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.