1997 Ford Explorer 4.0L V6 4x4 5-speed Manual Consumer Review - Great Truck
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1997 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

1997 Ford Explorer XL 4dr SUV 4WD

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By tvi on

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1997 Ford Explorer XL 4dr SUV 4WD

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My Explorer has been a great ride for the past five years. No problems of any kind. There were a couple of recalls, but nothing worrisome. (Mine came with GoodYears). I got a sunroof, a nice cloth interior, the expected ammenities, and everything worked well together. The engine and transmission are smooth. It's been to Florida and back twice, and was trouble-free. I actually felt safe driving this vehicle in all conditions. Good in the snow up north too, and 4WD has been perfect.

Favorite Features

I really like the seats in this truck. I got the lumbar and power buttons, and use them often. Great thigh support too. Not half a seat, like my last Blazer.

Suggested Improvements

More sound-deadening material under the hood, and an effort at better mileage. I'd buy another Explorer in a minute, but the depreciation on this one has held me back. I will lease the next one, but not for another 5 years or so, unless I start having problems.
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