This truck had lots of recalls. It was
fairly relibale until the plastic
timing chain guides broke at 70,000
miles. We had to replace the engine. I
would not recommend this vehicle with
it's unreliable v6 engine. This was a
known defect by Ford and they would
not help us in resolving the problem.
We have a friend you also has '97
Explorer and he had to replace his
engine as well. THUMBS DOWN!