1997 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: 97 explorer reliability
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1997 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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XLT 4dr SUV (4.0L V6 5-speed Manual)

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97 explorer reliability
By izoom2 on

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1997 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV

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I have to say that my 97 Explorer XLT v- 6 w/ leather has been one of the most reliable vehicles I have ever owned. Perhaps I'm one of the lucky ones. I purchased it in '99 as an off lease vehicle with 23K miles and now have 94K miles on it. I have made sure to keep up with the PM's: oil changes, trans fluids, radiator fluids, etc. The only things that have failed are the thermostat and shocks. I topped the freon off last summer, now it's as frosty as the day I bought it. My only regret is that I did not buy the V-8 model. Oh well, now that it is paid off I hope to drive it into the ground. Perhaps it will go another 94K before then?!

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Power Leather seating with lumbar support. Ride height. REAR AIR!!!

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It's a truck, not a Lexus. The newer explorers are MILES ahead of this model. Still can't figure out why people are so down on these vehicles?? Get the V-8 model!!
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