My 1997 Explorer XLT 4X4 with the OHV engine has been an excellent vehicle for me. I purchased it with 35,000 miles in 2002, and it now has almost 90,000. The only issues I have had are the accumulator in the A/C system rusted out and had to be replaced, and the lower front ball joints had to be replaced, both of which happened last year with about 80,000 miles on the vehicle. The vehicle is still giving me excellent performance, and the gas mileage is running about 15 in town and 20 on the road. I highly recommend one, especially if you can find a low mileage one.
Shift on-the-fly 4X4. Lumbar support in lower back of driver's seat. CD changer in the console. Rear air vents with fan for my son. Overall interior design is excellent. Reliability.
I wish I had the SOHC v-6 for that extra horsepower.