1997 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Good truck to own.

1997 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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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.

Best Features

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.

Worst Features

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.
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