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1997 Cougar

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1997 Mercury Cougar

1997 Mercury Cougar

Review Score

4.5 out of 5 stars

4.5

4 Reviews
100% of drivers recommend this car
Score Breakdown
4.5 out of 5 stars Comfort
4.2 out of 5 stars Value for the Money
4.2 out of 5 stars Interior Design
4.8 out of 5 stars Reliability
4.2 out of 5 stars Performance
4.5 out of 5 stars Exterior Styling

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5 out of 5 stars

Police Car!

by Cougar Fan from Twin Cities, MN on Tue May 20 2014

I'm a Mopar guy, but I've always been a fan of Cougars, because of the name and the animal they represent. However, I was not prepared for what happened after I bought a 1997 Mercury Cougar XR7 30th Anniversary Car. I did not know it was a Police Squad Car in disguise with it's 4.6L OHC fuel-injected V8 engine, heavy-duty transmission, and heavy duty power disc brakes. The car even has the same skid-plates under the engine that the Crown-Vics have on cop cars! To round out the package you get a sport-tuned suspension and close ratio steering. I added police rated Goodyear Eagle Ultra-Grip tires. The car has been the most reliable I've ever owned. The '97 Cougar I just bought is my second one. The first one has 140,000 miles on it and still has like-new performance without using a drop of oil! I had to pick up a second one for storage so when this one dies, I'll still have one to drive every day. I can't say enough about the 1997 Cougars!

4 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Last & best of big-cats !

by 4-wheeled cat-lover. from Farmingville, suffolk co. NY. on Tue Sep 05 2006

My second, first was 1994 XR7-with 3.8 liter V-6. timeless-beuaty. Bought 1997 XR7, in 08/2003. Excellent blend of sporting-spirit and poised luxury. The 4.6 liter V-8 smooth, strong, quiet and always reliable. Solid construction. Standard ABS-brakes and 4-wheel independent-suspension add to sporting, comfort and safety. 5 average-sized adults seat comfortably. large trunk plenty of space. Quick acceleration, must be skilled driver on snow and ice. Traction-assist somewhat helpful on snow and ice. Loaded with power-options. Huge-package for small-price. Transmission is tempermental, shudders in between shifts- randomly. I will keep forever, unless Mercury can design suitable facsimilie......, DOUBTFUL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does recommend this car!!

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4 out of 5 stars

best mercury yet

by carfan59 from Moses Lake WA on Sat Jan 21 2017

i just wreck my 1979 mercury capri i went looking and found this cougar by luck i think. the cougar is my third one my first was a 1978 that was nice. this 1997 with sun roof is a great looker though it was garaged for four years it has 169 ,000 miles thats good as far as its now 2017 this is good in snow and other than a tune up i have no way to complain except the transmission shudder is a little mind boggle but this car i believe will last a long time i love the 4.6 probally 23 on highway

5 out of 5 starsComfort
3 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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Uses car for Having fun

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4 out of 5 stars

Owner

by Owner from Barrington, IL on Thu Jun 01 2006

Bostonian Edition. V8. Moonroof.Tan w/Tan Leather,Climate Control, pwr wdws & drivers seat,cruise,rear wdw defogger,AM/FM Cassette. Interior-like new condition, new tires, new brakes, 1 owner.Exterior- 1 small dent near bottom of front drivers wheel well, few small scratches. All service done by L/M Dealer. Private party. Top Condition!

4 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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Does recommend this car!!

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Our Take on the 1997 Mercury Cougar

Ford Motor Co. is a pack rat. It doesn't like to let go of things, especially names.

Thunderbird has been around longer than dirt. Ditto Cougar, Escort and Mustang. And the Mark has more Roman numerals after it than a Sylvester Stallone movie.

The end is drawing near for Thunderbird and Cougar. Both midsize, rear-wheel-drive coupes will be dropped from the lineup once the '97 model runends.

But both apparently will be back--as front-wheel-drive coupes--sporting the same monikers.

The 'Bird may return in a few years on a new platform; Cougar will return for sure early next year on a new platform.

Escort may be in for a long-awaited name change when the next revise comes out in 1999 on... Read More