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99 Cougar. How good are they?

I found an ad on craigs..

http://bloomington.craigslist.org/car/738288006.html

looks like a decent car, but whats the MPG on these things? How well do they run?

Any other opinions? i just need something cheap and highly efficient till i can save up for a new car.

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run away FAST! they are a pile , just like the contour mystike they are based off of

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nice sporty car that are fun to drive....My ex girlfreind had one for 2 years or so until she traded it in for a new car, and a best freind had one for a year until he totaled it. They both run really great. Common problems with them were the electrical systems, the headlights in both cars and dashlights would dim off and on spontaneously for some reason. sometimes they would and othertimes they wouldnt. Annoying to me.

2nd problem is both of their cars seemed to chew up the inside of tires very badly, I know I had taken my ex's car for an alignment, the car would drive straight but would still chew up the tires. Almost like the car was lowered and the camber was not adjusted. But it wasnt.

3rd my freind had a factory sunroof in his and that thing didnt work worth a crap, he had taken it to the dealership and that didn't fix the problem for some reason(IDK) I just remember him being pissed cause he could never use it.

Thinking like 26-28 mpg, they both had a meter which would tell you instant economy

I think they were a fun little car, but I would probably never buy one just because I seen 2(both spruce green) that had the same problems which seemed to not be able to be fixed.

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X 2 here my daughter has a 99 Just replaced tires and right side headlight. Gets her there and back so far Good MPG

It will get up and move pretty good !

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I'm going to go look at one today and my uncle had told me that the only thing the cougar is mainly known for is a leak somewhere in the engine, not quite sure where but that's only because people beat the living piss out of the thing. Plus, sinced they're based off of the contour/mystique if I have any problems my boyfriend should be able to fix it since he owns a Contour and knows how to work on it.

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Thinking like 26-28 mpg, they both had a meter which would tell you instant economy
EPA says highway mileage is 28 for 4cyl, 26 for 6 cyl. Most people can better that, but it's still not great for a small car.




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LOL Contact "travelersX" about it. (LOL she was... errr..... a little miffed when she chose her username) If you send her a PM, she will get a notice and might respond. She traded bought a 99 or 2000 Cougar, and hated it. I thought it was a nice little car but I didn't spend a lot of time in it. It did have a very slight pull to the right when the brakes were lightly applied. Braked straight and true in a panic stop... go figure.


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ohhh, E brake is fun in these cars on winter roads!!

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so a svt contour would have same amount of problems?

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so a svt contour would have same amount of problems?
Not if you take good care of it.

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being i work in a ford dealer , trust me , you dont want anything to do with these cars or a contour mystike, they are junk

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eh.. oh well. it atleast Looks cool visually..

how about this http://bloomington.craigslist.org/car/761669651.html

haha, or this. 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier Coupe

im just poking around for a cheepy high MPG car till i can save up for a new one (still eyeing the Mazda 3)

If not that, what high MPG car would you all suggest?

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I just bought a 92 Integra DA B18A1, Its my first 4cyl car. And I love it. It gets like 33mpg atleast and its super fun to drive. I know its not a Ford but I have no complaints, and its pretty easy to work on..
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I still plan on getting a newer, but used Cougar. I just need a car to get me from A to B.

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I wouldnt even bother with a cavalier, I had one and my cougar got a little better or equal mileage on the highway, around town the cavalier was about 5 mpg better, but Id rater pay a little more for gas for the comfort of my cougar. I got rid of the cavy and traded it for an SUV, which I needed for kayaking and mountain biking.

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I wouldnt even bother with a cavalier, I had one and my cougar got a little better or equal mileage on the highway, around town the cavalier was about 5 mpg better, but Id rater pay a little more for gas for the comfort of my cougar. I got rid of the cavy and traded it for an SUV, which I needed for kayaking and mountain biking.
My 2000 Cavalier gets an average of 27 mpg on the highway at 75-90mph, I am not sure what my T-Bird gets but I can say it is not that good. I would say that my cavalier has served me good for the past 6 years I have owned it and it is going pretty good at 125,000 miles but I also take care of the mechanicals.

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eh.. oh well. it atleast Looks cool visually..

how about this http://bloomington.craigslist.org/car/761669651.html

haha, or this. 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier Coupe

im just poking around for a cheepy high MPG car till i can save up for a new one (still eyeing the Mazda 3)

If not that, what high MPG car would you all suggest?
How about a 30 to 50 MPG (3 cyl) Geo Metro?
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My 2000 Cavalier gets an average of 27 mpg on the highway at 75-90mph, I am not sure what my T-Bird gets but I can say it is not that good. I would say that my cavalier has served me good for the past 6 years I have owned it and it is going pretty good at 125,000 miles but I also take care of the mechanicals.
I took care of mine too but I think why it got horrible mileage was because it had just a 3 spd (no overdrive) transmission, kinda sucked on the highway lol

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cavalier/sunfires are very economical..I had gotten a best of 30 mpg highway in a 04 sunfire with the 2.2 ecotec

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I just filled up tonight after keeping track of the milage, on the highway, some around town and the A/C on at times, I had 31.8 mpg. That is not too bad averaging 70-80 on the highway.

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so a svt contour would have same amount of problems?
I've had nothing but luck with my SVT with over a year of daily driving it pretty much. Had a few minor things go bad (upper radiator hose, window motor), but that's the extent of it. Fun little cars to drive and very practical.

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EVERY contour/mystike/zn cougar is a huge can of worms waiting to explode, jeff inthe above post is NOT the normal situation. these cars are really a domino effect to them, you try to fix one issue and 5 more pop up

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I am an original owner 99 cougar. I have been nothing but pleased with my car.

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few things to note. The cougars did appeal to a younger age group, with that said, ALOT of these cars have had the piss driven out of them [and probably neglected maintence]. I still see tons of them on the road every day and all by young drivers, honestly I think its a good testiment to their quality that they've taken that kind of abuse for 9-10 years now.

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the car has been known to eat through alternators [although I think alot of this has to do with younger drivers hanging on the redline constantly].
they are notorious for check engine lights [its rare if anything is wrong, just a stupidly sensitive sensor system]

I wouldnt hesitate picking one up at that price. Its kinda like a miata, love it or hate it, they really are a blast to drive.

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THat's kind of curious because from what I've read the Mondeo in Europe (the car they are based on) is very highly rated. Perhaps there are major differences with the version we get??

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I just filled up tonight after keeping track of the milage, on the highway, some around town and the A/C on at times, I had 31.8 mpg. That is not too bad averaging 70-80 on the highway.
is yours a 3spd, 4spd auto, or 5spd manual?

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is yours a 3spd, 4spd auto, or 5spd manual?
5 spd manual 2.2 liter

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THat's kind of curious because from what I've read the Mondeo in Europe (the car they are based on) is very highly rated. Perhaps there are major differences with the version we get??

they have a different life expecantacy for cars in europe than we do here, the climate differences and the road differences are what really come into play.

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THat's kind of curious because from what I've read the Mondeo in Europe (the car they are based on) is very highly rated. Perhaps there are major differences with the version we get??
Well the mondeo and the contour/mystique are completely parts compatible [the mondeo did have a few additional engine choices, all smaller, and minorly different body panel styling]. Now if you exclude the astetic bits, yes the cougar is also IDENTICAL.

and to say highly rated in europe, thats an understatement.

and yes, the milage is pretty dang good. My best full tank I averaged 37mpg. But day to day driving I average 31-33mpg. And thats with a automatic 2.5 V6. I have a matching manual contour that seems to top out around 28mpg [different gearing for the final drive]
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I've always liked the looks of them, but I've had a couple people tell me they were extremely crappy. Then again it all depends on the amount of care given to the car from previous owners = P

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5 spd manual 2.2 liter
see thats why, I just had a crappy 3 speed

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