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Ford Explorer XLT V8 AWD
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By matchgrade
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1997 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV AWD


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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


Best Features

V8 power, cheap to buy, comfortable and spacious interior, plenty of room to haul cargo


Worst Features

Better interior build quality, door springs, radiator, bigger steering wheel, wish they had made this a real 4x4 on the v8 equipped model and not full time four wheel drive


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Built Ford Tough
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By alessing
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1997 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV 4WD


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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.


Best Features

ControlTrak 4-Wheel-Drive, power sunroof, rear A/C controls, Class IV towing package


Worst Features

obviously the gas mileage, and maybe a better roll bar for those tight corners... It can get a bit scary if they catch you by suprise


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Rock Hard
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By explorersaurus
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1997 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV AWD


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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.


Best Features

10 way power seats... wow. The sunroof. The two-way liftgate is a bonus. Plenty of rear cargo space. And the build quality is outstanding. No rattles or creaks, and everything still fits tightly.


Worst Features

The headlights could be brighter. that's about it.


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Go FORD!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By rpsims82
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1997 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV


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I've got 180k miles on my explorer and the 4.0L keeps on going! No ticks, knocks, EVERYTHING works including all power windows, locks, cruise, etc. Auto 4x4 kicks in when it needs to, 4 low and high both work outstanding. Might need a new clutch soon, but that's expected. I never liked the explorers much, but I bought this one as a back up vehicle and now it's my daily driver. Despite all of the other negative comments on gas mileage, I get from 18-20 on every fill-up. I think that's good for a big V6. Very happy with my Explorer! The 5 speed manual tranny makes it even more enjoyable! My complimants to Ford on this one.


Best Features

Good 4x4 design. Handles great in snow, auto works as it should.


Worst Features

Cupholders in the back would be nice...


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97 Ford Explorer EB AWD
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By alg115
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1997 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV AWD


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Truck is a beast. Yea it does suck gas but if you drive like a normal person, you'll be fine. Pushing 265000k; truck is still on the road. No leaks little rust, but very reliable. SAfe for the kids and easy to drive. This is one of my favorite style of trucks; has alot of room inside while disguising it on the outside. doing little cosmetics to eventually sell, already have 3 buyers...lol...at 265K..Love this Truck. AG


Best Features

Comfortable. Has very good pick-up Safe and Roomy for the family Sunroof is huge and doesn't leak


Worst Features

Front End: Ball Joints in the front


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