1997 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Great Explorer

1997 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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XLT 4dr SUV (4.0L V6 4x4 5-speed Manual)

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Great Explorer
By B. Glenn on


1997 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


OK here goes for all of you with bad reviews. I've had this car for 7 years and currently drive it every day. It now has 328,000 miles on it and continues to start and run each day. Yes, Ive had problems, transfer case, sensors, intake gaskets, but this vehicle has been used and used hard. I pull a boat 20 weekends/year and still use this one as my primary traveling vehicle for vacations. Ice cold A/C, pushrod V6 has been great, interior is comfortable (back seat could be better), very few electrical problems; I'm thinking about replacing it but having trouble parting with it. Compared to a similar GM suv owned by another family member, this suv handles more like a sports car.

Best Features

Size, comfortable front seats, handling characteristics (rack and pinion steering) ride (decent for a 4wd), safety.

Worst Features

Better back seat, more insulation ( a little noisy), better gas mileage (I know it's an suv, but could stand some improvement).
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