1997 Mercury Cougar
2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx LT
Head to Head
About “Mountain Cat”
I am from the Mississippi Gulf Coast and I work at one of the local Casino's here. I moved to Las Vegas after Hurricane Katrina for work. After living there for a few weeks, I had to get a car because I was depending on other ppl to get me to work. I bought this car in Oct. of '05 and it had barely over 60k miles and I got it for $6k out the door. Pretty good deal I think. No body damage and the inside was pretty clean. After moving back to MS in June of '06, the Mountain Cat came with me and made the 2k mile trip with no problem. In January of '08 I hit some debris on the road coming home one night from work and totaled my car! I bought her back from the insurance Co. and repaired the damage, but the fuel lines were destroyed and, with my luck, they were discontinued from the factory. So began my 2yr search for fuel lines! After finally finding some in good shape, the Cat is purring again. Another yr passes before I get the work on the front end completed, Upper and Lower Control Arms, tires, etc........, and get the road inspection so I can get my tag. Now I have my "Rebuilt Title" and the car isn't worth much to anyone but me. Now, I begin my quest to really make this Cat purr! This is all real new to me, so I'm not real sure where to begin, but I do need new rims for her because I believe mine are warped from the accident and I would love to have her painted. The body is in excellent condition. No dings or rust. Just oxidation, scratches and what looks like the clear coat wearing off. Any input would be greatly excepted!
I suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, so it was nearly impossible for me to scrape the ice and frost from the windshield of the minivan I used to own. My husband suggested that we look for a smaller car, since our kids were grown and gone. I said that we needed room for CoCo (our Chocolate Labrador), so Jim (my husband, AKA corvairjim here on Motoropia) suggested a few cars that were smaller than a minivan, but still had sufficient room for a big dog. The MAXX was tops on the list, but we looked at a few others, like the Pontiac Vibe/Toyota Matrix. That was OK, but Jim didn't fit! The "Crossover" SUV's seemed too big and thirsty. We test-drove the MAXX, and were sold on it right away. We got the LT with all the trimmings: XM Satellite stereo with a 6 disc CD changer in the dash, remote start (No more windshield scraping for me - HOORAY!), and heated leather seats. I've always wanted a car with a sunroof, so we got that too, in addition to the fixed moonroof over the back seat that all MAXX's have.
We used to take Jim's parents with us to see the local Minor League baseball games on Saturday nights (The four of us have Saturday season tickets to the Reading, PA Phillies). The ride and the seats are so comfortable that the folks would fall asleep on the drive home just about every time! There is plenty of room in the back seat for his dad, who is still over 6 feet tall at 80. They have recently moved about 40 miles from us, so they're on their own to get to the games now!
On a trip to South Carolina with our daughter, Becky, she drove the car and commented that it almost seemed like the car was driving itself.
Specs for “Mountain Cat”
1997 Cougar XR7 Modular 4.6L 235hp/320tq
4 Speed Trans. 4R70W
Specs for “MAXX”
She's a mid-size hatchback sedan, with a 3.5 liter V-6 and a 4-speed automatic transmission. I don't know how fast it is 0-60 or in the 1/4 mile, but I do know it is plenty quick enough for me! Even though the EPA says she should get about 28 mpg on the highway, we regularly see over 30. The best was 32.7 mpg which I had seen on a trip to Florence, SC New Year's weekend 2006, when my daughter and I shared the driving.
Factory Options for “Mountain Cat”
30th Anniversary Edition, so it has all the Factory ops!
Factory Options for “MAXX”
LT2 Package: Includes Automatic Air Conditioning, In-Dash 6 Disc CD Changer, Rear Window Wiper and Roof-Mounted Spoiler, 3.5 Liter V-6 Engine, and Driving Lights, 16" Alloy Wheels with Premium All-Season Tires, Cargo Area Shelf, Cargo Net, and Cruise Control.
Power Sunroof and Fixed Rear Skylight W/ Shade
Heated Leather Seats
XM Satellite Radio
Fold Flat Passenger Seat
Photo Albums 1 – 1 of 1
Photo Albums 1 – 1 of 1
Vote This challenge has ended!
|Points for Mountain Cat||Total Votes||Points for MAXX|