really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
130,330 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace the starter (1 reports)
2000 Mercury Cougar electrical problems

electrical problem

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2000 Mercury Cougar Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 292013

Cougar 2.5L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 130,659 miles


My 2000 Cougar only starts when it's warm outside. During the winter the starter spins but won't actually turn the engine over. The only way I can get it to work is trying it several times in a row, or sometimes shifting through gears or moving the car.

On several occasions it has left me stranded after refusing to start.

The only thing that helped was getting a new starter, but for most people that isn't an option. Starters are expensive, and on the Cougar it is very difficult to switch out; I also don't know if replacing the starter will permanently fix anything because a friend of mine had the same problem with her Cougar and she had to replace it again a couple years later

- , PineLake, Alberta, canada

problem #1

Sep 132011

Cougar 2dr Hatch 3800 Series

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

only starts when its warm outside, only in summer

it only starts when it wants to, it cranks over fine, but when it does not want to start it wont, in some cases it will start if i unplug the massive air flow sensor, after starting i plug it back in, in other cases if i turn the ignition on and off a few times rapidly, then turn it over it has started, in an other case i pumped the gas peddal to the floor once and it started, but it usally starts when its 60 or warmer outside. i have takin it in to a few places to be repaired, with no luck, cost me money to have it looked at, but nobody has figured it out yet, one place even put a new fuel pump and fuel filter in it costing $630.30, it still has the same problem, anyway here i sit.

- , Cable, WI, Haiti

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