8th Gen (1999 – 2002) Mercury Cougar Problems

The 8th generation of the Cougar has a cumulative PainRank™ of 4.79. That can be compared against other Mercury generations. Shopping for a Mercury? You could do worse (but you could also do better).

Owners of the 1999–2002 Cougar model years have sent in 71 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the electrical (28%) followed by the engine (23%) and the fuel system (8%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Mercury model years.

Watch out for the 1999 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Reliability PainRank (?)
2002 7
2001 9
2000 24
1999 31

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