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1997 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD
By bcbeachman on
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1997 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD
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Vehicle has been reliable and a pleasure to own. No real problems until after 50k miles, including of course the Firestone tire debacle which I think was blown out of proportion. Only major problems have been a leak in the air plenum o-ring, replaced lower ball joints and idle air control module going bad at 60k miles. Otherwise, garaged, change oil every 3k miles, and follow the manual for all other routine maintenance. 4.0 SOHC engine runs great, gas mileage good for an SUV, no abnormal wear on exterior or interior. Solid ride, great on the highway. Would definitely recommend any low mileage Explorer to this point.
Favorite Features
Reliable low cost maintenance. Leather seats have excellent support for long trips. Plenty of interior room.
Suggested Improvements
Remove CD changer from inside center console. Replace manual a/c heater with automatic. Forget the luggage rack...worthless.
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