1997 Ford Explorer 4.0L V6 4x4 5-speed Manual Consumer Review - engine and tranny
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engine and tranny
By clbofaz on

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1997 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD

Review

Overall good vehicle but blew the timing chain at 70000 mi, had to replace with a 2000 model engine for 1000$, plus install. Runs great now (100000mi) except the tranny is starting to slip, especialy when taking off.Changing the oil is a pain due to its location and best left to thoes with the exspensive "special" tools. Nearly useless roof rack (, Had to have the o2 sensor replaced at 65000mi. Verry crummy spare tire lowering cable (frayed with the tire on it!). Gas mileage is decent for an suv and is rathar constant in both the city and highway(16/21).

Favorite Features

Many great features like the excelent exterior number pad locking device, great seats and controlls, great electric mirrors, good cd player, love the moon roof, good cargo with tie down spots, decent back leg room with flat folding rear seats, nice upolstery (cleans well).

Suggested Improvements

Fix the engine timing chain and tranny sliping problems, relocate the seat controlls, fix hatchback closing system (it dosent close unless you slam it (and no there was no accidents)),gas gauge isnt allways 100% accurate, make the roof rack more usable.
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