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MERCURY COUGAR - 2000 MERCURY COUGAR Problems & Complaints

 
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There are 205 complaints filed for the 2000 MERCURY COUGAR

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2000 MERCURY COUGAR. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 2000 MERCURY COUGAR, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

4/24/2014 - MARIETTA , GA
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2000 MERCURY COUGAR. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE INTERIOR LIGHTS AND HEADLIGHTS FLICKERED. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALER WHO STATED THAT THE WIRING HARNESS HAD FAILED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER INFORMED THE CONTACT THAT THE VIN WAS NOT INCLUDED IN NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER 01V031000 (ELECTRICAL SYSTEM). THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 63,127 AND CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 67,000.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

7/19/2013 - GATE CITY, VA
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2000 MERCURY COUGAR. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE VEHICLE WAS PREVIOUSLY INCLUDED IN AND REPAIRED UNDER NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID NUMBER: 01V031000 (ELECTRICAL SYSTEM). THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE WINDSHIELD WIPERS, SPEEDOMETER AND THE EXTERIOR LIGHTING BEGAN OPERATING SPORADICALLY AFTER THE VEHICLE HAD BEEN SERVICED UNDER THE RECALL. THE CONTACT ALSO NOTICED SMOKE COMING FROM UNDER THE HOOD. THE VEHICLE ALSO STALLED INTERMITTENTLY. THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED TO THE DEALER FOR DIAGNOSIS AND THE MANUFACTURER WAS MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 100,000.

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VISIBILITY/WIPER

6/20/2013 - HARRISONVILLE, MO
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2000 MERCURY COUGAR. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE SUNROOF FAILED TO CLOSE. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALER WHO STATED THAT THE SUNROOF ROLLERS HAD FAILED. THE SUNROOF WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE FAILURE WAS REPORTED TO THE MANUFACTURER. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 95,000. THE CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 106,000.

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

11/30/2012 - DESCPLAINES, IL
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2000 MERCURY COUGAR. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE CHECK ENGINE WARNING LIGHT ILLUMINATED ON THE INSTRUMENT PANEL. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALER AND WAS THE CONTACT WAS TOLD THAT THE FUEL DELIVERY MODULES NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE CONTACT ASKED ABOUT NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID NUMBER: 04V421000 (FUEL SYSTEM: GASOLINE), BUT WAS TOLD THAT THE VEHICLE WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THE RECALL. THE VIN WAS NOT AVAILABLE. THE FAILURE AND THE CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 83,000.

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

11/26/2012 - NEW IBERIA, LA
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2000 MERCURY COUGAR. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE VEHICLE FAILED TO START. THE CONTACT WAS ABLE TO START THE VEHICLE AFTER SEVERAL MINUTES. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC FOR DIAGNOSTIC TESTING. THE MECHANIC ADVISED THE CONTACT THAT THE FUEL PUMP WOULD HAVE TO BE REPLACED. THE CONTACT REFERENCED NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID NUMBER: 04V421000 (FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE) THAT COULD HAVE BEEN RELATED TO THE FAILURE. THE MANUFACTURER WAS MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE AND ADVISED THE CONTACT THAT THE VIN WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THE RECALL. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 100,000.

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FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

12/12/2011 - PRESCOTT, WI
DURING PERIODIC MAINTENANCE THE DEALER DISCOVERED THE PASSENGER SIDE FUEL TANK STRAP HAD CORRODED AND BROKE. LIKELY CAUSE WAS THE SALT AND CHEMICALS APPLIED TO THE ROADS DURING THE WINTER. THE DRIVER SIDE STRAP WAS INTACT BUT WOULD LIKELY FAIL IN THE FUTURE. I WAS INFORMED THE FUEL TANK STRAPS WERE SPECIAL ORDER SINCE THEY DO NOT NORMALLY FAIL. RETURNED THE NEXT DAY TO HAVE BOTH STRAPS REPLACED. FORTUNATELY THE ISSUE WAS DISCOVERED BEFORE THE TANK SEPARATED FROM THE VEHICLE. THIS IS THE SAME ISSUE WITH FORD TRUCKS OF THE SAME VINTAGE.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

11/28/2011 - MOUNT HOLLY, NJ
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2000 MERCURY COUGAR. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHILE DRIVING APPROXIMATELY 25 MPH, THE BATTERY WARNING LIGHT ILLUMINATED ON THE INSTRUMENT PANEL AND THERE WAS BURNING ODOR EMITTED INSIDE OF THE VEHICLE. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC FOR A DIAGNOSTIC TEST. THE MECHANIC STATED THAT THE BATTERY AND ALTERNATOR WOULD HAVE REPLACED. THE FAILURE OCCURRED A SECOND TIME AFTER THE REPAIR. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT TAKEN BACK TO BE REPAIRED AGAIN. THERE WAS A RECALL UNDER NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID NUMBER 01V031000 (ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:BATTERY:CABLES), THAT MAY BE RELATED TO THE FAILURE. THE MANUFACTURER WAS MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE AND STATED THAT THE VIN WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THE RECALL. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 75,000.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

10/11/2011 - NIANTIC, CT
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2000 MERCURY COUGAR. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHILE DRIVING 65 MPH, THE VEHICLE SUDDENLY STALLED AS THE WHEEL LOCKED AND THE RADIO SHUT OFF, SIMILAR TO THE FAILURE LISTED UNDER NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID NUMBER: 01V031000 ( ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:BATTERY:CABLES). THE CONTACT WAS UNABLE TO RESTART THE VEHICLE WITHOUT A JUMP. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT NOTIFIED NOR WAS THE VEHICLE DIAGNOSED OR REPAIRED. THE CURRENT AND FAILURE MILEAGES WERE 135,288.

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FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

8/12/2011 - WEST COLUMBIA, SC
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2000 MERCURY COUGAR. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHEN ACCELERATING AT ANY SPEED, THE VEHICLE WOULD HESITATE AND STALL WITHOUT WARNING. THE DEALER AND MANUFACTURER WERE NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE AND MADE THE CONTACT AWARE OF NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID NUMBER: 04V421000 (FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE), BUT ADVISED THAT THE VIN WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THE RECALL. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 140,000 AND THE CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 141,000.

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FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

8/4/2011 - FOUNTAIN, CO
MY 2000 MERCURY COUGAR SUDDENLY STARTED SPUTTERING, BUCKING, AND IN LESS THAN TWO MINUTES STOPPED IN TRAFFIC. IT WOULD CRANK BUT NOT START. I HAD TO HAVE IT PUSHED OFF THE ROAD OUT OF TRAFFIC. IT WAS TAKEN TO A REPAIR SHOP WHERE THE MECHANIC TOLD ME IT WAS A FAULTY FUEL PUMP SYSTEM. WHEN LOOKING ONLINE FOR RECALLS OR SAFETY IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGNS, ON THE FORD WEBSITE, THEY ACKNOWLEDGED THAT COUGARS HAVE HAD PROBLEMS WITH THE FUEL PUMP SYSTEM. THE WEBSITE DID NOT SPECIFY ANY MODEL YEAR. WHEN LOOKING ON ANOTHER WEBSITE AND SEARCHING RECALLS, THE 2000 COUGAR HAD NO RECALLS OR SAFETY IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGNS. WHAT IS INTERESTING TO ME IS THAT THE OTHER THREE MODEL YEARS, 1999, 2001, AND 2002, ALL HAD RECALLS ON THE FUEL PUMP SYSTEM. FORD MOTOR COMPANY ISSUED AN EXTENDED MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY ON THE FUEL PUMP SYSTEM FOR THOSE THREE MODEL YEARS UNTIL DECEMBER 2010. MY HUSBAND AND I BOTH CALLED FORD MOTOR COMPANY REGARDING OUR PROBLEM AND WERE TOLD THAT WE WERE SENT A NOTICE REGARDING THE EXTENDED WARRANTY AND WE SHOULD HAVE HAD IT FIXED BEFORE THE WARRANTY ENDED. OUR CAR WAS NOT COVERED UNDER THE WARRANTY THEREFORE WE DID NOT RECEIVE A NOTICE. THEY BASICALLY SAID SORRY, YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN FOR THE $600+ REPAIR BILL AND HAVE A GREAT DAY. WHEN A CAR IS ONLY MADE FOR FOUR YEARS AND THREE OF THOSE FOUR HAVE A SAFETY PROBLEM THAT CAUSES THE CAR TO STOP SUDDENLY IT STANDS TO REASON THAT THE FOURTH MODEL YEAR MADE WITH THE SAME PARTS WOULD HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM.

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