Been reading the forum a bit and it looks pretty helpful and informative, so here I am... About two weeks ago I bought this '02 Cougar V6 Sport from an estate auction in the CA high desert; it was a one-owner 48k mile original that spent its life with a lady in Rialto. I ended up getting it very cheap ($1150 including the 15% fee) because it quit running before the auction house could get it smogged, in which case they could only sell it to a licensed dealer (and my boss's partner is one). My mechanic got it running after replacing a charging fuse and the Idle Air Control valve, and it passed smog on the first try, thank goodness. So here it is:
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So what it needs now: Tires, rear brakes, front struts, and the sunroof is stuck popped up. And since the photos were taken, it got a fist-sized ding/scrape on that perfect hood when the motorcycle my boss bought at the same auction tipped over while both were being hauled back .
Plans for it: Fix the issues and make it a nice weekend driver. Got all the service manuals of course, and the Carfax had no bad surprises.
Looking forward to learning more from you all!
Hi you can just get struts I never found complete assemblies ones Walmart or Amazon to buy struts and top mounts best price for good ones I paid 65 strut each and mount 50 each antenna ebay 20 with mount that screws to roof get the small one it works just as good and will not broke like OEM one .I just had to buy a whole minor it was 45 on ebay last time I checked ebay they had a black one 125 if not junk yards my have one cheap .If u can do the breaks urself AutoZone or Amazon for parts 125 total get the rotor to so much easier tires whole set installed I just paid 525 at Mavis tires and bjs I paid 470 one year I have a 1999 and my tires are 215 50 r 16 but they are very pricey and hard to fined so I run 215 55 r 16 and they work great for me and lasted longer if I was u I would check charging system out to just to be safe because I had to replace alternator 4 or 5 time because I do not drive the for that much and battery I am on my 11 one so far I have a alarm and system in my car so I now have a yellow top battery they have them on Amazon for 313 with tax for O'Reilly has them total was 255 both free shipping and if u go with that battery buy the charger same name as the battery that is like 200 will help you out in the long run . So for sunroof u are going to ND a new rail I was told you can replace them not sure how much because I lost power to sunroof before I could get it fixed both I would just replace both rails because you have to remove the headliner and that will need to be replaced 2 I was told that is around 200 to 225 .I bought my cougar used in 2001 with 33Had a talk with Jimmy the mechanic today; decided to forego messing with the sunroof any further for now. Got the oil pan gasket replaced, and the front struts will be next - will just get complete assemblies - then brakes... and STILL waiting for the auction house to return the paperwork so I can title it. Also need a radio antenna (it's snapped off just above the threads) and a good driver's mirror assembly (this one appears to have been mended with a drywall screw and silicone 🤮).