The Eliminator package was dropped, but the Ram Air option remained. Many changes were scheduled for the 1973 models. Archived from on 6 June 2007. While coupes had traditionally been offered in Lincoln-Mercury dealerships for several decades, the shift of the Cougar to the sports compact segment presented a challenge to sales personnel acquainted to marketing luxury-segment vehicles to new-car buyers along with attracting younger buyers into Mercury showrooms. While fenders and doors are common between the two vehicles, in comparison to the 1983-1987 generation, fewer visible parts are shared.
The standard engine continued to be the 168 hp 125 kW 351 Cleveland two-barrel V8. The ride is a little hard because of the firm suspension, but the handling compensates for it, while the braking has been pretty good also. After purchasing the vehicle the buyer immediately experienced some severe mechanical problems regarding the tie rods. Every couple of years it would reappear and require a warrantee repair. For its third and fourth generations, the Cougar adopted the chassis of the Ford Torino intermediate.
Despite the added weight, the buying public wanted the Cougar, and sales figures reflected that fact. 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. 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 lovethe way this car looks and some people undoubtedly will , you'll overlookthe harsh ride and the difficult ingress and egress, and fall in love withit. Check the rear axle when buying one, many seem to rust away.
The Cougar has a firm suspension, sporty handling and excellent braking,with an overall feel that is harsh and quick. The upright notchback roofline underwent a major revision, with the controversial upswept quarter windows of the previous generation abandoned. Originally slated for 1993, the 1994 Cougar shifted from the overhead-valve 5. So it's been a fairly good car that I regard as part of the family. But, in the era of brand management, where companies want their brands to conjure up specific images in people's heads, this just won't do. It was under 2000 dollars and gets great gas mileage.
During its production, the sixth-generation Cougar underwent several exterior revisions. Just plug it into your car's power point formerly known as the cigarette lighter , give it five minutes, and you should be ready to rock and roll. A member of my family said that they're just like Fords, only a little uglier. It's a pretty small space, and there's lousy legroom. The engine sounds great to boot.
While marketed in Europe and Australia under the Ford brand, the eighth-generation Mercury Cougar was the first Mercury car since the 1991—1994 Mercury Capri sold without a direct Ford model equivalent in North America. The dealer supposedly said all sales were final and there was no warranty. It's sporty, though a little harsh. I felt respected and taken care of throughout the purchasing process. Archived from on 13 January 2017.
This car has met all of my needs. It also has some slippage in the transmission but so far, knock on wood, it's doing ok. Most common solutions would be be a bad alternator, bad connection, or loose alternator belt. I really wanted to keep it for a few more years but that last alternater was the breaking point for me. Sold only under the Mercury brand, this generation is the only version of the Cougar with no direct Ford counterpart though export examples were badged as Ford Cougars. Visually, the only change from 1974 was the addition of two rectangular openings in the center section of the front bumper. 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.
There is a Haynes manual available for this model year at your local auto parts shop. For 1984, the hood ornament was replaced by a flat hood emblem. The car's Montego heritage was fairly evident from the sides and back. There is an electrical issue somewhere that no one seems to be able to pinpoint. So it's no surprise that, since the Cougar was designed by Ford's.