Good truck to own.
By keibie2 on
1997 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV AWD
Purchased this SUV used in April of
2000, with 40k on the odometer. We're
only the second owners of this vehicle.
Other than some costly front-end
repairs shortly after purchase (covered
under warranty thankfully), my wife and
I really love this vehicle. The 5.0 V8
is a gas hog only if you frequently
have a heavy foot. Under
normal/moderate driving conditions the
fuel consumption is average for having
full-time AWD and a V8. Great in
Chicagoland heavy snow and rainy
weather conditions. No chore has been
too big for this truck. Great for a
family of four.
Reliable and powerful 5.0 liter V8
engine. Full-time AWD is convenient for
poor weather conditions. Spacious cargo
and passenger compartments. Good crash
test rating. Attractive exterior
styling. The JBL AM/FM Cassette/CD
Changer Stereo works and sounds great
for being five years old.
The suspension is a bit too rigid and
could have been a little softer without
sacrificing utility. Upgrade to less
firm riding shocks if you desire a
softer ride. However, it is a truck
that was built in the late 90's and not
a car or minivan.