Great big truck that can seat up to nine passengers and still fit inside a regular garage. Interior ergonomics are outstanding, and a nice standard equipment list make it competitive with other full-size utes.
Engine could use a bit more oomph; even the optional 5.4-liter has difficulty accelerating beyond speeds of 70 mph. The transmission could also use some refinement; upshifts are rather abrupt and downshifts should happen a bit quicker.
What's New for 1997
Ford's replacement for the aging Bronco is the all-new Expedition. Based on the 1997 F-150 platform, this full-size sport-utility vehicle is poised to do battle with the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon.
by cedric626 on Aug 4, 2013 Vehicle: 1997 Ford Expedition XLT 4dr SUV
I have a 1997 Ford Expedition that I purchase in 2000.
The only maintenance that I have had done to the engine is the sprark blugs and coil paks.
I am repainting it and putting it back on the road after seating for a year.
I am trying to find out what is the record for miles on this 4.6 engine.
by jessepatty on Dec 21, 2009 Vehicle: 1997 Ford Expedition XLT 4dr SUV
I've written a review before on our Expedition and I shared it was getting close to 200K.. Well she finally went over the 200K mark and she's still a very reliable vehicle. I just want to share that with everyone.. This Expedition has been the most reliable vehicle we have ever owned... Thanks Ford! We appreciate not having to buy a new vehicle every couple years. Sure Saves us allot of money.
by f in pa on Dec 13, 2009 Vehicle: 1997 Ford Expedition XLT 4dr SUV
First vehicle we ever purchased new. EXCELLENT performance; never had any problems except factory recalls for cruise control and torque on wheels - all taken care of at no cost. Comfortable, safe, and reliable. Even though gas mileage is approx. 14 mpg around town, get about 22 on the highway. Our old Toyota Camry got about 18 mpg around town - this truck beats it in storage, comfort, and safety! For a couple hundred dollars extra in fuel costs, it's cheap life insurance!! Will definitely purchase another Ford when this one wears out! But it's built so well - no squeaks or rattles - doubt it ever will. Oh, it's a 2WD with posi-traction and we pass 4WD's in the snow!
by kev on Jun 10, 2009 Vehicle: 1997 Ford Expedition XLT 4dr SUV
I fell in love with the cornering, power and braking right away. Since I have had it I have put over 60,000 miles on it in a short time and have only had to replace the Alternator. Not sure why but I have had bad vibrations in it on the highways even after alignments, balancing, rotations and new tires. Also seems like it will fish tail easily in the rain if your not overly carefull. but over all the vehicle is strong running, very powerfull, takes tight corners and stops easily (for a heavy vehicle).
by Bruce on Jan 17, 2006 Vehicle: 1997 Ford Expedition XLT 4dr SUV
Bought the Expedition new in 1996, just after they came out; no major problems, but several recalls. The two problems I had included an engine oil leak, but Ford covered 75% of the repair; it seems there is a problem with the early 5.4L. There is a service bulletin on this. The other problem was the 4WD quit. A vacuum line had hit the manifold and melted, an easy fix once found. I have averaged 14.4 MPG so far, I record ever fill, so this is an accurate number. This includes a lot of trailer towing. Overall this has been a great vehicle.
by COramprat on Apr 21, 2004 Vehicle: 1997 Ford Expedition XLT 4dr SUV
I have had my Expedition for 3 years
now and haven't have any major
problems. I bought it used with 67K
miles and have just turned 140K. We
have been from our home in south
Louisiana to northern Tennessee and it
is my wife daily driver to work. To
date I have replaced the shift cable
and recently have had some emissions
problems but other than that it's a
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