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  • daexpertdaexpert Posts: 140
    That's not a bad idea, how much would you spend in total, including installation? As far as the Pacesetter goes, I'm getting it for $142, so that's not bad at all, I figured that even if it stinks, my loss is not bad at all.
  • malibumalibu Posts: 155
    You mentioned an inspection, what kind of inspection do you have to go through back there?

    We just have smog inspections here.
  • stageleftstageleft Posts: 391
    Coolchick, have a nice trip!

    Everyone: Hey! Happy Cougaring!
  • badulahbadulah Posts: 961
    Actually I have no idea how much it will cost, but when I find out, i'll let you know.

    NJ state requires a safety/exhaust inspection every two years. They check the breaks, tires, lights, windows (no tint allowed on front windows, but that's why I go to a private inspection station. They usually let it slide), exhaust levels, and a few other things. It's really a pain in the rear, but if you don't do it and get nailed by the Police, the fine is $150.00.
  • malibumalibu Posts: 155
    I can see where it would be a pain, but I bet you guys don't have alot of junkers that are unsafe driving around like out here. The smog check out here is really a joke, some of the cars on the road are completely unsafe, but if they pass a smog check it's okay. I'm glad my little kitty will be safe and smogged for many years to come!
  • camelardcamelard Posts: 171
    I checked out a Canadian site for the 2001 Cougar and lo and behold the base model is the V6 with the V6 S as an option. No I4. The Mercury site still lists an I4 as the base. Given the higher gas taxes in this country I would have thought the I4 would be a bigger seller here than in the U.S. Apparently not, and I must admit I have never seen one here. Just an observation.

    Malibu, Badulah:

    Consider yourselves lucky that there is any kind of inspection required. Ontario was supposed to implement exhaust inspections but I think they are still in pilot mode.

    As far as safety inspections, ha, I wish. I see far to many cars on the road with: no plates; bumpers hanging by a thread; doors that fly open around every bend; missing windows; missing headlights, tail lights, etc.. and, my personal favourite:

    Police car with the roof light rack listing precariously to one side. This was actually an RCMP vehicle which we later learned was brand new and the officer it was assigned to was so proud of being given one of the new vehicles he proceeded immediately to the nearest car wash. Obviously not the touchless kind.
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017
    There has been much interest here about Ford/Mercury stuffing the 3.0 litre V6 Duratech under a Cougar's hood to give future models a bit more muscle. Perhaps we should all take a deep breath and read the "WEDNESDAY - OCTOBER 4, 2000
    Exclusive Report on the Jaguar V6 S-Type" article at:
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017
    Anyone owning a Cougar WITHOUT antilock brakes, built before March 17, 2000, should read this from :

    Ford Motor Company will issue a safety recall concerning certain 1996 through 2000 model year Contour and Mystique models and 1999 through2000 model year Cougars for a possible brake defect.

    The vehicle's Brake Pressure Control Reducing Valve will be replaced under safety recall number 00S03. According to Ford, "on some of the affected vehicles, one or both of the brake Pressure Control Reducing Valves (PCRV) may malfunction due to corrosion. If both PCRVs malfunction, both rear wheels may lock up when braking, potentially resulting in loss of control."

    The recall will include the following vehicles:

    * All 1996 through 2000 Model Year Ford Contour and Mercury Mystique Vehicles without Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with build dates 4/1/1996 through 2/4/00 at the Kansas City Assembly Plant and build dates 4/15/96 through 2/18/00 at the Cuautitlan Mexico Assembly Plant.

    * All 1999 through 2000 Model Year Cougar Vehicles without Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) built from Job1 through 3/16/00 at Flat Rock Assembly Plant
  • camelardcamelard Posts: 171
    Thanks for the heads up. I don't have ABS so will check it out with my dealer immediately.

  • stageleftstageleft Posts: 391
    Thanks for that great information, Blane! We should all hold our breath, because honestly I believe we're going to have the 2.5L in our stable for the duration of the Cougar line.

    Odd how they don't sell I4's in Canada. But then again, they're Fords in Canada now, right? I'm just wondering if they plan on implementing any of the euro features in Canadian models like the climate control system or anything.

    Take care all, and have a great and safe three day weekend! (If you don't have a three day weekend, sorry, but I do so I'm making sure the Cat gets it's bath.)

    Later, and Happy Cougaring!
  • krnchkrnch Posts: 127
    I was talking to one of the salespeople recently at the dealer. They told me the I4 wasn't going to be available in Canada for 2001.
  • esbrockesbrock Posts: 88
    When I first start my car in the morning, I hear the lifters clatter a little bit. The noise does not persist while I'm driving. It only happens during that first start up of the day. Has anyone else had the same thing happening to them? Should I be concerned about it?
  • badulahbadulah Posts: 961
    I too hear a slight chatter right after the first start up of the day. It goes away after a few seconds.
  • dasaint1dasaint1 Posts: 230
    From the posts that I've read here, is it just me or does it seem like every Cougar owner brings his/her Cat to the dealer for some kinda repair every month.

    I've had my Cat since March, 2000, have about 10,000 miles on her, and I haven't once gone to the dealer. I prefer to go to my neighborhood mechanic to change the oil. Am I missing out on anything here?

    I know there's been a lot of TSB posted but none of them applies to me. My Cat (knock on wood) is running fine. Somehow I feel like I should take her to the dealer for something.
  • esbrockesbrock Posts: 88

    Your fog lights are running like they are supposed to. It's pretty logical when you think about it. If you are running your high beams during foggy conditions your an idiot because the reflections of the lights off the fog will blind you. So, if you're high beams are on the car figures there is no need for the fog lights, it would only compound the problem. These lights are used wrong in the states by a majority drivers. In Eurore, it's considered rude to be using the fog lights in anything but inclimate weather.
  • camelardcamelard Posts: 171

    Cougar's are still under the Mercury brand here in Canada.


    Although I haven't had my Cat as long as you (since June for me) I haven't had mine back to the dealership at all. Just to jiffy lube for the oil change. So far Nimue is running great.

    Have a great weekend all.
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017
    No chatter or clatter here with my V6.
  • malibumalibu Posts: 155
    Thanks. I'm pretty knowledgable about the fog, here in Central Calif. we get the Tule fog, where you can't even see the lines of the road. It was foggy last night when I came home and I would never use my high beams. I just turned them off and on in the driveway to get the dog to move and noticed against the garage door that the fog lights went out. As long as thats normal then no worries. Thanks.
  • lmigliorelmigliore Posts: 148
    How do you know it's the lifters? It could be piston slap. Mine doesn't make any untoward noises when starting up.

    Does the Duratec even have hydraulic lifters? Where do you put them on a DOHC engine? The dread Pontiac OHC 6 had hydraulic rocker arm posts but most OHC engines are solid and shimmed; there isn't as much expansion to worry about as in OHV engines.

    I'm not taking my engine apart to find out. It runs too good.
  • esbrockesbrock Posts: 88
    To be honest, I don't know for certain if it is the lifters or not. I have heard noisy lifters in other cars and it sounds similar to it. But it is just an assumption. If it is possible piston slap is occuring, should I be concerned about that?
  • I'm pretty sure it's the lifters you're hearing, as most cars that I know of use hydraulic lifters. What surprises me is that I haven't noticed excessive lifter noise on my cougar, as I think that kind of noise would be a typical characteristic of all cougars if it is due to the way the engine oil circulation system was designed. One thing you might want to check is the oil level as a low oil level might result in the clatter you are hearing. Unless you've been racing your cougar(i.e lots of wear and tear), I doubt the noise is due to piston slap.
  • I think fog lights look cool even in normal weather. I usually run just the fog lights when during sunrise and sunset. I always run my fog lights when it's night. I don't think it rude to run them when the weather is good. I've noticed that fog lights don't make a huge difference in inclement weather anyway.
  • Hi All!! I test drove a Mercury Cougar V6 a couple of weeks ago and literally fell in LOVE with the thing!!! It was absolutely amazing!! The handling and luxurious feeling I had just driving it around, I didn't want to get out of the car at the end of the test drive. *L* Of course, I could have driven a tin can and felt the same after spending 3 years driving a Kia Sephia...*L* Now there is a lemon!! I have had my Kia in the shop over 48 times in 18 months after I bought it brand new in 1997 and am suing them under the Lemon Law. I quit taking it back to the dealer after I got too many "No problem found at this time" deals and the warranty ran out. Currently need yet another trans and really needs a new engine. I don't want to go thru this kind of nightmare again. But I really fell in love with the Cougar and just wanted to get some feedback from Cougar enthusiasts, any problems, concerns, warnings about the Cougars?
  • Where can I find a pic of the 2001 Cougars??? Nothing here on Edmunds yet. The dealer got in the books for 2001 but hasn't mailed it to me yet, unless, well the salesman mentioned that he would personally hand deliver one to my house. As is, I live out in the boonies so he must have gotten lost...LOL ( I wonder if they will go to such extremes once I make my purchase...*S*) Anyway, would love to see what they have done with the 2001's.
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    You can go to the Mercury web site and look at the 2001 Cougar.

    I have had my Cougar since June of 1999 and still love it(all 16,600 mile of it). There are a couple of things that annoy me(rattles,noises and AC problems), but other than those things the car has been very good to me. I am sure the '01 models are more trouble free than the '99's were since the '99 was the first model year of the Cougar. If you are interested in the "S" model, you may have a little difficulty finding one. I believe they are only making about 3000. Which Cougar did you drive(ATX, V6???)
  • coolchickcoolchick Posts: 174
    miahart: I got my Cougar in February 2000 and still love it dearly. I checked the weather reports this morning just to make sure it was going to be good car-washing weather!

    At this point, I haven't had any real problems, just a couple of issues with the driver's side door paint along the bottom edge and the weatherstripping on the driver's side. No mechanical issues whatsoever.

    I will be glad when the Firestones wear out though, 'cuz they are one rough-riding tire. If you happen to get a kitty with the 'Rocks on it, be sure to keep them at optimum inflation pressure because that helps lots.
  • malibumalibu Posts: 155
    Most of us were once in the same position as you, we drove or saw the Cougar and had to have one. I have had two since June 1st. The first was destroyed by a fire to my home and I didn't even hesitate to get another. I never even considered getting a different car after owning a Cougar. I'm sure if you liked the test drive you will be very pleased with owning one. I know it's time consuming, but if you can go back through prior posts and read the statements, questions and complaints of everyone you will be very informed when purchasing your Cougar. Salesmen have a way of behaving a little better when you go in with information and know exactly what to ask. Good luck and hope you get exactly what you want.
  • Speaking of tires; any luck with non-factory tires for performance? I want to buy new tires in the spring, but can't decide which ones. I hear the BFGoodrich g-force KDW's are nice, but since they come standard on the SVT contour I bet I can do better. Any suggestions? (price is definitely an issue, no P-zero's please)
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    I went to OwnersConnection section of the Mercury website and found out my car has been recalled for "Recall 00S03: Brake pressure control reducing valve". I made an appointment at the dealer for Monday. I thought you all should be aware of this new recall. My dealer had no idea about the recall!!
  • stageleftstageleft Posts: 391
    That was the one about non-ABS Cougars, right?

    Just checking ...
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