My ex has a 2001 Cougar. Pain in the ass. When something goes wrong on those cars, about 15 things go wrong at once. She never really had any major issues that I can remember, but there was always something small and annoying that needed to be fixed. And the car was taken care of.
Other than that, they're cool little cars. I hated the placement of the rear view mirror, though. And the windshield isn't very tall. Definitely made for chicks lol.
Really my only complaints.