I bought our '97 Explorer used and
loved the spacious interior equipped
with all the bells and whistles. I
especially liked how the backseat
passengers aren't neglected like in
most other SUV's of its class.
However, while driving it last weekend,
my teenage daughter noticed that it
would not accelerate above 50mph. No
warning light appeared, but she pulled
over anyway, opened the hood, and found
the engine in flames. By the time the
Fire Dept. arrived (within 10 minutes)
it was totally engulfed. It was a
total loss. Fire Dept. believe it was
caused by something electrical. I had
just had the PM (oil change, etc.) only
two weeks before.
Roomy, backseat has A/C controls and
vents, radio controls; easy to flatten
back seats for more cargo space.
A/C and heating vent blows right on
driver's accelerator foot--it can get
very uncomfortable. Newer models give
you the option of turning off the floor
vents, but not in the '97.