Shortly after I bought it I bought this car from a friend for $1000 after I rolled my 02 Frontier.I didn't plan on keeping it at the time, it was simply going to be a dd until I could come up w/ a few bucks to get something nice. It did not take long, however, for me to realise just what I had stumbled onto. I had always wanted a Thunderbird because I loved the styling, and that is part of what caused me to by the cougar (if you've not noticed, the are almost the same car inside and out). I soon began to realize I love the way this car is styled. I began to read up on the Cougar model, and fell in love with the heritage, and the fox line especially. I realized this car could be something special. At the time of purchase, this car was 20 years old, in some states recognized as an antique/classic. (By mfg date, this car is actually 15 mos older than me!) I began to make the Cougar my first project car. This particular generation of Cougar (and T-bird) are almost completely Mustang in the guts, which make it a very moddable car. The 88 was the last model of its generation, and also the first and only to have Multi-Port direct fuel injection, giving it the highest horsepower and fuel efficiency ratings of the Fox bodied v6. In my opinion the 87/88 also had the best exterior styling. The car came with Ford's then inneficient 3.8L V6, with an unknown mileage count, due to a replaced speedometer, but guesses put in the 100-125K range. I originally began plans to transplant a fox Mustang 5.0HO V8, but with time and monetary constraints, I decided to keep the 3.8, and turn it into a super 6er. Read about this page 2. It also came with blown speakers in the back, none in the front, and a cheap-ass replacement aftermarket deck. This, of course, all had to go. More of that on page 3. The exterior of the car was in surprisingly descent shape for one with such high mileage and age, but still needs a little work. Read on for that. I do not plan to sell my Cougar, and probably the only thing that will make me see it go is a horrible earth-shattering wreck, which we hopefully will never see. All in all, my best guess is that I've (currently) got about $3000 worth of work in this car, 95% of which is just parts cause I do all my work. Please feel free to take a look at my 1988 Mercury Cougar, and LEAVE COMMENTS!!!!