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FORD COUGAR Coupe 1998‑2002

4.3
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FORD COUGAR Coupe 1998‑2002

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musicmogul

Ford Cougar 2.0 1999

FORD COUGAR 2.0 16V 3dr (Review date: 31st May '14)

4.8

I bought my 1999 2.0 ltr Ford Cougar a year ago as a stop gap after my Mazda broke down in France and it was the only car I could find locally at the time that was in my budget of £500. The car came with 5 months tax and 1 year MOT and 118k on the clock and plenty of service history. On test driving her I thought she drives fine, everything works, she's legal and will get my over the gap.

Having always had fairly new cars approx 3/4 years old I was not relishing the thought of driving a 14 year old car but off I went on my daily commute and it quickly dawned on me that actually I bloody loved her!

A year later and now on 127k we are still going strong, no hiccups not even one cold start and she is an absolute pleasure to drive, the Mazda is a distant memory and the big cat reigns !

The 2.0 ltr 16v engine pulls nicely and you can hardly hear it on tick over. Fuel consumption is what you would expect of a 2.0 ltr engine and she does about 500 motorway miles on a full tank if you keep a steady 65/70mph but that's boring !

Internally she is quite spacious and there is plenty of leg room for the 2 rear passengers. The one downside is as there are 4 bucket seats so you will struggle to find a full size child seat to fit in the rear as they don't fit into the crevice of the seat. Not the best seating for toddlers or small children, but to be honest she wasn't designed for that.

The drivers seat is comfy and adjustable in height as is the steering wheel and the cabin is fairly well equipped for an older car. What is does not have is cup holders but it does have huge door pockets. There is a center cup holder in the rear. The boot space is huge ! and the rear seats can be folded down if you need to transport a large item.

Tax is fairly cheap at £280 a year, my 2.0 ltr Mazda Sport cost me £485 a year to tax and insurance is cheaper too, I pay £20 a month fully comp compared to £60 for the Mazda.

So to cap it off I have had a year of trouble free and fun driving and all its cost me so far is the price of a new 6 month tax disc. Best £500 I have spent in a long time !

Happy days :)

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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vladivar-oldman

Reliable, fast and very sport coupe, practical inside, good design

FORD COUGAR 2.5 V6 24V 3dr (Review date: 23rd September '13)

5

I tested the Ford Cougar V6 24v going to Europe 2000 miles in one pass - a fantastic, sporty ride!! /

Vehicle practical for long trips /.

As for the 13 years of the car is solid / no taps, no whistles / and is reliable.

I bought a Ford Cougar one year ago, as a 12 year old vehicle.

I replaced only the right rear suspension / old /, engine oil with oil filter / slightly less fuel / air filter as well / very dirty /.

Discs and pads were ok.

Cost of the MOT - Standard = cheap, road tax 215 pounds/year.

Fuel consumption on the highway up to 45 mpg at a speed of 90 mph in a quiet, high-speed driving.

In the urban cycle fuel consumption about 25 mpg.

Not so bad as the sports coupe with a V6 engine.

Luggage rack is spacious and easily accessible.

My Cougar has huge technical capabilities - would compare it to a six year Mercedes, Audi or BMW with similar engines. I can imagine how tough it was a car when he was new!

It looks more expensive than it actually is.

Every time I look at my Cougar reminds me of the Audi TT, which has a beautiful, streamline design.

Driving this car is a real pleasure and makes me smile.

Car purrs like puma /cougar/ running highway.

In a word - MARVELLUS as my manager would say!

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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welshi

cougar-what a machine

FORD COUGAR 2.5 V6 24V 3dr (Review date: 6th August '12)

4.5

ive owned my cougar v6 for 4yrs,it has never let me down,cost me nothing in parts except usual things like tyres,im a big ford fan and have owned most of the performance cars from the RS's to a cosworth,ST's and i must say this is the cream of the crop,lovely smooth,quiet engine,comfy to drive and a good looking coupe,in my opinion they are under-estimated.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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darrio

MY BIG CAT

FORD COUGAR 2.5 V6 24V 3dr Auto (Review date: 26th March '12)

3.3

I owned Ford Cougar for two years. 2.5V6 AUTO, fully loaded, 44k on the clock.I bought it in 2008 mainly for its amazing looks and sporty appearance.

I was surprised by spacious cabin. The driving position is simply excellent as you are sitting low. The rear seats are cramped for 6 + footers and it is not easy to get in and out there but at least they provide excellent support when cornering! Also with this car you can do a massive shopping, yes it has enormous boot.

The car is well built and reliable in terms of materials used. Especially you can see it as you getting inside the cabin (my friend even said it feels more expensive than Ford). However, some problems still occurred: a) air conditioner along with the heating system failed (did not repair) b) Flexible Exhaust tubing broke (£100+ fitting). Maintenance (including insurance road tax) is not expensive compared to the other similar cars. Having said that - with this car I could only achieve 15 MPG! around town. It is worth mentioning that this figure would not change if you attempt to drive slowly. I took it to the local Ford dealer for diagnostic to see the reasons for that. The visit set me back £300 (they changed overdrive sensor saying that this might be the reason for excessive fuel consumption). Eventually I decided to use the car as it is.

I had a very good driving experience most of time. The steering feels precise and informative without being too sharp. The suspension is firm and well balanced. You can feel it when cornering. The brakes are simply amazing especially in situations you need to apply them fully. Really the Cougar holds road very well!!! While all those good points mean this is a sport coupe there is a downside. Sadly it is a very slow car (0-62 in 9.8 sec).

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

3 / 5

Running cost

1 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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guym-duratec

This is my third Cougar!...

FORD COUGAR 2.5 V6 24V 3dr Auto (Review date: 8th March '12)

4.5

Three Cougars in a row!

Thats how good they really are - Practical, Reliable, Stylish and very individual - this is now my third Cougar on the trot...one after the other - what better recommendation can you get than that?

I started with a '99 Silver-Frost 2.0 Zetec, which was soon passed on within the family - the only reason for changing was that after joining the owners club and hearing such good things about the V6 engined cars, I wanted to have one...

Along came my 2000 (W) Tourmaline-Green 'X-Pack' V6 - it was everything people said of them - a super smooth engine, bags of torque from 1500rpm and very reasonable fuel economy...it had a spotless body & interior, it drove faultlessly, it handled superbly, had a fabulas heater - Oh, and it had over 158,000-miles on the clock...

Roll on another 12-months or so...my 'adopted-son' with my old Silver Zetec is suffering from the same 'I want a V6 too' syndrome that I'd been suffering...well, what else could I do???

So, onto the computer we go - looking for the cleanest, highest-spec, low-mileage Cougar-1 we could find (I prefer the style of the original cars over the slightly later, facelifted 'Cougar-2's ) obviously in Green again...

Up pop's a very last of the line 2001-Y Auto, with EVERY option - even parking sensor's - 80k miles & a FULL Ford service-history - totally immaculate and all for only £1500 - soon the deal was done...and hence we now have 'identical-twins' sitting on our driveway!

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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yom_bkr

Ford Cougar

FORD COUGAR 2.5 V6 24V 3dr (Review date: 20th January '12)

3.3

Would be an ideal choice for young people. A 2-door coupe car hence not a family car. Nice to be driven on weekends or to work or college. Smooth handling I must add.

I had the the car for about 6 months, covered about 3500miles and for once never gave me any sort of problem.

The only set back about the car is its 2.5L v6 engine. You've got to have petrol pumping into that engine!

Practicality

2 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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michaelE

Wolf in Sheeps Clothing

FORD COUGAR 2.5 V6 24V 3dr (Review date: 2nd December '11)

4.5

I have had my 99' ford cougar 2.5 V6 for almost two years and what a car!! wont believe its a 12 year old car from the way it drives and still turns heads as there are not a lot of them on UK roads on like AUDI's MERCS and BMW's.

Car has been reliable mechanically and for a 2.5 V6 this ford is quick and keeps up with most modern cars with bigger engines and power which is not bad for a 12 year old ford.

Apart from normal wear and tear parts which needs to be changed on every car at some point i.e. Tyres, brake pads oil/ filter changes, I have only had to replace two major mechanical parts which was the Idle speed control vale and Alternator both of which are common parts which goes wrong on the ford V6 engines. but then I already knew about these two common problems before buying the car so I expected it at some point of ownership which wasnt a surprise.

for a 2.5 V6 this car is quite economical and achives 25mpg in town and upto 38mpg on motorway cruising due to the engines ability to run on half of its 24 valves when its operating under 3000RPM which saves fuel in town driving but go past 3500RPM and second set of valves open engine takes in twice as much air into all 6 chambers, induction noise switches to sport mode all 6 cylinders and 24valves wake up and you will feel it kick like a turbo in the back and this thing will fly.

this engine is quite fussy and likes good clean oil so always change oil every 10,000 miles using 5W 30 as recommended by ford and engine will run and run. good thing i also like is its a chain driven engine so no cam belts to change during its life time. pick one with full service history with X pack spec and will not let you down.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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jimC

A MODERN RELIABLE FUTURE CLASSIC

FORD COUGAR 2.5 V6 24V 3dr Auto (Review date: 19th October '11)

4

LOOKS GOOD, CHEAP TO RUN AND ALWAYS PUTS A SMILE ON YOUR FACE!

I BELIEVE THAT THIS CAR WILL BE A FUTURE CLASSIC AND IS VERY UNDER STATED>

Practicality

3 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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samW

My '98 2.0 Frosty

FORD COUGAR 2.0 16V 3dr (Review date: 20th September '11)

5

I have owned my 2.0 Litre Ford Cougar (Silver Frost) for 2 years now and I can honestly say, it has been the best car I have ever owned.

Apart from general service parts (touch wood!) it has never let me down, started every morning for work and always been a pleasure to drive.

For the size of the engine I get excellent MPG out of it -

Motorway average: 42 MPG

Urban: around 32 MPG

I did have a problem with it stalling when cold after the harsh winter (it was outside for most of the -11 nights), but thanks to an excellent club scene (ukcougar club) it was quickly resolved with a couple of new sensors.

Also brings be on to the best point about this car - under the skin it is a Ford Mondeo, which means cheap parts and good reliability.

I will soon be taking delivery of my NEXT Cougar - a 2.5 V6 in green over the next few weeks!

Hope this review helps.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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hemi300

Lots of car for little money

FORD COUGAR 2.5 V6 24V 3dr (Review date: 31st July '11)

5

You dont buy a Ford Cougar for space, although two adults in the back is possible but not for a long journey.

Considering is a 2.5 v6 its economical. Very smooth and nice to drive.

Well built and never let me down, cost me £1200 and I have had two years out of it trouble free, what more can you ask.

Car still gets looks and most do not know its a Ford.

Cheap to maintain.

Can only give it 5 stars.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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