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Karl's 1988 Cougar XR7

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Owner *: Karl
Model *: Cougar XR7
Engine *: 5.0L V8 (302cid)
Transmission *: AOD 4-speed Automatic OD
Year Purchased: 2002
State/Province: Maryland
Country: US


Build date: June 1988
Build location: Lorain, Ohio
Build sequence: #114,951
Color: Black
Mileage: 59,000

Here is one of my cats that I have named Before (pic above taken out in Ohio during Cat Jam 2004). I bought it in October of 2002 with 52K miles from the nephew of the original owner's will executor. He had it for about five months before I bought it. I can tell from the condition of the factory paint, the plastic chrome and the few small dings on one side that this car was garaged it's whole life and it has never been wrecked. As of 15OCT05, Before has 59K miles and it still has the factory paint. It sits side by side with After in my garage - what a sight. The photo below was taken when I first bought it in 2002.

You can see my other '88 XR-7 named After, my un-named '87 XR-7, and '86 XR-7 (currently for sale) here on CoolCats. There are more pictures at my web site.

Before was built with mostly all the '88 XR-7 options:

  • Dual 6-way power seats
  • Keyless entry system (keypad above door)
  • Illuminted entry system
  • Auto-lamp on/off/delay system
  • Automatic headlamp dimmer
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Premium Sound: power amplifier, two additional door-mounted speakers and premium rear speakers for 80w total
  • Graphic equalizer
  • Power antenna
  • Fingertip speed control
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Power windows
  • Power door locks
  • Power decklid release and power fuel filler door release
  • Interval windshield wipers
  • Carpeted floor mats
  • Electric rear window defroster
  • Engine compartment light
  • Dual illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Instrument panel courtesy lights
  • Dual-beam dome/map light
  • Argent-color cast 15" aluminum turbine wheels

The options it was not built with:

  • Full digital dash (don't want it in this car anyway)
  • Block heater (don't need it, would have been cool to have)
  • Moonroof (would have been nice to have)
  • Leather (has factory leather interior now)
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel (I like the thicker, standard sport wheel)

Some of the '88 XR-7 standard features it has:

  • Dual exhaust
  • Traction lok 8.8 rear axle with 3.08 gears
  • Power lumbar seats
  • Diagnostic alert lamps
  • Cornering lamps
  • Black two-spoke sport steering wheel
  • Power mirrors
  • AC

The explanation of how I ended up with two virtually identical cars can be read under After's description.

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Future Plans:
To preserve while still enjoying it (not a trailer queen though).