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1997 Mercury Cougar

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Information shown for entry-level Coupe.

Fuel Economy:
City 15/Hwy 23/Comb 18 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: V8, 4.6 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: United States Country of Assembly: United States

1997 Mercury Cougar Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.4
Out of 10

Based on 158 Ratings for the 1989 - 1997 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

Good Car, but a lot of work

By on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,700

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Classic look, Smooth drive, Fair price, Easy"

Cons: "RWD, Repairs, Gas, Snow"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"The car drives very smoothly. It's stylish and has a great engine. It may be unique to me, but I've invested a lot of money in servicing my car. The interior is roomy and comfortable. Gas mileage isn't great on it, but it still gets me from point A to point B. It's perfect for a first car if you're learning to drive. Be wary in the snow, you need to be able to handle driving it with RWD."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Beautiful car. People constantly comment.

By on Wednesday, June 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,250

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "See review."

Cons: "Sits low for older people."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"Very good car. Upkeep very low. Have done regular maintenance. Only major repair was the motor on driver's seat. Now drive less than 1500 miles a year. Passes safety inspection every year 100%. Absolutely no rust. Black in color with a lot of chrome trim."

20 years old & still running like a top

By on Thursday, February 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 167,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Luxurious & you can see 360 degs out of it"

Cons: "hard to park especially in small places"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My 20 yr old Cougar XR7 is still a very good car. The V8 engine does just fine. No 0 to 60 in seconds - a big car doesn't "handle" & it's a gas guzzler. This is my 2nd -1st was a new 1985. The '94 was bought used, but has lasted longer. I LOVE COUGARS! It just passed the emissions test! Rear ended - not a scratch. This car is built like a TANK!"

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

BEST VEHICLE I EVER OWNED!

By on Friday, January 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 118,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I wasn't sure how to use the "slider" indicators for ratings however, this car has been the VERY BEST car I have ever owned and its a 1997. In fact, if the car weren't a 97 and didn't need ac repair, and my husband weren't deceased so he could guide me, I'd KEEP this car until it wouldn't drive anymore! The ac is the ONLY thing that has gone out. The only other repair that has been done on it were replacing brakes or brake pads, I don't recall which one but the brakes have been taken care of and its been serviced every single solitary 3,000 miles. I don't know why the ac doesn't work and not sure its really "gone out". This has been a sweet car and talk about get up and go in a hurry, it does! This car also has maintained a look that blends in with new models just fine. Not embarrassing to drive it or be seen in it. It isn't huge, bulky or that type of thing. The spoiler helps with that as well."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

This car will NEVER quit!!!!

By on Thursday, October 10, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 322,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my 1997 Cougar new and had it custom ordered from the factory. Man, am I glad I got it exactly the way I wanted it since I have had it now for 17 years and it is still going strong. I have a long commute each day (100 miles total) and I can't imagine doing it in any other car. I just clicked over 322,000 miles on it earlier this week. I haven't had any major repairs on it in all that time, just normal wear-and-tear items. The engine is original and I didn't have to have the transmission rebuilt until I hit the 290,000 mile mark. I do all the recommended maintenance and it runs as good today as it did when new. I keep it garaged both at home and work, so even the paint still looks good. The V-8 has ample power for freeway merges and gets surprisingly good mileage, but it's definitely not a hybrid! :) I absolutely LOVE this car!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Shame they stopped making the Cougar

By on Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I own this car
Reason: other car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "fun to drive"

Cons: "Not built any longer"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Drives well, handles very well, 20/25 plus miles per gallon, very comfortable to ride in, nice freeway cruiser, stable on the road, add the super charger option and have a freeway flyer. Carry 4 people with comfort. Unfortunately, they are no longer built. The one we had came with the handling option and larger brakes-nice cars"

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