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I had a Cougar for a couple of years up until recently when i had to sell it to get something bigger.
It never let me down and was a great car to drive. I had the 2.0 Zetec 16v version so petrol mpg was really good (average 35mpg) and performance was okay. Great car to drive, good driving position and good visibility for a Coupe.
Parts are cheap as is servicing etc, get a good one if you are buying one as there are some sheds out there. This should be reflected in the price though.
I used to have two childrens car seats in the back and they fitted perfectly, only sold it as we had a third child!
The Cougar looks great, most people dont actually know what it is! There are a few good Cougar forums out there which i recommend joining as it can be a hard car to find support for (no Haynes manual though). Dont let that put you off though, get one now!
I like my Ford Cougar 2.5 v 6 with all the bits.108k on the clock and still OK but the 160+ bhp is probably now more like 120. The Cougar still loves the motorway and has the torque for overtaking at high speed The space and caring capacity of the car is brilliant but you couldn't call it nippy. Would go for a 3lt V6 diesel turbo if ford released one.What to go for next ? Al
Had 2.0 from new and just hit 90,000 miles. No sports car (but then coupe) but if you are looking for a very stylish grand tourer that stands out in a positive manner from the crowd, whilst being very reasonable to buy and maintain, you can't do better for this size of car. It is the part being very distinctive and not common like a 3 or C Class. Look at the current trend for sharp edges and creases and you can see that Ford got there years ahead of BMW with this car and the Mk1 Focus before then toning it down. Put a BMW badge on it and it would have cost a lot, lot more. Have a BM318 in the family, Ford Cougar is nicer, better. Rear parking sensors are sensible option. 2.0 offers 35.6 average mpg and very reasonable insurance which is why I didn't go for the V6 as I cover more than average mileage hence I have 2 cars. Estate car boot space. It has been totally reliable and enjoyable and I have had good dealer support. Battery, exhaust, clutch all original and it will be 8 years old in March 2008.
This car looks fantastic, my neighbour has one, and everytime any of my mates come over they spend half hour checking it out (no my mates aren't dodgy). There are two engine sizes available the 2.0 and 2.5 litres with 135 and 168 bhp respectively, although both are too slow for this type of car. There is a generous amount of interior room, and plenty of luggage space too. The Cougar can easily cope with distance and motorway driving, but the front seat passengers tend to slide around on their seats a fair bit. The steering can be heavy, there have been some problems with suspension too. The back seat is designed for anyone who isn't too tall or too wide, as it can be extremely uncomfortable. The competitors include the BMW 3 Series, and Peugeout 406 Coupe. The safety is fairly good, with twin front and side airbags, abs, and an anti-theft system. The rear view visibility is from perfect, the wing mirrors are far too small.