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Closest modern approximation to a Mercury Cougar #4757120
05/14/18 03:53 PM
05/14/18 03:53 PM
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DFW, TX
Ddubya Offline OP
Ddubya  Offline OP
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DFW, TX
I have owned both a 1988 and 1992 Mercury Cougar XR-7, both with a 5.0 V8. Even with all the cool cars I've owned/driven since then, I remember them both (especially the '92) very fondly. I sold that one with 168K on the odometer with nary a problem except for normal maintenance and a small rear main oil leak near the end of its life with me.

If I wanted to buy a car today, new or used less than 5 years old that most closely resembled those cars in style/character/dynamics, what do you think it would be? I have my own opinion, but don't want to color anyone's judgement at this time. Thanks!


2017 Volvo S60 Inscription (Castrol Edge Syn)
2010 Mazda 6i Touring (PP or Castrol Magnatec Syn)
2013 Ford Explorer V6 (company car) (Kendall Syn Blend)
2009 Caddy DTS (Castrol EP)
Re: Closest modern approximation to a Mercury Cougar [Re: Ddubya] #4757128
05/14/18 04:03 PM
05/14/18 04:03 PM
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The land of USA-made Subies!
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The land of USA-made Subies!
Chevy SS is the only one Id be comparing from Domestics.

Re: Closest modern approximation to a Mercury Cougar [Re: Ddubya] #4757130
05/14/18 04:07 PM
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Illinois
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Illinois
Wow. I still have an '86 Cougar and a '90 Cougar out in the garage.

I guess I hadn't ever thought about this.


2004 Silverado - on its 3rd Jasper engine in less than one year.
Re: Closest modern approximation to a Mercury Cougar [Re: mrsilv04] #4757197
05/14/18 05:10 PM
05/14/18 05:10 PM
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Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Garak Offline
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Happy birthday, and maybe sell them to the OP. wink


Plain, simple Garak.

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1984 F-150 4.9L - Quaker State GB 10w-30, Wix 51515
Re: Closest modern approximation to a Mercury Cougar [Re: Ddubya] #4757204
05/14/18 05:13 PM
05/14/18 05:13 PM
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NJ
Leo99 Offline
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NJ
Dodge Challenger


Without data you're just another person with an opinion. W. E. Deming

2003 Corolla 250,000 miles (RIP)
2004 Corolla 125,000 miles
2004 Rav4 370,000 miles
2015 Camry 70,000 miles
Re: Closest modern approximation to a Mercury Cougar [Re: Ddubya] #4757234
05/14/18 05:39 PM
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S California
OneEyeJack Offline
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S California
You want a v8 powered Ford family car...Mustang.

Re: Closest modern approximation to a Mercury Cougar [Re: Ddubya] #4757259
05/14/18 06:07 PM
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new jersey
hemitruck Offline
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new jersey
Agree, the mustang would be the closest.!

Re: Closest modern approximation to a Mercury Cougar [Re: Ddubya] #4757276
05/14/18 06:25 PM
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Waco, TX
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Waco, TX
Mustang, Challenger... Hyundai Genesis G90 5.0


"The evidence demands a verdict".
(Re:VOA)"it's nearly impossible to actually know the particular additives that are in there at what concentrations."
Re: Closest modern approximation to a Mercury Cougar [Re: Ddubya] #4757315
05/14/18 06:42 PM
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Idaho
CT8 Online content
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Idaho
The Mustang.


2015 Ford F150 2.7
2018 Ford F350 6.2
Re: Closest modern approximation to a Mercury Cougar [Re: Leo99] #4757317
05/14/18 06:43 PM
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New Jersey
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New Jersey
Originally Posted By: Leo99
Dodge Challenger


+1

Re: Closest modern approximation to a Mercury Cougar [Re: JHZR2] #4757331
05/14/18 06:55 PM
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Spring,Texas
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Spring,Texas
Originally Posted By: JHZR2
Originally Posted By: Leo99
Dodge Challenger


+1


+2 , more of a boulevard cruiser than pony car.


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14 Civic-Idemitsu Zepro 0W-20, XG7317
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Re: Closest modern approximation to a Mercury Cougar [Re: Ddubya] #4757368
05/14/18 07:33 PM
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Dallas,Tx USA
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Dallas,Tx USA
I knew people who had Thunderbirds from that era (late 80s) and I can't think of any modern day cars that are comparable. I think of the Thunderbird/Cougar as a luxury coupe.


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Quaker State Ultimate Durability 10W30
2012 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L 2.4,auto,San Marino Red
Pennzoil Platinum 5W20

Re: Closest modern approximation to a Mercury Cougar [Re: Ddubya] #4757411
05/14/18 08:05 PM
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New England
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New England
Cadillac CTS coupe.

Re: Closest modern approximation to a Mercury Cougar [Re: Ddubya] #4757413
05/14/18 08:05 PM
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ME
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ME
The camry solara would have been close but they stopped making those a decade back.

A gentleman's coupe, with soft springs etc. A V6 solara could beat any stock 80s Cougar.

Re: Closest modern approximation to a Mercury Cougar [Re: Ddubya] #4757432
05/14/18 08:27 PM
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Phoenix, AZ
Nick1994 Offline
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Phoenix, AZ
2011 Crown Vic


2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L 88k Motorcraft Synthetic Blend 5w30 & OEM
2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 231k Valvoline 5w30 & Fram Ultra
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L 147k Mobil 1 HM 10w40 & Fram Ultra
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