1997 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Automatic Transmission Problem
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1997 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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By ootpa on

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1997 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV

Review

My family members have bought approximately 10 Ford vehicles since we purchased a 1988 Aerostar. All have been exceptional vehicles except for our recent experience with our 1997 Explorer. The transmission began having shifting problems at 62K. When I returned it to the dealer, I was told we needed a remanufactured transmission which cost $2400. Quite a shock and no explanation from the dealer except "it happens." Appealing to Ford directly.

Best Features

Comfortable. Rides better since replacing Winderness tires with Bridgestone ATs. Mechanically sound except for transmission.

Worst Features

4L engine w/o SOHC poor performer. Transmission replaced 62K. Maintenance at 62K cost another $1K -- brakes, stuck thermostat, coolant flush, PS flush, throttle body cleaning. Like the ride/feel of our 2002 Explorer much better. SOHC makes world of difference.
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