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Go FORD!
By rpsims82 on 02/26/12 09:02 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV

Review

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.
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Sporty and Fun!
By AngelOU on 08/23/07 17:46 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV

Review

My parents ordered this Explorer from the factory, custom-made for them. It has performed well after being shipped around the world, including surviving a typhoon. Regular maintenance is a must, and you will have to fix things as they break. We replaced the CD player with an MP3 player after the 6 disc changer went out. A few minor repairs along the way, but nothing more than a few hundred dollars a year. It's now my college car, and I'm enjoying it! The gas mileage is less than desirable, but it's normal for an SUV. The paint looks excellent with regular washings and waxings. The plastic covering on the driver's side seat has broken from regular use, though. Speakers stink.
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Worst Decision I have Made
By NeverBuyFordAgain on 05/24/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV

Review

Based on other responses, I am not the only one who has had bad experience with the Ford "Exploder". That's a typical term from mechanics. I have put over $3k in repairs to it in the 3 years I owned it. Replaced timing belt, manifold work, and it has this issue with stalling whenever it is idle, fixed it once, won't pay to fix again, traded it in(and got barely anything for it), also my horn, power locks, and rear windshield wiper all quit on me. I will NEVER buy a FORD again.
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I'm going to miss my '99 Explorer Sport
By mewsgal on 11/05/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV

Review

I absolutely loved my Ford Explorer Sport and am going to miss it terribly. It had 181,000 miles on it and was still going strong when I totaled it. I never had a single mechanical problem other than I had to replace the transmission at 170,000 miles but that was not unexpected.
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This is a great Car!
By CarSearcher on 06/26/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV

Review

I read all the other reviews, and it seems only the people who have problems post here. I for one have enjoyed this car very much. I've had NO repair problems at all, just normal maintenance. No rattles, no qwerks at all, everything works like the day I bought it... even after 60K miles. Good job Ford!!
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Tough Little Explorer
By llibst on 06/25/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV

Review

Six years and almost 90,000 miles this 97 Explorer Sport has been on of the most bullet proof vehicles our family has ever owned. Even survived a roll over collision in west Texas snow. No major mechanical problems, the single overhead cam engine just keeps running, no problems with a/c, electrical, sound system. Tires even seem to last longer than other SUVs we've owned
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The truck is the worst
By prez on 04/10/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV

Review

I bought my ford expoloxer in 99 and it has costg me so much money I would never recommed anyone to purchase this vechile you would be making a bad mistake.
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The truck is the worst
By PreZ on 04/10/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV

Review

I bought my ford expoloxer in 99 and it has costg me so much money I would never recommed anyone to purchase this vechile you would be making a bad mistake.
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Oh No, Never Again
By mikecon on 04/10/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV

Review

After reading all the reviews about the ford here , seems like every issues everyones has I had from having to replace the heater, the timing belt breaking the os sensors going out, god I will write a book about all the issues, I have had I wouldn't never buy another ford, save your money people a ford exploxer will cost as much as a hummer after you add in all the repairs
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Nice Truck
By SUPA FLY on 02/26/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV

Review

I bought this truck used in March 2002. I was a high school student then who wanted a 'cool' ride. Everything is working very well, so far. I had a $375 mechanical problem, but that was just minor details. Other than that, this is an awesome vehicle. I have a 5 spd manual w/ 2WD so I'm expecting less problems with transmission.
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