That's right...I traded in the ***** for a new ride. I picked up a 2004 Dakota Club Cab 4x4 V8. I have waaaay too many home projects going on and needed something more practical. I hate the new '05 Dakotas and Durangos, so I wanted to get the truck I wanted before it disappeared.
It's been awesome watching this chapter grow since day numero uno. The best part about my Cougar...besides all the good times it provided...is that I NEVER EVER, NOT ONCE EVER HAD A SINGLE MECHANICAL PROBLEM WITH THAT CAR. Even after autocrossing it 1.5 seasons, lowering it, and pretending it was a Porsche on a daily basis. 41000 problem-free driving.
I'm still a big Ford fan, though. At least I bought my new Dodge on "Ford Road" (Maumee, OH). LoL
By the way, I got $10K for my '02 C2. I stripped it of most of the add-ons (see eBay) thankfully.
The 4x4 doesn't quite corner like my Cougar, but it's a different kind of driving pleasure.
Happy trails! And keep tearing up that rice!!