My husband and I thought this car was in decent condition when we test drove it. After owning it for 2 weeks, major problems started. The stereo only plays in warm weather, passenger side power window stopped working, would not start in hot weather, had to replace alternator, fan, battery, and spark plugs. Also, a few heater vents in the dash quit blowing air. Digital display for radio is completely burnt out. We put more money into maintaing this car than what we paid for it(not counting frequent oil changes).
Digital dash board, sun/moon roof, and decent gas mileage, keyless entry
Trunk release latch button on the inside of the car.
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.
Enormous, wide interior with comfortable seats and plenty of legroom. Easy access with doors just as big. Well laid out under the hood and easy to work on engine. The styling was consistent through 1997; so the looks aren't as dated. Decent gas mileage for a larger engine. Well built and reliable.
The body rusts on a daily basis; but harsh winters, rarely washing the car and it's age contribute. A real big blind spot. The defroster doesn't clear the side windows quick enough. A bear to parallel park. The heavy body doesn't corner well. Not enough rear seat legroom. Ordinary dashboard design.
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.
Ultra Reliable, Digital Gauges,
Comfortable Seats, Very Roomy.
It's not so great in the snow, maybe
they should've offered an AWD option?
Ford shoul've made a sedan off this
platform, and they shouldn't have
discontinued it and replaced it with