by matchgrade on Jul 29, 2013 Vehicle: 1997 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV AWD
I bought my explorer for $1000 for my first car in august of 2012 with 154,000 on it. Let me tell you this is a badass truck with a lot of power.
I drove it pretty hard, commuting back and forth to school every day for a semester doin about 70 miles a day offroading some weekends and going up to the mountains in west virginia, and using it as a utility vehicle this spring for my landscaping business. Not the most reliable but it was 15 years old, replaced camshaft position sensor, cat flange gasket, alternator, radiator blew and overheated engine and made #4 cylinder thereafter but hell engines made today would be toast after overheating. Recommend getting owner records before buying
by alessing on Jun 22, 2013 Vehicle: 1997 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV 4WD
My Explorer is a 1997 Automatic 4x4 coming up on 180k miles, and it has honestly never failed me. I know that every time I turn the key it will start, and any time I need it to perform it does. Just 2 days ago an older couple got their Kia stuck in a steep ditch and dug their tires in the wet mud, I towed them out just fine. I tow my 3 ton boat without issues, and the high torque V6 never fails me next to a ricer at a red light.
The 4x4 is great out on the beach, and even the backwoods trails.
I agree with the other reviews, the gas mileage is just horrible, but other than that, I can't complain. I've had no mechanical issues, the ride is decent, and for the money, this truck is priceless.
by explorersaurus on Dec 7, 2012 Vehicle: 1997 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV AWD
My dad bought me a 1997 Ford explorer about 6 months ago.
Pretty much my only gripe with it is the poor fuel economy.
Other than that, it's fantastic.
I have an XLT with the V8 and AWD.
I am yet to have used the AWD in the snow, but the V8 has supple power and (for a truck) smooth power delivery.
The driver and passenger seat is comfy.
Overall, a great purchase.
The 1997 Ford Explorer receives a few appreciated improvements this year. A new SOHC V6 engine is now available, providing nearly as much power as the 5.0-liter V8. Also new is a five-speed automatic transmission, the first ever offered by an American auto manufacturer, which is standard on V6 models equipped with automatic.