang anyway (yea woo-hoo). Since then I've spent maybe $1500 on performance parts off ebay and installing them myself and it's made a world of difference. The Dual Exhaust with a couple of flowmasters and the cold air intake (about $500 for both) really add a lot of power, and a decent suspension that went for about $450 made this thing handle turns easily at 45+ mph (although it doesn't balance well). A few other small mods and this car's performance can keep up with its fast looks. Keeps up with a friend's souped-up RSX easily!


Favorite Features

Aggressive, modern styling. Vents (look like they came out of my old '01 Grand Am) are a great style feature. Love the mpg computer and Temp. 6 cd changer, stock. MPG is about 28!


Suggested Improvements

More performance options from the factory. A little better weight distribution. Bad visibility. Make me a newer model!


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It's all over at 67,000 miles
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By Disgruntled
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2002 Mercury Cougar 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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Transmission needs to be rebuilt....it has slipped since it was brand new. The spoiler broke at 3 years and they don't make it any more. The head gasket is blown and it has never over-heated, has had regular oil changes/service and obviously not used to tow anything. I need to replace a couple of sensors and it is $700 at the dealership. You have to pay $93 for diagnostics to determine minor failures and another $140 for compression diagnostic. As I should have remembered before I bought this, it is just a shinier FORD - Fix Or Repair Daily. I also own a 1967 Ford Mustang which is reliable - built before the American automotive manufacturers forgot how to build a decent, reliable car


Suggested Improvements

Stop building - oh, that's right, they have.


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2002 Mercury Cougar V6 Ultimate A4
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By Steve
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2002 Mercury Cougar 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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I bought this car used with 80k miles. It hasn't been a bad car, though it hasn't been the best. The styling is sharp and the interior isn't bad. I find it to be rather low on power, but I am used to cars with much more power (had to buy something for gas mileage). Speaking of mileage, I'm getting appx 22mpg combined city/hwy. I've had some electrical issues, but other than that, it seems rather reliable *knock on wood*. It's also not too boring to drive (sure, it's no Corvette, but it's more enjoyable than a Civic). The styling has worn well considering the trends to edgier designs (and especially since the car was discontinued 4 years ago).


Favorite Features

I like the aggressive styling (even get people trying to race me - stupid fools, it's a 170 hp slow car - go find something faster to race!) I think it handles great and has pretty good brakes as well.


Suggested Improvements

The tilt wheel should be able to move a bit lower. I'm always a fan of more power as well. Other than that, it's not that bad. Can't really improve anything since they aren't made anymore.


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