Ford completely fucked themselves with these cars.
They appealed to everyone who wasn't a Mustang Guy, because they brought Class to Performance.
Nothing like "your flashy Mustang gets eaten alive by this Luxury Car with bolt-ons".
(That probably happened to some Asshat Ford Executive; that's why they were cancelled.)
These engines were way ahead of the curve; even with all the cost cutting they did, they last 300k with minimal maintenance.
I got 230k out of one that had been very badly maintained; if it hadn't spent its life with Quaker State, it might not have dropped a valve at 6500r's on a LOonnie Tune, lol.
Lazarus has spent minutes bouncing off the revlimiter, when the throttle stuck; the oil pressure or compression were unchanged, and no debris in the oil. (That was unexpected, to say the least.)
Ford fixed all that longevity with the mods they did to the timing stuff in the early part of the last decade; beware of those tensioners and guides, they are garbage until at least '06.
How many other Ford cars get this type of miles, without problems? I don't know of any. Mustangs copied us in 96 and 97, so they count as the same, but only over those years.
Red '96 Cougar XR-7 240k mi. '02 4R70W, PST DS : '03 PI engine, 04 maf, 24lb injectors, 2.5" exhaust, '02 4r70w + Jmod, DirtyD0g TC + cooler + 3/8" lines, 255 walbro fp. Alpine system.
Black '96 Cougar XR-7 (Lazarus) 210k mi PI Intake, '02 4R70W, Jmod, PST DS, GrogTune, Konis, Mark LCA+Poly, racecougar Custom Engine Chain, and JL and racecougar Bracing.
Black '97 Tbird Limited Edition, '02 4R70W, 255 walbro, PST DS, PBR Brakes&SS lines, Toicko Blues & Springs, GrogTune.
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