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By Matt Price
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1997 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV


Review

Generally a good vehicle. I would improve the speakers (start failing after 6 yrs), the dash lights go out, and the console material cracks. The car is good for utility use and handles bad weather nicely. Feels like the mileage could be better given the engine size. Program for fuel injection may not be optimized. I get better mileage running the AC than without.


Best Features

Great for getting a start in heavy snow or mud. The 4WD really makes a difference.


Worst Features

Blender door for AC/Heat fails early in the life of the vehicle. Expensive to replace the part because of location inside dash. Transfer case failed at 100,000. I would like to be able to turn off the 4WD. In snow if you accelerate around a curve it will occasionally kick on causing a fishtail!


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By Van
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1997 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV


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This is probably the best vehicle I have ever owned. Handles great, good steering, stable for type, gets excellent gas mileage, tows travel trailer easly with outstanding towing mileage @ 12.5 and plenty of power to pull up long steep grades. Has never been a problem, comfortable seats even with long days, have driven as much as 750 miles in a day and still going strong. Outstanding!


Best Features

Everything,


Worst Features

None


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Best vehicle I ever owned...
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By ziegfeld
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1997 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV


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Nearly trouble free Best vehicle I ever owned. 205,000 miles and still going strong.


Worst Features

3 of 4 door handles broke inside.


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Terrible Automobile
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By bad ford
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1997 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV


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This is the worst vehicle I've ever owned. I was a life long Ford man. Not now. This was the most expensive vehicle I've ever bought and the worst. It was poorly designed, poorly engineered, and poorly constructed. I've had nothing but problems and the dealer is no help. The list of problems, just to name a few: A "Plastic", yes you read it right, timing chain tensioner that cost me $1730.00; yes you read that right too. Blend door broke ($400.00), intake manifold seals ($600.00), O2 sensors (numerous). Fan clutch ($300.00). Numerous others. This thing had problems from front to back. It is a terrible vehicle and I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.


Best Features

None.


Worst Features

There is no hope.


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Fun!
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By Scott
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1997 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV


Review

My Explorer was a lot of fun, I had to sell because of MPG - horrible - 10 to 12 MPG with 5.0 V8 on a good day. All the extras were enjoyable too. The paint started coming off in a few places and the stereo started shorting out at the same time. Overall, I put 168,000 miles on it and only had small repairs along the way.


Best Features

The sporty look and all the extras


Worst Features

MPG and stereo = BAD!


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