Used 1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme


Used 1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

Edmunds' Expert Review

  • Lots of standard equipment, sporty looks, standard ABS
  • Dated design, low seating positions

    Vehicle overview

    If you've been saving your pennies to snap up a copy of the current Cutlass Supreme, better act fast. This aged model is retiring early in the 1997 model year to make way for the all-new Oldsmobile Intrigue.

    We've always liked the racy styling of the Cutlass Supreme, though it is beginning to look a bit geriatric. The formerly optional twin-cam engine turned the Cutlass into a formidable sport coupe or sedan, with performance equaling that of such cars as the Thunderbird V8, Monte Carlo Z34, and Intrepid ES. Alas, Oldsmobile has dropped this potent engine from the options list for 1997.

    Inside, a smoothly-flowing dash housing dual airbags offers a simple layout, easy-to-read gauges, and rotary climate controls that feel and operate like those of much more expensive automobiles. In fact, the Cutlass interior, like those in all Oldsmobiles, is a perfect example of ergonomic design. Interior fabrics are a bit too Seventies' in look and feel, but the rest of the interior is just fine. Not as roomy as the Ford Taurus in back, the Cutlass could use some improvement in the rear quarters. High door sills impede progress in and out of the car.

    This year, Olds changes very little on the Cutlass Supreme. Alloy wheels come standard, as does a power trunk release. Coupes get side-impact protection that meets current federal standards (sedans have met the standard for years now). And, hold on to your hats, engine cradle corrosion resistance has been improved by a switch to ELPO coating, though we aren't sure what dog food has to do with preventing rust.

    So, those looking for a traditional, attractive sedan or coupe that offers good value will find one at the local Oldsmobile dealer, but only for a limited time.

    1997 Highlights

    Alloy wheels and a power trunk release are added to the standard equipment list, while coupes gain side-impact protection that meets federal safety standards. The 3.4-liter, DOHC V6 engine is dropped from the options list.

    Consumer reviews

    Read what other owners think about the 1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme.

    5 star reviews: 43%
    4 star reviews: 45%
    3 star reviews: 12%
    2 star reviews: 0%
    1 star reviews: 0%
    Average user rating: 4.3 stars based on 32 total reviews

    Trending topics in reviews

    • reliability & manufacturing quality
    • appearance
    • interior
    • handling & steering
    • comfort
    • engine
    • sound system
    • driving experience
    • ride quality
    • steering wheel
    • road noise
    • safety
    • spaciousness
    • infotainment system
    • maintenance & parts
    • value
    • brakes
    • oil
    • fuel efficiency
    • doors
    • cup holders
    • acceleration
    • warranty
    • climate control
    • dashboard
    • transmission
    • wheels & tires
    • lights

    Most helpful consumer reviews

    3.25 out of 5 stars, Cooling System Problems

    I've loved this car but it's given me persistent cooling system problems with no end in sight. I think I'm finally going to retire this one. I've had water pumps, hoses, radiators (!!) and gaskets replaced and it's still leaking and causing problems. Everything else has been more than fine, so this is frustrating. (145k miles) It's very hard to work on this car because everything is packed in so tight and in difficult spots to reach. Small tasks can take multiple days.

    4.375 out of 5 stars, Nice car

    It is true is very difficult to access to the spark plugs located at rear. The car is some slow to start when the green light is lighting. Of course it has 160 HP, but on road its perfomance is great.

    4.25 out of 5 stars, One of the best cars I've ever driven

    I absolutely LOVE my Cutlass. It's only left me stranded once, and that was my fault (did a repair, forgot to put a part back on properly). It's an absolute blast to drive.

    4.375 out of 5 stars, Great looking and fuel mileage to match
    M. Gray,

    I was given this car after my mother died and I love it. I have to admit when I went with her to pick it up, I was jealous of this car's good looks. The 30+ miles to the gallon on a 9 year old car is great. With over 153,000 plus miles I still will not hesitate to take it anywhere. I have put less than $500 into this car (not counting oil changes, which we do regularly, and tires) and would recommend it to anyone looking for a resonably priced and attractive car for a recent high school grad.

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    Features & Specs

    SL 2dr Coupe features & specs
    SL 2dr Coupe
    MPG 18 city / 26 hwy
    Seats 0
    4-speed automatic
    160 hp @ 5200 rpm

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    NHTSA Overall Rating

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

    Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger3 / 5
    Side Crash RatingRating
    OverallNot Rated
    Side Barrier RatingRating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
    Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
    RolloverNot Rated
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

    IIHS Rating

    The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

    Side Impact TestNot Tested
    Roof Strength TestNot Tested
    Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintNot Tested
    IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test

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    The least-expensive 1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme is the 1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme SL 2dr Coupe. Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $0.

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      Used 1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Overview

      The Used 1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme is offered in the following submodels: Cutlass Supreme Sedan, Cutlass Supreme Coupe. Available styles include SL 4dr Sedan, and SL 2dr Coupe.

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