Under the Hood The base engine is a 125-horsepower, 2. At its 1989 debut, the Cougar was marketed largely as the flagship coupe of the Mercury division. For 1969 and 1970, a redesigned vacuum system kept the doors down when a vacuum condition existed in the lines, provided by the engine when it was running. To reduce production costs, the two model lines shared exterior body parts, including front and rear bumpers, both doors, the windshield, the hood and front fenders. After skipping the 1998 model year, Mercury introduced the eighth-generation Mercury Cougar for the 1999 model year at the. Slotted between the Ford Mustang and the Ford Thunderbird, the Cougar was the performance icon and eventually the icon for the Mercury name for several decades. Cougars with the V-6 engine get a tauter suspension, and alloy wheels hold 15-inch tires.
It was based on the 1967 refreshed first-generation Mustang, but with a 3-in-longer 111 in wheelbase and new sheet metal. Ford of Venezuela marketed the Fox-platform Cougar from 1983 to 1986 as the Ford Cougar Brougham four-door sedan. Originally slated to be launched with dual airbags, cost overruns and market demand necessitated the use of automatic seatbelts to meet passive-restraint requirements. Federally mandated locking steering columns appeared inside, and high-backed bucket seats, similar to those included in the 1969 Eliminator package, became standard on all Cougars. Visually, the only change from 1974 was the addition of two rectangular openings in the center section of the front bumper. For 1982 only, the mid-size Cougar was offered as a station wagon replacing the Zephyr station wagon. Replacing the Ford Probe in European markets, the Ford Cougar was manufactured in the United States.
Export Cougars also have clear marker light lenses in place of amber and amber rear turn signals. Intended for a 1998 model year launch, the new Probe shifted its design from the to a platform shared with the. New options for the 1970 Cougar were interior upholstery and vinyl top in bold houndstooth check patterns. Along with a limited-slip rear axle, the only options offered were a power moonroof, power antenna, illuminated entry, keyless entry, automatic climate control, and an engine block heater. I would fix the leak in coolant system first. These first Mercury Cougars were witnessed to have offered unique design of full-width divided grille, better known as the electric shave grille with hidden headlamps and vertical bars on the front-end.
Covers every thing you will ever need to know to fix anything and everything possible. For 1985, the interior underwent a complete redesign, with new door panels and dashboard; a redesigned rear seat expanded seating capacity to five passengers four passengers with full-length console. If you like the image of a coupe, but don't want the downsides, the Cougar makes a good choice. This repair manual will give you the knowledge and experience you need to perform simple basic maintenance or more complicated service procedures like an engine overhaul. The Eliminator package was dropped, but the Ram Air option remained. Since the Cougar was based on the Montego, it used the same interior except for some minor trim and upholstery.
A 3-speed automatic transmission was paired to each V8 engine. It's 17% stiffer than a Mondeo and is even stronger in side impacts. Factory support dried up towards the end of the season and the Cougars began to show their wear. No Eliminator convertibles were factory produced in either 1969 or 1970. The naturally aspirated V6 was paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission, while the supercharged V6 was offered with a 5-speed manual with the automatic as an option.
I took it to the dealer and after being at the dealer for three days they said that the ignition need replacing. Originally slated for 1993, the 1994 Cougar shifted from the overhead-valve 5. This was the only generation with covered headlights. For the 2001 model year, the Cougar was updated with new headlights, front and rear fascias, and updated interior trim. When introduced for 1999, the Cougar was the first car to display Fords new-edge styling later used on the Ford Focus , which emphasizes sharp creases and crisp lines instead of the usual curves and rounded shapes. This car is losing all power and shutting down. For the next three generations, the Cougar coupe and Thunderbird became model counterparts until the end of the 1997 model year.
Introduced in the summer of 1998, the Cougar was advertised by Dennis Hopper in a tribute to the movie Easy Rider. Compared to the 1967 version, the 1975 version weighed a full 1,000 lb 450 kg more. Now it over heats and I drove it to the gas station to put anti freeze in it because there was none and it drove fine but at stop signs it would keep dying. Cougars with the V-6 engine get a tauter suspension, and alloy wheels hold 15-inch tires. The Ford Cougar Owners Club. For a start, this is one of the few cars in the class to have a rear hatch rather than a boot and the result is probably more luggage space than most owners will ever need. Her Cougar her been having issues for months now, and even though we have spent hundreds of dollars trying to make the car safer for her, nothing is working.
Interior The Cougars four-passenger capacity consists of front bucket seats and a rear seat shaped for two. The sixth generation Cougar, derived from the Thunderbird, reverted to the two-door coupe body style. Replacement Parts approx prices based on 2. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The signs were becoming clear as early as 1970, when special options styled by fashion designer appeared, a -patterned and matching upholstery, available together or separately.
The only place that could replace the computer was the dealer. The 1968 model year included federally mandated and front outboard among some minor changes. Yet, what we are talking here is not about either of that two. What You Get The Cougar is probably the most practical coupe you can buy. The wheelbase grew to 114 inches 2,896 mm and became practically the only car to be upsized during the downsizing decade of the 1970s.
In addition to the 210 hp supercharged V6 replaced by a 5. First seen at the Chicago Auto Show in February 2001, the C2 coupe features a bigger rear spoiler than usual, machined aluminum wheels and a blue interior theme. As market demand shifted away from large two-door coupes, the Mercury Cougar and Ford Thunderbird were discontinued after the 1997 model year, with the final example produced on September 4, 1997. Additionally, an arguably little known trim style and certain mandatory options e. Exterior Distinctive Cougar styling nearly conceals the fact that this is a two-door hatchback and not a coupe with a separate trunk. Engines were shuffled around a bit with the 429 engine option no longer available.