1995 Mercury Cougar XR7
...No longer owned by me
Andy's Mercury Cougar

I owned this 1995 Cougar between October 2001 and July 2004, however I still own a 1969 Mustang.

The Cougars produced between 1989 and 1997 were built on the 'MN-12' chassis, and were identical to the Ford Thunderbirds produced in that period, except for the body. In '95, all Cougars were sold as 'XR7's (up to 1993, XR7s were a higher performance alternative to the standard 'LS' model). The standard engine was the 3.8 litre V6, with the 4.6 litre SOHC V8 that my vehicle has being an upgrade option. The 4.6 V8 had been introduced in 1994, along with the 4R70W Ford transmission. For much more info, check out the MN-12 section of Eric Dess's CoolCats website.

Mine was Canadian spec (i.e. the speedometer & odometer are in km/h), and was produced at the Ford plant in Lorain, Ohio, where Cougars were built up to 1997. It was built in January 1995, and imported (via Canada) into the UK in March 1995. It appears to have lived (or at least been serviced) in Northampton until early 1998, when it moved down to London. I bought it in October 2001 from the American Carriage Company in Kingston.

I bought a Haynes manual from Amazon.co.uk (see it here), and a K&N replacement airfilter from US Automotive. I also got a set of replacement spark plug wires from a Lincoln-Mercury dealer in the States while I was out there, as the old ones were failing.

Andy's Mercury Cougar

Specifications & dimensions:

Standard equipment:

Andy's Mercury Cougar Andy's Cougar

Factory & aftermarket extras:

VIN decode

VIN number: 1MELM62W8SH633998

1ME - U.S. Made Passenger Car, Mercury (1 = US, M = Mercury, E = Passenger Car)
L - Active Seatbelts All Positions and Driver and Passenger Airbags
M - Passenger Car, Lincoln/Mercury North American Vehicles
62 - the vehicle's Line, Series, and Body Type.
W - 4.6L (SFI) (the type of engine in the car)
8 - checksum digit
S - 1995 (year of manufacture)
H - Lorain, Ohio (the Ford plant that made the car)
633998 - sequential production number

Paint Code: ZU - Graphite Night Mist Pearl Metallic Clearcoat

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