1997 Ford Explorer 5.0L V8 AWD 4-speed Automatic Consumer Review - Ford Explorer XLT V8 AWD
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1997 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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Ford Explorer XLT V8 AWD
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1997 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV AWD

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I bought my explorer for $1000 for my first car in august of 2012 with 154,000 on it. Let me tell you this is a badass truck with a lot of power. I drove it pretty hard, commuting back and forth to school every day for a semester doin about 70 miles a day offroading some weekends and going up to the mountains in west virginia, and using it as a utility vehicle this spring for my landscaping business. Not the most reliable but it was 15 years old, replaced camshaft position sensor, cat flange gasket, alternator, radiator blew and overheated engine and made #4 cylinder thereafter but hell engines made today would be toast after overheating. Recommend getting owner records before buying

Favorite Features

V8 power, cheap to buy, comfortable and spacious interior, plenty of room to haul cargo

Suggested Improvements

Better interior build quality, door springs, radiator, bigger steering wheel, wish they had made this a real 4x4 on the v8 equipped model and not full time four wheel drive
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