Like other reviewers, loved this car...at first...
written on 08-22-2012
I bought my Coug in 2004 with 50,000 miles on it. I've had minimal mechanical "failures" but many mechanical problems. The headlights dim a lot and if I have the wipers, headlights and stereo on at the same time, it dies. Sunroof never worked. The car won't start for an hour after it's been running in more than 90 degree heat, but the thing ALWAYS starts in the winter, even if it's 70 below (bought in ND and never used a block heater). It now has 116,000 miles (I don't drive a lot) and it needs a new suspension, shocks, struts, etc. I recently replaced the front tie rod so I wouldn't die. Shaky after 65 mph. Not kid friendly. No hooks for child seat in the back, so trading.
I bought my Cougar new in 2000 and now am approaching 120,000 miles. It has been the most reliable car I've ever had. Only normal maintenance until last year when I had a repair bill for $700. However, one bill in 10 years I'll take any day. This car is fun to drive, sporty, fast, yet tons of cargo space if you need it (fold-down hatchback). I average 24 mpg city/30 highway, which is better than many new cars. I've been trying to convince myself to trade it for a new car, but I just can't find one that matches up (considering it'll mean a car payment again + having to cross my fingers I get another good car). I may give it to my nephew (and that tells you how much I trust this car)
I bought this car used as my very first car. It had 55k miles on it and I loved it at first. It now has 153k miles and I dont even feel safe driving it. At about 70k miles I had already gone through 1 alternator and 2 batteries. The car started shaking really bad and I needed to replace entire transmission. All in all, I've had to replace, many tires (more than usual), 4 alternators, 2..yes 2 transmissions, transmission and engine mounts, many batteries, the trunk no longer stays open on its own, check engine light will not go off, even though dealers have checked numerous times, lights have a film over them, and power window motor twice. It looks nice, breaks great, but just not worth it.
I had this for 2 years and it had 83k miles on it when I first had it... But boy oh boy, can the murderous ones look enticing. Pros- It had alright front seats The CD player was great. The sound system was awesome It's really sporty. Cons- It rusts easily (Muffler fell off after a month of heavy rain after I hit a pothole) There were many electronic issues. (3 batteries, 1 alternator, 4 tune ups within 2 years) Sensor failures almost killed me twice. After 6 months, the boot arms started wearing out. Overall: It's a sporty death trap. Don't buy it.