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Mercury Cougar XR-7 (Should They Comeback?)  
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39884 posts, RR: 74
Posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 1441 times:

The Mercury Cougar XR-7 is my favorite 'Muscle Car'. With the 'retro cars' being the new trend, I'd like to see Ford bring this one back. It could be based off the current Mustang frame as it used to be (1967-1973) or the current Lincoln LS/Ford Thunderbird frame.
Any Cougar fans here?  Smile





In 1974, they became luxury coupes.







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User currently offlineWhistler From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1410 times:

We don't have Mercury as a brand in Canada anymore  Sad. You can get the current Cougar, but it is sold at Ford Dealers. You can also get the Grand Marquis from Ford Dealers, but strangley you can't get the Crown Vic anymore, unless it is a fleet sale (police, taxi etc).

A new Cougar XR-7 would be cool though Big grin.


User currently offlineDeltaSFO From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2488 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1408 times:

Almost always, when a carmaker revives a legendary name, the vehicle that wears it does not live up to the legacy of its ancestors.

A friend of mine has a 1967 Cougar XR-7, which he's in the process of restoring. It's one sweet machine.

I wouldn't want Ford/Mercury to ruin the legacy of the XR-7 by creating a mushy coupe powered by a variant of an engine found in the Taurus and Windstar.



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User currently offlineAussiemite From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1402 times:

Holden are releasing a new Monaro comes with 5.7L v8 in my opinion the old one is heaps tougher alot lighter as well.

http://www.fastlane.com.au/Features/Oldie_-_HK_Monaro.gif late 60s Monaro

http://monaro.4mg.com/HXLE.jpg HX monaro from the 70s


http://www.holden.com.au/sc02_vehicle_showroom/sc02_monaro/index.asp new release of the monaro

http://monaro.4mg.com/HJshow[1].jpg

http://monaro.4mg.com/hqgts4.jpg 4 door example


User currently offlineBA-747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1396 times:

yeah in the uk the cougar is sold at ford dealers cos u cant get mercury here either. Why do ford have mercury is it an up market brand of ford like lexus and toyota?

User currently offlineGunships From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 574 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1400 times:

When I was in High School, my buddy had a '67 XR-7, 351 Cleveland, body wasn't perfect, but it would run until the wheels came off if you let it!

Awesome car.


User currently offlineWhistler From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1397 times:

"yeah in the uk the cougar is sold at ford dealers cos u cant get mercury here either. Why do ford have mercury is it an up market brand of ford like lexus and toyota?"

I don't really think Mercurys are that much more upscale than a plain jane Ford. The Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable are pretty much exactly the same I believe. Same goes for Chevy/Pontiac, and Dodge/Plymouth. Ford's upscale brand is Lincoln.


User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1389 times:

Sadly todays Cougars have a smaller engine and have gotten smaller.....*sighs*

User currently offlineDelta777-XXX From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1017 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1387 times:

hey, I have one of those XR-7 cougar things. I think it's like a 1996 model. I can't drive it until march though (when I get my license). I already don't like it... I want a Camaro.  Insane

Hank


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39884 posts, RR: 74
Reply 9, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1378 times:

Delta777-XXX:
You mean you'd take a Camero over a Thunderbird?  Wow!
If it was a Firebird Trans Am, I'd understand.

LOT:
I don't even consider the current Cougar a real Cougar. I just pretend that it doesn't exist.  Smile



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User currently offlineDC10Tony From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1012 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1376 times:

Based off the current Mustang frame?

LOL!

I bet you didn't know the current Mustang frame is the same as the old Ford Fairmont's.


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 11, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1375 times:

The current Cougar has been dropped from the UK (Europe?) because of poor sales. Not surprising really, it was too slow and had lousy handling - a common failure amongst American cars. They have a reputation for being great in a straight line but with an inability to go around corners...


She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineFordlover From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 194 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1368 times:

Sure, why not? I got to drive one of the new Cougars last weekend (my sister has one: V-6 and 5-speed manual). Over-all, not a bad little car, but I wouldn't want one. It's a "chick" car in my opinion, but I guess there's a place for that in the market. If there is to be a new XR-7 on this platform, let's do it right. Use the drivetrain from the Contour SVT. The current Cougar is just a 2-door Contour/Mystique/Mondeo, so it shouldn't be that big a deal. With 200+ hp, a manual trans, and limited slip, I might consider it. Throw in the AWD system from the European Mondeo, and I'm sold!

DC10Tony: You say that Fairmont comment like it's a bad thing!


User currently offlineWhistler From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1358 times:

I wish Ford kept the Contour, it was my favourite car by them. I would probably be looking at them now if they weren't replaced by that damn Focus  Sad.

User currently offlineMls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3076 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1356 times:

Yea, I hate those damn Ford Fuckus cars.

User currently offlineRealHigh From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1022 posts, RR: 14
Reply 15, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 1345 times:

I dated a guy who had a 1969 Cougar convertible. It was fast and I liked the sound of the loud rumbling engine.

Who are those ladies in the photos?
Those are some very exotic ads.  Smokin cool


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39884 posts, RR: 74
Reply 16, posted (12 years 10 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1338 times:

Do you guys consider the new Cougers a real Cougar?

I don't like them at all.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39884 posts, RR: 74
Reply 17, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1330 times:

DC10Tony:
I bet you didn't know the current Mustang frame is the same as the old Ford Fairmont's.

I actually knew that.
The Ford Fairmont was really a durable car that held up much longer than expected. It was a very boring looking car that wasn't a powerhouse Mustang or LTD. It was very reliable though and I still see many Fairmonts on the road here here in California.



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