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.
I bought my 90 Cougar on Christmas Eve
of 1992 from my local Mercury
dealership. The original owner bought
it new, she bought a new cougar every 2
years, I was 17 at the time. Have all
records from her, she had all work done
at the dealership. Have had only 1
problem and that was a head gasket went
out after 189,000 miles. New engine was
the fix, runs great
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.
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.