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%).