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The Ford Cougar is a sports coupe manufactured by the American marque Ford. It was sold in Europe between 1998 and 2002. This model was marketed during the same period in North America as the Mercury Cougar. It was originally intended to be the third generation of the Ford Probe. However, the brand decided to change the name to Cougar after restructuring its coupe range. Nowadays, the Ford Mustang is considered to cover this segment.

The Cougar was based on the Mondeo of that time. It was Ford’s second attempt to reintroduce a sports coupe in Europe, following the discontinuation of the successful Capri. The Cougar was launched in Europe in December 1998 and received mixed reviews, partly due to its New Edge styling. However, sales failed to reach the levels of its predecessor. In fact, very few units were sold, prompting Ford to withdraw the model from several markets to avoid losses.

In terms of powertrains, the Cougar was available with two: a 2.0-liter 16-valve Zetec or a 2.5-liter 24-valve Duratec V6. The two spec levels, largely equivalent to a Mondeo Ghia and Ghia X, offered manual and automatic transmissions.

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Ford Cougar. Timing Belt or Timing Chain?

Down below you will see a list with all Ford Cougar models that have been produced. They are classified by model identifier, year and type of bodywork. Above each list, we show you a series of pictures so that you can have a visual reference for each model. In some cases, both the original and its updated design are displayed to help you identify them with ease.

In this guide you will find all Ford Cougar.

■ Timing Belt / Cam Belt (Correa / Faja de Distribución)
■ Timing Chain (Cadena de Distribución / Cadena de Tiempo)
■ Gear Driven (Distribución por Engranajes)
100% Electric, No Timing (Sin Distribución)
Unknown / Not Updated (Información desconocida)

If a car model is specified in blue, it means its motor engine has a timing chain; that is, it has no timing belt. The rest of the vehicles marked in grey have a timing belt/cam belt.

Ford Cougar I – First Generation (EC) (1998)


Diesel Engines

There are no diesel-engined versions of the Ford Cougar Gen 1.

Petrol Engines

  • EDBA EDBD EDBC EDBB 2.0 16V 131 CV (1998 – 2001)
  • SGA 2.5 ST 200 205 CV (2000 – 2001)
  • LCBA LCBB LCBC LCBE 2.5 V6 24V 170 CV (1998 – 2001)
  • LCBC LCBB LCBE 2.5 V6 24V 170 CV (2000 – 2001)

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